Tonga eruption discoveries defy expectations

Tonga eruption discoveries defy expectations

NIWA’s research vessel, RV Tangaroa , has returned from a month-long expedition as part of the Nippon Foundation-funded Tonga Eruption Seabed Mapping Project (TESMaP), where scientists were studying the effects of January’s eruption of Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha'apai (HT – HH).

Guide explores the benefits of combating marine biofouling

Guide explores the benefits of combating marine biofouling

GloFouling Project Technical Analyst John Alonso, based in London, said the guide developed in partnership with NIWA will help each country deliver an economic analysis to understand the potential benefits of a policy to prevent or manage invasive aquatic species introduced by biofouling.

Europe’s Biggest Lithium Mine Is Caught in a Political Maelstrom

Europe’s Biggest Lithium Mine Is Caught in a Political Maelstrom

When asked about that claim, a spokesperson for Rio Tinto told WIRED that throughout the project, the company has “recognized that Jadar will need to be developed to the highest environmental standards.” Petković is not convinced.The bloc wants to replace those cars with electric vehicles, built with locally produced raw materials like lithium.

NIWA-Nippon Foundation Tonga Eruption Seabed Mapping Project a “rare opportunity” to study effects of Tonga eruption

NIWA-Nippon Foundation Tonga Eruption Seabed Mapping Project a “rare opportunity” to study effects of Tonga eruption

In a rare opportunity to improve understanding of the nature and impact of a major volcanic eruption, NIWA scientists are sailing to Tonga to survey the ocean around the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha'apai (HT–HH) volcano and surrounding regions.

Europe Is Scrambling to Turn Its Back on Russian Oil and Gas

Europe Is Scrambling to Turn Its Back on Russian Oil and Gas

While Baerbock said peace and freedom didn’t have a price tag, former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev was happier putting a number on the cost of shutting Nord Stream 2 down: “Welcome to the brave new world where Europeans are very soon going to pay €2,000 ($2,225) for 1,000 cubic meters of natural gas,” he tweeted.

Sea Level Rise Will Be Catastrophic—and Unequal

Sea Level Rise Will Be Catastrophic—and Unequal

Last week, a group of federal agencies released a report detailing the dire state of sea level rise in the United States: On average, it projects up to 12 additional inches in the next 30 years, the same amount that the country has seen in the last century.

This Marvel Game Soundtrack Has an Epic Origin Story

This Marvel Game Soundtrack Has an Epic Origin Story

Richard Jacques says he had to pinch himself when he got the call to score Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy game.“We all knew we wanted to carve our own identity, and it was one of the things that Marvel encouraged—[they] were always saying to us ‘We want you to make this your own,’” Szczepkowski tells WIRED.

How Early Warning Systems Help Us Deal With Extreme Weather

How Early Warning Systems Help Us Deal With Extreme Weather

Early warning systems can alert local communities on things like approaching hurricanes, cyclones, or landslides due to extreme rainfall, where getting ahead of incidents by even a few hours can make all the difference, says Tye. They can also provide knowledge of slower onset events, such as an upcoming drought several months away.

Explosive research sheds light on volcanic tsunami

Explosive research sheds light on volcanic tsunami

The following video shows glass beads being tipped down aerated ramps into water to mimic what happens when pyroclastic flows hurtle down the sides of erupting volcanoes: .

A Plan to Slow the Creep of the Sahara—by Planting Gardens

A Plan to Slow the Creep of the Sahara—by Planting Gardens

The garden is the latest iteration of the project known as the Great Green Wall, first envisioned as a viridescent belt squiggling thousands of miles across the Sahel region, from Senegal to Djibouti.“When the government plants trees, it’s the community people who will sustain them” Okolie says.

Google Earth Now Shows You Our Planet’s Slow Deterioration

Google Earth Now Shows You Our Planet’s Slow Deterioration

Today, Google announced a new 3D time-lapse feature in its Google Earth platform.Google says the time-lapse feature draws from 20 petabytes of satellite imagery, combined to create a 4.4-terapixel video (that's 4.4 million megapixels) that maps to the surface of the globe.

Sneaky New Bacteria on the ISS Could Build a Future on Mars

Sneaky New Bacteria on the ISS Could Build a Future on Mars

In mid-March, NASA researchers announced that they’d found an unknown life-form hiding aboard the International Space Station.As part of an ongoing research project into the microbial life of the ISS, astronauts onboard in 2015 and 2016 swabbed down various parts of the station and sent home the wipes they used.

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves $80 million in FAO-led projects in Congo and Jordan

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves $80 million in FAO-led projects in Congo and Jordan

The two new projects contribute to FAO's goal of scaling up and broadening support for climate-related investments in agriculture that offer socio-economic and environmental benefits and help smallholders in vulnerable countries progress on low-emission and resilient development.

Why Covering Canals With Solar Panels Is a Power Move

Why Covering Canals With Solar Panels Is a Power Move

“By covering canals with solar panels, we can reduce evaporation and avoid disturbing natural and working lands, while providing renewable energy and other co-benefits,” says environmental engineer Brandi McKuin of the University of California, Merced, and the University of California, Santa Cruz, lead author on the paper.

Wikipedia Is Finally Asking Big Tech to Pay Up

Wikipedia Is Finally Asking Big Tech to Pay Up

The new service is designed for the sale and efficient delivery of Wikipedia's content directly to these online behemoths (and eventually, to smaller companies too).Conversations between the foundation’s newly created subsidiary, Wikimedia LLC, and Big Tech companies are already underway, point-people on the project said in an interview, but the next couple of months will be about seeking the reaction of Wikipedia’s thousands of volunteers.

Offshore Energy Gets a Second Wind Under Biden

Offshore Energy Gets a Second Wind Under Biden

But the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management delayed the project’s approval to review the cumulative impact of US offshore wind farms, while the company itself pulled its application to choose a different kind of turbine.

Helping Birds Adapt to Climate Change in the Nevada Desert

Helping Birds Adapt to Climate Change in the Nevada Desert

AmeriCorp stewardship assistant Brittney Cade (front) leads a team of volunteers in planting trees along the Amargosa River.Planting 100,000 trees – and helping birds adapt to climate change – is just the latest chapter in the rich conservation history of the Amargosa.

Hackers Used Zero-Days to Infect Windows and Android Devices

Hackers Used Zero-Days to Infect Windows and Android Devices

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30 Years Since the Human Genome Project Began, What’s Next?

30 Years Since the Human Genome Project Began, What’s Next?

A few years later, he found himself working on the front lines of the young field’s marquee moon shot: the Human Genome Project.Eric Green: I was inside the Human Genome Project from day one, and I can’t stress enough how back then we didn’t know what we were doing.

Geometry Reveals How the World Is Made of Cubes

Geometry Reveals How the World Is Made of Cubes

“It was geometry with an exact prediction that was borne out in the natural world, with essentially no physics involved,” said Jerolmack, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

A Facebook Messenger Flaw Could Have Let Hackers Listen In

A Facebook Messenger Flaw Could Have Let Hackers Listen In

Discovered by Natalie Silvanovich of Google's Project Zero bug hunting team , the vulnerability, which is now patched, could have been exploited on Messenger for Android if an attacker simultaneously called a target and sent them a specially crafted, invisible message to trigger the attack.

The Unsinkable Maddie Stone, Google’s Bug-Hunting Badass

The Unsinkable Maddie Stone, Google’s Bug-Hunting Badass

Finding previously undiscovered software bugs and motivating developers to patch them quickly is core to the group’s mission: “Make zero-day hard.” But in 2019, the team broadened its focus beyond just disclosing unique zero-days the researchers found themselves to tracking and studying those that hackers actively exploit in the wild—the exact types of flaws Stone had been stamping out on Android.“The key thing to remember is that the problem we’re working on is not theoretical.

Go Ahead, Try to Sneak Bad Words Past AI Filters—for Research

Go Ahead, Try to Sneak Bad Words Past AI Filters—for Research

Facebook’s project comes as more AI researchers, including the social network’s VP of artificial intelligence , say the field needs to broaden its horizons if computers are to become capable of handling complex, real world situations.

New tsunami monitoring system for Pacific

New tsunami monitoring system for Pacific

A network of state-of-the-art tsunami buoys is being deployed from New Zealand up into the Pacific to keep communities safer.Every 15 seconds the BPR records the height of the ocean above it and sends that information to the surface buoy once an hour.

Portland’s Face-Recognition Ban Is a New Twist on ‘Smart Cities’

Portland’s Face-Recognition Ban Is a New Twist on ‘Smart Cities’

“The focus became the work we need to do before we deploy new technology, especially in BIPOC communities who don’t trust the city to necessarily represent their interests,” says Kevin Martin, who leads Smart City PDX.That group drafted the ordinances that made Portland the first major US city to restrict private as well as public use of face recognition.

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves new projects

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves new projects

21 August 2020, Rome - The Board of the Green Climate Fund today approved several new projects, including one for Côte d'Ivoire that marks the first time the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has helped an African country obtain a grant from the international entity.

Student quad bike invention a winner

Student quad bike invention a winner

Lachlan Coleman, a student at St. Paul's Collegiate, invented a device called “Roll Gauge” that helps prevent rollover on vehicles like quadbikes and tractors that operate on uneven ground.

A British AI Tool to Predict Violent Crime Is Too Flawed to Use

A British AI Tool to Predict Violent Crime Is Too Flawed to Use

For West Yorkshire, 74 people from 100 were predicted to commit serious violence with a gun or knife.For serious violence with a gun or knife, the accuracy dropped to between 14 and 19 percent for West Midlands Police and nine to 18 percent for West Yorkshire.

Cheap, Easy Deepfakes Are Getting Closer to the Real Thing

Cheap, Easy Deepfakes Are Getting Closer to the Real Thing

To make them, Tully needed only to gather a few hundred images of Hanks online and spend less than $100 to tune open-source face-generation software to his chosen subject.

Students do the science on COVID protection

Students do the science on COVID protection

As the world battles a deadly pandemic, New Zealand school students have been beavering away at science fair projects researching the effectiveness of our own COVID-19 protection measures.NIWA freshwater ecologist and science fair coordinator Tracey Burton says that there is a strong focus on COVID-19 related projects entered in the fair.