WhatsApp Fixes Its Biggest Encryption Loophole

WhatsApp Fixes Its Biggest Encryption Loophole

It’s a complex solution to a longstanding issue, and one that sets a precedent for companies that don’t want to rely quite so extensively on the security of the world’s handful of dominant cloud providers .“We’ve been working on this problem for many years and to build this, we had to develop an entirely new framework for key storage and cloud storage that can be used across the world’s largest operating systems,” says WhatsApp product manager Calvin Pappas.

The Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Material—Made by Bacteria

The Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Material—Made by Bacteria

To its prey on the seafloor, the mantis shrimp is known as “death incarnate”—the crustacean cocks back its two hammer-like appendages under its face, releasing them with such force that they obliterate clam shells , one of the toughest materials in nature.

The No-Good Very Nasty Remastering of The Lord of the Rings

The No-Good Very Nasty Remastering of The Lord of the Rings

It’s practically a moral obligation, a question of clarity, of being clear, and if you can clarify Legolas by pumping an extra 10 million pixels into his perfect Elven pores, which comes out to something like 100 billion photons, all twinkling immortally through the cosmic sweep of spacetime, why then, shouldn’t you.

President Biden, Please Don't Get Into Carbon Farming

President Biden, Please Don't Get Into Carbon Farming

But before putting any taxpayer money on this train, consider some inconvenient truths: First, the carbon farming practices being promoted as something new have all been in use for decades, and all were originally adopted for reasons unrelated to climate change.

How to Bust Your Spotify Feedback Loop and Find New Music

How to Bust Your Spotify Feedback Loop and Find New Music

Such is the popularity of recommendation systems that we’ve come to rely on them to serve us what we want without us even having to ask, with music streaming services such as Spotify , Pandora, and Deezer all using personalized systems to suggest playlists or tracks tailored to the user.

After Centuries, a Simple Math Problem Gets an Exact Solution

After Centuries, a Simple Math Problem Gets an Exact Solution

In the decades that followed, the Monthly published variations on the interior problem, which mainly involved horses (and in at least one case a mule) rather than goats, with fences that were circular, square, and elliptical in shape.

Going Solar: My Year-Long Quest to Get Off the Grid

Going Solar: My Year-Long Quest to Get Off the Grid

PG&E later said that this year’s blackouts will be “smarter, smaller, and shorter.” So far, that’s been true, though about 87,000 people had their power cut in September, and 100,000 were shut down in October.Most homeowners installing solar or battery power won’t ever need to talk to the manufacturer of the hardware.

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.

Formulas or Code? It’s All Numbers When It Comes to Physics

Formulas or Code? It’s All Numbers When It Comes to Physics

If you aren't familiar with these numerical calculations (another name for computational physics), the basic idea is to take a problem and break it into many smaller and simpler problems.

Underwater robot getting close-up look at Kaikōura Canyon

Underwater robot getting close-up look at Kaikōura Canyon

Voyage leader and NIWA marine geologist Dr Joshu Mountjoy says this is the first time this technology has been used to survey submarine canyons in New Zealand waters and information collected will lead to new understanding relevant to many of the world’s continental margins.

Ever Seen Inside a Mummified Cat? Well Now You Have

Ever Seen Inside a Mummified Cat? Well Now You Have

“But then there's a resolution limit to that technology,” says Swansea University materials scientist Rich Johnston, lead author on the new paper.“You can't really make out features, you can't do accurate measurements” at human-scale resolution, Johnston says.

A British AI Tool to Predict Violent Crime Is Too Flawed to Use

A British AI Tool to Predict Violent Crime Is Too Flawed to Use

For West Yorkshire, 74 people from 100 were predicted to commit serious violence with a gun or knife.For serious violence with a gun or knife, the accuracy dropped to between 14 and 19 percent for West Midlands Police and nine to 18 percent for West Yorkshire.

A Satellite Spots 11 New Emperor Penguin Colonies

A Satellite Spots 11 New Emperor Penguin Colonies

Satellite images have revealed 11 previously unknown emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica, boosting the number of known colonies of the imperilled birds by 20 percent.Philip Trathan, also at BAS, said: “The new breeding sites are all in locations where recent model projections suggest emperor penguins will decline.

AI Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters

AI Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters

“Most of the vessels operating do not use this and are ‘dark,’ meaning they don’t appear in public surveillance systems, and the ones that did broadcast did so relatively infrequently,” says David Kroosdma, director of research and innovation at international nonprofit Global Fishing Watch and co-author of the study.

Trump's Latest Antics Are Just Reality TV Rebooted

Trump's Latest Antics Are Just Reality TV Rebooted

Streaming broke the TV box and Trump, capitalizing on that disintegration, became TV.He is a man who has little use for reality despite it being the TV medium where he does his best work.

DJI's New Mavic Air 2 Is a Sleeker, Longer-Flying Drone

DJI's New Mavic Air 2 Is a Sleeker, Longer-Flying Drone

Even better, thanks to a new rotor design and other aerodynamic improvements, DJI is claiming the Mavic Air 2 can remain aloft for 34 minutes—a big jump from the 21 minutes of flight time on the original Mavic Air. The Camera Eye. The camera has some new automated modes for capturing videos and photos with sharper detail and higher dynamic range.

The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Bringing Down Emissions, but Not for Long

The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Bringing Down Emissions, but Not for Long

“When the Chinese economy does recover, they are likely to see an increase in emissions in the short term to sort of make up for lost time, in terms of production,” says Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist and the director of climate and energy at the Breakthrough Institute, which advocates for climate action.

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.

Trying to Plant a Trillion Trees Won't Solve Anything

Trying to Plant a Trillion Trees Won't Solve Anything

Last month a bunch of climate scientists and ecologists piled onto that tree research in the same journal, calling out numerous errors in the first team’s calculations.

Neil Young’s Adventures on the Hi-Res Frontier

Neil Young’s Adventures on the Hi-Res Frontier

With a new Crazy Horse album, a new book, and his very own high-resolution streaming platform, the 73-year-old rock legend has set himself the modest goals of reuniting his beloved band, reinventing the wheel, and rescuing music for all humanity.

Trump Takes Aim at the 'Open Skies' Cold War Treaty With Russia

Trump Takes Aim at the 'Open Skies' Cold War Treaty With Russia

That’s when House representative Eliot Engel, the Democrat of New York and the chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to White House national security advisor Robert O’Brien saying he was “deeply concerned” by reports that President Donald Trump was considering withdrawing from Open Skies.

Prepare for the Deepfake Era of Web Video

Prepare for the Deepfake Era of Web Video

Deepfakes, clips altered or fabricated with an artificial intelligence technique called machine learning, make alternative realities easier to create and disseminate.That variety of uses means that people should adjust how they think about video in the deepfakes era, Gregory says.

FAO - News Article: Planet satellites bolster FAO’s geospatial toolkit

FAO - News Article: Planet satellites bolster FAO’s geospatial toolkit

"The adoption and use of SEPAL for forest monitoring has exceeded all expectations and its impact on country reporting to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is already a significant improvement compared to previous years," said Tiina Vahanen, Chief, Forestry Policy and Resources Division in FAO's Forestry Department.

Why These Geese Wear Tiny Backpacks and Fly in a Wind Tunnel

Why These Geese Wear Tiny Backpacks and Fly in a Wind Tunnel

To find out, University of Texas at Austin physiologist Julia York went above and beyond, raising goose chicks to gain their trust before training them to fly in a wind tunnel under low oxygen conditions.To learn more, including the understandable difficulties of getting geese to fly in wind tunnels, take a look at the video above.

200 students compete to solve big science challenges at Auckland Science and Technology Fair

200 students compete to solve big science challenges at Auckland Science and Technology Fair

Everything from eating brownies made with bugs to a substitute for stickers on fruit has had a scientific eye cast over it ahead of this year’s NIWA Auckland Science and Technology Fair.

Google Stadia Lands This Year—If You're Willing to Pony Up

Google Stadia Lands This Year—If You're Willing to Pony Up

Like traditional console service subscriptions Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus, Stadia Pro will also include discounts on selected titles and some free games; the first of those, as part of the Founder's Edition, is Destiny 2 —the core game and all of its add-ons, including forthcoming expansion Shadowkeep , first announced in today's keynote.

How to Solve a Rubik's Cube in 5 Seconds—or Less

How to Solve a Rubik's Cube in 5 Seconds—or Less

Last month, at a speedcubing competition in Brisbane, he set a new world record of 5.69 seconds in the Average of 5 event, wherein contestants each solve five cubes that have been scrambled according to computer-generated instructions.

Microsoft Wants to Protect Your Identity With Bitcoin

Microsoft Wants to Protect Your Identity With Bitcoin

Instead, Microsoft is tackling the challenges of making a truly decentralized solution for a large number of users. His group at Cornell is working on some problems, such as issuing credentials in a way that preserves privacy, and how people will take care of their security keys—the “Achilles heel” of any decentralized system, he says.

A Programmer Solved a 20-Year-Old, Forgotten Crypto Puzzle

A Programmer Solved a 20-Year-Old, Forgotten Crypto Puzzle

Based on Moore’s law and how long it took to run the squaring operation in 1999, Rivest estimated that computing the answer to the puzzle should take approximately 35 years.

Amazon Employees Try a New Form of Activism, as Shareholders

Amazon Employees Try a New Form of Activism, as Shareholders

Amazon’s proxy statement, released Thursday, includes an employee-backed resolution asking the company to report publicly on how it plans to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and manage the risks posed by climate change.