Plastic Is Falling From the Sky. But Where’s It Coming From?

Plastic Is Falling From the Sky. But Where’s It Coming From?

But new modeling published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that 84 percent of airborne microplastics in the American West actually comes from the roads outside of major cities.

A ‘Last Hope’ Experiment Finds Evidence for Unknown Particles

A ‘Last Hope’ Experiment Finds Evidence for Unknown Particles

In the paper, a team of theorists known as BMW present a state-of-the-art supercomputer calculation of the most uncertain term that goes into the standard model prediction of the muon’s magnetic moment.

More Lightning in the Arctic Is Bad News for the Planet

More Lightning in the Arctic Is Bad News for the Planet

“The 2020 heat wave in the Russian Arctic shows how—even at high latitudes—really warm weather conditions can develop that can lead to fires that burn intensely and can grow to be very large,” says Isla Myers-Smith, an ecologist at the University of Edinburgh who studies the region but wasn’t involved in this new work.

Social Media CEOs Can’t Defend Their Business Model

Social Media CEOs Can’t Defend Their Business Model

On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Sundar Pichai testified before Congress for a hearing titled “Disinformation Nation: Social Media’s Role In Promoting Extremism And Misinformation.” By this point, it was far from their first rodeo.

Indoor-Grown Weed Is Spewing Carbon Into the Atmosphere

Indoor-Grown Weed Is Spewing Carbon Into the Atmosphere

Based on their calculations, cannabis production results in over 2,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide emitted for every kilogram of product (defined as dried flowers), and its legalization has had a measurable effect on Colorado's greenhouse gas output.

Could The Simpsons Replace Its Voice Actors With AI?

Could The Simpsons Replace Its Voice Actors With AI?

“You could certainly come up with an episode of The Simpsons that is voiced by the characters in a believable way,” says Tim McSmythurs, a Canada-based AI researcher and media producer who has built a speech model that can be trained to mimic anyone’s voice.

There's a Surge of New EVs. We Take Them for a Spin

There's a Surge of New EVs. We Take Them for a Spin

Most have ranges well above 200 miles, and a few start below $40,000.Among the latest entries: Volkswagen’s ID.4 compact crossover, the Volvo XC40 Recharge, Hyundai’s Ioniq, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Polestar 2, Kia’s Niro EV, a new Chevy Bolt and larger Bolt EUV, and more affordable versions of Porsche’s performance-oriented Taycan.

A Decades-Long Quest Reveals New Details of Antimatter

A Decades-Long Quest Reveals New Details of Antimatter

But whichever model is right, SeaQuest’s hard data about the proton’s inner antimatter will be immediately useful, especially for physicists who smash protons together at nearly light speed in Europe’s Large Hadron Collider.

Tips on How to Snag a PlayStation 5 (Good Luck!)

Tips on How to Snag a PlayStation 5 (Good Luck!)

Plus, you can play your old PS4 discs on the new console, and you can resell PS5 game discs when you’re done, which you can’t do with digital versions.

10 Great TV and Soundbar Deals for the Super Bowl

10 Great TV and Soundbar Deals for the Super Bowl

This 75-inch LG model is the best deal right now, with AirPlay for streaming from iOS, the company's excellent NanoCell screen technology, and its point-and-click magic remote (like a Nintendo Wii Remote for TVs) in tow.

9 Russian Adventurers Mysteriously Froze to Death. A New Theory Explains Why

9 Russian Adventurers Mysteriously Froze to Death. A New Theory Explains Why

The researchers modeled how such winds could have built up snow above the tent, and how long it would have taken to reach a critical load that would cause the top slab to slip off the weaker layer below, now that its structural integrity was compromised by the cut.

The Secret Ingredient That Powers Supernovas

The Secret Ingredient That Powers Supernovas

Whenever theorists tried to model these intricate particle motions and interactions in computer simulations, the supernova’s shock wave would stall and fall back on itself.Only in the last few years, with the growth of supercomputers, have theorists had enough computing power to model massive stars with the complexity needed to achieve explosions.

Can an AI Predict the Language of Viral Mutation?

Can an AI Predict the Language of Viral Mutation?

Last winter, Brian Hie, a computational biologist at MIT and a fan of the lyric poetry of John Donne, was thinking about this problem when he alighted upon an analogy: What if we thought of viral sequences the way we think of written language?

Google’s New Union Is Already Addressing Political Issues

Google’s New Union Is Already Addressing Political Issues

“This model opens up a lot of possibilities, and it creates a dynamic where workers can leverage their power through an organization,” says Wes McEnany, the East Coast lead for CWA’s Campaign to Organize Digital Employees.

Climate Change Is Turning Cities Into Ovens

Climate Change Is Turning Cities Into Ovens

Climate change is making the urban heat-island effect all the more dire in cities across the world, and it’s only going to get worse.

7 Simple Ways to Make Your Android Phone More Secure

7 Simple Ways to Make Your Android Phone More Secure

There are times when you will want to hand your unlocked phone to the people around you—showing photos to friends, for instance, or giving it to your kids to play on—and you may want to consider putting some extra locks on the apps you want to be more secure.

The Best Cyber Monday Deals If You Work From Home

The Best Cyber Monday Deals If You Work From Home

FlexiSpot EG1 Standing Desk for $220 ($100 off).FlexiSpot also has discounted another similar model to $230 ($70 off) that offers very little customization and no presets, except it claims it takes just 5 minutes to put the whole thing together.

This Bluetooth Attack Can Steal a Tesla Model X in Minutes

This Bluetooth Attack Can Steal a Tesla Model X in Minutes

But one security researcher has shown how vulnerabilities in the Tesla Model X's keyless entry system allow a different sort of update: A hacker could rewrite the firmware of a key fob via Bluetooth connection, lift an unlock code from the fob, and use it to steal a Model X in just a matter of minutes.

The Tenuous Promise of the Substack Dream

The Tenuous Promise of the Substack Dream

Substack CEO Chris Best tells me that while he’s not out to kill what’s left of big media, the ad-free newsletter model has advantages over what traditional journalism has become—a chase for clicks where “most people’s media diets get determined by social media,” he says.

Yes, Accept the Flaws of Election and Epidemic Models

Yes, Accept the Flaws of Election and Epidemic Models

The work of poll wonks like Silver, and the idea of predictions in elections, has been criticized for valid reasons, some offering insightful takes as to why they got things wrong in 2020.

Formulas or Code? It’s All Numbers When It Comes to Physics

Formulas or Code? It’s All Numbers When It Comes to Physics

If you aren't familiar with these numerical calculations (another name for computational physics), the basic idea is to take a problem and break it into many smaller and simpler problems.

What Even Is Friction, Anyway?

What Even Is Friction, Anyway?

In some way, the atoms on the surface of the wood block are interacting with the surface atoms on the table.That is to say, the frictional force pushes in a direction to try to prevent sliding.

Walmart 'Big Save' 2020: The 19 Best Deals (Updated)

Walmart 'Big Save' 2020: The 19 Best Deals (Updated)

Amazon's Prime Day shopping event is over, but retail rival Walmart's competing "The Big Save" sale runs through Thursday.Updated October 15: We've updated this post for the final day of Walmart's sale, added a stand mixer, and crossed out some sold out deals.

Amazon Prime Day 2020: The 15 Best Laptop Deals (Updated)

Amazon Prime Day 2020: The 15 Best Laptop Deals (Updated)

It's still powerful though, with an Intel i7 chip, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card, 18-gigabytes of RAM, a 256-gigabyte SSD, and a 15.6-inch Full HD 144-Hz display.

The Tech That's Championing the Public Good

The Tech That's Championing the Public Good

But public health requires the public’s consent: The technologies that will help us get past Covid-19 are only as valuable as the number of people who use them.

Tesla's Latest Numbers Put Growth Concerns to Rest

Tesla's Latest Numbers Put Growth Concerns to Rest

That's a lot less than the 27,000 S and X vehicles Tesla sold two years earlier.Tesla plans to introduce a new high-end Model S called the Model S Plaid next year.

Mathematical ‘Hocus-Pocus’ Saved Particle Physics

Mathematical ‘Hocus-Pocus’ Saved Particle Physics

To theorists puzzling over the physical meaning of renormalization, QED hinted that the electron had two charges: a theoretical charge, which was infinite, and the measured charge, which was not.

Want to Save the Whales? Eavesdrop on Their Calls

Want to Save the Whales? Eavesdrop on Their Calls

“And that's not really good when you're trying to hear animals that are many miles away making sounds.” So Baumgartner and his colleagues made the first 100 feet of mooring out of a rubbery “stretch hose.” When the buoy bobs on waves and tugs on the mooring, that stretchy bit coming off the instrument stays silent, allowing the hydrophone to listen for whales undisturbed.

How VR—and Marvel Superheroes—Might Elicit Empathy

How VR—and Marvel Superheroes—Might Elicit Empathy

After watching up close as a woman is sexually harassed in her place of work, you might gain more understanding of the power imbalance between genders.The goal of Messy Truth is to immerse viewers in situations where they normally would not find themselves because of their gender, their race, or where they live.

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.”.