Focus on Native Bees, Not Honey Bees

Focus on Native Bees, Not Honey Bees

In order to conserve the full species diversity and resilience of our ecosystems, we need our native bees.We just need to be careful that saving honey bees aren’t the primary focus of conservation efforts or communications.

The Physics of the Millennium Falcon's Jump to Hyperspace

The Physics of the Millennium Falcon's Jump to Hyperspace

To estimate the acceleration, we can look at the angular size of the back of the Falcon as it moves away. All I need to do is measure the position of the sides of the Falcon and use that to calculate the angular size in each frame of the video during the jump to hyperspace.

Dyson Patent Applications Offer Hints at Its Electric Car

Dyson Patent Applications Offer Hints at Its Electric Car

How Dyson builds its batteries and motors will have just as much of an effect on how the car performs, if not more, as anything laid out in the patent applications.

The Mystifying Case of the Missing Planets

The Mystifying Case of the Missing Planets

Dragomir said the radius gap points to possible rules both about how planets are formed, and what happens to them early on. Though some kind of atmosphere loss is a reasonable guess, it is just one of three general ideas, said Sara Seager, an astronomer at MIT who is deputy science director for the TESS mission.

Nike Wants Your Sneakers to Fit Better, So It's Using AR

Nike Wants Your Sneakers to Fit Better, So It's Using AR

The company estimates that 60 percent of people are in the wrong-sized shoes—so starting in July, the Nike Fit system will use computer vision and augmented reality to help figure out your perfect pair of kicks.

The Machine That Reads Your Mind (Kinda) and Talks (Sorta)

The Machine That Reads Your Mind (Kinda) and Talks (Sorta)

If a person has one in their head, while they talk, Chang’s team can take readings from their motor cortex—recording the activity corresponding to speech or, more specifically, the movement of the mouth, the tongue, and the jaw.

Why Barr Will Deliver the Mueller Report to Congress on CD

Why Barr Will Deliver the Mueller Report to Congress on CD

Assume Barr distributes the report as a PDF, and another point of comparison becomes useful: the heavily redacted FISA application for surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page , which weighs in at a healthy 412 pages.

The Stunning Loneliness of Megacities at Night

The Stunning Loneliness of Megacities at Night

Roufanis, who earned his undergraduate degree in civil engineering, came to believe that the way large metropolises like London are designed is partly responsible for why people feel so lonely in them.

The Perplexing Physics of Imaging a Black Hole

The Perplexing Physics of Imaging a Black Hole

This image shows the material around a super massive black hole in the center of a galaxy some 55 million light-years away. For the stuff around the black hole, it's not a visible light image.

The Last Place Big Tech Wants to Be Is on the Defense

The Last Place Big Tech Wants to Be Is on the Defense

Congressman Jerry Nadler of New York has already begun to prepare his Judiciary Committee, under the leadership of David Cicilline of Rhode Island, to probe anti-competitive consolidation in the tech industry, building on Nadler’s earlier observation that companies like Facebook “cannot be trusted” to regulate themselves.

The Perfect Pair of Pants Is Just a 3D Body Scan Away

The Perfect Pair of Pants Is Just a 3D Body Scan Away

Isabella Wren , a Hong Kong-based fashion brand, sells tailor-made jackets, dresses, and trousers with a proprietary body scanning technology that lifts a woman's exact measurements from a few photos.

How to Figure Out a Drone's Angular Field of View

How to Figure Out a Drone's Angular Field of View

How to Figure Out a Drone's Angular Field of View DJI; Wired You know what happens when I get a new toy? But with this new toy, I am going to determine the angular field of view for the Spark camera.

Hackers Are Passing Around a Megaleak of 2.2 Billion Records

Hackers Are Passing Around a Megaleak of 2.2 Billion Records

Now, it seems, someone has cobbled together those breached databases and many more into a gargantuan, unprecedented collection of 2.2 billion unique usernames and associated passwords, and is freely distributing them on hacker forums and torrents, throwing out the private data of a significant fraction of humanity like last year's phone book.

Real Facebook Oversight Requires More Than a 40-Expert Board

Real Facebook Oversight Requires More Than a 40-Expert Board

In its charter, the company suggests creating a body of up to 40 "independent experts" to review Facebook's most contentious content moderation decisions, in order to cast the final vote on whether a given post or comment should stay or go and how that should alter Facebook's policies in the future.

The Science of Growing a Perfect Christmas Tree

The Science of Growing a Perfect Christmas Tree

"Basically, how can we identify species and seed sources that are going to lead to better Christmas trees, and how can growers manage their farms to produce better trees," he says.The research Cregg and his colleagues are conducting today will likely influence what type of Christmas tree you buy from your local lot a decade from now.Consider Cregg's cold-hardiness experiments, one of which he's currently performing inside a chest freezer in the basement of MSU's Plant and Soil Sciences Building.

SpaceX's Next Launch Will Spark a Space Internet Showdown

SpaceX's Next Launch Will Spark a Space Internet Showdown

“For 90 percent of the planet’s surface, you need satellites,” says Fabien Jordan, founder and CEO of Astrocast, one of the startups sending a satellite up next week.If shippers want to track assets at sea, farmers wish to check on the health of their crops, or governments seek to monitor dangerous bridges today, they must deploy powerful devices connecting to traditional satellite communications providers like Iridium, Globalstar and Inmarsat.

Was a Star Wars Escape Pod Really Just a KFC Bucket?

Was a Star Wars Escape Pod Really Just a KFC Bucket?

If I had a view of the "falling" model from the side, I could easily get position-time data using video analysis by looking at each frame in the scene.Alas, I don't have that view.

The Brief History—and Uncertain Future—of Foldable Phones

The Brief History—and Uncertain Future—of Foldable Phones

Depending on what material a given company uses to solve its electrode problem, you could expect a folding screen to potentially lack the brightness you’re accustomed to as well.A transparent, foldable display isn't a single entity forged in the depths of Mount Samsung.

Meet Apple's New High-End iPhones, the Xs and Xs Max

Meet Apple's New High-End iPhones, the Xs and Xs Max

Then, with the launch of the iPhone X last fall, Apple introduced a new, edge-to-edge OLED display, face authentication, and seriously impressive cameras.This year's new phones fall in line with "S" upgrades: they're getting better internals, but they don't look drastically different from the year before.

The iPhone Xr Is a Bigger, Cheaper, More Colorful iPhone

The iPhone Xr Is a Bigger, Cheaper, More Colorful iPhone

The Xs will keep last year's the 5.8-inch screen size, and the Xs Max offers an aggressive 6.5-inch display.