Hotspot Watch 1 April 2020

Hotspot Watch 1 April 2020

Generally light rainfall amounts across a majority of the North Island during the next week will likely result in soil moisture decreases in many locations, with most existing hotspots strengthening and expanding at least slightly.

How Airlines Are Trying to Boost Efficiency and Cut Emissions

How Airlines Are Trying to Boost Efficiency and Cut Emissions

Improvements to air traffic control could also help reduce emissions by as much as 12 percent, per a 1999 estimate from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

A Twitch Streamer Is Exposing Coronavirus Scams Live

A Twitch Streamer Is Exposing Coronavirus Scams Live

Earlier this week, live on Twitch, the streamer Kitboga attempted to place a wholesale order for an essential oil that, according to the woman on the phone with him, cured Covid-19.

Hotspot Watch 26 March 2020

Hotspot Watch 26 March 2020

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that severe meteorological drought coverage has receded significantly in the past week, but it is still found in parts of Northland, Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula, and East Cape.

Local Critter Quest: Spot a Pocket Gopher

Local Critter Quest: Spot a Pocket Gopher

You will not find an entrance to the mound, which distinguishes the pocket gopher from ground squirrels, voles and many other burrowing mammals.Pocket gophers block the entrance to the main tunnel with a loose plug of soil.

Hotspot Watch 18 March 2020

Hotspot Watch 18 March 2020

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that severe meteorological drought currently encompasses most of Northland, Auckland, northern Waikato, western Bay of Plenty, East Cape, and small portions of interior Manawatu-Whanganui, with meteorological drought in place from Bay of Plenty through the Central Plateau (see NZDI map).

How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Also, the World Health Organization recommends letting your concoction sit for a minimum of 72 hours after you're done, that way the sanitizer has time to kill any bacteria that might have been introduced during the mixing process.

Hotspot Watch 11 March 2020

Hotspot Watch 11 March 2020

As of 8 March, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that all of the upper North Island is experiencing severe meteorological drought, along with East Cape and interior Manawatu-Whanganui, with meteorological drought in many other locations.

The Weasel on the Toilet & Other Weird Species Discoveries

The Weasel on the Toilet & Other Weird Species Discoveries

Photo © Juan Manuel de Roux / iNaturalist Sometimes, new species are found after years of dedicated fieldwork.Named Macrobiotus shonaicus , the species is the 168th type of tardigrade ever discovered.

Hotspot Watch 5 March 2020

Hotspot Watch 5 March 2020

Despite this, soil moisture levels generally decreased slightly during the past week, particularly in the Far North and from Waikato to Hawke’s Bay. The driest soils across the North Island, when compared to normal for this time of the year, are generally found in the northern half of the island along with Wairarapa, while the wettest soils for this time of the year are located in Kapiti Coast.

Hotspot Watch 27 February 2020

Hotspot Watch 27 February 2020

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that all of the upper North Island as well as East Cape are experiencing severe meteorological drought, while the southern Waikato and eastern Taranaki to Manawatu-Whanganui and western Bay of Plenty are experiencing meteorological drought (see NZDI map).

Hotspot Watch 19 February 2020

Hotspot Watch 19 February 2020

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that the upper North Island has widespread severe meteorological drought, with meteorological drought also affecting central Waikato to Manawatu-Whanganui as well as East Cape (see NZDI map below).

Auckland set to break dry spell record

Auckland set to break dry spell record

The New Zealand Drought Index ( ) shows severe meteorological drought is widespread across Northland, Auckland, and northern Waikato.The summer of 2012-13 featured one of the worst droughts in decades for parts of Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, and the western South Island.

The Big (yet Hidden) Consequences of Antarctica's Record Heat

The Big (yet Hidden) Consequences of Antarctica's Record Heat

But step into the Martian-like dry valleys and you’ll be treading on a bustling community of tiny organisms, like nematode worms and ultra-hardy water bears and mites.“Really, that's the charismatic megafauna of continental Antarctica,” says evolutionary ecologist Byron Adams of Brigham Young University, who is currently surveying life on the continent.

Hotspot Watch 12 February 2020

Hotspot Watch 12 February 2020

Due to the likelihood of heavy rain from Uesi, soil moisture levels will likely increase during the next week across the western and lower South Island.

Want to Fight Climate Change? Stop Believing These Myths

Want to Fight Climate Change? Stop Believing These Myths

In response to the argument that we can ditch oil and coal immediately, he points out that renewable technologies are still more expensive and are not as readily available in the economically developing world, where plentiful and cheap fossil fuels are helping pull people out of poverty.

The Terrifying Science Behind the Locust Plagues of Africa

The Terrifying Science Behind the Locust Plagues of Africa

Around 20 species of the 7,000 known grasshopper varieties transform into what’s known as a gregarious phenotype, which means their bodies actually change as they socialize into swarms.But why does the desert locust go gregarious, when the vast majority of grasshopper species remain solitarious?

Hotspot Watch 5 February 2020

Hotspot Watch 5 February 2020

In addition, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that the upper North Island (northern Waikato northbound) has widespread meteorological drought conditions.In the North Island, mostly dry conditions will continue during next week and rainfall is expected to be below normal for the time of year.

The Iowa Caucus Meltdown, a Coronavirus Mask Shortage, and More News

The Iowa Caucus Meltdown, a Coronavirus Mask Shortage, and More News

As millions of Chinese remain in lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a new global problem has arisen: a shortage of surgical masks.And that isn't just a problem for China: The US gets 95 percent of its surgical masks from overseas, and China is the world's largest supplier.

Mysterious New Ransomware Targets Industrial Control Systems

Mysterious New Ransomware Targets Industrial Control Systems

Over the last month, researchers at security firms including Sentinel One and Dragos have puzzled over a piece of code called Snake or EKANS, which they now believe is specifically designed to target industrial control systems, the software and hardware used in everything from oil refineries to power grids to manufacturing facilities.

Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It’s Gouging Holes in the Arctic

Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It’s Gouging Holes in the Arctic

“Where permafrost tends to be lake sediment or organic soils, the type of Earth material that can hold a lot of water, these are like sponges on the landscape,” says Turetsky.

Hotspot Watch 30 January 2020

Hotspot Watch 30 January 2020

In addition, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that the upper North Island (northern Waikato northbound) has widespread meteorological drought conditions, and in fact, the Aupouri peninsula and pockets of Great Barrier Island have recently reached severe meteorological drought conditions (see map at bottom).

Hotspot Watch 22 January 2020

Hotspot Watch 22 January 2020

In addition, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that the upper North Island has widespread extremely dry soils, and some locations in Northland, Auckland, and northern Waikato have reached meteorological drought conditions (see map at bottom).

Automated Solar Arrays Could Help Incinerate Global Warming

Automated Solar Arrays Could Help Incinerate Global Warming

Gross says such efficiency can deliver heat 20 percent more cheaply than fossil fuels can.Gross is also building a receiver that can handle temperatures above 2,700 degrees.

A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet

A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet

The World Economic Forum predicts plastic production will double in the next 20 years.“In the context of a world trying to shift off of fossil fuels as an energy source, this is where [oil and gas companies] see the growth,” said Steven Feit, a staff attorney at the Center for International Environmental Law, an advocacy group.

Hotspot Watch 15 January 2020

Hotspot Watch 15 January 2020

As of 12 January, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that the upper North Island continues to have widespread very dry to extremely dry soils, and some locations could approach meteorological drought conditions with additional dry weather in the coming week.

Iranian Hackers Have Been ‘Password-Spraying’ the US Grid

Iranian Hackers Have Been ‘Password-Spraying’ the US Grid

But they’ve been working to gain access to American electric utilities, long before tensions between the two countries came to a head .On Thursday morning, industrial control system security firm Dragos detailed newly revealed hacking activity that it has tracked and attributed to a group of state-sponsored hackers it calls Magnallium.

Hotspot Watch 8 January 2020

Hotspot Watch 8 January 2020

Across the North Island, rainfall of generally less than 5 mm during the past week has led to notable soil moisture decreases for nearly all locations and expansion of existing hotspot coverage.

Hotspot Watch 19 December 2019

Hotspot Watch 19 December 2019

With the anticipated rainfall in the upcoming week, little or no change in soil moisture levels are expected from the south Waikato northbound, along with parts of southern Hawke’s Bay and coastal Wairarapa, while the rest of the North Island are expected to experience slight soil moisture increases.

Hotspot Watch 11 December 2019

Hotspot Watch 11 December 2019

Across the South Island, substantial rainfall during the past week led to soil moisture increases along the lower West coast, Fiordland, parts of Otago, lower Canterbury along with northern Tasman and Marlborough.