Beaver? Otter? Muskrat? A Field Guide to Freshwater Mammals

Beaver? Otter? Muskrat? A Field Guide to Freshwater Mammals

Conservation efforts have greatly benefited species like beavers and river otters, so you have a great chance of seeing these in many parts of the United States and Canada.

The Tide Is High—and Getting Higher

The Tide Is High—and Getting Higher

A new study shows that nuisance flooding is exacerbated by dredging and the construction of piers and jetties that were intended to make coastal living easier but are in fact redirecting the flow of incoming ocean water and making high tides higher than ever before.

How to Calculate the String Angle of a Kite vs. a Balloon

How to Calculate the String Angle of a Kite vs. a Balloon

And here is the fun part—Munroe states that both a kite AND a balloon could extend over a river.So, at some value of wind speed the kite and the balloon would have a string at the same angle.

A Windows Defender Vulnerability Lurked Undetected for 12 Years

A Windows Defender Vulnerability Lurked Undetected for 12 Years

The flaw, discovered by researchers at the security firm SentinelOne, showed up in a driver that Windows Defender—renamed Microsoft Defender last year—uses to delete the invasive files and infrastructure that malware can create.

Helping Birds Adapt to Climate Change in the Nevada Desert

Helping Birds Adapt to Climate Change in the Nevada Desert

AmeriCorp stewardship assistant Brittney Cade (front) leads a team of volunteers in planting trees along the Amargosa River.Planting 100,000 trees – and helping birds adapt to climate change – is just the latest chapter in the rich conservation history of the Amargosa.

Can Freshwater Reserves Protect Tropical Fish Diversity?

Can Freshwater Reserves Protect Tropical Fish Diversity?

A recent article published in the journal Nature shows the potential for freshwater reserves by looking at a network of grassroots protected areas established in the Salween River basin of Thailand.

In Colombia, Saving the Rivers that Remain

In Colombia, Saving the Rivers that Remain

In the Magdalena basin itself, some of its tributaries could transport us to those forested landscapes crossed by a river of crystal-clear water, such as the Samaná Norte River, or the Otún River, to name the closest ones, which also have unique ecological value.

Orientalism, 'Cyberpunk 2077,' and Yellow Peril in Science Fiction

Orientalism, 'Cyberpunk 2077,' and Yellow Peril in Science Fiction

There is a long and deep Euro-American tradition of using Asian symbolism such as neon signs with Japanese and Chinese lettering to express those feelings about what the future holds, including globalization and the threat of a takeover from the East.

This Guy Is Taking Viewers Along for His Driverless Rides

This Guy Is Taking Viewers Along for His Driverless Rides

He says he has taken more than 60 driverless rides in the two months since Waymo opened driverless service up to the public.I watched three hours of videos of customers testing out Tesla's technology.

50 Fish, 50 States: Cutthroat Connections

50 Fish, 50 States: Cutthroat Connections

I’m in Wyoming with my friend Brett Prettyman, a communications director for Trout Unlimited, to check out cutthroat fishing and conservation.

The Journey of Electronic Bottles and the Ocean Plastic Crisis

The Journey of Electronic Bottles and the Ocean Plastic Crisis

You see, Davies, along with conservation scientist Emily Duncan of the University of Exeter and other researchers, had not long before released the bottle and nine others into the Ganges as part of a clever experiment to show how plastic pollution moves through rivers and eventually out to sea.

Dead Drift: Adding Salmon Carcasses to Streams

Dead Drift: Adding Salmon Carcasses to Streams

Denny lays the lifeless fish in the stream steps back and watches the dead drift toward a log jam.Fish biologist Lytle Denny plants salmon carcasses.Denny watches flies feed on the dead fish he just planted.

50 Fish, 50 States: Yellowstone’s Native Fish

50 Fish, 50 States: Yellowstone’s Native Fish

We essentially recognized that stocking westslope cutthroat and grayling in the Upper Gibbon was assisting their adaptation to climate change, and ensuring a future for native fish in the park for generations to come.”.

Conserving India’s Overlooked Freshwater Ecosystems

Conserving India’s Overlooked Freshwater Ecosystems

India boasts of a rich and vast freshwater resource network (rivers, lakes, wetlands, and groundwater), which occupies about 4 percent of the country’s area and supports its 1 billion people (17 percent of the world’s population).

The Fate of Gig Workers Is in the Hands of California Voters

The Fate of Gig Workers Is in the Hands of California Voters

A ballot measure would create a new legal classification for Uber drivers, Instacart shoppers, and DoorDash deliverers—not quite employees, but not the independent contractors they’ve been until now.

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.

A Field Guide to Freshwater Fish Watching

A Field Guide to Freshwater Fish Watching

But the southeastern United States has the diversity of freshwater fish species (and other wildlife) to make a trip comparable to saltwater snorkeling.In the Northwest, there is a fish viewing window at Bonneville Dam. Salmon can be watched, from a distance, spawning in a number of rivers.

Spree Is Nasty, Clever Satire for the Influencer Era

Spree Is Nasty, Clever Satire for the Influencer Era

(“What’s the point of doing anything if no one’s watching?” Suzanne wonders—a point Kurt echoes repeatedly on his spree.)Like Suzanne, Kurt sees violence as a means to an end, and cannot fathom the purpose of life without an audience.

The World Is Noisy. These Groups Want to Restore the Quiet

The World Is Noisy. These Groups Want to Restore the Quiet

A 2017 study by scientists at Colorado State University and the National Park Service found that human noise doubled background sounds in 63 percent of US protected areas.There are still some quiet places left, however, where the sounds of humanity give way to the natural world.

Backyard Birding in Central India to Beat Lockdown

Backyard Birding in Central India to Beat Lockdown

© Ashok Biswal The Nature Conservancy in India has been engaging with the local communities and working closely with state government authorities since 2017 to undertake and facilitate cost-effective and pragmatic riparian restoration activities in the selected patches of Narmada riverbank.

Can Duck Poop Spread Invasive Fish?

Can Duck Poop Spread Invasive Fish?

As the authors note in the paper, “Only 0.2% of ingested eggs survived gut passage, yet, given the abundance, diet, and movements of ducks in nature, our results have major implications for biodiversity conservation and invasion dynamics in freshwater ecosystems.”.

Seattle's Uber and Lyft Drivers Make $23.25 an Hour—or $9.73

Seattle's Uber and Lyft Drivers Make $23.25 an Hour—or $9.73

The Cornell paper examines the pay and expenses of more than 14,100 Seattle Uber and Lyft drivers during one week in October 2019, using data from the ride-hail companies.

Putting Communities At the Center of Freshwater Conservation

Putting Communities At the Center of Freshwater Conservation

It was clear from our visit to the Tapajós communities that they must be at the center of any conservation program, as the river and the resources in it are intimately linked to their identity, economic well-being, and deep social and cultural values.

Expanding the Successful Sustainable Rivers Program

Expanding the Successful Sustainable Rivers Program

“Even though this area is wild and undeveloped, we were seeing pro-longed growing season floods that hurt the floodplain vegetation, eroded river banks, and caused low dissolved oxygen levels that resulted in fish kills,” says Julie DeMeester, water program director for The Nature Conservancy in North Carolina .

How Albert Einstein's Son Tamed the Mississippi River

How Albert Einstein's Son Tamed the Mississippi River

The Old River Control Structure, when eventually built, was the creation of many, but, primus inter pares, Hans Albert Einstein was the man who decided where it should go and what it should look like and how exactly it needed to be made.

Space Photos of the Week: Polychromatic Views of the Earth

Space Photos of the Week: Polychromatic Views of the Earth

Photograph: NASA/JPL-CaltechThis tutti-frutti image shows an 80 million-year-old collision of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates—modern-day Morocco.The combination shows how the city grew from 900,000 people in 1990 to 5.3 million in 2017.Photograph: NASA/METI/AISTThis is Cape Horn, the southernmost part of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in Chile.

2019 Was 'Probably the Worst Year in a Century' for Australia

2019 Was 'Probably the Worst Year in a Century' for Australia

Record heat and drought across Australia delivered the worst conditions in the country since at least 2000, with river flows, tree cover, and wildlife being hit on an “unprecedented scale,” according to a new report titled Australia's Environment.

Fallout from Australia’s Huge Wildfires Is Choking Rivers

Fallout from Australia’s Huge Wildfires Is Choking Rivers

Mannus Creek is one of many waterways in Australia that have been inundated with ash and debris following the devastating bush fires this spring and summer, killing fish and other aquatic life and fouling drinking water supplies.

A Travel Ban, Gig Economy Risks, and More Car News This Week

A Travel Ban, Gig Economy Risks, and More Car News This Week

For plenty of Americans, this week began with the regular, old commute to school or work, and ended with canceled semesters, robust “work from home policies,” fears about making rent next month, and canceled events—everything from weddings to concerts to—it hurts!—baseball’s opening day.

A Safety Board Faults Tesla and Regulators in a Fatal 2018 Crash

A Safety Board Faults Tesla and Regulators in a Fatal 2018 Crash

The NTSB also asked the NHTSA to work with industry to create performance standards for driver assistance features, which critics say can lure humans into a sense of complacency even though they’re not intended to take over the driving task.