The NIH Launches a Global Hunt for Animal-to-Human Diseases

The NIH Launches a Global Hunt for Animal-to-Human Diseases

What was not at at all normal: The group was launching an international network to detect pathogens that can jump from wildlife to the human population, a field of inquiry that’s become politicized since the coronavirus pandemic began—and they were doing it with federal money, even though the United States government has been the source of the politicization.

What Even Is ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’ on Platforms?

What Even Is ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’ on Platforms?

Like so many of the revelations about content that violates platform policies, the TPA posts were revealed not through the platforms’ own moderators, but through the intrepid reporting of journalists.

The Trump Team Has a Plan to Not Fight Climate Change

The Trump Team Has a Plan to Not Fight Climate Change

“It’s based on modeling, which is extremely hard to do when you’re talking about the climate.” As the new director of the agency, Reilly hadn’t made any public statement on the matter, and it wasn’t clear exactly where he stood.

Skin Care and Makeup Get the High-Tech Treatment

Skin Care and Makeup Get the High-Tech Treatment

Brushing your teeth is possibly the least sexy part of your daily routine, which is probably why the average person only spends about 45 seconds doing it.And oral hygiene may get even better: "You’re putting this brush in your mouth every day," says Sherrie Kinderdine, senior scientist with Oral-B Research and Development.

Google's Autocomplete Ban on Politics Has Some Glitches

Google's Autocomplete Ban on Politics Has Some Glitches

After WIRED flagged them to the company, Google said Friday it had blocked those suggestions for breaking its new election-related policies for autocomplete.Typing "donate bid" on Thursday suggested searches related to the Biden campaign.

Those Orange Bay Area Skies and the Science of Light

Those Orange Bay Area Skies and the Science of Light

I’ve been to polluted cities, but you never get that deep orange, ominous color,” says Sanaz Vahidinia, a physicist at NASA Ames Research Center who studies aerosols and light scattering.

NIWA scientists make salmon farming breakthrough

NIWA scientists make salmon farming breakthrough

The industry is looking to expand by farming in more exposed locations, but NIWA aquaculture scientist Dr Javed Khan says such growth is likely to be constrained unless new approaches are taken in the hatcheries that supply the juvenile fish to the farms.

Mathematicians Report New Discovery About the Dodecahedron

Mathematicians Report New Discovery About the Dodecahedron

So to understand straight paths on a Platonic solid, you could start by cutting open enough edges to make the solid lie flat, forming what mathematicians call a net.

Human Embryo Gene Editing Gets a Road Map—Not a Green Light

Human Embryo Gene Editing Gets a Road Map—Not a Green Light

So, of course, they thought about the possibility that one day someone might use such tools to alter human genes, even human germlines—making changes to people’s DNA that they’d pass on to future generations.

Why Hurricane Laura’s Storm Surge Could Be ‘Unsurvivable’

Why Hurricane Laura’s Storm Surge Could Be ‘Unsurvivable’

With the landfall comes a dreaded storm surge—a rise in water level generated by a storm—that scientists say could spread seawater up to 30 miles inland, an inundation the National Hurricane Center just called “unsurvivable.”.

A Dogfight Renews Concerns About AI's Lethal Potential

A Dogfight Renews Concerns About AI's Lethal Potential

Supersmart algorithms won't take all the jobs, But they are learning faster than ever, doing everything from medical diagnostics to serving up ads.“The technology is developing much faster than the military-political discussion is going,” says Max Tegmark, a professor at MIT and cofounder of the Future of Life Institute, the organization behind the 2015 letter opposing AI weapons.

The Attack That Broke Twitter Is Hitting Dozens of Companies

The Attack That Broke Twitter Is Hitting Dozens of Companies

Branching Out. As in the Twitter hack, the perpetrators don't appear to be state-sponsored hackers or foreign cybercrime organizations, but young, English-speaking hackers organizing on forums like the website and the chat service Discord, says Zack Allen, the director of threat intelligence at security firm ZeroFox, who has also worked with the industry group tracking the incidents.

Finding the Other Hand: How to Practice Science for Impact

Finding the Other Hand: How to Practice Science for Impact

I recently had a chance to check in with two of the authors, Steve Wood and Jon Fisher, environmental scientists with The Nature Conservancy and The Pew Charitable Trusts, respectively, for a wide-ranging discussion on the challenges of turning science into practice and why their paper is more timely than ever – especially as scientists struggle to help inform meaningful change in a world facing increasingly urgent challenges.

Nanoinfluencers Are Slyly Barnstorming the 2020 Election

Nanoinfluencers Are Slyly Barnstorming the 2020 Election

This new culture of the partisan influencer, unsurprisingly coming to fruition in the US during the 2020 presidential election, underscores the challenges social media firms face in dealing with the sheer amount of propaganda flowing on their platforms.

A Plan to Turn Military Bases Into ‘Sandboxes’ for 5G

A Plan to Turn Military Bases Into ‘Sandboxes’ for 5G

In his Georgetown speech, Kratsios laid out a vision of the US locked in a high-stakes battle with China for supremacy in economic, technological, military, and ideological spheres.

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.

Researchers on hunt for fish nurseries

Researchers on hunt for fish nurseries

However, NIWA fisheries scientist Dr Mark Morrison says no research was undertaken at the time of the closure of Separation Point to determine if the fish nurseries were present, nor has there been any since.

Microsoft’s Roots in China Have Positioned It to Buy TikTok

Microsoft’s Roots in China Have Positioned It to Buy TikTok

“I don't think that the Chinese government will be upset with Microsoft if the TikTok deal goes ahead,” says Anupam Chander, a professor at Georgetown University who studies China.“I don't think that the Chinese government will be upset with Microsoft if the TikTok deal goes ahead.”.

The Invasive Catfish That Walks Across Parking Lots

The Invasive Catfish That Walks Across Parking Lots

“Some might at first think that the walking catfish just wash out of the storm drain into the parking lot, but you never see peacock bass or other fish that live in drains,” Bressman says.

Cheap, Easy Deepfakes Are Getting Closer to the Real Thing

Cheap, Easy Deepfakes Are Getting Closer to the Real Thing

To make them, Tully needed only to gather a few hundred images of Hanks online and spend less than $100 to tune open-source face-generation software to his chosen subject.

Incognito Mode May Not Work the Way You Think It Does

Incognito Mode May Not Work the Way You Think It Does

You might notice if you visit all your favorite sites in incognito mode, you won't get recognized, and are then asked to sign up for a whole load of newsletters and special offers all over again.

What Can Ants and Bees Teach Us About Containing Disease?

What Can Ants and Bees Teach Us About Containing Disease?

Given that she infects ant colonies with deadly pathogens and then studies how they respond, one might say that Nathalie Stroeymeyt, a senior lecturer in the school of biological sciences at the University of Bristol in the U.K., specializes in miniature pandemics.

A Study Finds Sex Differences in the Brain. Does It Matter?

A Study Finds Sex Differences in the Brain. Does It Matter?

Nevertheless, Raznahan has continued to study sex differences, in the hope that they could help us better understand neurodevelopmental disorders.

The Sly Psychology Behind Magicians' Card Tricks

The Sly Psychology Behind Magicians' Card Tricks

Brown uses mental priming and forcing techniques (among other tools) involving verbal and visual cues in his performances—prompting someone, for instance, to think of the three of diamonds card.

Apple’s Hackable iPhones Are Finally Here

Apple’s Hackable iPhones Are Finally Here

Plus, most jailbreaks only work on outdated hardware and old versions of the firmware, Apple argues, because the vulnerabilities used to achieve jailbreaks get patched.iOS-focused security researchers told WIRED on Wednesday that the new devices will be useful in many ways.

Concepts in sustainable aquaculture - IMTA

Concepts in sustainable aquaculture - IMTA

The paper, written by Dr Stenton-Dozey along with NIWA scientist Jeffrey Ren, Phil Heath, formerly of NIWA, and Leo Zamora from the Cawthron Institute and published in the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, had its origins in a four-year NIWA research programme into IMTA around salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds.

Chinese Hackers Charged in Decade-Long Crime and Spying Spree

Chinese Hackers Charged in Decade-Long Crime and Spying Spree

Dong would research victims and how they might be exploited; Li did the dirty work of compromising the networks and exfiltrating the data.Not to mention a hit list that included multiple videogame and pharmaceutical companies, an educational software firm, Covid-19 research, and hundreds of other victims worldwide.

NIWA crew face record time at sea

NIWA crew face record time at sea

Coronavirus delays have already disrupted other voyages in the international Argo float programme and NIWA oceanographer Dr Phil Sutton says this could lead to data gaps in the research.

Your Car Is Spewing Microplastics That Blow Around the World

Your Car Is Spewing Microplastics That Blow Around the World

Now that scientists know the Arctic is laced with microplastics blown in from Europe, and now that this new work has modeled that route of transport in fine detail, they are concerned that synthetic particles might be darkening snow and ice, accelerating melting.

Prepare for Artificial Intelligence to Produce Less Wizardry

Prepare for Artificial Intelligence to Produce Less Wizardry

“Deep neural networks are very computationally expensive,” says Song Han, an assistant professor at MIT who specializes in developing more efficient forms of deep learning and is not an author on Thompson’s paper.