The New Apple Watch Would Like to ‘See’ Your Blood

The New Apple Watch Would Like to ‘See’ Your Blood

Apple framed this announcement by pointing out the increase in interest in blood oxygen level measurement due to the respiratory effects of Covid-19, but then was quick to note that the Watch’s new feature is to be used for general “fitness and wellness purposes.”.

Those Orange Bay Area Skies and the Science of Light

Those Orange Bay Area Skies and the Science of Light

I’ve been to polluted cities, but you never get that deep orange, ominous color,” says Sanaz Vahidinia, a physicist at NASA Ames Research Center who studies aerosols and light scattering.

The Uncanny Escapism of Flight Simulator 2020

The Uncanny Escapism of Flight Simulator 2020

From a couple thousand feet up in Microsoft’s new Flight Simulator 2020, real-world mapping data from Bing Maps unfurls from the horizon.Mapping tools like Bing’s and Google Earth have long offered enough fidelity that an artist can rely on them to capture far-flung city scenes.

California Wildfires Can Create Their Own Terrifying Weather

California Wildfires Can Create Their Own Terrifying Weather

“Even though the surface winds were pretty weak, there was a low-level jet above the mountains,” says Craig Clements, a fire weather researcher (and fire chaser ) at San Jose State University.

Why Are Plants Green? The Answer Might Work on Any Planet

Why Are Plants Green? The Answer Might Work on Any Planet

Nathaniel Gabor, a physicist at the University of California, Riverside, and his colleagues have developed a model for light collection in photosynthetic organisms that optimizes the reduction of “noise” over efficiency.

A Cyberattack on Garmin Disrupted More Than Workouts

A Cyberattack on Garmin Disrupted More Than Workouts

The flyGarmin and Garmin Pilot app both suffered days-long outages, hindering some Garmin hardware used in planes, including flight-planning mechanisms and the ability to update mandatory FAA aeronautical databases.

A Helicopter Ride Over Mars? NASA's About to Give It a Shot

A Helicopter Ride Over Mars? NASA's About to Give It a Shot

“I see it as kind of a Wright brothers moment on another planet,” says Bob Balaram, the chief engineer for the Mars helicopter project at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Vantablack? Meh. Meet the Ultra-Black Vantafish

Vantablack? Meh. Meet the Ultra-Black Vantafish

The species evolved it independently, so they have slightly different ways of going about absorbing light; their melanosomes are arranged differently in the skin.And get this: The researchers found some species had ultra-black gut linings, likely to keep them from glowing like lanterns when they eat bioluminescent prey.

Hummingbirds Can See Colors We Can’t Even Imagine

Hummingbirds Can See Colors We Can’t Even Imagine

On top of each was a special light containing blue, red, green, and UV LEDs behind a diffuser, allowing the researchers to light up the feeder in a variety of nonspectral colors.

The Winnowing of the Wilson’s Snipe

The Winnowing of the Wilson’s Snipe

You’ll likely hear one before you spot it, but when you learn to pick out the noises snipe make, you can usually track them down.winnowing calls of a Wilson’s snipe.

A New Air Taxi Model Takes Design Cues From a Far-Flying Bird

A New Air Taxi Model Takes Design Cues From a Far-Flying Bird

Code-named Alia, the electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) airplane is the successor to Ava, a smaller prototype the company used to experiment with propulsion strategies and learn about the tricky aerodynamics of small, electrified, vertical-lift flight.

The Hunt Is On for Elusive Ghost Particles in Antarctica

The Hunt Is On for Elusive Ghost Particles in Antarctica

These neutrinos that Anita was searching for would be classified among the most energetic particles in the universe, which physicists believe are produced by the same processes that generate jets of charged particles called ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays.

A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts

A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts

These algorithms, which capture the physics of cloud formation, tropical storms, and polar winds, among other things, are then populated with temperature data from satellites and surface observations to generate a three- or 10-day forecast.

High in the Alps, Giant Blankets Slow a Glacier's Ice Melt

High in the Alps, Giant Blankets Slow a Glacier's Ice Melt

To slow the ice melt, the Carlen family, which has managed the grotto since 1988, came up with the idea of covering their portion of the glacier with white fleece blankets to reflect the sunlight.

Virgin Orbit’s Air-Launched Rocket Failed Its First Test

Virgin Orbit’s Air-Launched Rocket Failed Its First Test

“We had a good ignition, but after a couple seconds of stable flight, the rocket basically shut itself down, ending the mission,” Virgin Orbit communications officer Kendall Russell wrote in an email to WIRED.

What Happened When I Switched From Macs to Windows

What Happened When I Switched From Macs to Windows

Of course, there’s still no 4K screen or touchscreen, and it has only USB-C ports, and I know I will constantly lose the various adapters I’d need just to do basic things like plug in my USB microphone or attach my computer to a TV.

That Fresh Sea Breeze You Breathe May Be Laced With Microplastic

That Fresh Sea Breeze You Breathe May Be Laced With Microplastic

“That bubble actually acts as like a sponge for tiny particles like sea salt, viruses, bacteria, and—potentially—plastics, as it comes up through the water column,” says University of Strathclyde microplastic researcher Deonie Allen, co-lead on the new research.

The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet

The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet

With the specter of the SUV fully exorcised from his mind, he rolled another spliff with the last of his weed, smoked it as he ate his burger, and then packed his bags for the airport, where he was scheduled for a first-class flight home to the UK.Hutchins was coming off of an epic, exhausting week at Defcon, one of the world's largest hacker conferences, where he had been celebrated as a hero.

The 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory Has Taken a Dark Turn

The 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory Has Taken a Dark Turn

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.Since March 30, there have been 77 arson attacks on mobile phone masts across the UK, with staff working on mobile infrastructure also reporting 180 incidents of abuse.

All Aboard Air Koryo, North Korea’s Fleet of Ancient Soviet Planes

All Aboard Air Koryo, North Korea’s Fleet of Ancient Soviet Planes

That said, the Air Koryo fleet is pretty cool in a retro kind of way, and a passionate band of aviation buffs happily spend their days taking joyrides.All told, Mebius has made 24 flights aboard 10 different kinds of aircraft, most of which were all but empty.

Build Your Own Pinhole Videocam!

Build Your Own Pinhole Videocam!

The simplest way to project an image onto a screen is with a pinhole.It seems magical, but the light from that hole would project an image of the outside world onto a wall in the room.

How Argentina’s Strict Covid-19 Lockdown Saved Lives

How Argentina’s Strict Covid-19 Lockdown Saved Lives

Gabriel asked us if we’d heard about the French tourist in the hospital who’d tested positive for the virus—the reason the mayor of El Calafate had declared a total lockdown of the town two days ago.

To Cut Carbon, Ditch Air Travel—and Get on the Right Track

To Cut Carbon, Ditch Air Travel—and Get on the Right Track

China’s new magnetic levitation train, the world’s fastest, will reach speeds of 373 mph, carrying passengers more than 600 miles in two hours while putting out less than half the emissions of a regional flight.

Steep improvements seen in Auckland air quality, says NIWA

Steep improvements seen in Auckland air quality, says NIWA

NIWA air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley says nitrogen oxide is found in pollutants from vehicle exhausts.Dr Longley says reductions in levels of airborne particulate matter have been more modest—for example a 20 per cent drop in fine particles (PM2.5) at Takapuna during daylight hours.

Glowing Amphibians, Extreme Weather Satellites, and More News

Glowing Amphibians, Extreme Weather Satellites, and More News

Frogs are reflecting and satellites are detecting, but first: a cartoon about self-driving without a license .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.New research in Scientific Reports reveals that amphibians actually glow, and always have—scientists just couldn't see it.

So, Amphibians Glow. Humans Just Couldn't See It—Until Now

So, Amphibians Glow. Humans Just Couldn't See It—Until Now

“When we imaged that species, it was really startling to both of us just how bright and brilliant the fluorescence was,” says St. Cloud State University herpetologist Jennifer Lamb, who published the paper with her colleague Matthew Davis, an ichthyologist.

Physicists Take Their Closest Look Yet at an Antimatter Atom

Physicists Take Their Closest Look Yet at an Antimatter Atom

Publishing in Nature today, physicists working on a CERN experiment called ALPHA have measured new properties of antihydrogen, the antimatter twin of the hydrogen atom.For the experiment, ALPHA’s physicists measured part of antihydrogen’s spectrum, the signature light that quantum particles emit.

Giant squid and glow-in-the-dark sharks surprise scientists

Giant squid and glow-in-the-dark sharks surprise scientists

A giant squid and several glow-in-the-dark sharks were surprise finds for NIWA scientists last month on the Chatham Rise during a voyage to survey hoki, New Zealand’s most valuable commercial fish species.

How to Enable Dark Mode on All Your Apps and Devices

How to Enable Dark Mode on All Your Apps and Devices

As on macOS, there are three options to pick from: You can choose between the Light and Dark options, or turn the Automatic toggle switch on to have the setting shift based on the time of day.

Augmented Reality From the Driver's Seat, and More Car News This Week

Augmented Reality From the Driver's Seat, and More Car News This Week

But Lyft and Aptiv say the experiment has helped them discover how people use and react to self-driving vehicles—information both companies may be able to use once the technology is ready to lose that pesky human.