The Anthropause: How the Pandemic Gives Scientists a New Way to Study Wildlife

The Anthropause: How the Pandemic Gives Scientists a New Way to Study Wildlife

Some cities may have restricted driving, while others didn’t—researchers can look at both traffic and animal data to see how species in different areas adapted.

The Anti-Quarantine Protests Aren't About Covid-19

The Anti-Quarantine Protests Aren't About Covid-19

Many outlets, including WIRED , reminded readers that the groups of demonstrators are pint-sized compared to the vast majority of Americans who support social distancing and that protesters have much to gain from your attention.

Don't Misunderstand Earth Day's Successes

Don't Misunderstand Earth Day's Successes

In the world’s richest countries, which are the ones where environmentalism has most taken hold, the air, land, and water are all much cleaner than they were 50 years ago.

Anti-Quarantine Protests Are Dangerous and Weird

Anti-Quarantine Protests Are Dangerous and Weird

Our intended audience might get the point and understand that protesting stay-at-home orders and actually staying at home are not equally valid public health positions.

The Race to Save Flash Games From Internet Oblivion

The Race to Save Flash Games From Internet Oblivion

The videogame designers behind celebrated titles like Crypt of the Necrodancer, Hollow Knight, and Super Meat Boy all got their start noodling around with Flash, Fulp says.

The Big Lure of Tiny Keyboards

The Big Lure of Tiny Keyboards

The keys of a tiny keyboard aren’t any smaller than normal, they are just fewer in number.Toby Dan, who works in software sales in Atlanta, Georgia, is a mechanical keyboard enthusiast who builds and designs layouts for small boards.

Three Simple Tests Might Help Prevent Athletes' Injuries

Three Simple Tests Might Help Prevent Athletes' Injuries

The Redskins test players each week with the Sparta Science force plate and software program, according to head strength and conditioning coach Chad Englehart.

Richard Stallman’s Exit Heralds a New Era in Tech

Richard Stallman’s Exit Heralds a New Era in Tech

So much of life is about girding oneself against disappointment and adversity, but must those lessons begin freshman year at MIT?Most of the testimony against Stallman is from women who opted out of the free-software movement but stayed in tech, even though the sensible decision upon meeting Stallman and his enablers may well have been to leave the field entirely.

A Feline Anatomy Expert Weighs In on That Cats Trailer

A Feline Anatomy Expert Weighs In on That Cats Trailer

It’s more that I was just struck that they’re just cat ears: They’re upright, they’re triangular, they mostly face forward, and they’re perched more toward the top of the head, versus the sides of the head like humans are or even some breeds of dogs.

The Heady, Thorny Journey to Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms

The Heady, Thorny Journey to Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms

A good deal for anyone but Fluck, who helped lead the ballot campaign to essentially decriminalize magic mushrooms in this city by making enforcement an extremely low priority, a measure that passed by the slimmest of margins early last month.

Military vs. Wind Farms, Facebook vs. Fake Accounts, and More News

Military vs. Wind Farms, Facebook vs. Fake Accounts, and More News

The military is decidedly not here for wind farms, Facebook busted up more fake news accounts, and we have some advice for your next poo. The military is locked in a struggle with wind farms. Facebook banned more fake accounts.

When Futurism Led to Fascism—and Why It Could Happen Again

When Futurism Led to Fascism—and Why It Could Happen Again

In technology, all that matters is tomorrow.” Here’s a quote from the 1909 manifesto: “Why should we look back, when what we want is to break down the mysterious doors of the Impossible?” Where Marinetti declares “We stand on the last promontory of the centuries!” today’s technology moguls say “the future is now.” Where the Italian Futurists were hypnotized by cars and planes, today’s technologists are drooling over rocket ships and space travel.

Corporations Are Co-Opting Right-to-Repair

Corporations Are Co-Opting Right-to-Repair

Corporations Are Co-Opting Right-to-Repair Vadim Zhakupov/Getty Images "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." As an advocate, organizer, and campaigner for preschool access, tax fairness, plastic pollution and other causes for the last 14 years, I’ve heard this saying many times.

The Goat-Birthing, Tomato-Fermenting Homesteaders of YouTube

The Goat-Birthing, Tomato-Fermenting Homesteaders of YouTube

The Goat-Birthing, Tomato-Fermenting Homesteaders of YouTube The comments sections are the most knowledgeable I’ve ever encountered: If a YouTuber is doing something wrong, there’s always some sheep or peach tree or rainwater collection expert there to troubleshoot and offer advice.

Making Beautiful Darkroom Images—Without Using a Camera

Making Beautiful Darkroom Images—Without Using a Camera

Related Stories "I just kind of let my body move around," Kent says. "My main meditation practice is a body scan," Kent says.

The Soothing Promise of Our Own Artisanal Internet

The Soothing Promise of Our Own Artisanal Internet

“I don’t know what the Michael Pollan version would be: Eat independent sites, mostly not Facebook?” says Glitch CEO Anil Dash, who helped create some early social web tools 15 years ago at Six Apart and has long argued that tech needs to reintroduce community and user control.

What Happens When Techno-Utopians Actually Run a Country

What Happens When Techno-Utopians Actually Run a Country

“It’s imperative that this works, because this shows a model for industrial democracies from the US to Asia.” While Bannon gushed, members of Five Star like Nugnes and Fattori reeled at where their movement had ended up: tied to a party led by a man many of them regarded as a fascist.

The Redditors Who Reclaimed r/FatPussy (and Other Vile Subs)

The Redditors Who Reclaimed r/FatPussy (and Other Vile Subs)

She'd been eyeing the community from a distance for a while, but then there was rumbling among Reddit's moderators: The deposed alt-right troll king Milo Yiannopoulos had just requested control of the sub.

The Quest to Topple Science-Stymying Academic Paywalls

The Quest to Topple Science-Stymying Academic Paywalls

Many publications have since found ways to allow open access in their journals by permitting it but charging an expensive (usually hundreds or thousands of dollars per article) “article processing charge,” or APC, that is paid by the institution or the author behind the research as a sort of cost of being published.

A 1970s Essay Predicted Silicon Valley's High-Minded Tyranny

A 1970s Essay Predicted Silicon Valley's High-Minded Tyranny

Bitcoin is dominated by a small cadre of investors, and “mining” new coins is so expensive and electricity-draining that only large institutions can participate; Facebook’s advertising system is exploited by foreign governments and other malevolent political actors who have had free rein to spread disinformation and discord; and Google’s informal structure allows leaders to believe they can act in secret to dispense with credible accusations of harassment.In Freeman’s unstinting language, this rhetoric of openness “becomes a smokescreen for the strong or the lucky to establish unquestioned hegemony over others.”Because “Tyranny” explains how things work, as opposed to how people say things work, it has become a touchstone for social critics of all stripes.

Tell us: are you taking part in a Rise for Climate event?

Tell us: are you taking part in a Rise for Climate event?

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