How Lost Hikers Can Send an SOS to Space

How Lost Hikers Can Send an SOS to Space

These instruments, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking program (Sarsat), picked up the signal and immediately pinged alerts to Earth.

Snapped! Tag reveals fish’s 20-year history

Snapped! Tag reveals fish’s 20-year history

The snapper contained a tag – known as a passive integrated transponder (PIT) – that was implanted into the fish on 21 February 2002 by NIWA principal technician Derrick Parkinson, who incidentally still works at NIWA.

How Scientists Fish: The Hand Line

How Scientists Fish: The Hand Line

“You’ll know,” says Kydd Pollock, fisheries science manager for The Nature Conservancy and research leader for the Fishing for Science program at Palmyra Atoll.He had substantial experience with a form of hand line: He tagged more than 2,500 sharks at Palmyra using the method.

4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program

4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program

Certification gives participating nutrient service providers “a competitive advantage,” says Peyton Harper, senior manager of stewardship and sustainability at The Fertilizer Institute, because “growers are very interested in working with retailers that can recommend all kinds of practices,” including 4R practices that minimize nutrient runoff while also maintaining agricultural productivity.

The Race to Rebuild the World’s Coral Reefs

The Race to Rebuild the World’s Coral Reefs

It has taken Carne and her team more than a decade to plant 160,000 coral fragments on less than 9 acres of reef.Coral restoration has not summed up to even 1/100,000th of the area of shallow coral reefs worldwide.”.

Passing FAD: Partnership Protects the Reef at Palmyra Atoll

Passing FAD: Partnership Protects the Reef at Palmyra Atoll

That is thanks to an innovative partnership called FAD Watch Program between conservation and industry, specifically the US tuna fishing fleet, that is remotely tracking FADs to protect Palmyra, and provide important oceanographic data as well.

A New Super-High Satellite Will Eye Weather on Earth—and in Space

A New Super-High Satellite Will Eye Weather on Earth—and in Space

Basically, any kind of good or bad weather, any kind of hazardous environmental condition, the cameras on GOES-T will see them,” says Pamela Sullivan, director of the GOES-R program at the the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, which together with NASA designed and built the new satellite.

The Best Way to Learn Online? Be a Lurker

The Best Way to Learn Online? Be a Lurker

Lately I have been trying to get through the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's big report, the one that came out late last year, called “Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis.” It's a challenge because (a) I must, um, learn as I go, and (b) the PDF is nearly 4,000 pages of aggregated, footnoted, illustrated scientific consensus about weather.

The Cutest Way to Fight Climate Change? Send in the Otters

The Cutest Way to Fight Climate Change? Send in the Otters

But since the 18th century, California's kelp forest has been steadily mowed down by purple urchins, thanks to the massacre of their natural predator—the sea otter—hunted for its one-of-a-kind fur.Thanks in part to this first-of-its-kind program, the sea otter population along the California coast has swelled to 3,000.

NASA's NIAC Program Gives a Sneak Peek at the Future of Space Travel

NASA's NIAC Program Gives a Sneak Peek at the Future of Space Travel

To aid creative reuse of lunar resources, Greig and her colleagues propose a technology called ablative arc mining, which would slurp up water ice and the kinds of metals that could be used as building materials.

AI Can Write Code Like Humans—Bugs and All

AI Can Write Code Like Humans—Bugs and All

Alex Naka, a data scientist at a biotech firm who signed up to test Copilot, says the program can be very helpful, and it has changed the way he works.Despite such flaws, Copilot and similar AI-powered tools may herald a sea change in the way software developers write code.

What Medical Researcher Training Can Learn From the 'Yellow Berets'

What Medical Researcher Training Can Learn From the 'Yellow Berets'

The program, established in 1953, brought recent medical school graduates to the National Institutes of Health for two or three years of intensive research training, where they would learn to solve problems that would improve patient care and public health.

How to Turn Your Favorite Web Apps Into Desktop Apps

How to Turn Your Favorite Web Apps Into Desktop Apps

If you think about the desktop programs you use regularly, for many people it's going to probably be limited to an image editor, a web browser, and perhaps an office application.This uses what's called progressive web apps, or PWAs, and we're going to explain everything you need to know.

Biden Wants $10 Billion for a Climate Army. It's Not Enough

Biden Wants $10 Billion for a Climate Army. It's Not Enough

“A lot of the activities of the original Civilian Conservation Corps were focused on both getting people to work, obviously, but also improving the accessibility and the infrastructure surrounding our natural resources,” says Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist and the director of climate and energy at the Breakthrough Institute, which advocates for action against climate change.

AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets

AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets

AI could allow multiple aircraft to “swarm” together in ways that could change the dynamics of air combat.“One of the things that really stands out is the ability to enable what you would call swarm warfare—rapidly overwhelming opponents,” says Chris Gentile, an ex–Air Force fighter pilot who is a program manager at EpiSci, a military contractor that is developing the technology for the contest, dubbed Air Combat Evolution.

Klara and the Sun Imagines a Social Schism Driven by AI

Klara and the Sun Imagines a Social Schism Driven by AI

We talked about it over a number of conversations, and I think the key question here is: Can AI actually get to that empathy, by understanding human emotions, controlling them through something like a work of art.

FAO - News Article: FAO welcomes €40 million from Germany to help farmers withstand shocks like COVID-19 and extreme climate events

FAO - News Article: FAO welcomes €40 million from Germany to help farmers withstand shocks like COVID-19 and extreme climate events

The funding from Germany's KfW development bank will support FAO's efforts to build the resilience of resource-poor producers, pastoralists and fishers in three of the world's most food insecure countries - the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and Yemen, work undertaken in partnership with other UN agencies.

The Trump Administration Left Biden With a Rocket Dilemma

The Trump Administration Left Biden With a Rocket Dilemma

At the time, NASA engineers at Marshall told Pence they were confident the SLS rocket would make its debut flight in 2020, setting up a schedule to allow astronauts to return to the moon by 2024.

The Rise of One of the First Video Game Workers Unions

The Rise of One of the First Video Game Workers Unions

The schools, Agwaze and other programmers explained to me in a London pub, pump out “eight gazillion” games developer grads, for whom there are not necessarily enough good jobs.

Can This Group Revive the Finicky Corpse Flower?

Can This Group Revive the Finicky Corpse Flower?

To combat the lack of genetic diversity in the corpse flower and six other species with shallow gene pools, the Chicago Botanic Garden spearheaded the Tools and Resources for Endangered and Exceptional Plant Species (TREES) program in 2019.

Remembering Dr. Robert Jenkins, The Nature Conservancy’s First Science Director

Remembering Dr. Robert Jenkins, The Nature Conservancy’s First Science Director

Our History A New Kind of Conservation Jenkins developed and continually refined a data driven approach to prioritize and protect the rarest locations of plants and animals and the best examples of natural communities.

What AlphaGo Can Teach Us About How People Learn

What AlphaGo Can Teach Us About How People Learn

David Silver: The big step forward with MuZero is we don't tell it the dynamics of the environment; it has to figure that out for itself in a way that still lets it plan ahead and figure out what's going to be the most effective strategy.

The Secret Service Is Investigating 700 Cases of Covid Relief Fraud

The Secret Service Is Investigating 700 Cases of Covid Relief Fraud

The US Military Buys Location Data From a Popular Muslim Prayer AppFor years, shadowy companies have been buying and selling your location data based on what apps you use.

Apple Will Take a Smaller Cut of Some App Store Revenues

Apple Will Take a Smaller Cut of Some App Store Revenues

Though Apple has not released specific numbers, it's likely that the vast majority of App Store developers are eligible for the program, but they together make up only a small portion of Apple's overall App Store revenue, which was $50 billion last year.

Computer Scientists Achieve the ‘Crown Jewel’ of Cryptography

Computer Scientists Achieve the ‘Crown Jewel’ of Cryptography

In 2018, Aayush Jain, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, traveled to Japan to give a talk about a powerful cryptographic tool he and his colleagues were developing.

Formulas or Code? It’s All Numbers When It Comes to Physics

Formulas or Code? It’s All Numbers When It Comes to Physics

If you aren't familiar with these numerical calculations (another name for computational physics), the basic idea is to take a problem and break it into many smaller and simpler problems.

Why Are Lines at Polling Places So Long? Math

Why Are Lines at Polling Places So Long? Math

In the name of “voter protection,” this team was working with a balky spreadsheet that was supposed to estimate the capacity of a given polling place based on data like how many check-in stations and voting machines it had, and how many people were likely to vote there—the numbers county election workers use to plan for what each station needs so everyone can vote fast.

How Humanity Spent Its First 20 Years in Orbit Aboard the ISS

How Humanity Spent Its First 20 Years in Orbit Aboard the ISS

Over the next few years, Gatens and her team ran experiments on different life-support concepts and did their best to keep up with the constant design changes for the station.

The Case for Reviving the Civilian Conservation Corps

The Case for Reviving the Civilian Conservation Corps

In 1933, with the country deep in the Great Depression, the United States government created the Civilian Conservation Corps, a work program that gave young men jobs transforming the American landscape.

The Effort to Build the Mathematical Library of the Future

The Effort to Build the Mathematical Library of the Future

Over the summer, a group of experienced Lean users ran an online workshop called “Lean for the Curious Mathematician.” In the first session, Scott Morrison of the University of Sydney demonstrated how to write a proof in the program.