Stop Obsessing Over Sleep—Your Brain Will Thank You

Stop Obsessing Over Sleep—Your Brain Will Thank You

Fitbit kicked off this trend when it released the first tracker in 2009.Little more than a glorified pedometer at the time, the Fitbit couldn’t monitor your heart rate, pay for anything, or even tell you the time.Fears over bad sleep are getting the TED treatment and topping best-seller lists.

I Tracked Everything My Baby Did Until Nothing Made Sense Anymore

I Tracked Everything My Baby Did Until Nothing Made Sense Anymore

Whatever the case, our baby seemed fine, and we resolved to turn the irksome air quality monitor off.

Your Secret Uber Tipping Behavior, Exposed

Your Secret Uber Tipping Behavior, Exposed

The company declined to say whether there have been shifts in tipping since mid-September 2017.The paper relies on detailed data about drivers, riders, and the rides themselves, including length, pickup time, and how many quick accelerations, hard brakes, and speeding stretches occurred during the trip.

Neil Young’s Adventures on the Hi-Res Frontier

Neil Young’s Adventures on the Hi-Res Frontier

With a new Crazy Horse album, a new book, and his very own high-resolution streaming platform, the 73-year-old rock legend has set himself the modest goals of reuniting his beloved band, reinventing the wheel, and rescuing music for all humanity.

Avengers: Damage Control Pushes VR to New Heights

Avengers: Damage Control Pushes VR to New Heights

Hickman: I'll never forget the first time I saw those early videos from ILMxLab of the different things they were trying out.

Is the Equal Sign Overrated? Mathematicians Hash It Out

Is the Equal Sign Overrated? Mathematicians Hash It Out

“I just think he felt this was the correct way to think about mathematics,” said Michael Hopkins, a mathematician at Harvard and Lurie’s graduate school adviser.

Prepare for the Deepfake Era of Web Video

Prepare for the Deepfake Era of Web Video

Deepfakes, clips altered or fabricated with an artificial intelligence technique called machine learning, make alternative realities easier to create and disseminate.That variety of uses means that people should adjust how they think about video in the deepfakes era, Gregory says.

Think Video on Your Phone Is Slow? It’s Not Your Imagination

Think Video on Your Phone Is Slow? It’s Not Your Imagination

A new report by researchers at Northeastern University confirms that the nation’s four major wireless carriers throttle at least some video content on their networks, and suggests a few workarounds for those who want the best possible video quality on their mobile devices.

Focus on Native Bees, Not Honey Bees

Focus on Native Bees, Not Honey Bees

In order to conserve the full species diversity and resilience of our ecosystems, we need our native bees.We just need to be careful that saving honey bees aren’t the primary focus of conservation efforts or communications.

NIWA reveals Arrowtown air quality standards breached every time temperature plummets

NIWA reveals Arrowtown air quality standards breached every time temperature plummets

That’s more than double the national standard of 50, with hourly concentrations peaking at 314 micrograms per cubic metre,” says project leader NIWA air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley.

JD Power Says Korean Cars Beat US and Europe in Quality

JD Power Says Korean Cars Beat US and Europe in Quality

The change in fortunes rides largely on how automakers have handled two big technological trends: proliferating infotainment screens and advanced driver assistance features .Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.The ranking, based on the number of problems owners of new vehicles report in the first three months, puts Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury brand, in the number one spot, with 63 problems per 100 vehicles.

Uber's IPO, the Call to Break Up Facebook, and More News

Uber's IPO, the Call to Break Up Facebook, and More News

Uber made billions in their stock market debut, criticism of Facebook is coming from inside the house, and the dearth of climate change plans from presidential candidates isn't all that impressive.

The Evidence Is Strong: Air Pollution Seems to Cause Dementia

The Evidence Is Strong: Air Pollution Seems to Cause Dementia

“I have no hesitation whatsoever to say that air pollution causes dementia,” says Caleb Finch, gerontologist and the leader of USC’s Air Pollution and Brain Disease research network, which has completed many of these new studies.

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.

Netflix Boosts the Audio Quality of Its Streams

Netflix Boosts the Audio Quality of Its Streams

And when I asked Netflix’s sound engineers to cite a minimum bandwidth requirement for this improved audio experience, the answer was a little murky (mushy?).

Spotify Tips and Tricks: How to Get More Out of Each Listen

Spotify Tips and Tricks: How to Get More Out of Each Listen

If you’re looking for playlists you’ve carefully crafted or saved, you’ll want to navigate out of Search and go to the Your Library tab on the bottom right.

The Best-Worst Marketing Ideas for International Women’s Day

The Best-Worst Marketing Ideas for International Women’s Day

Yes, there was.) Several reporters received pitches from publicists about women fighting “ neglected tropical diseases ”; PepsiCo Foundation’s quest to bring gender equality to farming in developing countries; and the documentary Brave Girl Rising , which is about female refugees, features Beyoncé’s music, and is narrated by Thor: Ragnarok and Sorry to Bother You actress Tessa Thompson.

Scooter Startups Are Ditching Gig Workers for Real Employees

Scooter Startups Are Ditching Gig Workers for Real Employees

Scooter Startups Are Ditching Gig Workers for Real Employees In Los Angeles, electric scooter sharing company Spin will hire employees to collect, charge, fix, and redeploy its vehicles every day.

5G? 5 Bars? What the Signal Icons on Your Phone Actually Mean

5G? 5 Bars? What the Signal Icons on Your Phone Actually Mean

In every other country there’s no difference,” says Brendan Gill, CEO of OpenSignal, a company that collects independent data on carrier signal quality.

Is That Dagobah? No, Just a Real-Life Magical Forest

Is That Dagobah? No, Just a Real-Life Magical Forest

Related Stories Now a graphic designer with a sideline in photography, Burnell recently returned to Wistman's Wood to attempt to capture the forest's cinematic quality. In fact, the images were so successful at capturing the forest's cinematic quality that many viewers seem unable to distinguish it from an actual movie, Burnell says.

Cocoa Honey: A Sweet Good-bye

Cocoa Honey: A Sweet Good-bye

If sustained this may gradually wean the rural population even in disadvantaged regions like Brazil’s Northeast off their dependence on state support.One thing has not changed in my evaluation of the productive alliance concept three years after my first visit: the role of local leadership.

A Windshield-Mounted Cure for the Common Pothole

A Windshield-Mounted Cure for the Common Pothole

(He balances his craving for hard data by sorting roads into “jolties,” “wavies,” and “smoothies.”) Lots of tech players are looking at potholes, including HERE Technologies, which uses its mapping vehicles to track road quality, among other things.

Why Taxing the Rich May Not Save Democracy

Why Taxing the Rich May Not Save Democracy

Their plans are not the same: Ocasio-Cortez aims to raise the marginal tax rate to 70 percent on income above $10 million (which would affect only 0.1 percent of US households).

These Chickens Lay Designer Eggs for Big Pharma

These Chickens Lay Designer Eggs for Big Pharma

The series investigates the production of Novogen White, a high-quality, disease-free egg made in extremely controlled environments by a company in France. Szalai's approach here was like that of an investigative journalist, visiting the Hungarian campus about four to five times to document the environment in which the chickens lived.

What the California Wildfires Can Teach Us About Data Sharing

What the California Wildfires Can Teach Us About Data Sharing

I was part of a small group of volunteers who came together to start a nonprofit organization, Safecast, to design, build, and deploy Geiger counters and a website that would eventually make more than 100 million measurements of radiation levels available to the public.We started in Japan, of course, but eventually people around the world joined the movement, creating an open global data set.

Epiphany: Science, Faith and Clean Water

Epiphany: Science, Faith and Clean Water

Then last fall, my work with the Long Island Chapter brought me into a conversation with leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church to discuss our chapter’s campaign to improve water quality.

Burning wood - not as cosy as it seems

Burning wood - not as cosy as it seems

Smoke from home fires in winter can be smelt across our towns, causing irritation and annoyance to some, reducing visibility, and frequently causing air quality to exceed the National Environmental Standard. Although we don’t monitor smog directly, the levels of smoke are indicated by networks of air quality monitors operated by regional councils.

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Australia’s UN report card: making progress, could do better on inequality and climate

Australia’s UN report card: making progress, could do better on inequality and climate

The report highlights strong progress in health and education, but poor performance in addressing inequality, climate change and housing affordability. Despite some progress, the report found almost every goal has at least one target where an important indicator is off-track or will require a breakthrough to be achieved.

Building housing on flood plains another sign of growing inequality

Building housing on flood plains another sign of growing inequality

Yet all parties involved in housing know that cities are facing more rainfall and flooding due to climate change. However, the waterfront area still remains a flood plain, and is still affected by storm surges associated with climate change.