The FAA Says SpaceX Can't Expand Its Texas Launch Site—Yet

The FAA Says SpaceX Can't Expand Its Texas Launch Site—Yet

The agency says that if SpaceX takes some 75 actions to limit environmental hazards, the company can continue that expansion and its application for a launch license for its Starship spacecraft and the Super Heavy rocket booster.

Tonga eruption discoveries defy expectations

Tonga eruption discoveries defy expectations

NIWA’s research vessel, RV Tangaroa , has returned from a month-long expedition as part of the Nippon Foundation-funded Tonga Eruption Seabed Mapping Project (TESMaP), where scientists were studying the effects of January’s eruption of Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha'apai (HT – HH).

The Almighty Squabble Over Who Gets to Name Microbes

The Almighty Squabble Over Who Gets to Name Microbes

Baker named the group of deep-sea microbes collected in 2009 Helarchaeota—after the Norse goddess of the underworld.Officially speaking, Helarchaeota falls into a category called Candidatus—a designation reserved for microbes that haven’t earned a proper scientific name yet.“We are finding new kinds of life right and left,” says Karen Lloyd, a microbial ecologist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Ticks Are Spreading in the US—and Taking New Diseases With Them

Ticks Are Spreading in the US—and Taking New Diseases With Them

That’s a problem, because research shows tick species are expanding into new areas and carrying greater amounts of pathogens as they move.

The Desert’s Fragile Skin Can’t Take Much More Heat

The Desert’s Fragile Skin Can’t Take Much More Heat

Eighty-five miles from the small town of Moab, Utah, located on the Colorado Plateau in the southwest of the US, soil ecologist Rebecca Finger-Higgens is hopscotching on copper-toned sandstone to avoid stepping on the desert’s black, burnt-looking crust of soil.

A Vast Underground Water System Helps Drive Antarctica’s Glaciers

A Vast Underground Water System Helps Drive Antarctica’s Glaciers

“If you don’t have water, you’re not going to get very far.” Making sense of that subglacial hydrology is especially important for researchers racing to model particularly precarious regions of ice, like the Thwaites Glacier, a few hundred miles away from Whillans.

How to Embrace Despair in the Age of Climate Change

How to Embrace Despair in the Age of Climate Change

In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, Charlie Glick, a musician in his late twenties living in California, was strolling through LA’s Atwater Village neighbourhood, thinking about work.

​​Oceans Aren’t Just Warming—Their Soundscapes Are Transforming

​​Oceans Aren’t Just Warming—Their Soundscapes Are Transforming

Changes in salinity, temperature, and pressure change how the sea sounds, with unknown impacts on the life-forms that depend on that noise to survive.

How the Battle Over a Pesticide Led to Scientific Skepticism

How the Battle Over a Pesticide Led to Scientific Skepticism

In no time at all, his words seemed prophetic, not because West Nile virus shut down cities as polio once had but because, all of a sudden, people all across the country began calling for the return of DDT, which had been banned back in 1972.

A Strange, Endangered Ecosystem Hides in Underground Waterways

A Strange, Endangered Ecosystem Hides in Underground Waterways

Conserving salamanders and other underground life is a “huge deal,” said Tovar, “because they rely on the water that we rely on.” The health of underwater ecosystems can act as a barometer for the health of everything living aboveground, too, including people.

'Rewilding' Asks: What Will You Do After the Climate Apocalypse?

'Rewilding' Asks: What Will You Do After the Climate Apocalypse?

Rewilding, with its focus on the degradation of the natural world and the possibility of restoring it, belongs to a long tradition of games that grapple with environmental issues.Other recent games with environmental themes indulge in naive fantasies about the control of nature, rewarding players for mastery over it.

Kids Suffer Climate Anxiety, Too. Adults Can Help

Kids Suffer Climate Anxiety, Too. Adults Can Help

I work with a lot of young people and children in my practice and started to notice them really coming in and talking about this existential fear and worry about climate change.

Cool Green Winter Book Review 2022

Cool Green Winter Book Review 2022

It’s not a gloomy book; Painter clearly loves travel and finding new bird species.Matthew Dickerson shares this passion in his wonderful new book, A Fine-Spotted Trout on Corral Creek .

Juvenile fish nurseries in the Hauraki Gulf

Juvenile fish nurseries in the Hauraki Gulf

The first type of nurseries are shallow areas of biogenic (living) habitats that ‘stick up’ from the seafloor and provide three-dimensional structures, such as horse mussel beds, subtidal seagrass, sponge gardens and calcareous tubeworm mounds.

Global Ship Traffic Could Imperil the Antarctic’s Biosecurity

Global Ship Traffic Could Imperil the Antarctic’s Biosecurity

“We know from other cold areas in the world, including the Arctic, that things growing on the hulls of ships absolutely do get transported from place to place, and it is one of the major sources of marine introductions around the world,” McCarthy told Ars.

Ultra-Long Battery Life Is Coming … Eventually

Ultra-Long Battery Life Is Coming … Eventually

If there was any product revealed at CES last week that pushed battery life claims to a whole new level—and raised some eyebrows too—it was HyperX’s pair of 300-hour headphones.Srinivasan, like many other technologists these days, is optimistic that relatively new developments in silicon-anode technology will improve battery life.

Savanna Fire Management Can Fund Africa’s Protected Areas

Savanna Fire Management Can Fund Africa’s Protected Areas

Now, a new study demonstrates that fire management on Africa’s savannas can generate enough carbon revenue to fill the funding gap for many protected areas, as well as help restore the rangelands health and meet international climate commitments.

Natural History, Not Technology, Will Dictate Our Destiny

Natural History, Not Technology, Will Dictate Our Destiny

This story is adapted from A Natural History of the Future: What the Laws of Biology Tell Us About the Destiny of the Human Species, by Rob Dunn.Knowing about these laws helps us understand the future into which we are—arms flailing, coal burning, and full speed ahead—hurling ourselves.

The Fall and Rise of Real-Time Strategy Games

The Fall and Rise of Real-Time Strategy Games

The last new Command & Conquer entry was a freemium mobile game, and we've all been waiting on the next Empire Earth for nearly two decades.I assumed that my life would be dotted with new RTS games forever; that the genre would remain an unwavering priority within the economics of PC development.

7 Tips to Improve Battery Life on Windows 11

7 Tips to Improve Battery Life on Windows 11

Windows 11 comes with its own Battery Saver mode, which you can find by opening the Windows 11 Settings screen and choosing System and Power & battery .

Dramatic first weeks for Wellington’s newly hatched kororā

Dramatic first weeks for Wellington’s newly hatched kororā

Dr David Thompson, a seabird ecologist at NIWA, highlights the hurdles these little birds must go through to successfully raise young: “Breeding for kororā can be a stressful time because they need to find food for both themselves and their chicks, with one adult remaining at the nest while the other hunts.

Kouprey: The Ultimate Mystery Mammal

Kouprey: The Ultimate Mystery Mammal

Ten years ago, while on a wildlife trip to India, our national park jeep came around a bend and came across a herd of gaur, wild oxen with large horns and striking colors that can weigh a ton.Consider this: The kouprey is a large wild animal with spectacular horns that can weigh 1,500 pounds.

How To See More Wildlife

How To See More Wildlife

More people are spending time in nature, and many would like to see cool wild animals.Learning the habitat needs of animals, at different times of year, is an essential but overlooked wildlife watching skill.

How to Talk to Children About Climate Change

How to Talk to Children About Climate Change

Davenport points out that while it’s normal to feel big emotions when you learn about the world being in crisis, kids are not equipped to process those feelings.

In 'Termination Shock,' Neal Stephenson Finally Takes on Global Warming

In 'Termination Shock,' Neal Stephenson Finally Takes on Global Warming

Disaster number one: You can practically smell the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 massing microscopically.Then there's disaster number two.Just like real life, because what can anyone do, really.Arguably no sci-fi writer has the specific combination of vision, reach, and ardent fandom that Stephenson does.

Pumpkins for Wildlife: From Backyard to the Zoo

Pumpkins for Wildlife: From Backyard to the Zoo

Here I’ll take a look at ways animals enjoy pumpkins, from squirrels eating them to sand cats hiding in them, from your backyard to the zoo.Zoo Boise places dozens of pumpkins each year in animal exhibits, to provide a variety of forms of enrichment.

Y: The Last Man Isn’t About Politics—It’s About Survival

Y: The Last Man Isn’t About Politics—It’s About Survival

What happens after the elimination of cisgender men is that a lot of devastated people must decide how much they want their new world to look like their old one.

How to Preorder the iPhone 13—and Which One You Should Get

How to Preorder the iPhone 13—and Which One You Should Get

Below, we break down the differences between the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max , and have included details on how to preorder one of these shiny new slabs of glass (or multiple, we don't judge).Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-Year Subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off) .

The Strangest Time for Nostalgia Is Now

The Strangest Time for Nostalgia Is Now

There’s a new Matrix movie, the trailer for which dropped this week , making everyone yearn for 1999, even while HBO’s recent Woodstock '99 documentary is there to remind them that it wasn’t exactly the best year on record.

The Texas Abortion ‘Whistleblower’ Site Still Can't Find a Host

The Texas Abortion ‘Whistleblower’ Site Still Can't Find a Host

On Saturday evening, simply started redirecting to the Texas Right to Life homepage rather than reviving its previous incarnation as a tip submission system.“We contacted the owner of the domain, who agreed to disable the collection of user submissions on this domain,” Epik said in a statement on Saturday.