The Iguana Invasion

The Iguana Invasion

Photo © Lisa Ballard A green iguana is not exactly Godzilla, but at least in Florida, people are still preparing their defenses.An herbivore that eats an occasional cricket or tree snail, the green iguana is now consuming large quantities of native Florida flora, like the nickerbean, a plant that the rare Miami blue butterfly relies on.

Is It OK to Change Hurricane Forecasts With a Sharpie Doodle?

Is It OK to Change Hurricane Forecasts With a Sharpie Doodle?

Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesTo do that, I’m going to use a much simpler problem—predicting the path of a tennis ball tossed into the air.In our model above, the ball lands between 7.93 and 8.06 meters.

A Fungus Could Wipe Out the Banana Forever

A Fungus Could Wipe Out the Banana Forever

Now 99 percent of all exported bananas are Cavendish—with almost all of them grown in Latin America.“What we’re having is an almost apocalyptic scenario where we’ll probably lose Cavendish as well,” says Sarah Gurr, Exeter University’s chair in food security.

The Meat-Allergy Tick Also Carries a Mystery Killer Virus

The Meat-Allergy Tick Also Carries a Mystery Killer Virus

A tick best known for making people allergic to red meat can also infect its victims with the deadly Bourbon virus. But the CDC has yet to formally declare Bourbon virus a tick-borne disease, which would require states to report any cases to the federal agency.

Strava's New Tool Builds Routes Based on Your Finger Swipes

Strava's New Tool Builds Routes Based on Your Finger Swipes

The straightforwardly named tool, which lives inside the Strava app, is purpose-built for smartphones and makes finding new routes as simple as tracing your finger over a map: Just draw where you want to go and it spits out an ideal path.

Screens Might Be as Bad for Mental Health as … Potatoes

Screens Might Be as Bad for Mental Health as … Potatoes

If they’re pessimists, they tend to find negative ones." LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction In the latest issue of Nature Human Behavior , Przybylski and coauthor Amy Orben use a novel statistical method to show why scientists studying these colossal data sets have been getting such different results and why most of the associations researchers have found, positive and negative, are very small—and probably not worth freaking out about.

Self-Driving's Outcast Returns With a Robotruck Scheme

Self-Driving's Outcast Returns With a Robotruck Scheme

Self-Driving's Outcast Returns With a Robotruck SchemeFormer Googler and Uberista Anthony Levandowski is back on the self-driving scene with a robot truck scheme that values camera and machine learning over lidar and detailed maps.picture alliance/Getty ImagesAnthony Levandowski, the engineer whose alleged theft of trade secrets landed him in the middle of a blockbuster self-driving car legal fight, has stepped back into the spotlight with a new company.

The green growth crossroads: changing course to fight climate change in Lao PDR

The green growth crossroads: changing course to fight climate change in Lao PDR

Green growth means reducing dangerous air and water pollution that harm human health, ensuring sustainable expansion of the power sector, managing river basins, making agriculture and infrastructure more resilient, and better protecting natural heritage, including Lao PDR’s rich and globally important wildlife.

Hurricane Florence’s Path: Closing In on Carolina Coast

Hurricane Florence’s Path: Closing In on Carolina Coast

Federal, state and local officials, who have already spent days trying to warn people in Florence’s path of the potential severity of the storm, issued some of their most strident pleas yet on Wednesday for people to get out of harm’s way.“We know a lot of our coastal residents have ridden out storms before,” said Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina during a Wednesday evening news conference.

A road full of bottlenecks: Dutch cycle path is made of plastic waste

A road full of bottlenecks: Dutch cycle path is made of plastic waste

First path entirely made of recycled bottles, cups and packaging opens in Zwolle The world’s first plastic bicycle path made of recycled bottles, cups and packaging has opened in the Netherlands, as part of a pilot that could see similar roads open up across the country.