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.

A New Database Reveals How Much Humans Are Messing With Evolution

A New Database Reveals How Much Humans Are Messing With Evolution

In an initial paper published in November 2021 using the new data set (which is called Proceed, for Phenotypic Rates of Change Evolutionary and Ecological Database), Hendry and colleagues reexamined five key questions raised by previous work.

The Race to Find ‘Green’ Helium

The Race to Find ‘Green’ Helium

It was July 2021, the beginning of the drill team’s second month in the Rukwa Basin, a sparsely populated agricultural plain nearly the size of Fiji.

Humans Have Broken a Fundamental Law of the Ocean

Humans Have Broken a Fundamental Law of the Ocean

To find out, Sheldon and his colleagues hauled buckets of seawater up to the Hudson’s laboratory and used a plankton-counting machine to total up the size and number of creatures they found.

Climate scientists making shift to new “normal”

Climate scientists making shift to new “normal”

“This is especially important because there has been a proliferation of different types of weather stations in recent times and we need to ensure that they each measuring the variables the same way.”.Climate scientist Raghav Srinivasan says the process of changing the normal takes several steps.

How Strong Is King Kong? And Could He Even Stand Up?

How Strong Is King Kong? And Could He Even Stand Up?

I've only seen the trailer, and it looks like a fun movie.Assuming this is a Nimitz-class carrier, I can use the size of it (around 330 meters) to measure Kong.Oh, it looks like Godzilla's tail is around 110 meters long.He looks just like a big gorilla.

How Far Away From Perseverance Did the Descent Stage Land?

How Far Away From Perseverance Did the Descent Stage Land?

It's not quite as mighty, but I am going to dare something myself: I'm going to try to figure out how far the descent stage would land from the rover.

Clubhouse Cured My Imposter Syndrome

Clubhouse Cured My Imposter Syndrome

Charlatanism lives in many rooms, including the ones that brought me onto Clubhouse in December: debates around Covid, and especially the vaccine.

L.L.Bean’s Extra-Warm Bean Boots Are $140 Off Right Now

L.L.Bean’s Extra-Warm Bean Boots Are $140 Off Right Now

In my experience, it helps to choose one full size up, because you'll likely wear thick socks inside these.The PrimaLoft/Gore-Tex Bean Boot costs $129 ($140 off).Even on cutting-edge, high-end technical boots, tents, and backpacks, it always helps to go over seams with seam sealer when new.

Sun-Loving Bacteria May Be Accelerating Glacial Melting

Sun-Loving Bacteria May Be Accelerating Glacial Melting

“What the paper found is that this sediment would not be there without the fact that there's bacteria growing in the sediment and clumping it together so it can't be washed away.” More dark grit, then, could be absorbing more of the sun’s energy, and accelerating the melting of the ice sheet.

The Physics of Reddit's Spinning Solar System Icon

The Physics of Reddit's Spinning Solar System Icon

From the video analysis, I get the following data for the angular positions (in units of radians) of the inner and outer planets.It's really all the same, but the video analysis program uses negative angles.

The Future of Phone Design: Flexible Screens That Roll Up

The Future of Phone Design: Flexible Screens That Roll Up

Last year, Samsung and Motorola made clamshell-shaped flip phones that opened up to look like normal smartphones .The week at CES 2021 , TCL and LG both unveiled concepts for new phones with rolling screens.TCL's prototype phone with a rolling screen.

Our Favorite Mattress Deals for Cyber Monday

Our Favorite Mattress Deals for Cyber Monday

If you're in need of a better night's sleep, almost every mattress we like is on sale for Cyber Monday.Some are only made of three to five layers of memory foam, but our favorite models are usually "hybrid" mattresses.

Our Favorite Mattress Deals for Black Friday

Our Favorite Mattress Deals for Black Friday

If you're in need of a better night's sleep, almost every mattress we like is on sale for Black Friday.Updated November 28: We've checked prices, and all our favorite mattresses are still on sale.

Thinking About a Holiday Gathering? Look at This Troubling Map First

Thinking About a Holiday Gathering? Look at This Troubling Map First

Then, at left, you can choose an event size with the slider, from 10 to 5,000 people, and watch the risk of at least one Covid-positive person being there skyrocket the bigger the gathering gets.

Free, Unlimited Google Photos Storage Will End Next Year

Free, Unlimited Google Photos Storage Will End Next Year

The good news: This means your existing “high-quality” photos and videos won’t apply to the 15-GB limit, nor will any that you upload through next May. In a blog post announcing the change, Google Photos vice president Shimrit Ben-Yair said that 80 percent of users should stay under their quota for roughly three years before they hit that limit, although obviously your mileage will vary.

New Research Reveals the Hidden Downsides of Link Previews

New Research Reveals the Hidden Downsides of Link Previews

The researchers behind Monday’s report, Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk, found that Facebook Messenger and Instagram were the worst offenders.As the chart below shows, both apps download and copy a linked file in its entirety—even if it’s gigabytes in size.

The Triumphant Return of the Good Small Phone

The Triumphant Return of the Good Small Phone

“With its amazing size, it fits in the palm of your hand,” said Apple vice-president of marketing Kaiann Drance in Tuesday’s promotional video.It’s even a good bit smaller than the iPhone SE—which has a 4.7 inch display.

What Would Happen If All the Antarctic Ice Melted?

What Would Happen If All the Antarctic Ice Melted?

So what would happen if the global temperature increased enough to melt the ice cap in Antarctica?However, in this case, I really don't have a feeling for the size of the Antarctic ice cap.

Nature Nerd Trivia: Whales

Nature Nerd Trivia: Whales

It’s not that I don’t like trivia (I love it!)Most odontocetes feed on fish and squid, but some, including orcas, prey on marine mammals.© Jakob de Zwart/TNC Photo Contest 2019 What’s the largest species of whale, and how big are they?

3 Great Pairs of Binoculars for Bird Watching

3 Great Pairs of Binoculars for Bird Watching

To help you make sense of the often bewildering range of choices, here are three of our favorite binoculars, well suited to the beginning, intermediate, and advanced birder.Nikon Monarch 5, Size 10x42 ($330)These binoculars are the perfect upgrade from less expensive, compact models.

In Alaska, Summer's Getting Too Hot for the Salmon Run

In Alaska, Summer's Getting Too Hot for the Salmon Run

As Bristol Bay fishermen gear up for this year’s salmon season—one beset by fears that Covid-19 could overwhelm this remote region as thousands of seasonal workers from across the world descend on fishing communities with scant medical resources—they must also contend with a slower-moving hazard: the warming temperatures that threaten a $1.5 billion industry and the people it supports.

Plastic Rain Is the New Acid Rain

Plastic Rain Is the New Acid Rain

This new research comes with another troubling surprise: 30 percent of the sample particles were microbeads, tiny synthetic spheres that the United States banned from beauty products in 2015.

Drones Take Flight to Carry Covid-19 Tests to Labs in Africa

Drones Take Flight to Carry Covid-19 Tests to Labs in Africa

These small drones, operated by US startup Zipline, are transporting coronavirus test samples from more than 1,000 health facilities to laboratories in the cities of Accra and Kumasi.

Anti-Quarantine Protests Are Dangerous and Weird

Anti-Quarantine Protests Are Dangerous and Weird

Our intended audience might get the point and understand that protesting stay-at-home orders and actually staying at home are not equally valid public health positions.

The Most Complete Brain Map Ever Is Here: A Fly's 'Connectome'

The Most Complete Brain Map Ever Is Here: A Fly's 'Connectome'

Janelia researchers announced a major step in that quest on Wednesday, releasing a wiring diagram of the fly brain that contains 25,000 neurons and the 20 million connections between them.Rubin hopes wiring diagrams such as this one, showing neurons involved in navigation, will give researchers a better sense of how brain circuits work.

Why Scientists Are Flying Drones Into Clouds of Whale Snot

Why Scientists Are Flying Drones Into Clouds of Whale Snot

Whale experts like Kerr want tissue samples to determine the health of the beasts, the problem being that it's somewhat difficult to do a biopsy on an enormous creature that only periodically comes to the surface to breathe.

CES 2020 Liveblog (Tuesday): Photos and News of All the CES Gadget Madness

CES 2020 Liveblog (Tuesday): Photos and News of All the CES Gadget Madness

The WIRED crew is on the ground here in Las Vegas to touch, test, prod, and fondle all of the latest rolling robots, folding phones, and talking fridges.CES Attendees: Come visit WIRED HQ, located at the Yardbird in the Venetian.

The Year Humanity Declared War on Microplastics

The Year Humanity Declared War on Microplastics

Scientists revealed that it’s blowing in the air and swirling in the seas and tainting our food and water, with as yet unknown effects on human health .Microplastic pollution isn’t particularly new to science—researchers have been monitoring the problem for decades.

The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer

The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer

Operated by NuScale Power, an Oregon-based energy startup, this prototype reactor represents a new chapter in the conflict-ridden, politically bedeviled saga of nuclear power plants .NuScale’s reactor won’t need massive cooling towers or sprawling emergency zones.