Data Brokers Are a Threat to Democracy

Data Brokers Are a Threat to Democracy

Companies that boast holding thousands of data points on millions or billions of people—all for selling them to whomever is buying—themselves represent the aggregation of unrestrained surveillance power.

Tracking a Night-Time River of Birds

Tracking a Night-Time River of Birds

© Debbie Leick Into the early 2000’s using a telescope to count birds that flew across the moon was the most common method of nocturnal research.

What to Wear When You’re Battling Giant, Venomous Hornets

What to Wear When You’re Battling Giant, Venomous Hornets

But exactly who makes the suit and what they might think about its use for Asian giant hornet wrangling is something of a mystery.But when it hit max signal, he didn’t see a nest on the ground, which is where Asian giant hornets usually build them.

CBP Seized OnePlus Buds as ‘Counterfeit’ AirPods. Now It's Doubling Down

CBP Seized OnePlus Buds as ‘Counterfeit’ AirPods. Now It's Doubling Down

“Upon examining the shipment in question, a CBP Import Specialist determined that the subject earbuds appeared to violate Apple’s configuration trademark,” the agency said in a statement shared with WIRED.

The Rental Is a Perfect Movie for Sleepy Summer Nights

The Rental Is a Perfect Movie for Sleepy Summer Nights

From the fanciest mansion to the dingiest studio apartment, when you step foot inside, there’s no hiding the fact that it’s a rental, not a home.Josh and Charlie are brothers, as it turns out, so it’s not such a hard sell.

Wildfires Already Threaten the West. Then Came Covid-19

Wildfires Already Threaten the West. Then Came Covid-19

“If you look at a fire engine going down the street, there's four personnel inside who technically are not socially distanced,” says Mike Mohler, deputy director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.

From Drones to Data at Little Jerusalem

From Drones to Data at Little Jerusalem

“It was like looking at a mini-Grand Canyon,” said Sikorsky, a Kansas State University graduate research assistant in the Park Management and Conservation Departments of Horticulture and Natural Resources.

Wealthy Counties Benefited Most From a Flood Relief Program

Wealthy Counties Benefited Most From a Flood Relief Program

If some property owners who live near the ocean or in a river floodplain can be convinced to sell their homes, and the land is returned to open space, the entire community will benefit.

Congress Is Debating—Again—Whether Genes Can Be Patented

Congress Is Debating—Again—Whether Genes Can Be Patented

"They’re saying it can be hard to figure out what is an abstract idea, what is a law of nature, what do we mean when we say ‘natural phenomena’?” This bill creates a clarified legal test for how patent evaluators should determine those things in place of Supreme Court precedence.

Mar-a-Lago's Security Problems Go Way Beyond a Thumb Drive

Mar-a-Lago's Security Problems Go Way Beyond a Thumb Drive

“It's an attacker's dream and a physical security nightmare,” a former NSA hacker says about Mar-a-Lago, one of President Trump's favorite properties to visit.

Make A Home For Wildlife

Make A Home For Wildlife

Photo © Lauren Peeler Brice This book is focused on the eastern United States and has everything you need to understand different habitats, restoration, what to plant (and what not to plant), and how to attract specific types of wildlife.

Seeing the Forest for Its Carbon Storage

Seeing the Forest for Its Carbon Storage

In Maine, a large Nature Conservancy property along the Upper St. John River is now demonstrating another way to diversify revenue streams on private forestland: storing carbon.

Huawei's Many Troubles: Bans, Alleged Spies, and Backdoors

Huawei's Many Troubles: Bans, Alleged Spies, and Backdoors

Taiwan's decision follows Australia's announcement last year that it will ban the country's carriers from buying equipment for next-generation 5G networks from Huawei and other Chinese telecom companies over fears of government ties.

Far-sighted adaptation to rising seas is blocked by just fixing eroded beaches

Far-sighted adaptation to rising seas is blocked by just fixing eroded beaches

As we have explained elsewhere, short-term actions to adapt to coastal flooding can actually increase risks to lives and property. As we see it, market forces and public risk reduction policies interact in unexpected ways, reducing incentives for communities to make long-term plans for retreating from the shore.

Why strengthening land rights strengthens development

Why strengthening land rights strengthens development

Reflecting the importance of secure land ownership to the SDGs’ success, the World Bank Group is now working with developing countries to improve their land-tenure systems and expand the coverage of legally recognized and registered rights.