How Ants Inspired a New Way to Measure Snow With Space Lasers

How Ants Inspired a New Way to Measure Snow With Space Lasers

“We can measure that distance of each individual photon traveling inside the snow,” says Hu, a researcher at NASA’s Langley Research Center.Just as an ant wanders around its underground colony, a photon shot from a space laser takes a random route through the snow.

The Field Herper: Finding Reptiles and Amphibians for Fun

The Field Herper: Finding Reptiles and Amphibians for Fun

“Whatever it is in the natural world that you get into, you get deeper and deeper into the lives of those animals,” says Mike Pingleton, field herper.© Daniel Núñez/TNC Photo Contest 2021 Pingleton, a field herper, retired from a 30-year career of computer operations in 2019.

A Bold Idea to Stall the Climate Crisis—by Building Better Trees

A Bold Idea to Stall the Climate Crisis—by Building Better Trees

Of all the potential fixes for the climate crisis, none has captured hearts and minds quite like tree planting.If newly planted forests aren’t properly cared for and monitored, the trees can die and any carbon they stored will be released back into the atmosphere.

A Global Boom in Fences Is Harming Wildlife

A Global Boom in Fences Is Harming Wildlife

“The main threat of the border wall is not the localized area of habitat loss and habitat degradation,” said Aaron Flesch, a wildlife biologist at the University of Arizona, who has studied the wall’s impacts.

“Very rare find” of ghost shark hatchling

“Very rare find” of ghost shark hatchling

Neonate (newly hatched) deepwater ghost shark (Hydrolagus sp) [Photo: Brit Finucci].Most deep-water ghost sharks are known adult specimens; neonates are infrequently reported so we know very little about them.

Wildfires Are Digging Carbon-Spewing Holes in the Arctic

Wildfires Are Digging Carbon-Spewing Holes in the Arctic

In the past 70 years, wildfires have burned 3 percent of the landscape but are responsible for 10 percent of thermokarst formation.

10 Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

10 Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

We hope that you enjoy this selection of the winning entries, with stories on everything from cassowary excrement to native trout conservation, from mothing as a hobby to essays on our childhood love of campground critters and The Crocodile Hunter.

Everything Amazon Announced—Including a Cute Security Robot

Everything Amazon Announced—Including a Cute Security Robot

You’ll get professional monitoring, backup internet on all Ring devices, access to the Alexa Guard Plus helpline, and more robust online security using Eero Secure.Photograph: AmazonWorking with The Home Depot, Ring's new JobSite Security bundle aims to make it easier to monitor job sites.

Hiking 101: Everything You Need to Head for the Hills

Hiking 101: Everything You Need to Head for the Hills

Shoes, Socks, and Base Layers.Check out our guides to the Best Trail Running Shoes and How to Layer for more info.Wicking Undershirts for $75+ : This guide has a few or our favorite base layer tops .

Microsoft Surface Event September 2021: Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Duo 2

Microsoft Surface Event September 2021: Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Duo 2

From a wacky folding laptop to the new and improved Surface Duo 2, there's plenty to choose from if you've been holding out for an upgrade .The Surface Laptop Studio starts at $1,600.

Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2 Is a Lovable Weirdo

Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2 Is a Lovable Weirdo

Two Octobers ago, Microsoft revealed its long-in-the-works dual-screened device, named the Surface Duo .When the Surface Duo 2 ships it will be running on Android 11 , and like the last time around, some key Microsoft Office apps have been optimized for the split screens.

September 2021 Apple Event Roundup: iPhone 13, iPad Mini, Apple Watch 7

September 2021 Apple Event Roundup: iPhone 13, iPad Mini, Apple Watch 7

Preorders open up on Friday, and all phones will be available on September 24.Apple only briefly touched on the privacy features of the new iPhones during today’s event, perhaps because it was eager to avoid wading into the recent photo-scanning controversy it’s found itself in.

Tips for Learning to Type With One Hand

Tips for Learning to Type With One Hand

Because of this, I didn't feel like I had enough time to teach myself how to use an entirely different keyboard.That's why I started by looking for a standard Bluetooth-compatible one that was more accessible for one-handed use.

Our Favorite Mattresses on Sale for Labor Day

Our Favorite Mattresses on Sale for Labor Day

A lot of the base prices of our favorite mattresses have gone up in the last few months, but we still think these deals are solid.Hybrid mattresses are supportive, with hundreds of individually wrapped springs sandwiched between layers of foam.

How to Save Money on Your Digital Subscriptions

How to Save Money on Your Digital Subscriptions

This perhaps works best for music and video streaming subscriptions, where you know you won't be using them for an extended period of time: Maybe you're going to give an alternative service a try, or you've finally watched everything there is to watch on Hulu.

Social Media Algorithms Are Controlling How I Grieve

Social Media Algorithms Are Controlling How I Grieve

She’s talked to more than 80 research participants, sometimes for hours, about how they interact with profiles of the deceased.“What we’re finding is that there are a bunch of really steep misalignments in what people need from this system and how it's actually working,” she says regarding Facebook.

The Humble Shrub That’s Predicting a Terrible Fire Season

The Humble Shrub That’s Predicting a Terrible Fire Season

“It's a really pretty and kind of understated shrub,” says Bryant Baker, conservation director of the Los Padres ForestWatch, which advocates for the protection of California’s habitats.

How to Use Smart Lighting to Transform Your Kid’s Bedroom

How to Use Smart Lighting to Transform Your Kid’s Bedroom

Internet-connected smart lights are more affordable than ever and easy to use via remote controls or smartphone apps.Options range from simple bulbs that slot into regular fixtures to smart light strips that can be installed in unlikely spots.

AI Comes to Car Repair, and Body Shop Owners Aren’t Happy

AI Comes to Car Repair, and Body Shop Owners Aren’t Happy

From his perspective, appraisers and claims adjusters, paid by insurance companies, generally want to pay less for repairs than he thinks his shop deserves.“I'd say 99.9 percent of the estimates are incorrect,” says Jeff McDowell, who owns Leslie's Auto Body in Fords, New Jersey.

Master & Dynamic Is Having a Big Sale on Audio Gear Now

Master & Dynamic Is Having a Big Sale on Audio Gear Now

New York–based, fashion-forward company Master & Dynamic makes headphones that make audiophiles drool.Master & Dynamic MW07 Go. Photograph: Master & DynamicWIRED audio reviewer Parker Hall and I have tried these beautiful wireless workout buds (9/10, WIRED Recommends ).

The 17 Best Weekend Deals on Stand Mixers, PC Gear, and More

The 17 Best Weekend Deals on Stand Mixers, PC Gear, and More

Photograph: Motorola Make sure to check out our Best Android Phones and Best Wireless Headphones guides for more.Motorola One 5G for $350 ($50 off) : This Android phone will give you not only four rear cameras but also two days of battery life on a single charge.

I Called Off My Wedding. The Internet Will Never Forget

I Called Off My Wedding. The Internet Will Never Forget

In my job as a technology journalist, I’ve spent the past dozen years tweeting, checking in, joining online groups, experimenting with digital payments, wearing multiple activity trackers, trying every “story” app and applying every gauzy photo filter.

The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Games, Tablets, and More

The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Games, Tablets, and More

No matter what your plans are, our hebdomadal deals roundup (aka the second-best part of the weekend) will help.The discount matches the best deal we've ever seen for it.

Physicists Learn to Superfreeze Antimatter (Hint: Pew Pew!)

Physicists Learn to Superfreeze Antimatter (Hint: Pew Pew!)

A big group of scientists centered at CERN, the Swiss particle physics lab, was already the best in the world at making antihydrogen, the antimatter version of hydrogen.

Away's Suitcases and Carry-On Bags Are on Sale Now

Away's Suitcases and Carry-On Bags Are on Sale Now

We've tested and liked them on trips to CES in Las Vegas (in the Before Times), and the company's aluminum Bigger Carry-On—that is, one sized for US airline carry-on regulations but not most international airlines—is my favorite ultra-luxurious hard-side suitcase and is in our guide to the Best Travel Bags .The sale runs through March 30 (online and at brick-and-mortar stores), and we've highlighted our favorite deals below.

Games Like Umurangi Generation Bring the Moment Into Focus

Games Like Umurangi Generation Bring the Moment Into Focus

However, it’s not only these characters and the player asserting their presence but the game’s 28-year-old designer Tali Faulkner, whose Māori heritage is suffused throughout the world with visual cues like tāniko and raranga patterns.

Lululemon's New Yoga Mat Uses 3-D Ridges to Perfect Your Poses

Lululemon's New Yoga Mat Uses 3-D Ridges to Perfect Your Poses

“The central circle is a reference point,” says Lululemon senior designer Stephen Morris.While most other alignment mats have indicators that are purely visual, the Take Form mat’s ripples are slightly raised so that users can feel them during their practice.

The 21 Best Weekend Deals on TVs, Cameras, and Outdoor Gear

The 21 Best Weekend Deals on TVs, Cameras, and Outdoor Gear

We like the Galaxy Buds Live for their good battery life (six hours per charge), sweatproof design, and comfy fit.

Easy Nature Adventures to Enjoy Near You

Easy Nature Adventures to Enjoy Near You

Over the years, Cool Green Science has covered many wildlife activities that can be enjoyed in a backyard, a city park or a vacant lot.While scavenger hunts don’t have to involve nature, the challenge of finding plants and animals makes for a more rewarding quest.

The Best Home Emergency Kit Gear (2021): Flashlights, Stoves, Chargers, and More

The Best Home Emergency Kit Gear (2021): Flashlights, Stoves, Chargers, and More

Photograph: FenixThe Fenix E20 V2 is my top pick for an affordable emergency flashlight, but the ThruNite Archer 2A V3 ($30) is another solid choice.If you're using alkaline batteries, remove them from the flashlight if it's going to sit unused for a long time, otherwise they'll leak and cause problems.