No, the Wuhan Virus Is Not a 'Snake Flu'

No, the Wuhan Virus Is Not a 'Snake Flu'

The release of genetic data has also spurred a flurry of new research findings in recent days, including one paper published by a team of Chinese researchers last night in the Journal of Medical Virology that claims to have used the viral sequence to find the most likely source of the emerging outbreak.

Amazon Device Christmas Sale (2019): Fire Tablets, Kindles, Echos

Amazon Device Christmas Sale (2019): Fire Tablets, Kindles, Echos

Amazon has afforded a few opportunities in the past few weeks to nab its own devices at steep discounts, and—good news fellow last-minute deal seeker—there are still some surprisingly good deals going on.

A Breakthrough for Chronic Wasting Disease?

A Breakthrough for Chronic Wasting Disease?

Photo © Lisa Ballard A new paper published in the journal PLoS ONE finds household bleach can deactivate Chronic Wasting Disease prions.

Scientists Now Know How Sleep Cleans Toxins From the Brain

Scientists Now Know How Sleep Cleans Toxins From the Brain

Lewis outfitted the participants with an EEG cap so she could look at the electrical currents flowing through their brains.“It’s a fantastic paper,” says Maiken Nedergaard, a neuroscientist at the University of Rochester who led the 2013 study that first described how sleep can clear out toxins in mice.

Your Secret Uber Tipping Behavior, Exposed

Your Secret Uber Tipping Behavior, Exposed

The company declined to say whether there have been shifts in tipping since mid-September 2017.The paper relies on detailed data about drivers, riders, and the rides themselves, including length, pickup time, and how many quick accelerations, hard brakes, and speeding stretches occurred during the trip.

Maybe It’s Not YouTube’s Algorithm That Radicalizes People

Maybe It’s Not YouTube’s Algorithm That Radicalizes People

The authors say the quantity and popularity of alternative (mostly right-wing) political media on YouTube is driven by both supply and demand.“We believe that the novel and disturbing fact of people consuming white nationalist video media was not caused by the supply of this media ‘radicalizing’ an otherwise moderate audience,” they write.

IBM Says Google’s Quantum Leap Was a Quantum Flop

IBM Says Google’s Quantum Leap Was a Quantum Flop

In 2017, after the company said it was closing in on the milestone, IBM researchers published results that appeared to move the goalposts.Soon, researchers from Chinese ecommerce company Alibaba, which has its own quantum computing program, released analysis claiming that the device could not do what Google said.

A New Gene Helps Explain Why Some People Need Less Sleep

A New Gene Helps Explain Why Some People Need Less Sleep

Fu and her colleague and spouse Louis Ptáček, both at the University of California, San Francisco, had just identified a gene mutation that significantly decreased how many hours someone needs to sleep .

A Cow, a Controversy, and a Dashed Dream of More Humane Farms

A Cow, a Controversy, and a Dashed Dream of More Humane Farms

That year, Van Eenennaam secured a half-million-dollar grant from the US Department of Agriculture to see if Buri’s descendants would inherit his genetic alteration as intended, and to study those animals’ health and dairy-producing potential.

Unilever to Halve Use of New Plastic as Uproar Over Waste Grows

Unilever to Halve Use of New Plastic as Uproar Over Waste Grows

Unilever pledged to halve its use of newly made plastic by 2025 as the consumer-goods industry wrestles with growing criticism of the environmental impact of throwaway packaging.

Remember The Dress? Here’s Why We All See Colors Differently

Remember The Dress? Here’s Why We All See Colors Differently

When The Dress went viral in 2015—driving tens of millions of online onlookers into existential conniptions over whether the garment was blue and black or white and gold—it didn't just break the internet , it broke color science as researchers had conceived of it up to that point.But unlike that dress, nearly everyone perceives Kitaoka's berries as red.

The EPA Says Methane Rules Are Bad for Industry—It's Wrong

The EPA Says Methane Rules Are Bad for Industry—It's Wrong

In 2018, researchers at the Environmental Defense Fund along with scientists at 12 universities and two federal agencies published a paper in the journal Science concluding that the amount of methane leaking from oil and gas operations was 30 million metric tons per year, or about 60 percent more than EPA estimates.

Alleged 'Snake Oil' Crypto Firm Sues Over Boos at Black Hat

Alleged 'Snake Oil' Crypto Firm Sues Over Boos at Black Hat

In addition to legally targeting the conference, Crown Sterling has also filed suit against 10 "Doe" defendants, who it claims orchestrated a disruption of the company's sponsored talk at Black Hat. Grant's presentation, entitled "Discovery of Quasi-Prime Numbers: What Does this Mean for Encryption," was based on a paper called "Accurate and Infinite Prime Prediction from a Novel Quasi-PrimeAnalytical Methodology."

Microplastics Are Blowing Into the Pristine Arctic

Microplastics Are Blowing Into the Pristine Arctic

“Snow ‘scavenges’ the particles in the air and brings them down,” says marine ecologist Melanie Bergmann of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, lead author of a new paper in Science Advances .

Fractal Patterns Offer Clues to the Universe's Origin

Fractal Patterns Offer Clues to the Universe's Origin

“If you start far from equilibrium, like in the early universe, how does the arrow of time emerge, starting from first principles?” said Jürgen Berges, a theoretical physicist at Heidelberg University in Germany who has studied this problem for more than a decade.

You Can't Photoshop This Mountain

You Can't Photoshop This Mountain

Rather than limiting himself to any single time or place, he began making art that would transcend both, culminating in his series Cyano-Collage in 2015.Wu uses acrylic gel to paste the cyanotypes onto a huge canvas in his studio.

Many Animals Can’t Adapt to Climate Change Fast Enough

Many Animals Can’t Adapt to Climate Change Fast Enough

“I think the results of this paper really add an abundance of caution, that we shouldn't hope that species will adapt to changing climate and changing habitats, that we don't need to do anything,” says Mark Reynolds, lead scientist for the Nature Conservancy’s migratory bird program, who wasn’t involved in the study.

Security News This Week: Telegram Says China Is Behind DDoS

Security News This Week: Telegram Says China Is Behind DDoS

The secure messaging app Telegram was hit with a massive DDoS attack as protests erupted in Hong Kong this week. As protests erupted in the streets of Hong Kong this week, over a proposed law that would allow criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China, the secure messaging app Telegram was hit with a massive DDoS attack.

A Top Voting-Machine Firm Calls for Paper Ballots

A Top Voting-Machine Firm Calls for Paper Ballots

Legislation called the Secure Elections Act, cosponsored by senators James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) last year, aimed to shore up the nation's election security by providing states with new money to phase out paperless systems.

Monterey Bay Is a Natural Wonder—Poisoned With Microplastic

Monterey Bay Is a Natural Wonder—Poisoned With Microplastic

For one, microplastic is swirling in Monterey Bay’s water column at every depth they sampled, sometimes in concentrations greater than at the surface of the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Election Security Is Still Hurting at Every Level

Election Security Is Still Hurting at Every Level

The Russian meddling that rocked the 2016 United States presidential election gave the public a full view of something election officials and advocates have warned about for years: weak voting infrastructure and election systems around the US, and a lack of political will and funding to strengthen them.

Plant Silhouettes Foreshadow the Effects of Climate Change

Plant Silhouettes Foreshadow the Effects of Climate Change

For her first climate-change-related series Melt , in 2015, she printed satellite imagery of snowy mountains on unfixed salted paper, which caused them to fade over the course of a three-month exhibition.

Transhumanism Is Tempting—Until You Remember Inspector Gadget

Transhumanism Is Tempting—Until You Remember Inspector Gadget

Gadget has seemingly unlimited physical resources at his disposal, but cannot use them to save his life (literally).It is in scenes like this that I think of two things: Three Mile Island and butter production in Bangladesh.

Scientists Find a Volume Knob for Emotional Memories

Scientists Find a Volume Knob for Emotional Memories

Though the experiments were conducted in mice, and are just a proof of concept, Ramirez says understanding how these regions of the brain play a role in enhancing positive memories or suppressing negative ones could unlock targets for treating psychiatric disorders like depression, anxiety, and PTSD.Scientists identified neurons in a mouse's hippocampus, shown in green, that were involved in encoding a fear memory.

Technology That Could End Humanity—and How to Stop It

Technology That Could End Humanity—and How to Stop It

His latest paper, The Vulnerable World Hypothesis , widens the lens to look at other ways technology could ultimately devastate civilization, and how humanity might try to avoid that fate.

Why a Golf Ball Compresses Like a Spring—Until It Shatters

Why a Golf Ball Compresses Like a Spring—Until It Shatters

An experiment with a paperclip reveals both its elastic and plastic properties, a distinction that's key to how any material compresses or deforms. plastic properties of a paperclip with a graph that looks something like this.

16 Last-Minute Mother's Day Gifts on Sale Now

16 Last-Minute Mother's Day Gifts on Sale Now

Last-Minute Home Gifts for Mom. Eufy SpaceView Monitor for $120 ($40 off): Use code EUFYMD88 to get $40 off one of the most convenient and best baby monitors . Amazon Mother's Day Gift Ideas. Best Buy Mother's Day Gift Ideas.

Artificial Intelligence May Not 'Hallucinate' After All

Artificial Intelligence May Not 'Hallucinate' After All

Louise Matsakis covers cybersecurity, internet law, and online culture for WIRED.Now, a leading group of researchers from MIT have found a different answer, in a paper that was presented earlier this week: adversarial examples only look like hallucinations to people .

Putin Will Put Russia Behind an Internet Curtain

Putin Will Put Russia Behind an Internet Curtain

Security News This Week: Putin Will Put Russia Behind an Internet Curtain. Motherboard reports that hackers breached Citycomp, a German internet infrastructure provider for some of the world’s biggest corporations, stealing financial data and then attempting to extort the companies to get it back.

Trees and forests are key to fighting climate change and poverty. So are women

Trees and forests are key to fighting climate change and poverty. So are women

The success of these investments will be enhanced by considering gender-responsive activities and actions when designing and implementing forest landscape projects and programs.