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.

Technology Can Fix the Climate Mess—but Not Without Help

Technology Can Fix the Climate Mess—but Not Without Help

“The IPCC tells us that we have the knowledge and the technology to get this done through a rapid shift from fossil fuels to renewable and alternative fuels,” said Inger Andersen, under-secretary-general of the UN and executive director of the UN Environment Program, speaking at the press conference.

What Will Replace Insects When They're Gone?

What Will Replace Insects When They're Gone?

This story is adapted from The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires That Run the World, by Oliver Milman.If the fall of insects’ tiny empires causes whole ecosystems to unravel, toppling previously solid certainties about the way our world functions, what then.

The Sound of Merlin: Like Shazam, but for Birds

The Sound of Merlin: Like Shazam, but for Birds

So I dutifully downloaded the Merlin App, practiced with my binoculars (to the concern of my neighbors), and spent time with the different quizzes and tutorials on eBird, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s online birding mecca, learning to recognize different birds by their songs and calls.

Tropical seafloor secrets revealed

Tropical seafloor secrets revealed

NIWA scientists and Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) have used satellite technology to chart the Cook Islands’ seafloor in never-before-seen detail.The work was done as part of Seabed 2030 - a collaborative project to produce a definitive map of the world ocean floor by 2030.

Cutting-edge AI sea craft helping scientists count fish

Cutting-edge AI sea craft helping scientists count fish

“Hoki are one of the species we research – they have major spawning events, but we are currently only able to collect data on these for a few weeks every two years.NIWA hopes to be routinely using the vessel for monitoring fish within the next five years.

The Mysteries of the Ponderosa Pine

The Mysteries of the Ponderosa Pine

© Scott Carpenter/TNC Photo Contest 2021 Stick your nose into the bark of a tall, old ponderosa pine, and you’ll get a distinctive whiff of vanilla or butterscotch.Like an unruly family, the chemicals, plants, insects and birds do their thing, unwittingly helping the trees and the forest.

Surveying scallop populations with artificial intelligence

Surveying scallop populations with artificial intelligence

To ensure the fishing surveys have the least impact possible, NIWA has been working with the University of Canterbury and Fisheries New Zealand to develop a non-invasive method of counting scallop populations.

Scientists Are Racing to Understand the Fury of Tonga’s Volcano

Scientists Are Racing to Understand the Fury of Tonga’s Volcano

Ten-thousand miles away in England, Simon Proud, a satellite data researcher at the University of Oxford, began to monitor the twitching volcano using an array of satellites.Then, early in the morning on January 14 local Tongan time, a 12-mile-high plume of ash pierced the sky.

Distance Wireless Charging Made a Minor Comeback at CES 2022

Distance Wireless Charging Made a Minor Comeback at CES 2022

Just wireless power beamed through the air by a router, much like Wi-Fi. The potential benefits for medical devices, sensors, cameras, and a host of other battery-powered gadgets are easy to grasp.

Can Being Reminded of My Death Improve My Life?

Can Being Reminded of My Death Improve My Life?

Death-reminder apps are essentially a Doomsday Clock for the individual.Its inspirational quotes about mortality are meant to remind users to pause and take stock of what they’re doing, a sort of companion to the many mindfulness apps.

The Quest to Trap Carbon in Stone—and Beat Climate Change

The Quest to Trap Carbon in Stone—and Beat Climate Change

“Thirty years down the road, this can be one of the largest industries on the planet,” enthused Gebald (slightly broader, curly brown hair).A nearby geothermal plant provides clean power to Climeworks' carbon capture facility.

When It Comes to Buses, Will Hydrogen or Electric Win?

When It Comes to Buses, Will Hydrogen or Electric Win?

But hydrogen technology and infrastructure is more expensive, says Collins, while the skill sets in the industry for using electric buses are also likely higher than for hydrogen.

Researchers produce stunning images

Researchers produce stunning images

Science takes NIWA employees to some stunning locations and leads to some special encounters, and every year the research organisation holds a photographic competition for staff working across its climate, oceans and freshwater platforms.

In This 'Socially Conscious Monopoly' Game, Race and Privilege Are Currency

In This 'Socially Conscious Monopoly' Game, Race and Privilege Are Currency

“The sad part is that things are not that different from 50 years ago,” says Barbara Sommer, Robert Sommer’s wife, whom he was “courting” while he worked on the original game.

These Deepfake Voices Can Help Trans Gamers

These Deepfake Voices Can Help Trans Gamers

More than 100 people asked if the technology could ease the dysphoria caused by a mismatch between their voice and gender identities.“We realized many people don’t feel they can participate in online communities because their voice puts them at greater risk,” Pappas, Modulate’s CEO, says.

The FDA Looks at Boosters, States Dispute Mandates, and More Coronavirus News

The FDA Looks at Boosters, States Dispute Mandates, and More Coronavirus News

Soon after the White House announced a sweeping new array of Covid-19 policies last week, vaccine mandates chief among them, some states began speaking out in opposition to the national directives.

Join Us for RE:WIRED—Conversations About Humanity’s Biggest Bets

Join Us for RE:WIRED—Conversations About Humanity’s Biggest Bets

What Is It. RE:WIRED is a two-day virtual global event that brings together some of the top names in technology, business, and culture to discuss the world’s biggest challenges and how we solve them.

You Can Now Ditch the Password on Your Microsoft Account

You Can Now Ditch the Password on Your Microsoft Account

"I remember it was 2017 and we started talking about what if instead of improving multifactor authentication we change course to just eliminate passwords," says Microsoft chief information security officer Bret Arsenault.

Greg LeMond and the Amazing Candy Colored Dream Bike

Greg LeMond and the Amazing Candy Colored Dream Bike

The Prolog isn’t perfect, especially if you’re my size—I want to swap out its fancy integrated handlebars for narrower ones, and the small frame is just a little too long for me—but it’s the most fun ride I’ve had in a long time.

A Stroke Study Reveals the Future of Human Augmentation

A Stroke Study Reveals the Future of Human Augmentation

As seen in the trial, when the vagus nerve receives extra stimulation, it causes the brain to release neuromodulators, which regulate the body’s responses.

What Apple Can Do Next to Fight Child Sexual Abuse

What Apple Can Do Next to Fight Child Sexual Abuse

Technology companies are required by US law to report any CSAM they find online to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), a US nonprofit child-safety organization, but Apple has historically lagged behind its competitors.

Whoop’s New Wearable Can Go on Your Wrist—or in Your Clothes

Whoop’s New Wearable Can Go on Your Wrist—or in Your Clothes

Buyers might also notice their dollars disappearing when they factor in a $24 per month subscription to Whoop’s fitness-tracking software platform—the hardware is included in that—and the cost of Whoop’s new apparel, which includes $69 boxers, a $79 sports bra, and $109 leggings.

FAO - News Article: FAO at forefront of global efforts to build partnership between agri-food systems and conservation

FAO - News Article: FAO at forefront of global efforts to build partnership between agri-food systems and conservation

That was the key message of FAO Director-General QU Dongyu in his address to a High-level dialogue at the World Conservation Congress, currently underway in the French city of Marseille.According to FAO's Director-General, green and climate resilient agri-food systems can offer key solutions to the biodiversity and environmental crises.

Biologists Unlock the Secrets of ‘Invisible’ Animals

Biologists Unlock the Secrets of ‘Invisible’ Animals

“It’s like the power of invisibility,” says Pomerantz, lead author of a recent study in the Journal of Experimental Biology that examines how clear wings develop.In ocean environments there are lots of transparent species, but on land it’s much less common.

We're Giving Away One of Our Favorite TVs

We're Giving Away One of Our Favorite TVs

We like it so much that we've spent a couple of months trying to get one to give away to a lucky reader.Read the official rules , accept the terms and conditions, and fill out the form below to enter.

The $150 Million Machine Keeping Moore’s Law Alive

The $150 Million Machine Keeping Moore’s Law Alive

EUV uses some extraordinary engineering to shrink the wavelength of light used to make chips, and it should help continue that streak.Inside ASML’s machine, EUV light bounces off several mirrors before passing through the reticle, which moves with nanoscale precision to align the layers on the silicon.

How to Prepare for Your Eventual Return to the Office

How to Prepare for Your Eventual Return to the Office

Time spent traveling, such as commuting to work or driving to a store, declined by 26 minutes from an average of 1.2 hours per day in 2019 to 47 minutes per day in 2020, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Last Stop Is a Playable Love Letter to London

Last Stop Is a Playable Love Letter to London

Courtesy of Annapurna InteractiveThis opening to Last Stop, a new narrative-adventure game by British studio Variable State, is kind of a feint.

Shrinking Birds with Longer Wings?

Shrinking Birds with Longer Wings?

Her most recent research, published this summer in the Journal of Animal Ecology , focuses on a unique data set: A collection from the Chicago Field Museum that goes back four decades and includes more than 70,000 birds killed during migration in collisions with the Windy City’s skyscrapers.