Hotspot Watch 27 January 2022

Hotspot Watch 27 January 2022

As of 25 January, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located across nearly all of the upper North Island, Bay of Plenty, parts of Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay. In addition, very dry or extremely dry conditions are located in much of Northland, Auckland, and Waikato, while a small area of meteorological drought has emerged in northwest Northland.

Hotspot Watch 20 January 2022

Hotspot Watch 20 January 2022

As of 17 January, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map shown below indicates that dry conditions are now located in Nelson, southern and interior Otago, eastern Southland, and Stewart Island.

Hotspot Watch 13 January 2022

Hotspot Watch 13 January 2022

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located in southern Otago, eastern Southland, and Stewart Island.

Detailed Footage Finally Reveals What Triggers Lightning

Detailed Footage Finally Reveals What Triggers Lightning

“People have been sending balloons, rockets and airplanes into thunderstorms for decades and never seen electric fields anywhere near large enough,” said Joseph Dwyer, a physicist at the University of New Hampshire and a co-author on the new paper who has puzzled over the origins of lightning for over two decades.

Hotspot Watch 6 January 2022

Hotspot Watch 6 January 2022

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions have emerged in northern Kaipara Harbour and eastern Waikato.As of 4 January, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry-to-very dry conditions are located in parts of Southland, Raikura/Stewart Island and Clutha.

The great debate: when does summer begin?

The great debate: when does summer begin?

While both the astronomical and meteorological definitions are valid, NIWA forecasters have turned to Mother Nature’s weather patterns, looking at the warmest 90-day period of the year to provide another perspective on when summer in Aotearoa New Zealand begins.

Battlefield 2042 Turns the Climate Crisis Into a Playground

Battlefield 2042 Turns the Climate Crisis Into a Playground

During November's COP26 summit , the world’s largest polluters, the US and China, refused to make even a loose and nonbinding commitment to move away from coal over the next few decades.

Hotspot Watch 16 December 2021

Hotspot Watch 16 December 2021

As of 14 December, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are located in Wairarapa along with coastal areas from Marlborough to central Canterbury.

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.

Hotspot Watch 10 December 2021

Hotspot Watch 10 December 2021

During the past week, the former hotspot located in Wairarapa dissipated, but new hotspots formed in southern Northland, northern Auckland, a small area near Whakatāne, and southern Hawke’s Bay. The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry and very dry conditions are now located in Wairarapa as of 8 December.

Hotspot Watch - 3 December 2021

Hotspot Watch - 3 December 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions continued to be located in the Wairarapa, with slim area of very dry conditions now emerging along the eastern coastal strip.

David Attenborough’s Unending Mission to Save Our Planet

David Attenborough’s Unending Mission to Save Our Planet

And right now, in the year of COP26, The Green Planet hopes to do for plants what Attenborough has done for oceans and animals … create understanding and encourage us to care.

Our seas are sizzling again

Our seas are sizzling again

Marine heatwave conditions, classified when the sea temperature is above the 90th percentile for at least 5 days, have been observed in waters offshore of all regions of New Zealand.

Hotspot Watch 26 November 2021

Hotspot Watch 26 November 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located in coastal Wairarapa as of 23 November.The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located in coastal Ashburton District as of 23 November.

Hotspot Watch 18 November 2021

Hotspot Watch 18 November 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that no dry conditions are located in the North Island as of 15 November.The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that no dry conditions are located in the South Island as of 15 November.

Early Evidence of How Wildfire Smoke Alters Bird Migration

Early Evidence of How Wildfire Smoke Alters Bird Migration

Overton and his colleagues believe this marks the first time scientists were able to definitively document how wildfire smoke alters bird migration.Overton and his colleagues were also tracking 12 additional waterfowl species, all of which migrate later in the fall than Tule geese.

Hotspot Watch 11 November 2021

Hotspot Watch 11 November 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that no dry conditions are located in the North Island as of 8 November.The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that no dry conditions are located in the South Island as of 8 November.

Hotspot Watch 4 November 2021

Hotspot Watch 4 November 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that no dry conditions are located in the North Island as of 1 November.The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that no dry conditions are located in the South Island as of 1 November.

The Future Is Bleak. Pondering Pangaea Gives Me Hope

The Future Is Bleak. Pondering Pangaea Gives Me Hope

Like gazing at the stars, contemplating the so-called deep future of Earth with a new supercontinent can take the sting out of bleak climate predictions for the nearer term.

Fabulous Fiordland showcased in new e-Guide

Fabulous Fiordland showcased in new e-Guide

Gradients in light, current, and wave exposure occur along the narrow fiords to create a diverse environment, supporting abundant animal and algal communities in different zones along the fiords.

The ‘Forever Virus’ Won't Go Away Until Kids Get Vaccinated

The ‘Forever Virus’ Won't Go Away Until Kids Get Vaccinated

Vaccinations were supposed to end our nightmare and we’d enjoy a 2021 “summer of freedom.” But when the season ended with some of the highest case and deaths numbers to date, I knew it was time to talk to Larry Brilliant again.

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.

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.

In a Tiny Arctic Town, Food Is Getting Harder to Come By

In a Tiny Arctic Town, Food Is Getting Harder to Come By

I visited the Igloolik community radio station, Nipivut Nunatinnii “Our Voice at Home,” and had them run an announcement that I was in town and looking for stories about water and climate change.

Why Flight Is So Controversial in Online Games

Why Flight Is So Controversial in Online Games

When game developers introduced mounted flying to online superhero game City of Heroes and World of Warcraft in the mid-aughts, it changed the MMORPG genre forever—both for better and for worse.

AI Can Write Code Like Humans—Bugs and All

AI Can Write Code Like Humans—Bugs and All

Alex Naka, a data scientist at a biotech firm who signed up to test Copilot, says the program can be very helpful, and it has changed the way he works.Despite such flaws, Copilot and similar AI-powered tools may herald a sea change in the way software developers write code.

Epic Leaves a Big Crack in Apple’s Walled Garden

Epic Leaves a Big Crack in Apple’s Walled Garden

On Friday, after a contentious legal battle over Apple’s alleged monopoly power over the iOS ecosystem, a California judge snipped the tug-of-war rope between Apple and Epic Games.And Apple must change its App Store rules to allow developers to use other payment systems⁠—a blow to Apple’s iron grip on the iOS ecosystem.

Dolphins Eavesdrop on Each Other to Avoid Awkward Run-Ins

Dolphins Eavesdrop on Each Other to Avoid Awkward Run-Ins

In their experiment, Curé’s team tested how dolphins responded when the researchers parked their boats overhead and played them social noises recorded from other groups.So to test how the animals respond, researchers play a recording of those sounds over a speaker and watch what happens.

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.

Community Pharmacies Stepped Up During Covid—and Changed for Good

Community Pharmacies Stepped Up During Covid—and Changed for Good

Professionally, community pharmacies have spent decades advocating for enhanced services, often through legislative initiatives for pharmacists to be identified, legally, as health care providers, as well as for the role of the pharmacy technician to expand.