See Earth Transform Like You're a Time-Traveling Astronaut

See Earth Transform Like You're a Time-Traveling Astronaut

Satellites have been capturing all the ways we’ve been transforming this planet, images that authors Benjamin Grant and Timothy Dougherty have compiled into the fascinating new book Overview Timelapse: How We Change the Earth.

How the PlayStation 5 Improves on the PS4—and How It Doesn’t

How the PlayStation 5 Improves on the PS4—and How It Doesn’t

With the PlayStation 5, Sony put serious effort into upgrading the console's capabilities with Tempest, a proprietary 3D audio engine.We won’t know for sure until we test out some demanding games on the new console, but the focus on reducing noise can only be an improvement over the PS4.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Is a Freewheeling Breath of Fresh Air

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Is a Freewheeling Breath of Fresh Air

In a crowded and self-serious genre that regularly involves items like “Extended Quick-Draw Mag” and “field upgrades,” an utterly tangential, silly sort of survival-slash-battle-royale game is welcome—especially if winning requires demonstrable skill.

The Future of Xbox Isn't Just a Console

The Future of Xbox Isn't Just a Console

(Once, in 2017, when Sony accidentally turned on Fortnite cross-play between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Spencer tweeted, “I would have liked to see them leave it on.”) You were a PlayStation person and you meandered around their walled garden, where you played the games exclusive to the PlayStation console.

What's Next for SpaceX's Crewed Mission to the ISS?

What's Next for SpaceX's Crewed Mission to the ISS?

On Wednesday, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were supposed to launch to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.

FAO - News Article: UN report: As the world’s forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity

FAO - News Article: UN report: As the world’s forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity

FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020, noted in the report, found that despite a slowing of the rate of deforestation in the last decade, some 10 million hectares are still being lost each year through conversion to agriculture and other land uses.

Stockholm's Subway Network is the World's Longest Art Walk

Stockholm's Subway Network is the World's Longest Art Walk

In New York, Friendships Run Along Subway Lines.Abandoning all his sightseeing plans, Altrath spent the next two nights exploring stations on the red and blue lines, starting around dinnertime, when traffic was lighter and he didn’t have to wait so long for commuters to clear out of the shot.

A Rest Stop Where Flying Cars Can Recharge

A Rest Stop Where Flying Cars Can Recharge

Clark says the stations can be set up in tight urban spaces, where the 20-foot-high landing platform would help ensure safe approaches and departures for all types of rotorcraft, whether full-sized passenger-carrying air taxis or small delivery drones.

Sony PlayStation 5 Details: SSD and Backward Compatibility

Sony PlayStation 5 Details: SSD and Backward Compatibility

Sony had previously divulged some details exclusively with WIRED : The console will support 8K gaming resolutions, a custom AMD Ryzen chip, and ray tracing, a modern rendering technique that produces hyperrealistic graphics by tracking the movements of virtual light beams.

Xbox Series X Will Have Lots of Horsepower—and Less Lag

Xbox Series X Will Have Lots of Horsepower—and Less Lag

It’s hard to say right now how the Xbox Series X compares to the upcoming PlayStation 5 .We don’t yet know the PlayStation 5’s major specs for sure, but we do know that both consoles deliver 4K gaming, have solid state drives, and support ray tracing .

Activision Blizzard Pulled Its Games From Nvidia's Streaming Service

Activision Blizzard Pulled Its Games From Nvidia's Streaming Service

That means that, in addition to his presence definitely being off the table for The Game Awards, he'll also not be helming the E3 Coliseum event, which has been a big deal at the show in recent years.

How Hong Kong’s Protests Turned Into a Mad Max Tableau

How Hong Kong’s Protests Turned Into a Mad Max Tableau

Protesters donned foil-lined gas masks to hide their identities and dim the glare of police flashlights.Demonstrators have donned body armor and lined their goggles with reflective film to foil police flashlights and mask their identities.

SpaceX Will Bring the Science of Fire and Beer to the ISS

SpaceX Will Bring the Science of Fire and Beer to the ISS

SpaceX is also expected to launch 60 more of its Starlink internet satellites and conduct an in-flight abort test that will jettison its Crew Dragon capsule mid-flight, but it has not announced dates for either of these missions.

Fear the Squirrel: How Wildlife Causes Major Power Outages

Fear the Squirrel: How Wildlife Causes Major Power Outages

Abundant, intelligent, able to squeeze through a nickel-sized hole, seeking spots to nest or cache food and stuff to chew, squirrels cause almost half all power outages from wildlife, by some industry estimates.

Tips for Puking in Microgravity and Staying Healthy in Space

Tips for Puking in Microgravity and Staying Healthy in Space

Just ask Mike Massimino , a former NASA astronaut who has flown to space twice for extended stays .Getting medical treatment on the International Space Station is complicated, so NASA does its best to ensure astronauts are in peak physical condition before they leave for the final frontier.

Exclusive: A Deeper Look at the PlayStation 5

Exclusive: A Deeper Look at the PlayStation 5

Think about the hard drive in a game console, spinning like a 5,400-rpm vinyl record."If you look at a game like Marvel's Spider-Man," Cerny says, "there are some pieces of data duplicated 400 times on the hard drive."

The Former Soviet Union's Surprisingly Gorgeous Subways

The Former Soviet Union's Surprisingly Gorgeous Subways

Chris Herwig rode the rails for his new book Soviet Metro Stations, a whirlwind spin through 15 subway systems in seven countries that were formerly part of the Soviet Union.

CNN's Town Hall Made Climate Change Personal—and It Worked

CNN's Town Hall Made Climate Change Personal—and It Worked

In the audience, a man named David with small glasses and pony-tailed gray hair stood up and said he’d lost his home in Paradise, California, to last year’s Camp Fire , which was supercharged by climate change.“That's climate change,” Klobuchar said.

The Horrifying Science of the Deforestation Fueling Amazon Fires

The Horrifying Science of the Deforestation Fueling Amazon Fires

Humans carve out farmlands, sometimes leaving a neat edge where the forest meets the fields, or even creating islands of forest surrounded by crops or grazing fields for cattle.

Humans, More Than Drought, Are Fueling the Amazon's Flames

Humans, More Than Drought, Are Fueling the Amazon's Flames

The fiery, anti-environment populist has encouraged settlements in the Amazon region, sacked the head of the government agency that monitors deforestation from space, and just this week blamed NGOs for setting the fires to make him look bad.On Tuesday, a satellite took this image of forest fires burning across three Brazilian states.

The Surprisingly Cozy Truths of Sleeping in Space

The Surprisingly Cozy Truths of Sleeping in Space

It’s a far cry from the spacious beds we have on Earth, but it’s still better than the shared sleeping compartment on the space shuttle, which Mike Massimino , a former NASA astronaut, describes as “a big slumber party.” The trick, Massimino says, was to remember to strap your sleeping bag to the wall so your body wouldn’t drift around during the night.

A Deadly Tick Virus, Extreme Seasonal Weirdness, and More News

A Deadly Tick Virus, Extreme Seasonal Weirdness, and More News

A deadly tick can make you allergic to bacon and carries a mystery virus, cities are turning to Waze for help with car accidents, and you might be paying too much for your PlayStation 4.

Environmental Solutions to A Humanitarian Crisis in Bangladesh

Environmental Solutions to A Humanitarian Crisis in Bangladesh

Led by The Bridge Collaborative, BRAC, and the Center for Global Development (CGD), a rapid-strike team of experts from the environmental sector are identifying solutions that will improve daily life for the Rohingya and protect the surrounding environment from further harm.

Here’s What a $52 Million Ticket to the ISS Will Get You

Here’s What a $52 Million Ticket to the ISS Will Get You

This is the proposal put forth by the billionaire hotelier Robert Bigelow last week, whose company, Bigelow Space Operations, says it will send up to 16 private astronauts to the ISS in the coming years. If that sounds like a good time, here’s what the ultra-rich can expect during their stay at the space station.

Observation Is About Putting Yourself Back Together

Observation Is About Putting Yourself Back Together

As SAM, after all, the space station is you, your body, the only one you've got. Most narrative games design themselves around the abilities and bodies of people—to be immersed in that player character is to feel like yourself, only digital, and maybe with superpowers or something.

The Playdate Is a Boutique Gaming Handheld With a Crank

The Playdate Is a Boutique Gaming Handheld With a Crank

Taking a page from Marvel's book, Sony Interactive Entertainment earlier this week launched PlayStation Productions, a unit focused on turning its videogame properties into movies and TV shows.

A low-carbon future must protect the world’s forests

A low-carbon future must protect the world’s forests

To address this deforestation, a forest-smart approach to mining requires strong governance to manage the development and impacts of the mining sector, protect forests on a landscape level, and recognize and protect local community tenure and rights.

How Tactical Drivers Learn Crazy-Ass Maneuvers

How Tactical Drivers Learn Crazy-Ass Maneuvers

Those fancy car maneuvers you see in action movies aren’t all about good looks. Most students at the school are security or special operations professionals, there to learn about “tactical mobility.” Tactical mobility sounds fancy, but it’s “basically having excellent car control, so if something happens, you’re capable of handling your vehicle and its occupants safely,” says Wyatt Knox, the special projects director at the school.

Instagram's Newest Star Is ... a Tree?

Instagram's Newest Star Is ... a Tree?

“You don't need to plant anything, you just stop whacking the system,” says Bronson Griscom, director of forest carbon science at the Nature Conservancy.

Preserving Your Right to Repair Your Gadgets

Preserving Your Right to Repair Your Gadgets

Our guest this week, Nathan Proctor, is the national director of the Right to Repair Campaign for US PIRG. Also this week, Peter Rubin tells us about what to expect from the new PlayStation console Sony plans to release next year, and we discuss the problems with early review units of the Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone.