Bright Spots in the Global Coral Reef Catastrophe

Bright Spots in the Global Coral Reef Catastrophe

In 2018, the International Panel on Climate Change reported that 1.5 degrees Celsius of global warming would cause global coral reefs to decline by 70 to 90 percent (warming currently stands at 1.2 Celsius).

This Groundbreaking Simulator Generates a Huge Indoor Ocean

This Groundbreaking Simulator Generates a Huge Indoor Ocean

“It's a complex mixture of chemistry, biology, and physics,” says Scripps oceanographer Grant Deane, co-principal investigator of Soars.Up until now, scientists could run complex computer climate models to estimate, say, how increasing CO2 levels might change the chemistry of surface waters.

The Llama, the Hamster, and a New Path for Covid Treatment

The Llama, the Hamster, and a New Path for Covid Treatment

To design a new potential Covid treatment, researchers at the Rosalind Franklin Institute at Oxford University took advantage of the biological quirks of an unlikely animal pair: the llama and the Syrian hamster.

The Love Stories of Sleepy Lizards

The Love Stories of Sleepy Lizards

© Michael Gardner2 of 3A male sleepy lizard follows his partner across a road.© Michael Gardner You might wonder: Why keep studying sleepy lizards, after all this time?

Join Us for RE:WIRED—Conversations About Humanity’s Biggest Bets

Join Us for RE:WIRED—Conversations About Humanity’s Biggest Bets

What Is It. RE:WIRED is a two-day virtual global event that brings together some of the top names in technology, business, and culture to discuss the world’s biggest challenges and how we solve them.

A Stanford Proposal Over AI's 'Foundations' Ignites Debate

A Stanford Proposal Over AI's 'Foundations' Ignites Debate

Thomas Dietterich, a professor at Oregon State University and former president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, says he has “huge respect” for the researchers behind the new Stanford center, and he believes they are genuinely concerned about the problems these models raise.

Why Sick Bats Self-Isolate

Why Sick Bats Self-Isolate

When bats hibernate in caves they often cluster up like they do in night roosts, but there’s less activity.Weinberg and postdoctoral researcher Kelsey Moreno studied Egyptian fruit bats with some animals in the colony receiving a sick-like protein to trigger an immune response.

How the Fallow Deer Took the World

How the Fallow Deer Took the World

In fact, some experts believe the only current native, wild population of fallow deer is now found in an isolated herd in Turkey.Today, the fallow deer is the national animal of Barbuda and Antigua, and deer hunting remains an important cultural activity on the island.

Facebook Had Years to Fix the Flaw That Leaked 500M Users’ Data

Facebook Had Years to Fix the Flaw That Leaked 500M Users’ Data

That incident differs from the more recent Facebook controversy, in which attackers were able to "scrape” Facebook by enumerating batches of possible phone numbers from more than 100 countries, submitting them to the contact import tool, and manipulating it to return the names, Facebook IDs, and other data users had posted on their profiles.

Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown Is an Act of ‘Vast Self-Harm’

Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown Is an Act of ‘Vast Self-Harm’

Over the past two months the military junta has continued to use the mechanisms for digital control put in place by Myanmar's previous regimes, escalating platform-blocking and digital censorship across Myanmar and initiating different combinations of mobile data and wireless broadband outages, including various overnight connectivity blackouts for 46 consecutive days.

Thousands of Android and iOS Apps Leak Data From the Cloud

Thousands of Android and iOS Apps Leak Data From the Cloud

Zimperium ran automated analysis on more than 1.3 million Android and iOS apps to detect common cloud misconfigurations that exposed data.

A Second AI Researcher Says She Was Fired by Google

A Second AI Researcher Says She Was Fired by Google

On Friday, researcher Margaret Mitchell said she had been fired from the company’s AI lab, Google Brain, where she previously co-led a group working on ethical approaches to artificial intelligence.

The AI Research Paper Was Real. The ‘Coauthor’ Wasn't

The AI Research Paper Was Real. The ‘Coauthor’ Wasn't

“The fundamental challenge that we face is that publishing has, for decades, functioned based on trust,” says Suzanne Farley, research integrity director at Springer Nature.

Scientists Can Literally Become Allergic to Their Research

Scientists Can Literally Become Allergic to Their Research

Perversely, some allergy researchers say, it is the researchers’ passion for their subjects—the close observation, the long hours of work each day, and the years of commitment to a research project—that puts them at such high risk.“It is true that some things cause allergies more often than others, but the biggest factor is the frequency of the interaction with the study organism,” said John Carlson, a physician and researcher at Tulane University who specializes in insect and dust mite allergies.

Covid-19 Vaccine Scams Spread Under Facebook and Telegram's Watch

Covid-19 Vaccine Scams Spread Under Facebook and Telegram's Watch

The offers ranged from Facebook page operators willing to ship Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine—which is not authorized for use in the United States—from China, to apparent scammers on Telegram claiming to have access to Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca’s vaccines.

Shark numbers decline amid research gaps

Shark numbers decline amid research gaps

New research published in premier science journal Nature last week, with input from NIWA, showed the global population of oceanic sharks and rays has declined by more than 70 per cent in the past 50 years, with ongoing decline likely to lead to the extinction of some species.

North Korea Targets—and Dupes—a Slew of Cybersecurity Pros

North Korea Targets—and Dupes—a Slew of Cybersecurity Pros

ZecOps’ Avraham says that while the hackers hadn't fooled him in their brief DM chat, he did click on a link in one of the attackers' blog posts that purported to show some research-related code.

Anti-Secrecy Activists Publish a Trove of Ransomware Victims' Data

Anti-Secrecy Activists Publish a Trove of Ransomware Victims' Data

DDoSecrets' cofounder Emma Best argues that the trail of dumped data that ransomware operations leave in their wake often contains information that deserves to be scrutinized and, in some cases, revealed to the public.

What a Victorian Disease Detective Proved About Urban Health

What a Victorian Disease Detective Proved About Urban Health

More than 150 years ago, a renowned physician named John Snow walked the gritty streets of London’s working-class Golden Square neighborhood, not far from his office in the city’s Soho district, knocking on the doors of residents felled by the cholera epidemic.

The Power of Kawaii: How Cute, Squishy Things Influence Us

The Power of Kawaii: How Cute, Squishy Things Influence Us

A timeline cleanse is meant to interrupt that cycle with a reprieve from the chaos.“I think kawaii, or cute feelings, reminds us of human connection that we sometimes forget,” says Hiroshi Nittono, director of the Cognitive Psychophysiology Laboratory at Osaka University.

The Dark Side of Big Tech’s Funding for AI Research

The Dark Side of Big Tech’s Funding for AI Research

Last week, prominent Google artificial intelligence researcher Timnit Gebru said she was fired by the company after managers asked her to retract or withdraw her name from a research paper, and she objected.

Behind the Paper That Led to a Google Researcher’s Firing

Behind the Paper That Led to a Google Researcher’s Firing

Earlier this year, Google artificial intelligence researcher Timnit Gebru sent a Twitter message to University of Washington professor Emily Bender.“This article is a very solid and well-researched piece of work,” says Julien Cornebise, an honorary associate professor at University College London who has seen a draft of the paper.

A Prominent AI Ethics Researcher Says Google Fired Her

A Prominent AI Ethics Researcher Says Google Fired Her

The paper discussed ethical issues raised by recent advances in AI technology that works with language , which Google has said is important to the future of its business .

Tarantulas: Color, Cancer and Cramps

Tarantulas: Color, Cancer and Cramps

© Saoirse Foley Their results show tarantulas have eyesight-relevant genes so color may indeed matter for showing off and for hiding.But as far as spider bites, they may helpful than harmful: research is finding the venom of tarantulas and other species is soothing for cancer and cramps.

Nature Nerd Trivia: Bats

Nature Nerd Trivia: Bats

The bat world is full of oddies and surprises, from the carnivorous ghost bat to one species that’s actually the world’s fastest mammal.Only one percent of the world’s bat species feed on vertebrate prey, and the ghost bat is one of them.

Did a Security Researcher Guess Trump’s Twitter Password?

Did a Security Researcher Guess Trump’s Twitter Password?

Earlier this week, Dutch security researcher Victor Gevers told De Volkskrant that he had recently accessed Donald Trump's Twitter account simply by guessing the password: maga2020!A few days later, he says, he saw that Trump's Twitter account had added two-factor authentication, freezing him out.

Joe Biden Is Very Offline—and That’s OK

Joe Biden Is Very Offline—and That’s OK

As the election approaches, many liberal and left-leaning digital organizations and influencers have rallied behind Biden, creating a late-breaking wave of online support.

Split-Second ‘Phantom’ Images Can Fool Tesla’s Autopilot

Split-Second ‘Phantom’ Images Can Fool Tesla’s Autopilot

"The attacker just shines an image of something on the road or injects a few frames into a digital billboard, and the car will apply the brakes or possibly swerve, and that's dangerous," says Yisroel Mirsky, a researcher for Ben Gurion University and Georgia Tech who worked on the research, which will be presented next month at the ACM Computer and Communications Security conference.

Deformed Beaks: What We Know About An Alarming Bird Disease

Deformed Beaks: What We Know About An Alarming Bird Disease

Dr. Colleen Handel, Research Wildlife Biologist and founder of the Landbird Ecology Program at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Alaska Science Center, was the first to discover and connect prior curiosity and observations to these emerging deformities.

When Coffee Machines Demand Ransom, You Know IoT Is Screwed

When Coffee Machines Demand Ransom, You Know IoT Is Screwed

The same researchers found that version 2 of the iKettle and the then-current version of the Smarter coffee maker had additional problems, including no firmware signing and no trusted enclave inside the ESP8266, the chipset that formed the brains of the devices.