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.

The First Dune Trailer Makes Some Epic Promises

The First Dune Trailer Makes Some Epic Promises

The first trailer for Dune begins much like the book on which it’s based: with Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) revealing he has dreams that often come true.Where Jodorowsky would’ve made an hours-long film to work in all of Herbert’s detail, Villeneuve is splitting the book into two movies.

Hawaiʻian Snails: A Tale of Discovery and Rediscovery

Hawaiʻian Snails: A Tale of Discovery and Rediscovery

© Kenneth Hayes & Norine Yeung For years, the conventional wisdom was that Hawaiʻi’s land snails were largely gone, with little left to study, let alone conserve.In fact, a research effort conducted over the past ten years has rediscovered dozens of Hawaiʻian land snail species previously thought extinct.

How to Watch NASA Launch Its New Perseverance Mars Rover

How to Watch NASA Launch Its New Perseverance Mars Rover

The skycrane is outfitted with eight small engines that start firing when the rover is about half a mile up to rapidly slow its fall to just a few miles per hour.“These particular engines are actually a derivative of the original engines developed for Viking landers in the early ’70s, but we've made very significant upgrades,” says Fred Wilson, a propulsion expert at Aerojet Rocketdyne, the company that made the propulsion system for the Perseverance landing system.

This Drone Maker Is Swooping In Amid US Pushback Against DJI

This Drone Maker Is Swooping In Amid US Pushback Against DJI

In February, the House passed a bill that blocks the Department of Homeland Security and its agencies like FEMA and Customs and Border Protection from buying foreign drones.

We Can Protect the Economy From Pandemics. Why Didn't We?

We Can Protect the Economy From Pandemics. Why Didn't We?

Photograph: Christie Hemm KlokThat night Wolfe told me he was forming a network of research outposts around the globe, in hot spots where potentially devastating viruses were poised to make the jump: Cameroon, where HIV likely passed from chimpanzees into local hunters; the Democratic Republic of Congo, which had seen human outbreaks of monkeypox; Malaysia, home to a 1998 emergence of the Nipah virus; and China, where SARS-CoV had crossed over, likely from bats, in 2002.

Astronomers Track a Fast Radio Burst to Its Source—a Magnetar

Astronomers Track a Fast Radio Burst to Its Source—a Magnetar

Unlike CHIME, which looks at small chunks of the sky at any given time, Caltech’s Survey for Transient Astronomical Radio Emission 2 (STARE2) telescope observes the entire sky at once, which allowed the Caltech team to quickly confirm that the burst was extremely powerful.

How Spies Snuck Malware Into the Google Play Store—Again and Again

How Spies Snuck Malware Into the Google Play Store—Again and Again

Unlike most of the shady apps found in Play Store malware, Kaspersky's researchers say, PhantomLance's hackers apparently smuggled in data-stealing apps with the aim of infecting only some hundreds of users; the spy campaign likely sent links to the malicious apps to those targets via phishing emails.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Is Coming to Disney+ May 4

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Is Coming to Disney+ May 4

This isn't the first time since the Covid-19 lockdowns started that Disney has released a film early on its streaming service.

Disney+ Should Offer the Star Wars Original Cuts—All of Them

Disney+ Should Offer the Star Wars Original Cuts—All of Them

In those intervening years, the Mouse House also launched its own streaming service, Disney+, which now offers fans new 4K restorations of the original Star Wars trilogy and its prequels.

An Elite Spy Group Used 5 Zero-Days to Hack North Koreans

An Elite Spy Group Used 5 Zero-Days to Hack North Koreans

In just the last three years, Raiu says Kaspersky has found DarkHotel using three zero-day vulnerabilities beyond the five now linked to the group based on Google's blog post.

SETI@Home Is Over. But the Search for Alien Life Continues

[email protected] Is Over. But the Search for Alien Life Continues

[email protected] quickly grew into what its collaborator, the nonprofit Planetary Society, has called its “most successful public participation project ever undertaken.” As WIRED reported in 2000, within months of [email protected]’s launch, more than 2.6 million people in 226 countries were volunteering their spare processing power to parse the mounds of data generated by alien-hunting radio telescopes.

The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

Lightning—a phenomenon more suited to places like Florida—is now striking within 100 miles of the North Pole .All the while, researchers are racing to quantify how the plant species of the Arctic are coping with a much, much warmer world.

From Drones to Data at Little Jerusalem

From Drones to Data at Little Jerusalem

“It was like looking at a mini-Grand Canyon,” said Sikorsky, a Kansas State University graduate research assistant in the Park Management and Conservation Departments of Horticulture and Natural Resources.

Welcome to the Era of Supercharged Lithium-Silicon Batteries

Welcome to the Era of Supercharged Lithium-Silicon Batteries

His secret ingredient is nanoengineered particles of silicon, which can supercharge lithium-ion cells when they’re used as the battery’s negative electrode, or anode.Several lithium-ion cell prototypes containing Sila Nanotechnologies' silicon anode.

Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It’s Gouging Holes in the Arctic

Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It’s Gouging Holes in the Arctic

“Where permafrost tends to be lake sediment or organic soils, the type of Earth material that can hold a lot of water, these are like sponges on the landscape,” says Turetsky.

The Sneaky Simple Malware That Hits Millions of Macs

The Sneaky Simple Malware That Hits Millions of Macs

But given that over 100 million people use macOS, and it hits at least 10 percent of those with Kaspersky installed, it’s reasonable to assume that millions of Mac users deal with it every year.

Here's What Directing a Star Wars Movie Is Really Like

Here's What Directing a Star Wars Movie Is Really Like

Star Wars films contain few easy shots, but the hardest ones to capture are likely the images fans will remember best.“When you have just enough time in the day to go once more and it finally comes together, there’s no better feeling in the world,” Mahoney says.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Is a Lesson in Military Opposites

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Is a Lesson in Military Opposites

This is on display again in the latest and final movie of the nine-film franchise, The Rise of Skywalker .At the outset of the film, things are so bleak for the Resistance that the only thing that can save them is realistic leadership, good force protection, and—let’s be honest—some kind of a miracle.

Star Wars News: 'The Rise of Skywalker' and Everything After

Star Wars News: 'The Rise of Skywalker' and Everything After

The Real Deal: There’s a shared concept that appears in the latest episode of The Mandalorian and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker yet seems particularly new to both: The idea that Force users can heal other creatures by sharing life force.The Source: Canon comic Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren. Probability of Accuracy: Well, it’s official canon, so...

The Science Behind Why No Two Snowflakes Are Alike

The Science Behind Why No Two Snowflakes Are Alike

Ensconced in the elements, Libbrecht scans his board with an archaeologist’s patience, looking for perfect snowflakes and other snow crystals.Now, Libbrecht’s work on snow has crystallized in a new model that attempts to explain why snowflakes and other snow crystals form the way they do.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Was Built to Win. So It Had to Fail

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Was Built to Win. So It Had to Fail

First, a seemingly controversial opinion: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a good movie.Going into the the movie Abrams has said he felt the pressure of not just completing the trilogy he started with The Force Awakens but also of ending the trilogy of trilogies going back to 1977’s Star Wars.

'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Scene Debuts on 'Fortnite'

'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Scene Debuts on 'Fortnite'

Also, Fortnite debuted some exclusive Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker footage this weekend.If you weren’t logged into Fornite this past weekend, you might’ve missed something truly sensational: a brand-new scene from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Star Wars News: No, Finn and Poe Aren’t Dating, Sorry

Star Wars News: No, Finn and Poe Aren’t Dating, Sorry

The Real Deal: But don’t just expect new things in The Rise of Skywalker; there’ll be some old too, it seems, with celebrated fan site Making Star Wars claiming to have confirmed that Anakin Skywalker is in the new movie … kind of.

Star Wars News: There Might Be a New ‘Star Wars Holiday Special’

Star Wars News: There Might Be a New ‘Star Wars Holiday Special’

The Real Deal: As the Skywalker saga wraps up, it might make fans everywhere happy to know that those working on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker had a particular advisor on hand as a sounding board—and it’s not Dave Filoni.

Padmé Amidala, Queen of Empty Space

Padmé Amidala, Queen of Empty Space

In The Art of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, below the portrait of sharp-eyed Padmé with the bright red ribbon in her hair, a note by McCaig describes some queen who never was: “The moment Padmé realizes Anakin can't be saved, she should do the thing that she needs to do—out of love.

Cantina Talk: What Will Happen to Star Wars Now?

Cantina Talk: What Will Happen to Star Wars Now?

As of this writing, it’s unclear what this means for the future of the franchise on the big screen, beyond the obvious: The first movie after next month’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which was going to be the first installment of Benioff and Weiss’ trilogy in 2022, isn’t going to happen after all.

Let's Unravel the Time Travel Paradox of Terminator: Dark Fate

Let's Unravel the Time Travel Paradox of Terminator: Dark Fate

The Terminator movies can adhere to Novikov principle, mostly, if you generally accept the timeline that John Connor sent back Kyle Reese to protect his mother, Sarah Connor, knowing that Reese would then become his father.

Star Wars News: 'The Rise of Skywalker' Will Address the Toxic Rey-Kylo Relationship

Star Wars News: 'The Rise of Skywalker' Will Address the Toxic Rey-Kylo Relationship

The real deal: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is either going to be a shipper's dream or their nightmare.The source: Former Star Wars voice actor Freddie Prinze Jr. Probability of accuracy: This one is very, very difficult to nail down.

The Tech Helping Dogs Learn to 'Talk' With Humans

The Tech Helping Dogs Learn to 'Talk' With Humans

But then the dog reaches around and his mouth tugs something on the yellow vest he’s wearing, and you hear it again.“My owner needs your attention!