Why Paleontologists Are Getting Into Florida’s Oyster Business

Why Paleontologists Are Getting Into Florida’s Oyster Business

For the past few years, Dietl has collaborated with Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection to collect tens of thousands of oyster fossils from reefs like this one.

Renewable Energy Is Great—but the Grid Can Slow It Down

Renewable Energy Is Great—but the Grid Can Slow It Down

“We’re not suggesting that we don’t need those new high-voltage lines carrying renewables from the Dakotas or West Texas to urban areas,” Gilmer says, alluding to two of the nation’s most productive areas for wind power.

Can Gambia Turn the Tide to Save Its Shrinking Beaches?

Can Gambia Turn the Tide to Save Its Shrinking Beaches?

When Saikou Demba was a young man starting out in the hospitality business, he opened a little hotel on the Gambian coast called the Leybato and ran a beach bar on the wide expanse of golden sand.

Climate Pledges Fall Dangerously Short of the 1.5 °C Target

Climate Pledges Fall Dangerously Short of the 1.5 °C Target

An analysis released last week by the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimated that the climate pledges made so far at COP26 could help limit global warming to 1.8 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

Catch sampling

Catch sampling

In the noise of the Sanford processing shed In Auckland, NIWA scientists Rikki Taylor and Darren Parsons are measuring hundreds of fish from a catch that has just landed as well as removing otoliths to be measured back at the laboratory.

Why Diablo II: Resurrected Kept Its Rough Edges

Why Diablo II: Resurrected Kept Its Rough Edges

But for Vicarious Visions, a 30-year-old game studio acquired by Activision Blizzard in 2005, revamping Diablo II meant looking at the game through the eyes of a circa-1990s game developer.“Those spiky bits are the things people remember," Gallerani says.

Humans Can't Be the Sole Keepers of Scientific Knowledge

Humans Can't Be the Sole Keepers of Scientific Knowledge

Writing scientific knowledge in a programming-like language will be dry, but it will be sustainable, because new concepts will be directly added to the library of science that machines understand.

‘The Internet Remains Undefeated’ Must Be Defeated

‘The Internet Remains Undefeated’ Must Be Defeated

On the morning of August 12, 2013, he posted on Instagram a meme of a , the mercurial NBA dynamo, photoshopped into a character selection screen from the arcade classic Mortal Combat, with the caption, “The internet remains undefeated.” It’s a textbook usage, the kind Hall says he’s been deploying on social media and in group chats in the years since.

Ransomware Isn't Back. It Never Left

Ransomware Isn't Back. It Never Left

White House deputy national security adviser Anne Neuberger even noted at the beginning of August that BlackMatter—an apparent successor to Darkside with technical similarities—had committed to avoid critical infrastructure targets in its attacks.

The iPhone 13 Wants to Shoot Your Next Feature Film

The iPhone 13 Wants to Shoot Your Next Feature Film

The 12 Mini suffered from poor battery life , but Apple says it'll now run an hour and a half longer, as will the iPhone 13 Pro. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max last 2 and a half hours more than their respective predecessors.

How Do Retroreflectors Give You Super Vision at Night?

How Do Retroreflectors Give You Super Vision at Night?

When a beam of light hits a super-shiny object like a mirror, it reflects off it in a very particular way.Photograph: Rhett AllainFor both of them, their light hits the mirror at the same angle that their light also reflects from the mirror—but in the opposite direction.

In Red Dead Redemption, the Wild West Is a Refuge

In Red Dead Redemption, the Wild West Is a Refuge

Now, 3 years and a pandemic later, the base game itself and the online multiplayer mode Red Dead Online (RDO) continue to capture player’s attention through the story, characters, and open world exploration that Red Dead Redemption has come to be known for.

Have You Seen A Weasel Lately?

Have You Seen A Weasel Lately?

“The authors of this paper are active field biologists, and we noticed that we just don’t see weasels in our data after field work,” says coauthor Roland Kays, research professor of forestry and environmental resources at North Carolina State and head of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Biodiversity Lab.

I Want My Daughter to Live in a Better Metaverse

I Want My Daughter to Live in a Better Metaverse

While I appreciate the ability to shield my teenager from unseemly content, I also understand the importance of having meaningful conversations about why certain words and actions can harm others.It’s not difficult to imagine nefarious actors injecting extremist or toxic content into metaverse experiences directly.

The Weird Science of Loneliness and Our Brains

The Weird Science of Loneliness and Our Brains

Humans rarely experience such extreme social isolation, but studies have shown that even in normal life, increased loneliness has a negative impact on physical and mental health.What Matthews was seeing was the effect that social isolation had on the brains she was studying.

Announcing the WIRED Resilience Residency

Announcing the WIRED Resilience Residency

Geared toward professionals whose own careers have been upended by these forces, the Resilience Residency offers a unique opportunity for non-journalists to report powerful stories from their changing fields and start new conversations about the future.

Negligence, Not Politics, Drives Most Misinformation Sharing

Negligence, Not Politics, Drives Most Misinformation Sharing

To do the experiments, the researchers gathered a set of headlines and lead sentences from news stories that had been shared on social media.People were more likely to rate headlines that agreed with their politics, but the difference here was only 10 percentage points.

How to Teach Your Kids About Money

How to Teach Your Kids About Money

Family finances should be discussed openly, and kids should be allowed to choose how to spend their own money, even if that means they buy something you consider to be a waste.

Scientists watching lake on South Island glacier survey

Scientists watching lake on South Island glacier survey

Scientists undertaking the annual glacier snowline survey over the South Island later this month are keeping a watchful eye on a lake that has been forming and disappearing at the junction of the Tasman and Hochstetter glaciers.

Imaginary Numbers May Be Essential for Describing Reality

Imaginary Numbers May Be Essential for Describing Reality

Provided that quantum mechanics is correct—an assumption few would quibble with—the team’s argument essentially guarantees that complex numbers are an unavoidable part of our description of the physical universe.“These complex numbers, usually they’re just a convenient tool, but here it turns out that they really have some physical meaning,” said Tamás Vértesi, a physicist at the Institute for Nuclear Research at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences who, years ago, argued the opposite.

Warnings From the Queer History of Modern Internet Regulation

Warnings From the Queer History of Modern Internet Regulation

Whether it is the “indecent” provision of the CDA or the sex work crackdown in the later Fosta-Sesta law, the brunt of laws that make internet service providers liable for certain categories of posts has inevitably fallen on marginalized users.

6 Clever Ways to Use the Windows Command Prompt

6 Clever Ways to Use the Windows Command Prompt

Open a command prompt and use the cd command to navigate to the folder where those files are stored, like so:.From there, you can run something like the below to rename all the files in the folder:

Why Insider Job ‘Zoom Bombs’ Are So Hard to Stop

Why Insider Job ‘Zoom Bombs’ Are So Hard to Stop

Stringhini and his fellow researchers, who specialize in how online communities coordinate malicious activity, monitored the organization of mass Zoom-bombing actions on both Twitter and 4chan over the course of 2020.Their findings point to a surprising conclusion: The majority of Zoom-bombing cases the researchers observed began with a participant in the call posting the link publicly and inviting trolls and miscreants to attack it.

How Universes Might Bubble Up and Collide

How Universes Might Bubble Up and Collide

When space is as empty as possible and can’t possibly lose more energy, it exists in what physicists call a “true” vacuum state.Since they can’t prod actual vacuum bubbles in the multiverse, physicists have sought digital and physical analogs of them.

The Physics of Reddit's Spinning Solar System Icon

The Physics of Reddit's Spinning Solar System Icon

From the video analysis, I get the following data for the angular positions (in units of radians) of the inner and outer planets.It's really all the same, but the video analysis program uses negative angles.

These Adorable Fish Robots Form Schools Like the Real Thing

These Adorable Fish Robots Form Schools Like the Real Thing

6, eabd8668 (2021)Once the robots are aware of the positions of their peers, Berlinger and his colleagues can then feed this positional information into simple algorithms to guide the behavior of the seven Bluebots dropped into a tank.

CES Liveblog: Smart Home, Workout Tech, and So Many TVs

CES Liveblog: Smart Home, Workout Tech, and So Many TVs

It showed two concept devices at CES: a somewhat normal-looking phone with an AMOLED screen that can be rolled out vertically to increase the screen size (up to 6.7 inches), and a cylindrical tube you can open up like a papyrus scroll to view a 17-inch OLED rollable display.

Anti-Secrecy Activists Publish a Trove of Ransomware Victims' Data

Anti-Secrecy Activists Publish a Trove of Ransomware Victims' Data

DDoSecrets' cofounder Emma Best argues that the trail of dumped data that ransomware operations leave in their wake often contains information that deserves to be scrutinized and, in some cases, revealed to the public.

After 2020, Live Events Might Not Look the Same. Good!

After 2020, Live Events Might Not Look the Same. Good!

Back in January, the filmmaker got married on the opening day of the Sundance Film Festival , where she headed the documentary program for six years.Jackson watched as other festivals in Toronto and New York went (mostly) online and tried to reengineer what Sundance would look like in a pandemic.

Slow Birding: Twenty Years Observing Ring Ouzels

Slow Birding: Twenty Years Observing Ring Ouzels

“I wanted to learn a lot more about a bird species and study it and get to know it,” he says.The Ring Ouzel helps paint that picture, a study of a bird species in a specific place.