The Importance of Being a Responsible Nest Box Host

The Importance of Being a Responsible Nest Box Host

The harsh reality is that house sparrows often kill adult bluebirds and their nestlings in the box, and build their messy nests on top of the carnage below.House sparrows are a non-native species that often kill native bluebirds when they take over a nest box.

Natural History, Not Technology, Will Dictate Our Destiny

Natural History, Not Technology, Will Dictate Our Destiny

This story is adapted from A Natural History of the Future: What the Laws of Biology Tell Us About the Destiny of the Human Species, by Rob Dunn.Knowing about these laws helps us understand the future into which we are—arms flailing, coal burning, and full speed ahead—hurling ourselves.

Could Being Cold Actually Be Good for You?

Could Being Cold Actually Be Good for You?

“You're not going to attract too many people,” says Haman, who studies thermal physiology at the University of Ottawa, Canada.Before industrialization, says Haman, “these extremes were actually part of life.” Bodies dealt with cold in the winter and heat in the summer.

How Parents Can Deal With Climate Anxiety

How Parents Can Deal With Climate Anxiety

But if you’re staring at a screen reading a scary headline about climate change, or lying in bed at night wondering about your child’s future, this animalistic stress response isn’t so helpful.

Actions You Can Take to Tackle Climate Change

Actions You Can Take to Tackle Climate Change

In our world of omnipresent crises and the continuing barrage of dire news about climate change, it often feels easier to just go about our days, hoping and praying that some smart scientist somewhere will figure out a way to deal with it in time.

What Does a 120-Hz Refresh Rate Mean, Anyway?

What Does a 120-Hz Refresh Rate Mean, Anyway?

Many of our favorite TVs and monitors today boast displays with a high refresh rate that promise smoother on-screen action and a sharper picture.A 120 Hz refresh rate showing 24 FPS content, for example, can display each frame five times.

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.

The World Is Suffering from Champlain Towers South Syndrome

The World Is Suffering from Champlain Towers South Syndrome

Epidemiologists all agree that huge unvaccinated populations abroad are breeding grounds for potentially more dangerous variants of the virus, like the more virulent Delta variant, which has triggered a terrifying rise in cases across the globe.When it comes to our response to climate change , Champlain Towers looks like a model of responsibility.

‘Retaliation’ for Russia's SolarWinds Spying Isn't the Answer

‘Retaliation’ for Russia's SolarWinds Spying Isn't the Answer

The Times reported that the Biden administration plans to respond with "a series of clandestine actions across Russian networks" intended to signal that Russia's hacking campaign crossed a line—"clarifying what the United States believes are in bounds and out of bounds, and what we are prepared to do in response," as national security adviser Jake Sullivan told the paper.

As More Women Enter Science, It’s Time to Redefine Mentorship

As More Women Enter Science, It’s Time to Redefine Mentorship

When a group of researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi published a paper in Nature Communications last fall suggesting that young women scientists should seek out men as mentors, the backlash was swift and vociferous.

The US Government Needs to Invest in Digital Design

The US Government Needs to Invest in Digital Design

The site and corresponding iOS and Android apps would seamlessly integrate the latest Covid data and content from multiple federal agencies, hospitals nationwide, and private sector companies.

FAO - News Article: FAO’s Investment Centre is stepping up its support for creating more robust and sustainable agri-food systems

FAO - News Article: FAO’s Investment Centre is stepping up its support for creating more robust and sustainable agri-food systems

The Centre offers a range of investment support services helping countries to create long-term investment policies and plans, to design and implement investment projects with financing partners and to generate knowledge and build capacities related to investment.

Russia's SolarWinds Hack Is a Historic Mess

Russia's SolarWinds Hack Is a Historic Mess

But because the SolarWinds hack was what's known as a "supply chain" attack, in which Russia compromised a trusted tool rather than using known malware to break in, Einstein failed spectacularly.

A Vaccine Nears, Biden Gets to Work, and More Coronavirus News

A Vaccine Nears, Biden Gets to Work, and More Coronavirus News

The vaccine process nears a new phase, Biden plans his pandemic response, and the winter surge arrives.The 13-member team of doctors and health experts will help the president-elect develop a plan for tackling the pandemic and work with governors to develop consistent messaging at the state and federal levels.

Ubisoft Removes a Controversial Voice in Watch Dogs: Legion

Ubisoft Removes a Controversial Voice in Watch Dogs: Legion

Upon release, some players were concerned to hear journalist Helen Lewis' voice in Watch Dogs: Legion's in-game podcasts.Following the now infamous press conference, YouTuber Coopertom recreated the whole Four Seasons Total Landscaping scene in VRChat, complete with Trump 2020 posters, and it has now become a hangout for virtual-reality furries.

US Indicts Sandworm, Russia's Most Destructive Cyberwar Unit

US Indicts Sandworm, Russia's Most Destructive Cyberwar Unit

The indictment also lays out new details of Sandworm's targeting of the nation of Georgia in 2019, which included an attempt to compromise the Georgian parliament in addition to a previously known campaign of web defacements across the country's internet, affecting 15,000 sites .Perhaps most significantly, the criminal charges mark the first global law enforcement response targeting Sandworm's hackers for their release of the NotPetya malware that ravaged networks across the world .

The NBA Bubble Was a Success Because It Failed

The NBA Bubble Was a Success Because It Failed

Three days later and 1,200 miles south, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, the players of the NBA launched a work stoppage in response.“We are calling for justice for Jacob Blake and demand the officers be held accountable,” George Hill said in an interview.

The Covid Information War Is Entering a Frightening New Phase

The Covid Information War Is Entering a Frightening New Phase

According to The New York Times, no one contacted the Biden campaign after Trump tested positive, despite the two candidates having been onstage together days earlier.

Platforms' Election 'Fixes' Are Rooted in Flawed Philosophy

Platforms' Election 'Fixes' Are Rooted in Flawed Philosophy

Three and a half years ago, as the country came to understand the outsize role of social media manipulation in electing Donald Trump, you might have imagined that by the next time around the major platforms would have profoundly changed the way politics is conducted online and come to grips with essential design flaws.

The Trump Administration Continues to Erode Election Security

The Trump Administration Continues to Erode Election Security

Even as senior government officials continue to raise alarms about foreign actors seeking to attack the election, the major entities of federal government that share responsibility for election security—the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees and coordinates the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies—have taken steps that appear to undermine or compromise the nation’s ability to conduct a fair and free election in November and combat foreign interference.

The FBI Botched Its DNC Hack Warning in 2016—but Says It Won’t Next Time

The FBI Botched Its DNC Hack Warning in 2016—but Says It Won’t Next Time

"I see a key change in practice and emphasis, getting our special agents in charge keyed up to gain the full cooperation of potential victims," says Herrington, who says he's personally notified dozens of victims of hacking incidents over his career.

Google and Apple Change Tactics on Contact Tracing Tech

Google and Apple Change Tactics on Contact Tracing Tech

Apple and Google say the change was based on conversations with state public health authorities, who told the companies they were having difficulty building apps themselves.Apple and Google say they are “committed to supporting public health authorities that have deployed or are building custom apps.”.

How States Can Join Forces to Expand Covid Testing

How States Can Join Forces to Expand Covid Testing

Data Visualization: Zoë Hitzig and Puja OhlhaverIn quadratic funding, the more states that participate in supplying $100 million, the more federal bonus funds their compact receives.Mathematically, this is accomplished by taking the square root of each state contribution as a first step.

How Google Meet Weathered the Work-From-Home Explosion

How Google Meet Weathered the Work-From-Home Explosion

Google saw Meet undergo 30-times growth in the early months of the pandemic; soon enough, the service was hosting up to 100 million meeting participants each day.Complicating the challenge was that the Google engineers involved in the response were themselves working from home, spread across four offices in three countries.

These 4 Covid-19 Vaccines Are Closest to Becoming Reality

These 4 Covid-19 Vaccines Are Closest to Becoming Reality

On July 20, two vaccine candidates published preliminary results from Phase I and II trials showing they induced an immune response and didn’t trigger any major safety concerns, marking a positive step forward.

Covid-19 Immunity May Rely on a Microscopic Helper: T Cells

Covid-19 Immunity May Rely on a Microscopic Helper: T Cells

Marcus Buggert, an immunologist at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, had noticed a similar pattern among patients there: cases where people who tested positive for the virus quickly lost their antibodies or never appeared to muster those forces at all.Research from SARS offered hints that, even if antibodies faded, some people retained immune cells that recognized the virus.

An Onslaught of Crises Has Created a Modern Paradox

An Onslaught of Crises Has Created a Modern Paradox

Originally, I started thinking about crisis fatigue specifically in relation to lockdown, because there was a big debate about how long realistically you could expect the British public to abide by very strict lockdown and social distancing rules.

The First Shot: Inside the Covid Vaccine Fast Track

The First Shot: Inside the Covid Vaccine Fast Track

For your adaptive immune system, the challenge is to find and create enough of the right antibodies before the virus spreads too far—but also before the screaming baby Rambo that is your innate immune system does too much damage.

FAO - News Article: “COVID-19 could not have come at a worse time for vulnerable communities across West Africa”

FAO - News Article: “COVID-19 could not have come at a worse time for vulnerable communities across West Africa”

In response to COVID-19, FAO has been collecting information and carrying out analysis, at regional and country level, on the pandemic's likely consequences on agriculture and food security, which will feed into a global data facility.

'Expert Twitter' Only Goes So Far. Bring Back Blogs

'Expert Twitter' Only Goes So Far. Bring Back Blogs

During the pandemic, however, when our affinities have turned toward a desperate craving for useful information, the dynamics of this algorithm now serve a crucial purpose: helping to surface otherwise hard to find niche experts.