Mighty Mustelids: Meet the World’s Most Epic Weasels

Mighty Mustelids: Meet the World’s Most Epic Weasels

Included in the family are such charismatic critters as badgers, otters, ferrets and martens.Marbled polecat © ZooFanatic/Flickr under a creative commons license This may be the most beautiful of the mustelids, with striking color and spotting patterns.

After Six Years in Exile, Edward Snowden Explains Himself

After Six Years in Exile, Edward Snowden Explains Himself

But for the former NSA contractor and many of his generation, that idea of the internet is a foundational myth, enshrined in Neal Stephenson novels and in “The Hacker Manifesto”—both of which Snowden describes reading as a teenager in a mononucleosis haze—and John Perry Barlow’s “Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace ,” which he writes that he holds in his memory next to the preamble to the Constitution.

Recovery: Restoring the Floodplain Forest

Recovery: Restoring the Floodplain Forest

An American Elm. Photo © Diane Cook and Len Jenshel / TNC A hot August sun punched through rain clouds as my wife Donna and I exited our truck at the Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge, in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, now part of the Silvio O.

India’s Moon Landing May Be Doomed

India’s Moon Landing May Be Doomed

India has lost contact with its Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram, which was scheduled to land near the lunar south pole on Friday.When Vikram was 2 kilometers above the lunar surface, the Indian Space Research Organization lost contact with the lander.

London Is Changing Its Skyscraper Designs—to Favor Cyclists

London Is Changing Its Skyscraper Designs—to Favor Cyclists

Ozkan’s team also created a new category called “frequent sitting,” with outdoor cafés and restaurants in mind, where wind shouldn’t exceed 5.6 mph.

Elon Musk: Humanity Is a Kind of 'Biological Boot Loader' for AI

Elon Musk: Humanity Is a Kind of 'Biological Boot Loader' for AI

So among the set of actions we can take, that are likely to increase the scope and scale of consciousness such that we are better able to understand the nature of the universe, one of those actions is to become a multi-planet species or ensure that life is multi-planetary, not because I think—it's not not from the standpoint of it just being an escape hatch, or because I think that Earth is doomed.

You Are Already Having Sex With Robots

You Are Already Having Sex With Robots

John Sullins, who studies the philosophy of robotics and artificial intelligence at Sonoma State University, thinks that virtual influencers like Lil Miquela are the “sexbot” most people are likely to interact with in the near future.

I Replaced My Oven With a Waffle Maker, and You Should Too

I Replaced My Oven With a Waffle Maker, and You Should Too

But it's as good a time as any to tell you how I feel about my waffle maker, which can make everything from burgers to hash browns to chocolate chip cookies.If you want to upgrade your waffling experience, Shumski likes the very fancy Breville BWM620XL Waffle Maker ($199).

The Beautiful Potential of Never-Ending Bachelor Parties

The Beautiful Potential of Never-Ending Bachelor Parties

All group chats are invasions of privacy—bits of private life invading professional and social spheres throughout the day.Bachelor parties are portals back to younger selves, their group chats instant time machines.

Camera Trap Chronicles: Phantom Canyon Preserve

Camera Trap Chronicles: Phantom Canyon Preserve

Photo © Kevin Grunewald/TNC Camera traps reveal mountain lions walking down popular trails and on the canyon rim.Photo © Kevin Grunewald/TNC Bears are quite curious about camera traps, though, and can be very hard on them.

The Apple Card Is Now Available, Just Probably Not for You

The Apple Card Is Now Available, Just Probably Not for You

The Apple Card Is Now Available, Just Probably Not for You. Ever since Apple slipped a digital wallet onto your iPhone in 2012, the company has been vying for control of your financial life.

One Man’s Quest to See the World’s Mammals

One Man’s Quest to See the World’s Mammals

Photo © John Hall Seeing 1,838 species of mammals takes an incredible level of trip planning, dedication and willingness to suffer.While mammal watching may never rival birding as a wildlife pastime, it is certainly growing – in no small part due to Jon Hall.

Space Photos of the Week: A Trip for Thee to Galaxies Three

Space Photos of the Week: A Trip for Thee to Galaxies Three

Space Photos of the Week: A Trip for Thee to Galaxies Three. NGC 3169 is a spiral galaxy, and the angle at which Hubble catches it gives us a good perspective on what’s happening there.

Seeing Through Silicon Valley’s Shameless ‘Disruption’

Seeing Through Silicon Valley’s Shameless ‘Disruption’

Similarly, one might at first worry whether Silicon Valley food apps like Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Seamless will survive the public outrage following a recent New York Times exposé of the hamster-wheel existence of the delivery people who use the apps to make a living.

Many Animals Can’t Adapt to Climate Change Fast Enough

Many Animals Can’t Adapt to Climate Change Fast Enough

“I think the results of this paper really add an abundance of caution, that we shouldn't hope that species will adapt to changing climate and changing habitats, that we don't need to do anything,” says Mark Reynolds, lead scientist for the Nature Conservancy’s migratory bird program, who wasn’t involved in the study.

HBO's Years and Years Unlocks Sci-Fi's Ultimate Potential

HBO's Years and Years Unlocks Sci-Fi's Ultimate Potential

Davies has been making television in the United Kingdom for a long time, and his résumé caroms among family melodrama, multiply-gendered sex stories, and science fiction.

Is Nintendo's New Switch Lite Really a Switch?

Is Nintendo's New Switch Lite Really a Switch?

In a late 2017 financial presentation, Nintendo executives said that roughly one half of Switch owners were using the device as intended by playing in multiple modes; either docked to a television or in handheld and table-top mode, away from a TV.

Forget the Moon—We Should Go to Jupiter’s Idyllic Europa

Forget the Moon—We Should Go to Jupiter’s Idyllic Europa

Jupiter's moon Europa is like the Brigadoon of the solar system: an idyllic moon with an ice-covered ocean that may hide some form of life, even though plans to send a spacecraft there keep receding farther and farther away into the Jovian mists.

The Second Coming of the Robot Pet

The Second Coming of the Robot Pet

Jibo owners have even formed groups to mourn the loss of their dying robot companion, who, lacking new software updates, has come to face a kind of digital dementia .Darling, who studies ethics in robotics at MIT, says it's human nature to feel those bonds with machines that mimic emotion.

NASA Will Send a Helicopter to Hunt for Life on Saturn's Biggest Moon

NASA Will Send a Helicopter to Hunt for Life on Saturn's Biggest Moon

The Dragonfly mission will spend two years flying around the surface of Titan, studying the moon’s composition and searching for signs of life. On Wednesday, NASA announced it will send a spacecraft to the surface of Titan , Saturn’s largest moon and one of the leading candidates for finding extraterrestrial microbial life in our solar system.

Depth of Field: The Quiet Force of YouTuber Etika's Gaze

Depth of Field: The Quiet Force of YouTuber Etika's Gaze

Depth of Field: The Quiet Force of YouTuber Etika's Gaze. We will never know for certain what more Desmond Amofah wanted to communicate—this week, the body of the popular YouTube gamer was found in Manhattan's East River—but we can hazard a guess.

Is Mars' Methane Spike a Sign of Life? Here’s How We’ll Know

Is Mars' Methane Spike a Sign of Life? Here’s How We’ll Know

In a case of cosmic good fortune, the Mars Express orbiter happened to be performing spot tracking observations of the Gale crater right around the time Curiosity detected the methane spike.

Stunning Photographs Created With a Flashlight Lightsaber

Stunning Photographs Created With a Flashlight Lightsaber

But it was also on Flickr that Smith discovered the then-small community of "light painters"—photographers who shoot at night, using colored light sources and long exposures to create intricately composed images.

Your Google Calendar Isn't Safe, an Eye-Controlled TV, and More News

Your Google Calendar Isn't Safe, an Eye-Controlled TV, and More News

Your Google Calendar Isn't Safe, an Eye-Controlled TV, and More News. There's a new scam getting after your Google Calendar, you can now control TVs with your eyes, and it's time to get your smorgasbord of cell phone photos organized.

These Protein Picker-Uppers Keep Your Cells Clean and Healthy

These Protein Picker-Uppers Keep Your Cells Clean and Healthy

Just like small-molecule drugs, protein-degraders will impact not just receptors in, say, tumors, but anywhere cells are displaying them, including in healthy tissues.

Tidy the F*ck Up: A Conversation With Messie Condo

Tidy the F*ck Up: A Conversation With Messie Condo

In her new book Tidy the F ck Up*, Messie Condo gives you practical, salty, unvarnished advice about making your space your happy place—and maybe doing some emotional work on yourself while you’re at it.

50 Fish, 50 States: A Conservation Journey

50 Fish, 50 States: A Conservation Journey

Largescale sucker © Ben Cantrell I’m on a quest to catch a fish in each of the 50 U.S. states – and to use each adventure as a way to explore conservation, the latest fisheries research and our complicated connections to the natural world. Miller / TNC Pyramid Lake once teemed with monstrous fish, a subspecies known as the Lahontan cutthroat trout.

Space Photos of the Week: Salt of the Jupiter Moon

Space Photos of the Week: Salt of the Jupiter Moon

Space Photos of the Week: Salt of the Jupiter Moon. Space photos and potato chips, bet you can’t have just one or two or three or four.

Remembering Gabriele Grunewald, Who Ran For Herself and Others

Remembering Gabriele Grunewald, Who Ran For Herself and Others

Gabriele Grunewald, seen here at the 2017 USA Track & Field Championships, reached an elite level of racing even as she managed treatments for cancer. I too had a struggle that was like, and also deeply unlike, hers: a cancer diagnosis that came after running a fast marathon time, a struggle, a scar.

The Biggest News You Missed at E3 So Far

The Biggest News You Missed at E3 So Far

The Biggest News You Missed at E3 So Far. Square Enix brought some gameplay footage from its upcoming remake of Final Fantasy VII to E3.