Field technicians greeted by thigh-deep snow

Field technicians greeted by thigh-deep snow

Christchurch-based environmental monitoring technicians Alec Dempster and Pieter Havelaar got way off the beaten track this week, heading to a snow-covered Mt Potts for weather station servicing in clear blue skies and some of the deepest snow they’ve ever worked in.

How to Set Up a NAS to Securely Share Files

How to Set Up a NAS to Securely Share Files

While this kind of network storage management can seem daunting to the beginner, modern NAS drives aren't at all difficult to configure or use, and you can be up and running in just a few minutes.

An Introduction to Bird Banding

An Introduction to Bird Banding

© Murry Burgess The Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship, or MAPS program is a collaborative effort between banders of diverse organizational backgrounds to monitor breeding bird populations through systematic data collection at relatively long-term banding sites across the continent.

Reforestation Is Great! But We're Running Out of Seeds

Reforestation Is Great! But We're Running Out of Seeds

“Over the years, I’ve built up a network of people in the different collecting areas who helped me with seed collection,” Swift said.But while there’s a huge focus on planting trees, there’s little on where those seedlings will come from.

Sneaky New Bacteria on the ISS Could Build a Future on Mars

Sneaky New Bacteria on the ISS Could Build a Future on Mars

In mid-March, NASA researchers announced that they’d found an unknown life-form hiding aboard the International Space Station.As part of an ongoing research project into the microbial life of the ISS, astronauts onboard in 2015 and 2016 swabbed down various parts of the station and sent home the wipes they used.

5 Ways 'Assassin's Creed Valhalla' Falls Short of Greatness

5 Ways 'Assassin's Creed Valhalla' Falls Short of Greatness

It’s an enormous open-world action RPG that casts you as Eivor of the Raven Clan, on a mission to conquer England during the Dark Ages.Like most open-world games today, Valhalla tries to do far too much, and in the process stretches itself too thin.

Jim Ryan: There Will Be ‘a Completely New VR Format for PS5’

Jim Ryan: There Will Be ‘a Completely New VR Format for PS5’

If we’re honest, it’s a lot more than we’d prepared for.Since half the known universe would be out for blood if we didn’t ask the obvious question, we took a little detour of our own to start things off.So it’s really nice that we’re able to bring in people from outside.

Tips on How to Snag a PlayStation 5 (Good Luck!)

Tips on How to Snag a PlayStation 5 (Good Luck!)

Plus, you can play your old PS4 discs on the new console, and you can resell PS5 game discs when you’re done, which you can’t do with digital versions.

PlayStation 5 Tips: 15 Settings and Features You Should Try

PlayStation 5 Tips: 15 Settings and Features You Should Try

If you’re upgrading from a PS4, then you might want to transfer games, settings, and other files to your new console.When you’re done with it, you can free up almost 11 gigabytes of storage space by finding and deleting it in Settings > Storage > Console Storage > Games and Apps.

No, You Don't Need a New TV for the PS5 and Xbox Series X

No, You Don't Need a New TV for the PS5 and Xbox Series X

HDMI 2.1, introduced in 2019, adds a few handy gaming features: Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) allows your TV to "sync" the number of times it refreshes per second to the number of frames being output by your console.

Too Many Game Subscription Services? Here's How to Choose

Too Many Game Subscription Services? Here's How to Choose

Console gaming is starting to look more and more like Netflix: Instead of buying a disc at the store and popping it in at home, subscription services from Sony and Microsoft allow you to access tons of games for a monthly price, or even stream them without the need for a long download.

The New Demon's Souls Remake Tries Too Hard to Be Realistic

The New Demon's Souls Remake Tries Too Hard to Be Realistic

In the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One era, when Shadow of the Colossus was remade, it often meant lovingly rendered wilderness, technological advances allowing game consoles to produce stunning trees, grass, and leaves.

The Best PS5 Exclusives Out Now (and the Ones Coming Soon)

The Best PS5 Exclusives Out Now (and the Ones Coming Soon)

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.Last-gen, the PlayStation 4 killed the Xbox One in this regard, and now, at launch at least, it looks like it will continue this domination, with a reasonably impressive launch line up (though the Xbox hasn’t put up much of a fight.)

Ubisoft Removes a Controversial Voice in Watch Dogs: Legion

Ubisoft Removes a Controversial Voice in Watch Dogs: Legion

Upon release, some players were concerned to hear journalist Helen Lewis' voice in Watch Dogs: Legion's in-game podcasts.Following the now infamous press conference, YouTuber Coopertom recreated the whole Four Seasons Total Landscaping scene in VRChat, complete with Trump 2020 posters, and it has now become a hangout for virtual-reality furries.

17 Tips to Help You Survive Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

17 Tips to Help You Survive Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

You might have to race your opponents to a finish line by navigating tricky obstacles, work with other beans to hoard eggs, or simply outlast your fellow players on a rolling-log contraption.Fall Guys is available for $20 on PC and PlayStation 4.

How Humanity Spent Its First 20 Years in Orbit Aboard the ISS

How Humanity Spent Its First 20 Years in Orbit Aboard the ISS

Over the next few years, Gatens and her team ran experiments on different life-support concepts and did their best to keep up with the constant design changes for the station.

What Comes After the International Space Station?

What Comes After the International Space Station?

“NASA has been very open about the fact that in order to do exploration beyond low earth orbit, you have to have a platform there to test systems and get experience,” says Michael Suffredini, the cofounder and CEO of Axiom Space, a company that is poised to build the world’s first commercial space station.

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.