New ocean data from under the world’s biggest ice shelf

New ocean data from under the world’s biggest ice shelf

New measurements from the ocean under the centre of the Ross Ice Shelf have significantly improved our understanding of the complex processes that drive melting in Antarctica.

Space Photos of the Week: Keeping an Eye on Jupiter's Storms

Space Photos of the Week: Keeping an Eye on Jupiter's Storms

You can see the windy bands of Jupiter, as well as the series of white storms also called the “String of Pearls.”Photograph: Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran/NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSSThis is the view from only 11,000 miles above the surface.

Space Photos of the Week: Cassini's Curtain Call

Space Photos of the Week: Cassini's Curtain Call

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteLooking down from a great height of one million miles, this view of Saturn’s north pole reveals its hexagon-shaped storm and different windy bands.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteIn this deep dive, Cassini provided a breathtaking view from below Saturn’s rings.

The World Is Still Producing More Oil Than It Needs. Why?

The World Is Still Producing More Oil Than It Needs. Why?

Van Oort says the amount of time a well is closed doesn’t really affect how much damage the shut-in inflicts on the reservoir.If producers have to repeatedly shut the well, the damage can compound over time and reduce productivity even more.

How Much Energy Does It Take to Blow Up a Planet?

How Much Energy Does It Take to Blow Up a Planet?

This position is measured in pixels, but we can convert it to distance by scaling it to a known object in the scene.But if I only plot its pixel position, I’ll underestimate the distance traveled and thus the speed.

Fewer Wrecks, Grounded Planes, and More Car News This Week

Fewer Wrecks, Grounded Planes, and More Car News This Week

Oh, and Elon Musk went on a tear this week, calling shelter-in-place orders “facist” even as he celebrated Tesla’s strong first quarter.And this week in Tesla: The electric-car maker posts a surprising profit , Elon Musk agitates for an end to shelter-in-place orders (against public health officials’ recommendations), and then he maybe violates an SEC settlement ?

NASA Wants to Photograph the Surface of an Exoplanet

NASA Wants to Photograph the Surface of an Exoplanet

Turyshev’s plan would take advantage of this effect by sending a telescope on a 60 billion-mile journey to the sun’s focal region to photograph a habitable, Earth-like exoplanet that is up to 100 light years away.

Space Photos of the Week: Awesome Planets and Ancient Gods

Space Photos of the Week: Awesome Planets and Ancient Gods

Photograph: NASA/JPL/USGSThe ancient Romans named this planet Venus, after the goddess of love and beauty, because it shined so brightly and beautifully in the sky.

To Cut Carbon, Ditch Air Travel—and Get on the Right Track

To Cut Carbon, Ditch Air Travel—and Get on the Right Track

China’s new magnetic levitation train, the world’s fastest, will reach speeds of 373 mph, carrying passengers more than 600 miles in two hours while putting out less than half the emissions of a regional flight.

Space Photos of the Week: Earth Looks Peaceful From Up Here

Space Photos of the Week: Earth Looks Peaceful From Up Here

Humans saw the Earth from space for the first time in 1946 from a V-2 rocket, and subsequent images of the planet can make people feel a little, well, protective.Photograph: NASA/JPLEach of NASA’s Apollo missions had a shot list of photos to take, but this image, Earthrise, was not one of them.

Can Toads Heal Themselves of Deadly Chytrid Fungus?

Can Toads Heal Themselves of Deadly Chytrid Fungus?

Sitting in the Sun. Like most researchers, Barille, a University of Wyoming PhD student, started his project with a question: Why were boreal toad populations in the western portion of Wyoming persisting with chytrid but populations of the same species were crashing in other areas?

Plane Contrails Have a Surprising Effect on Global Warming

Plane Contrails Have a Surprising Effect on Global Warming

Of the varied conspiracy theories regarding contrails—you know, chemtrails—one stands out for being especially wrong: the belief that the plane-made clouds are chemicals the government is secretly spraying to battle climate change , to the peril of those on the ground.

Space Photos of the Week: Venus Is the Spacecraft-Killer

Space Photos of the Week: Venus Is the Spacecraft-Killer

Photograph: NASA/JPLNASA’s Pioneer Venus Orbiter studied the planet for over a decade and while it was there, it captured this stunning photo.Photograph: NASAMost terrestrial planets have channels like the ones we see here: On Earth they are mostly formed by water, on Mars by lava flows.

A Star's Auroras Light the Way to a New Exoplanet

A Star's Auroras Light the Way to a New Exoplanet

As the moon rotates around its host planet, this charged gas swipes across Jupiter’s magnetic field lines “like plucking strings on a guitar,” said Nichols, who studies space-based magnetic fields.

Jeff Bezos Can Control Earth’s Future With His $10 Billion Pledge

Jeff Bezos Can Control Earth’s Future With His $10 Billion Pledge

In an Monday, the world’s richest man committed $10 billion of his personal fortune to set up the new Bezos Earth Fund, which would support “scientists, activists, NGOs—any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.” The announcement was light on specifics, and it’s not clear yet how the money will be spent .

The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

Lightning—a phenomenon more suited to places like Florida—is now striking within 100 miles of the North Pole .All the while, researchers are racing to quantify how the plant species of the Arctic are coping with a much, much warmer world.

Airbus' Blended Wing Maveric Hits the Skies

Airbus' Blended Wing Maveric Hits the Skies

Airbus launched the design program in 2017, and the Maveric, which is 6.5 feet long with a 10.5-foot wingspan, first took flight last year.The interior of a Maveric-like plane would have fewer window seats but would allow for new seating configurations.

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.

How to Stream Super Bowl 2020 (and Puppy Bowl, Kitten Bowl)

How to Stream Super Bowl 2020 (and Puppy Bowl, Kitten Bowl)

Kitten Bowl VII (2 pm ET): The seventh Kitten Bowl will kick off the day's activities at 2 pm eastern time on the Hallmark Channel and will re-air at 5 pm.Puppy Bowl XVI (3 pm ET): The 16th Puppy Bowl kicks off an hour later, at 3 pm ET, and airs on Animal Planet.

'1917' VFX Artists Had to Completely Rethink How Films Are Made

'1917' VFX Artists Had to Completely Rethink How Films Are Made

The task was made harder because the movie was produced in native Imax —a widescreen, incredibly high-resolution format, which meant the digital painting work of the VFX artists had to be even more precise and intricate.

Here's What Directing a Star Wars Movie Is Really Like

Here's What Directing a Star Wars Movie Is Really Like

Star Wars films contain few easy shots, but the hardest ones to capture are likely the images fans will remember best.“When you have just enough time in the day to go once more and it finally comes together, there’s no better feeling in the world,” Mahoney says.

Space Photos of the Week: Postcards From a Martian Winter

Space Photos of the Week: Postcards From a Martian Winter

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of ArizonaThe scale of this photo makes it’s hard to tell how massive these sand dunes are.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of ArizonaThis image looks like something seen through a microscope, but no, this is a large swath of Martian terrain.

So You Think You Know Gravity? Let Us Drop Some Knowledge

So You Think You Know Gravity? Let Us Drop Some Knowledge

But maybe a better way to approach gravity is to think not about being stuck on Earth but about being weightless.“What you’re really doing when you’re experiencing gravity isn’t being heavy in your chair, it’s falling weightlessly in the gravitational field,” says astrophysicist Janna Levin.

How to Not Get Sick While Traveling, 5G's Health Effects, and More News

How to Not Get Sick While Traveling, 5G's Health Effects, and More News

Travelers are travelin' and worriers are worryin', but first: a cartoon about GDPR Sunday School .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Here are 20 last-minute gift ideas to save your bacon this holiday season.

3D Printing Can Keep Aging Air Force Aircraft Flying

3D Printing Can Keep Aging Air Force Aircraft Flying

Every quarter, the military branch sees 10,000 part requests go unfilled, despite its readiness to pay an exorbitant amount of money to replace bits and bobs that once cost pennies—try $10,000 for a toilet seat cover in a C-17 Globemaster III.“We’re gonna have to find better ways to keep old things flying,” says Will Roper, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition technology and logistics.

Several Major Black Friday Sales Are Now Live

Several Major Black Friday Sales Are Now Live

Amazon Walmart Best Buy Target Dell Home Depot (Starts at 5 am) Kohl's Newegg Staples B&H Macy's Read our early Black Friday coverage below for some of our favorite deals.WIRED's Black Friday Coverage, So Far. Early Black Friday Deals Midnight Sales Launches (You are here!

How the Dumb Design of a WWII Plane Led to the Macintosh

How the Dumb Design of a WWII Plane Led to the Macintosh

Decades later, he’d become known as one of the Air Force’s great minds, the person tasked with hardest, weirdest problems—such as figuring out why people saw UFOs. For now though, he was still trying to make his name with a newly minted PhD in experimental psychology.

For Fantasy Author N. K. Jemisin, World-Building Is a Lesson in Oppression

For Fantasy Author N. K. Jemisin, World-Building Is a Lesson in Oppression

In a lot of cases, to understand the character I need to understand literally everything about their world.” To do so, she applies two frameworks: one that focuses on macroworldbuilding (the creation of the physical environment in which the story will take place—planet, continents, climate, ecology, and culture) and one that focuses on microworldbuilding (the societies that result, in all their flavors of social stratification).

This Martini Wants to Kill Climate Change One Sip at a Time

This Martini Wants to Kill Climate Change One Sip at a Time

Air cofounder Stafford Sheehan introduces hydrogen gas and carbon dioxide gas into the company's reactor.

Space Photos of the Week: The Jupiter Chronicles

Space Photos of the Week: The Jupiter Chronicles

The powerful Hubble Space Telescope in orbit around Earth takes an astoundingly detailed look at the same planet: You can see its telltale bands, the iconic Great Red Spot, and smaller individual storms.