Ancient kauri trees reveal a turning point in Earth’s history 42,000 years ago

Ancient kauri trees reveal a turning point in Earth’s history 42,000 years ago

A new international study using ancient swamp kauri from Northland shows a temporary breakdown of Earth’s magnetic field 42,000 years ago sparked major climate shifts leading to global environmental change and mass extinctions.

For Transplanted Tortoises, Who Lives and Who Dies?

For Transplanted Tortoises, Who Lives and Who Dies?

© Brad Shaffer The desert tortoise is protected under the Endangered Species Act. It’s been on the list as threatened since 1990.© Brad Shaffer Every animal, including human, has two sources of DNA.

As More Women Enter Science, It’s Time to Redefine Mentorship

As More Women Enter Science, It’s Time to Redefine Mentorship

When a group of researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi published a paper in Nature Communications last fall suggesting that young women scientists should seek out men as mentors, the backlash was swift and vociferous.

Biden Wants the Government to Run on EVs. It Won’t Be Easy

Biden Wants the Government to Run on EVs. It Won’t Be Easy

“If people see that their mail delivery people are driving electric vehicles, they’ll get the confidence they’ll need,” says Doug Kettles, director of the Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition, a Department of Energy-supported group that promotes advanced vehicle technologies.

How to Bust Your Spotify Feedback Loop and Find New Music

How to Bust Your Spotify Feedback Loop and Find New Music

Such is the popularity of recommendation systems that we’ve come to rely on them to serve us what we want without us even having to ask, with music streaming services such as Spotify , Pandora, and Deezer all using personalized systems to suggest playlists or tracks tailored to the user.

Share Streaming Accounts? Set Up Separate User Profiles

Share Streaming Accounts? Set Up Separate User Profiles

Click Add Profile to do just that—you'll be prompted to provide a name for the profile first of all, and then you can set an avatar image and various user preferences (like episode autoplay).During the profile creation process, you'll be asked if you want to configure it as a child profile, which means you can put restrictions on it in terms of maturity ratings and which kinds of content can be viewed.

How to Reduce (but Not Eliminate) Covid Risk at Holiday Gatherings

How to Reduce (but Not Eliminate) Covid Risk at Holiday Gatherings

He said his own Thanksgiving may look very different this year and warned people to be careful about social gatherings, calling gathering for holidays a risk.Public health experts tell WIRED there is no completely safe way to hold a Thanksgiving gathering this year, but there are ways to reduce risk.

These Oceanographers Want to Turn Marine Slime Into Drugs

These Oceanographers Want to Turn Marine Slime Into Drugs

The expedition’s chief scientist, Lisa Levin, a professor of integrative oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, says the goal of the cruise is to understand the habitat and how animals interact with the mineral-laden rocks.

The NIH Launches a Global Hunt for Animal-to-Human Diseases

The NIH Launches a Global Hunt for Animal-to-Human Diseases

What was not at at all normal: The group was launching an international network to detect pathogens that can jump from wildlife to the human population, a field of inquiry that’s become politicized since the coronavirus pandemic began—and they were doing it with federal money, even though the United States government has been the source of the politicization.

A Radical New Model of the Brain Illuminates Its Wiring

A Radical New Model of the Brain Illuminates Its Wiring

Phrenology depended on the assumption that different parts of the brain are associated with different traits and abilities, a position called “localizationism.” And the absurdity of skull-measuring did not necessarily invalidate this notion.

Llamas—Yes, Llamas—Could Help Us Fight Covid-19

Llamas—Yes, Llamas—Could Help Us Fight Covid-19

Like all antibodies, the nanobodies that Owens and his team developed have the ability to recognize and attach to a specific spot on a specific protein—in this case, the so-called spike proteins that cover the surface of the novel coronavirus.

How to Clean Up Your Old Social Media Posts

How to Clean Up Your Old Social Media Posts

From here pick Manage activity and Your posts to see everything you've ever posted (you might have to use the Filters button to limit what's shown on-screen).Use the tick boxes on the left to select the posts you want to manage, then you've got two options: Archive hides the posts from everyone else on Facebook except you, while Recycle bin deletes the posts but allows you to recover them for a period of 30 days.

To Adapt to Tech, We’re Heading Into the Shadows

To Adapt to Tech, We’re Heading Into the Shadows

And you aren’t going to even try to push your way into a procedure, because you know you don’t have the basic skill you need to be granted control of the thing, and so does that expert.

Facebook Names the 20 People Who Can Overrule Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Names the 20 People Who Can Overrule Mark Zuckerberg

No, it’s not the casting call for a wonky sequel to Knives Out. These are a few of the newly announced members of the Facebook Oversight Board , the independent body that the social networking behemoth has launched to reconsider some of its most important content decisions.

Don't Be Fooled by Covid-19 Carpetbaggers

Don't Be Fooled by Covid-19 Carpetbaggers

One story of a suspected Covid-19 opportunist involves Aaron Ginn, a Silicon Valley technologist whose five minutes of fame arrived in March after he wrote a contrarian essay proposing that evidence didn’t support the “hysteria” over the consequences of the pandemic, that the problem might be sorta bad, but not really, really bad.

The Ibuprofen Debate Reveals the Danger of Covid-19 Rumors

The Ibuprofen Debate Reveals the Danger of Covid-19 Rumors

But, three days after it was published, the French Ministry of Health circulated a warning against using ibuprofen for Covid-19 fevers, citing “serious adverse events” occurring in “possible or confirmed cases.” The same day, the French minister of health, a physician, tweeted advice to avoid ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatories because they could be “an aggravating factor” in Covid-19 infections.

How ProMED Crowdsourced the Arrival of Covid-19 and SARS

How ProMED Crowdsourced the Arrival of Covid-19 and SARS

In her inbox was a note from a frequent and reliable contributor to ProMED, an email list of disease alerts for which Pollack serves as deputy editor.

The Elegant Mathematics of Social Distancing

The Elegant Mathematics of Social Distancing

“This is not black and white,” says Ben Lopman, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.From a mathematical perspective, determining how big a crowd is safe depends on a couple of key questions: How many people in a given area are infected with the disease?

Uber and Lyft's Financials Reveal Two Ride-Hailing Strategies

Uber and Lyft's Financials Reveal Two Ride-Hailing Strategies

Out of the chaos of Uber’s international business, which ranges from shared to premium ride-hail trips, to e-bikes, to e-scooters, to buses, to on-demand staffing, to food delivery, Khosrowshahi promised some actual money.

How to Be Humane to a Lab-Grown Brain

How to Be Humane to a Lab-Grown Brain

“In order for it to be a good model, you want it to be as human as possible,” said Hank Greely, a law professor at Stanford University who specializes in ethical and legal issues in the biosciences.

Why Are Parking Lots So Tricky for Self-Driving Cars?

Why Are Parking Lots So Tricky for Self-Driving Cars?

(Musk has said that a Tesla purchased today has all the hardware needs to become a totally self-driving car —once, of course, the company pushes out the right software update.)

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.

Dyson Sucks the Air Out of Its Electric-Car Dreams

Dyson Sucks the Air Out of Its Electric-Car Dreams

In a letter to employees, chief executive James Dyson wrote the company “simply can no longer see a way to make [the vehicle project] commercially viable,” though he said the 523-person global automotive team had “developed a fantastic car.” The company says most of those workers will be “absorbed” into its home division, which builds products like vacuum cleaners and hairdryers.

Uber’s Big Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News This Week

Uber’s Big Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News This Week

#Uber #Lyft #auto industry #Self-Driving Cars.

Uber and Lyft Suggest the Days of Cheap Rides Could Be Over

Uber and Lyft Suggest the Days of Cheap Rides Could Be Over

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said that his company’s rivalry with the other big San Francisco–based ride-hailing company had cooled—for now.Uber also took a hit in Latin America, where its revenue fell by 24 percent in the quarter, as Chinese ride-hail company Didi began an aggressive push into that market.

Want to Know the Real Future of AR/VR? Ask Their Devs

Want to Know the Real Future of AR/VR? Ask Their Devs

"Our main goal is to get a sense of the temperature of the industry, which spans from hobbyists and students to professionals working on big-budget projects," says Alex Wawro, an editor at XRDC and Gamasutra who has been involved with the annual survey since it began in 2016.While the pool of respondents is larger this year than ever before, the status quo remains unchanged in some ways.

Small Cars Are Being Driven Out of Existence

Small Cars Are Being Driven Out of Existence

Cheap credit and leasing have made larger vehicles more affordable; the average purchase price of a new car has risen to an eye-watering $37,000. From a profit and regulatory compliance perspective, it’s certainly better for carmakers to sell lots of hybrid SUVs and high-performance sports cars.

The Radical Plan to Change How Antibiotics Get Developed

The Radical Plan to Change How Antibiotics Get Developed

Which means it may be time to stop asking pharma to make them, and create some other entity—a government institute, an international nonprofit, a utility—to perform the task instead.

How To Delete Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat

How To Delete Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat

Log in to your Twitter, go into your account settings, then scroll to the bottom and click “Deactivate my account.” After that, you’ll be prompted to enter your password, and once you do so your account will be deactivated.

Trump's Trade War With China Hasn't Wrecked Tech—Yet

Trump's Trade War With China Hasn't Wrecked Tech—Yet

Now for your latest installment of the on-again, off-again trade war between the US and China, we have President Trump blasting Beijing for reneging on commitments to clamp down on intellectual property theft, end forced technology transfers from US tech companies, and allow US companies greater access to the domestic Chinese market, including in cloud computing.