Saving the Pacific’s Most Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles

Saving the Pacific’s Most Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles

The rangers walking the beach tonight are part of a new monitoring effort, led by The Nature Conservancy, to gather information about the Western Pacific leatherbacks nesting in the Solomon Islands.

The Queen Conch’s Gambit

The Queen Conch’s Gambit

A mother queen conch lays half a million eggs over a day or so in a gelatinous strand that, unfurled, would stretch longer than a semitruck trailer.A queen conch shell can grow as big as a football.

Watch a Shape-Shifting Robot Prowl the Big, Bad World

Watch a Shape-Shifting Robot Prowl the Big, Bad World

Writing today in the journal Nature Machine Intelligence, researchers in Norway and Australia describe how they got DyRET to learn how to lengthen or shorten its limbs to tackle different kinds of terrains.

France Ties Russia's Sandworm to a Multiyear Hacking Spree

France Ties Russia's Sandworm to a Multiyear Hacking Spree

But ANSSI's report doesn't mention a supply chain compromise, and DomainTools' Slowik says the intrusions instead appear to have been carried out simply by exploiting internet-facing servers running Centreon's software inside the victims' networks.

Chrome’s Cookie Update Is Bad for Advertisers but Good for Google

Chrome’s Cookie Update Is Bad for Advertisers but Good for Google

For most people, the change will be invisible, but behind the scenes, Google is planning to put Chrome in control of some of the advertising process.Google’s plan to replace third-party cookies comes from its Privacy Sandbox, a set of proposals for improving online ads without obliterating the ad industry.

How 30 Lines of Code Blew Up a 27-Ton Generator

How 30 Lines of Code Blew Up a 27-Ton Generator

And when one cybersecurity researcher named Mike Assante dug into the details of that attack, he recognized a grid-hacking idea invented not by Russian hackers, but by the United State government, and tested a decade earlier.

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 .

NSA: Russia's Sandworm Hackers Have Hijacked Mail Servers

NSA: Russia's Sandworm Hackers Have Hijacked Mail Servers

On Thursday, the NSA issued an advisory that the Russian hacker group known as Sandworm , a unit of the GRU military intelligence agency, has been actively exploiting a known vulnerability in Exim, a commonly used mail transfer agent—an alternative to bigger players like Exchange and Sendmail—running on email servers around the world.

We Can't Tackle Climate Change Without You

We Can't Tackle Climate Change Without You

I had been invited to lead a conversation with a handful of artists about the climate crisis and their place in it.Something remarkable has happened to the climate conversation in the past two years.We Climate People are used to being a small group.

Australia's Bushfires Completely Blasted Through the Models

Australia's Bushfires Completely Blasted Through the Models

“This is perhaps one of the first really big cases where we've seen the real world do something before we've been able to have the capacity to model it properly,” says climate scientist Benjamin Sanderson of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, who cowrote a piece in the Nature Climate Change package.

Space Photos of the Week: Postcards From a Martian Winter

Space Photos of the Week: Postcards From a Martian Winter

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of ArizonaThe scale of this photo makes it’s hard to tell how massive these sand dunes are.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of ArizonaThis image looks like something seen through a microscope, but no, this is a large swath of Martian terrain.

This Upland Sandpiper Was Banded 13 Years Ago. And It’s Still Alive.

This Upland Sandpiper Was Banded 13 Years Ago. And It’s Still Alive.

Photo © Greg Kramos Thirteen years ago, researchers banded an upland sandpiper on the Konza Prairie Biological Station , a field research station in the Flint Hills of Kansas .

VW's ID Buggy Is an Electric Dune Dominator

VW's ID Buggy Is an Electric Dune Dominator

The idea is to that, like the old Beetles enthusiasts turned into dune buggies, today’s electrics can become just about anything.“In the 1960s people took the Beetle and built onto it, including most famously dune buggies like the Meyers Manx.”.

This New Poker Bot Can Beat Multiple Pros—at Once

This New Poker Bot Can Beat Multiple Pros—at Once

“If you sit this bot down with five elite professional humans, it is going to beat them and make money off them,” says Noam Brown, a researcher in Facebook’s AI lab and co-creator of Pluribus.

The Ultra-Pure, Super-Secret Sand That Makes Your Phone Possible

The Ultra-Pure, Super-Secret Sand That Makes Your Phone Possible

A typical chunk of Spruce Pine pegmatite looks like a piece of strange but enticing hard candy: mostly milky white or pink feldspar, inset with shiny mica, studded with clear or smoky quartz, and flecked here and there with bits of deep red garnet and other‑colored minerals.

Big Tech: Breaking Us Up Will Only Help China

Big Tech: Breaking Us Up Will Only Help China

Over the past week, both Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt made the same appeal to American nationalism, with differing degrees of subtlety: Breaking up Big Tech will only help China.

Meet America's Biggest Machine-Gun Enthusiasts

Meet America's Biggest Machine-Gun Enthusiasts

Twice a year, hundreds of America's most hardcore gun enthusiasts flock to the northern Arizona desert to spend a weekend firing military-grade weapons at pickup trucks, storage containers, and grounded propeller planes.

Space Photos of the Week: The Trail of Opportunity and More

Space Photos of the Week: The Trail of Opportunity and More

The Trail of Opportunity and More Eye Candy From Space The long and Martian road: In August 2010, the Opportunity rover looked back and took a photo of its tracks in the Red Planet’s sand.

With the E-tron, Audi Shows What an Electric SUV Can Be

With the E-tron, Audi Shows What an Electric SUV Can Be

With the E-tron, Audi Shows What an Electric SUV Can BeAudi’s designers speckled some flashy trim on the exterior to signify the E-tron’s EV status, but nothing too edgy: This SUV is meant to be a functional car people will actually want to buy when it goes on sale in early 2019, not just a statement.AudiMasdar City, a squeaky-clean planned city under development outside Abu Dhabi, grew from the sand with a single vision: help the United Arab Emirates wean itself off its own vast oil reserves.

My Befuddling Dinner With Facebook Empress Sheryl Sandberg

My Befuddling Dinner With Facebook Empress Sheryl Sandberg

When you’re making money hand over fist, and your company seems to be on the right side of history, it’s natural to think you’re a very moral and whole person, who has made some lovely decisions, and who has a lot to teach other women about work and families.

Secret Confessions of A Sand Collector

Secret Confessions of A Sand Collector

But most people — normal people — don’t run around to every beach or desert scooping sand into little sample bottles, peering at it with a magnifying glass, and rhapsodizing about variations in color and texture.

Amazing Sands From Around the World

Amazing Sands From Around the World

Tourism boards from Australia to Tahiti like to boast about their beaches, many proclaiming to have the whitest sands in the world. Glauconite beach sand from France. But not all black sand is volcanic… sometimes it can be formed from other minerals.

6 Questions After The New York Times' Facebook Bombshell

6 Questions After The New York Times' Facebook Bombshell

To suggest that this was an anti-Semitic attack is reprehensible and untrue.” A Facebook spokesperson told WIRED that neither Zuckerberg nor Sandberg had any idea about “the Soros stuff.”5) Did Facebook lie about what they knew about Russian operations on the platform during the 2016 election?This is a complicated, tangled question!

Los Angeles Must Pay Billions to Adapt—or Slip Into the Sea

Los Angeles Must Pay Billions to Adapt—or Slip Into the Sea

But much of it is in trouble: Sea level rise is coming for Los Angeles County and its 74 miles of coast.According to a new report from the New York Academy of Sciences, it’ll take LA as much as $6.4 billion to fortify itself against an impending increase in coastal flooding, with moves such as nourishing its beaches with extra sand and elevating its ports.

Puffins are declining and climate change could become the largest cause

Puffins are declining and climate change could become the largest cause

Hansen is working with Fayet, a junior research fellow at the University of Oxford who is from France, on her project to monitor the activities of four puffin colonies – two in Iceland and others in Wales and Norway.

How That Magical Jack Dorsey–Alex Jones Photo Happened

How That Magical Jack Dorsey–Alex Jones Photo Happened

"It's a rare thing to be alone on an island with such a dramatic scene developing in front of you," Mahaskey says.His photograph records a tight web of figures, their gestures and expressions so intense as to seem exaggerated, like those of characters in a play.

How to Watch Twitter and Facebook Testify Before Congress Wednesday

How to Watch Twitter and Facebook Testify Before Congress Wednesday

You can watch a stream of that one here:The morning session will ostensibly focus on foreign efforts to interfere in US democracy, but if past is prologue, the executives will likely end up fielding a range of questions about everything from Russian influence campaigns to perceptions of bias against conservatives.Expect Sandberg's answers to echo Zuckerberg's from a few months ago as well, although hopefully she won't have to get back to them on quite as much.

Far-sighted adaptation to rising seas is blocked by just fixing eroded beaches

Far-sighted adaptation to rising seas is blocked by just fixing eroded beaches

As we have explained elsewhere, short-term actions to adapt to coastal flooding can actually increase risks to lives and property. As we see it, market forces and public risk reduction policies interact in unexpected ways, reducing incentives for communities to make long-term plans for retreating from the shore.