More Lightning in the Arctic Is Bad News for the Planet

More Lightning in the Arctic Is Bad News for the Planet

“The 2020 heat wave in the Russian Arctic shows how—even at high latitudes—really warm weather conditions can develop that can lead to fires that burn intensely and can grow to be very large,” says Isla Myers-Smith, an ecologist at the University of Edinburgh who studies the region but wasn’t involved in this new work.

Big Music Needs to Be Broken Up to Save the Industry

Big Music Needs to Be Broken Up to Save the Industry

For decades, corporate concentration and the rise of streaming music platforms has shifted power to tech giants, and to a conglomerate that, through the staggering failures of US monopoly regulation, has come to dominate terrestrial and satellite radio, concert promotion, ticketing, artist management, and venue ownership, essentially every revenue-generating slice of the industry.

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.

Astronomers Finally Know What Causes Fast Radio Bursts

Astronomers Finally Know What Causes Fast Radio Bursts

Neutron stars are best known for powering pulsars, rapidly repeating bursts of radiation driven by the fact that these massive objects can complete a rotation in a handful of milliseconds.

Here's How You Can 'See' Molecules—on a Whole 'Nother Planet

Here's How You Can 'See' Molecules—on a Whole 'Nother Planet

Both visible light and radio waves are types of electromagnetic wave.Although radio and visible light are both electromagnetic waves, there is one thing that is very different—the way that they interact with matter.

There's No Better Time to Be an Amateur Radio Geek

There's No Better Time to Be an Amateur Radio Geek

One license covers an entire family, though operators must be over 18.FRS and GMRS are both walkie-talkies, but GMRS radios have the potential for increased range and clarity due to better antennas, higher transmit power, and access to repeaters.

Google Wants to Remix News Radio Just for You

Google Wants to Remix News Radio Just for You

Google has updated the service to create a more fluid listening experience, so that sitting through an entire session doesn’t feel like you’re just working your way through a hodgepodge of disparate stories.

The Iconic Arecibo Telescope Goes Quiet After Major Damage

The Iconic Arecibo Telescope Goes Quiet After Major Damage

“We were extremely saddened by the news out of Arecibo,” says Andrew Siemion, the director of the Berkeley SETI Research Center.Earlier this year, the [email protected] project stopped pulling in new data from Arecibo and other radio telescopes so its researchers could focus on analyzing the data already collected.

NASA’s Mars Rover Will Be Powered by US-Made Plutonium

NASA’s Mars Rover Will Be Powered by US-Made Plutonium

Perseverance is only the second Mars rover to use nuclear power as its main source of electrical energy.Starting with Curiosity, which arrived on the Red Planet in 2012, NASA engineers switched to nuclear power as the rover’s main source of energy.

Astronomers Track a Fast Radio Burst to Its Source—a Magnetar

Astronomers Track a Fast Radio Burst to Its Source—a Magnetar

Unlike CHIME, which looks at small chunks of the sky at any given time, Caltech’s Survey for Transient Astronomical Radio Emission 2 (STARE2) telescope observes the entire sky at once, which allowed the Caltech team to quickly confirm that the burst was extremely powerful.

The DHS Prepares for Attacks Fueled by 5G Conspiracy Theories

The DHS Prepares for Attacks Fueled by 5G Conspiracy Theories

Now, the DHS "is preparing to advise the US telecom industry on steps it can take to prevent attacks on 5G cell towers following a rash of incidents in Western Europe fueled by the false claim that the technology spreads the pathogen causing Covid-19," The Washington Post reported last week.

SETI@Home Is Over. But the Search for Alien Life Continues

[email protected] Is Over. But the Search for Alien Life Continues

[email protected] quickly grew into what its collaborator, the nonprofit Planetary Society, has called its “most successful public participation project ever undertaken.” As WIRED reported in 2000, within months of [email protected]’s launch, more than 2.6 million people in 226 countries were volunteering their spare processing power to parse the mounds of data generated by alien-hunting radio telescopes.

A Star's Auroras Light the Way to a New Exoplanet

A Star's Auroras Light the Way to a New Exoplanet

As the moon rotates around its host planet, this charged gas swipes across Jupiter’s magnetic field lines “like plucking strings on a guitar,” said Nichols, who studies space-based magnetic fields.

What's in the Forecast: Private Weather Predictions

What's in the Forecast: Private Weather Predictions

After several years of testing, NOAA is now preparing to purchase readings from commercial satellites that use GPS signals to measure the density of the atmosphere.

Why Big Data Has Been (Mostly) Good for Music

Why Big Data Has Been (Mostly) Good for Music

Following four consecutive years of double-digit growth, total year-end revenues are expected to break the $10 billion mark this year, inching ever closer to the sales numbers the industry hit during the glory days of CDs. Courtesy of SpotifyWith all that money back on the table, record labels are scouting new talent again.

The Largest Scientific Structure Ever Powers Up in Africa

The Largest Scientific Structure Ever Powers Up in Africa

This dish antenna rises seven stories above an ancient seabed in the Karoo, a remote semidesert in South Africa.Combined, they'll form a single observatory called the Square Kilometre Array, the largest scientific structure on the planet, to gather 10.8 million square feet of radio waves.

Alien Hunters Need the Far Side of the Moon to Stay Quiet

Alien Hunters Need the Far Side of the Moon to Stay Quiet

Moving radio observatories to the moon wouldn’t require turning the entire lunar farside into a radio quiet zone, but it would guarantee that at least some portions of the moon are preserved for radio astronomy and the hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence.

Ford Is Bringing Huge Screens—and Live Updates—to Its Cars

Ford Is Bringing Huge Screens—and Live Updates—to Its Cars

The bigger screens will allow Ford to show multiple applications (like navigation, phone, and radio) simultaneously, and to automatically configure their arrangement based on which the driver uses most frequently.The new screens will run Sync 4 and offer enough real estate to comfortably display multiple applications, configured to the user's liking.

The Bonkers Tech That Detects Lightning 6,000 Miles Away

The Bonkers Tech That Detects Lightning 6,000 Miles Away

And it would have gone entirely unnoticed by faraway humans if it weren’t for the assistance of a company called Vaisala, which operates the sensor network and uses it to triangulate a lightning strike, feeding the data to outfits like the National Weather Service.

Jill Tarter Swears She’d Tell Us If She’d Seen an Alien

Jill Tarter Swears She’d Tell Us If She’d Seen an Alien

Jill Tarter Swears She’d Tell Us If She’d Seen an Alien. That’s why Tarter and her colleagues have worked to diversify their approach, considering other ways an alien species might leave a “technosignature.” Maybe they like lasers.

How the iPhone Helped Save the Planet

How the iPhone Helped Save the Planet

The more than 2 billion iPhones sold since Apple first launched it exactly 12 years ago have done a lot of good for their owners, but it seems like they’ve been bad news for the planet.

Weather Forecasts Will Soon Use Weird, Bendy GPS Signals

Weather Forecasts Will Soon Use Weird, Bendy GPS Signals

Known as the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate (or COSMIC-2), the mission takes advantage of a weird property of GPS radio signals: They actually bend and slow down slightly as they travel through the atmosphere.

Radiohead Gets ‘Hacked,’ a T-Mobile/Sprint Hiccup, and More News

Radiohead Gets ‘Hacked,’ a T-Mobile/Sprint Hiccup, and More News

Radiohead Gets ‘Hacked,’ a T-Mobile/Sprint Hiccup, and More News. Radiohead owned some hackers, the T-Mobile/Sprint merger runs into some hiccups, and a Swedish mining town is being picked up and moved. So their state-owned mining operation decided to move the city instead.

Radiohead Dropped 18 Hours of Unreleased Music to Screw Pirates

Radiohead Dropped 18 Hours of Unreleased Music to Screw Pirates

On Tuesday, Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood made an announcement on Twitter and Facebook: The band had been "hacked," and the perpetrator attempted a $150,000 shakedown to prevent the public release of the files.

China Finds Phone-Wielding Tourists and Telescopes Don't Mesh

China Finds Phone-Wielding Tourists and Telescopes Don't Mesh

In early April, says from the Pingtang County government website, officials held meetings with local residents and workers to “internalize the sense of responsibility and responsibility of protecting the [telescope].” The rules and outreach efforts come just after the announcement of a new television show about FAST, which state-run Zhongxin reported in late February.

The Perplexing Physics of Imaging a Black Hole

The Perplexing Physics of Imaging a Black Hole

This image shows the material around a super massive black hole in the center of a galaxy some 55 million light-years away. For the stuff around the black hole, it's not a visible light image.

Astronomers Think They Can Explain Mysterious Cosmic Bursts

Astronomers Think They Can Explain Mysterious Cosmic Bursts

“In just very general terms, this makes a ton of sense,” said James Cordes , an astrophysicist at Cornell University, adding that while further details still need to be worked out, “I would say it’s a good horse to bet on.” What the astronomers really like, though, is that Metzger’s theory generates very specific predictions for what future FRBs should look like, predictions that will soon be put to make-or-break tests.

No GPS? A DIY Radio Transmitter Can Help You Navigate

No GPS? A DIY Radio Transmitter Can Help You Navigate

That's the premise of the book How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler, by Ryan North.Without getting into the nitty-gritty details, it gives you the general idea of how things like an electric motor or wifi work. If you can build a radio transmitter, you won't need a clock.

Hackers Can Steal a Tesla Model S in Seconds by Cloning Its Key Fob

Hackers Can Steal a Tesla Model S in Seconds by Cloning Its Key Fob

But if owners of a Model S manufactured before then don't turn on that PIN—or don't pay to replace their key fob with the more strongly encrypted version—the researchers say they're still vulnerable to their key-cloning method.Keys to the KingdomLike most automotive keyless entry systems, Tesla Model S key fobs send an encrypted code, based on a secret cryptographic key, to a car's radios to trigger it to unlock and disable its immobilizer, allowing the car's engine to start.

Macron has lost a minister. Has he lost credibility on the environment too? | Pauline Bock

Macron has lost a minister. Has he lost credibility on the environment too? | Pauline Bock

'I don’t want to lie to myself any more' - French environment minister quits live on air - video No one knew Nicolas Hulot, the French environment minister, was about to resign when he went on a radio breakfast show yesterday morning – not even himself.