The Danger of Leaving Weather Prediction to AI

The Danger of Leaving Weather Prediction to AI

Models are now capable of interpreting the dynamics of parcels of atmosphere as small as 3 kilometers in area, and since 1960 these models have been able to include ever-more-accurate data sent from weather satellites.

The Great Danger of the Tiny Bark Beetle

The Great Danger of the Tiny Bark Beetle

These infestations can be fatal for pines—a 2019 study found that among ponderosa pines attacked by bark beetles following the drought, an estimated 90 percent of them died.

As the Arctic Warms, AI Forecasts Scope Out Shifting Sea Ice

As the Arctic Warms, AI Forecasts Scope Out Shifting Sea Ice

While AI also requires complex data and a lot of initial computing power, once an algorithm is trained on the right amount and kind of data, it can detect patterns in climate conditions more quickly than physics-based models, according to Thomas Anderson, a data scientist at the British Antarctic Survey who developed an AI ice forecast called IceNet.

Microplastics May Be Cooling—and Heating—Earth’s Climate

Microplastics May Be Cooling—and Heating—Earth’s Climate

The good news is that microplastics may be reflecting a tiny bit of the sun’s energy back into space, which would actually cool the climate ever so slightly.

Coastal flooding likely to be main driver for adaptation

Coastal flooding likely to be main driver for adaptation

New NIWA-led research shows increasing flood risk is going to be what leads people to make changes to adapt to sea-level rise.“Rising seas are slowly causing a trifecta of impacts along coastlines in Aotearoa: increasingly frequent flooding, coastal erosion and even permanent inundation,” says Dr Scott Stephens, NIWA Chief Scientist for Coasts & Estuaries.

Soon Your Google Searches Can Combine Text and Images

Soon Your Google Searches Can Combine Text and Images

Integrating MUM into Google search results also represents a continued march toward the use of language models that rely on vast amounts of text scraped from the web and a kind of neural network architecture called Transformer.

The Llama, the Hamster, and a New Path for Covid Treatment

The Llama, the Hamster, and a New Path for Covid Treatment

To design a new potential Covid treatment, researchers at the Rosalind Franklin Institute at Oxford University took advantage of the biological quirks of an unlikely animal pair: the llama and the Syrian hamster.

Amazon Just Introduced Three New Kindle Paperwhites

Amazon Just Introduced Three New Kindle Paperwhites

All three of the new Paperwhites will have 6.8-inch screens, which is slightly larger than the original 6-inch model, if still a fraction smaller than the top-tier 7-inch Kindle Oasis .

How to Preorder the iPhone 13—and Which One You Should Get

How to Preorder the iPhone 13—and Which One You Should Get

Below, we break down the differences between the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max , and have included details on how to preorder one of these shiny new slabs of glass (or multiple, we don't judge).Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-Year Subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off) .

Why It’s So Hard to Predict Where the Covid-19 Pandemic Is Headed Next

Why It’s So Hard to Predict Where the Covid-19 Pandemic Is Headed Next

The question comes in many variations—what next week will be like, or the next school year , or the next winter —and has so for as long as the virus has been with us.So has vaccination, including the extent to which vaccinated people spread the virus , and how well immunity holds up over time.

What Is Zero Trust? It Depends What You Want to Hear

What Is Zero Trust? It Depends What You Want to Hear

Under the old model, all the computers, servers, and other devices physically in an office building were on the same network and trusted each other.Once an attacker slipped by those perimeter defenses, remotely or by physically infiltrating an organization, the network would instantly grant them a lot of trust and freedom.

NIWA takes shot at golf course ratings

NIWA takes shot at golf course ratings

Dr Turner determined that using NIWA’s in-house, high resolution weather model, known as the NZCSM – New Zealand Convective Scale Model – could result in a fairer comparison across all golf courses.NZCSM mean wind speeds from the past four years were applied to the ratings calculation of almost 400 golf courses across the country.

How Much Will It Cost to Prevent Deaths by Climate-Driven Heat?

How Much Will It Cost to Prevent Deaths by Climate-Driven Heat?

To come up with this model, Bressler says he started with an existing one for the social cost of carbon developed by Yale University economist William Nordhaus, which originally pegged that figure at $37 per ton.

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.