CNN's Town Hall Made Climate Change Personal—and It Worked

CNN's Town Hall Made Climate Change Personal—and It Worked

In the audience, a man named David with small glasses and pony-tailed gray hair stood up and said he’d lost his home in Paradise, California, to last year’s Camp Fire , which was supercharged by climate change.“That's climate change,” Klobuchar said.

How a 'NULL' License Plate Landed One Hacker in Ticket Hell

How a 'NULL' License Plate Landed One Hacker in Ticket Hell

Tartaro next turned to the DMV, which he says worked with the Citation Processing Center to void out the bulk of tickets that had errantly come his way.

We’re Eating This Planet to Death

We’re Eating This Planet to Death

“We can reduce our demand, or we can increase the amount of land we grow stuff on and the number of animals that produce food,” says Van Eenennaam.

Hey, Apple! 'Opt Out' Is Useless. Let People Opt In

Hey, Apple! 'Opt Out' Is Useless. Let People Opt In

Right now it’s unclear what form Apple’s Siri opt-out will take; the company has suspended its voice data collection temporarily and says only that once it resumes, “users will have the ability to choose to participate.” Apple didn’t respond to a request for more specific information.

Nintendo's Reportedly Fixing Those Broken Joy-Cons for Free

Nintendo's Reportedly Fixing Those Broken Joy-Cons for Free

Well, we have some new details on Google Stadia 's approach to the cloud, a look at Nintendo's evolving customer service procedures, and a very good game recommendation. Remember last week, when I talked about Joy-Con drift, a huge problem affecting a lot of people's Nintendo Switch controllers?

A Deadly Tick Virus, Extreme Seasonal Weirdness, and More News

A Deadly Tick Virus, Extreme Seasonal Weirdness, and More News

A deadly tick can make you allergic to bacon and carries a mystery virus, cities are turning to Waze for help with car accidents, and you might be paying too much for your PlayStation 4.

SpaceX Recovered Its First Rocket Fairing. Let’s Crunch the Numbers!

SpaceX Recovered Its First Rocket Fairing. Let’s Crunch the Numbers!

So, if the boat can travel at 30 mph and it has 41 minutes to get to the rendezvous spot for the fairing, how big of a target area do you need.

To Really 'Disrupt,' Tech Needs to Listen to Actual Researchers

To Really 'Disrupt,' Tech Needs to Listen to Actual Researchers

In fact, college students can learn about these issues in a wide range of existing fields: Science & Technology Studies (STS), communication, sociology, anthropology, political science, cognitive science, and digital humanities, to name a few.

A Brief History of Smartphone Notifications

A Brief History of Smartphone Notifications

This was just at the time when cell phones all looked like this, a nine-keypad at the bottom and a little tiny screen, and all you could basically do is text and [make and receive] phone calls.

Apple's MacBook Pro Battery Recall Adds to Its Laptop Problems

Apple's MacBook Pro Battery Recall Adds to Its Laptop Problems

The batteries, according to Apple’s support page, “may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.” The recall is said to affect 15-inch MacBook Pros with Retina displays sold between September 2015 and February 2017, and Apple is replacing batteries for free on eligible laptops.

Bridging the Internet's Digital Language Divide

Bridging the Internet's Digital Language Divide

At the same time, corporations like Google have built programs that make it easier to access online content in different languages, like Google Translate.

Ancient Potheads, a Russian Troll Controversy, and More News

Ancient Potheads, a Russian Troll Controversy, and More News

Ancient Potheads, a Russian Troll Controversy, and More News. Researchers have discovered the existence of ancient potheads, an Alphabet-owned company conducted a controversial Russian troll experiment, and local politicians could save us from the crypto-pocalypse.

Google's Stadia Gaming Service, Election Security, and More News

Google's Stadia Gaming Service, Election Security, and More News

Google's New Gaming Service, Election Security, and More News. Google is taking preorders for its wireless gaming service, a new report shows our elections could be in trouble, and Dark Phoenix apparently sucks. The new X-Men movie Dark Phoenix is apparently terrible.

Now Ocean Plastics Could Be Killing Oxygen-Making Bacteria

Now Ocean Plastics Could Be Killing Oxygen-Making Bacteria

The specks materializing even in human feces .Now scientists have exposed a potential new consequence of the plastic menace: The toxins the material leaches into seawater inhibit the growth and photosynthetic efficiency of the bacteria Prochlorococcus , which is responsible for producing an estimated 20 percent of the oxygen we breathe.

The FCC's Plan to Stop Robocalls Sounds Awfully Familiar

The FCC's Plan to Stop Robocalls Sounds Awfully Familiar

FCC chairman Ajit Pai, left, has announced a new proposal to combat robocalls. Still, carriers have argued the FCC does need to clarify whether they can legally implement robocall blocking on an opt-out basis, after a legal challenge to Wheeler’s rule left that in doubt.

Calculating the Ecological Impact of Game of Thrones' Dragons

Calculating the Ecological Impact of Game of Thrones' Dragons

On the bright side, that means a smaller cottage industry will be needed to ensure that Drogon is fed and cared for without laying waste to the rest of Westeros—or so determined a trio of Maryland high school students on their way to outdueling thousands of other teams in the prestigious Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM).

Last Day of Spring Is a Powerful Exercise in Trans Visibility

Last Day of Spring Is a Powerful Exercise in Trans Visibility

Last Day of Spring is a visual novel that shows a trans person's struggle to find safety in a society built to exclude her from the very concept. Last Day of Spring feels like an honest look at Haru's struggle to find safety in a society built to exclude her from the very concept.

Dinosaurs Get Their Close-Ups in These Stunning Photos

Dinosaurs Get Their Close-Ups in These Stunning Photos

A couple years ago, Voigt, best known for his sumptuous interior photography, was shooting inside London's Natural History Museum before visiting hours when a few of the dinosaur skeletons in the paleontology hall caught his eye.

Students, scientists, citizens study Arrowtown’s ailing air

Students, scientists, citizens study Arrowtown’s ailing air

Recent analysis by NIWA has shown that about 800,000 New Zealanders are exposed to fine particles in the air that exceed World Health Organisation guidelines every winter, the majority of which is due to home heating emissions.

Game of Thrones Recap: So Much for Breaking the Wheel

Game of Thrones Recap: So Much for Breaking the Wheel

Something being true might sound like an extremely fake idea in a story about dragons and zombies, but it relies on things that absolutely have to exist for narratives to work: consistency, relatability, and surprise.

Sunscreen Chemicals Soak All the Way Into Your Bloodstream

Sunscreen Chemicals Soak All the Way Into Your Bloodstream

When new research emerged in the late ’90s and early 2000s suggesting that UV-blocking ingredients in chemical-based sunscreens could be absorbed into the human body, the agency began to ask any companies bringing new molecules to market to include such data in their safety studies.

The Secret Sauce of Environmental Problem Solving

The Secret Sauce of Environmental Problem Solving

Through efforts like the Bridge Collaborative and SNAPP, willing collaborators have critical venues to find one another and cook that magic sauce we need for environmental problem solving.

Kingdom Hearts III and the Value of Difficult Gaming Modes

Kingdom Hearts III and the Value of Difficult Gaming Modes

These games have always been accused of being button-mashers—games where you can just hit the attack button over and over again and win most encounters—but Kingdom Hearts III , being balanced primarily for new players in all of its difficulty settings, was a particularly glaring example for the vast majority of the game.

What if Air Conditioners Could Help Save the Planet Instead of Destroying It?

What if Air Conditioners Could Help Save the Planet Instead of Destroying It?

“Carbon-neutral hydrocarbon fuels from electricity can help solve two of our biggest energy challenges: managing intermittent renewables and decarbonizing the hard-to-electrify parts of transportation and industry,” says David Keith, acting chief scientist of Carbon Engineering, which is developing much larger stand-alone devices for sucking CO2 out of the air and storing it, known as carbon capture and storage, or CCS.

R.I.P., Anki: Yet Another Home Robotics Company Powers Down

R.I.P., Anki: Yet Another Home Robotics Company Powers Down

Anki, maker of Vector, a toy-like autonomous countertop robot, is shutting down, and hundreds of people are losing their jobs. It’s a brutal answer to a question we asked last summer : Sure, home robots like Vector are cute, but is this something consumers actually want?

The Plan to Grab the World's Carbon With Supercharged Plants

The Plan to Grab the World's Carbon With Supercharged Plants

That’s how Chory and the team plan to scale up their solution: by convincing farmers that suberin-rich crops will not only help with climate change, but also help feed the growing populations of the world.

Tristan Harris: Tech Is ‘Downgrading Humans.’ It’s Time to Fight Back

Tristan Harris: Tech Is ‘Downgrading Humans.’ It’s Time to Fight Back

Harris thought Zuckerberg’s embrace of the phrase was a step in the right direction, and he was even more pleased when Apple and Google —which he calls “the central banks of the attention economy”—rolled out features to try to help people limit their addictions to their screens.

Colorado Tried a New Way to Vote: Make People Pay—Quadratically

Colorado Tried a New Way to Vote: Make People Pay—Quadratically

Like a lot of other similarly intricate ideas, quadratic voting sets out to solve a fundamental problem in the field of “social choice,” which is to say, how groups of people choose what they want.

A Shocking Find Shows Just How Far Wind Can Carry Microplastics

A Shocking Find Shows Just How Far Wind Can Carry Microplastics

You might assume a film with more surface area would travel farther than a fragment, but that just hasn’t been tested.“That's one of the challenges moving forward is trying to actually model how these plastics move in 3D in the air, so we can figure out where they come from,” says environmental pollution scientist Deonie Allen of the EcoLab, part of the National Center of Scientific Research for France, coauthor on a new paper in Nature Geoscience.

The Weather Channel Flooded Charleston to Make You Give a Damn

The Weather Channel Flooded Charleston to Make You Give a Damn

“We’re always trying to figure out a way to tell climate change in a way that resonates with people, and it’s extremely difficult,” says Nick Weinmiller, Weather Channel creative art director.