The Energy Sector Must Prepare for More Extreme Weather

The Energy Sector Must Prepare for More Extreme Weather

Last week, Texas was hit by a different kind of extreme weather event: Record-smashing cold temperatures and heavy snow.But other states manage much colder weather every year without these types of power outages.

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.

Cops Disrupt Emotet, the Internet's ‘Most Dangerous Malware’

Cops Disrupt Emotet, the Internet's ‘Most Dangerous Malware’

The global effort, known as Operation Ladybird, coordinated with private security researchers to disrupt and take over Emotet's command-and-control infrastructure—located in more than 90 countries, according to Ukrainian police—while simultaneously arresting at least two of the cybercriminal crew's Ukrainian members.

Parler Finds a Reprieve in Russia—but Not a Solution

Parler Finds a Reprieve in Russia—but Not a Solution

Given the Russian government’s active efforts to isolate the country’s internet and gain access to all data, Parler could expose its users to Russian surveillance if the site someday does relaunch in full with DDoS-Guard.

A Broken Piece of Internet Backbone Might Finally Get Fixed

A Broken Piece of Internet Backbone Might Finally Get Fixed

Today the group known as Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security is announcing a task force specifically dedicated to helping "content delivery networks" and other cloud services adopt the filters and cryptographic checks needed to harden BGP.

Global No Net Loss of Natural Ecosystems

Global No Net Loss of Natural Ecosystems

As currently implemented, offsetting typically requires an outcome of ‘no net loss’ of biodiversity, but that’s only relative to a baseline trajectory of general biodiversity decline.

At Least Election Day Didn't Melt Down

At Least Election Day Didn't Melt Down

"We are seeing historic levels of cooperation among federal agencies and state and local election officials to secure this election and to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic," says Mark Lindeman, acting codirector of Verified Voting, a nonpartisan nonprofit that promotes election system integrity.

The Russian Hackers Playing 'Chekhov's Gun' With US Infrastructure

The Russian Hackers Playing 'Chekhov's Gun' With US Infrastructure

Last week the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency published an advisory warning that a group known as Berserk Bear—or alternately Energetic Bear, TEMP.Isotope, and Dragonfly—had carried out a broad hacking campaign against US state, local, territorial, and tribal government agencies, as well aviation sector targets.

There's No Turning Back on AI in the Military

There's No Turning Back on AI in the Military

The Air Force and Space Force had their own “move 37” moment last month during the first AI-enabled shoot-down of a cruise missile at blistering machine speeds.

The US Sanctions Russians For Potentially ‘Fatal’ Triton Malware

The US Sanctions Russians For Potentially ‘Fatal’ Triton Malware

Today the US Treasury imposed sanctions on Russia's Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics, the organization that exactly two years ago was revealed to have played a role in the hacking operation that used that malware known as Triton or Trisis, intended to sabotage the Petro Rabigh refinery's safety devices.

Fish Fence: Yard Décor Becomes Lionfish Control

Fish Fence: Yard Décor Becomes Lionfish Control

“From the start, we knew almost any structure would attract lionfish,” says Steve Gittings, NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries chief scientist.Attracting, and trapping, a fish as invasive as lionfish requires intense effort.

A Landmark Math Proof Clears a Hurdle in the Top Erdős Conjecture

A Landmark Math Proof Clears a Hurdle in the Top Erdős Conjecture

Erdős posed thousands of problems over the course of his career, but the question of which number lists contain evenly spaced numbers (what mathematicians call arithmetic progressions) was one of his all-time favorites.

An Alexa Bug Could Have Exposed Your Voice History to Hackers

An Alexa Bug Could Have Exposed Your Voice History to Hackers

Check Point also suggests that a hacker might be able to access banking data history through the attack, but Amazon disputes this, saying that information is redacted in Alexa's responses.

Google Moves to Secure the Cloud From Itself

Google Moves to Secure the Cloud From Itself

The virtual machines Google and AMD launched for Google Cloud Services in February (known as N2D VMs) have special security features that allow AMD's processors to generate and manage encryption keys that stay on the chip.

An Infrastructure Arms Race Is Fueling the Future of Gaming

An Infrastructure Arms Race Is Fueling the Future of Gaming

In interviews with WIRED, the people behind some of cloud gaming’s biggest services and data center organizations lifted the curtain on the infrastructure powering these immaterial services.“We live in a culture of ‘instant’ when it comes to any kind of electronic media,” says Microsoft corporate vice president of cloud gaming Kareem Choudhry.

How Albert Einstein's Son Tamed the Mississippi River

How Albert Einstein's Son Tamed the Mississippi River

The Old River Control Structure, when eventually built, was the creation of many, but, primus inter pares, Hans Albert Einstein was the man who decided where it should go and what it should look like and how exactly it needed to be made.

The 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory Has Taken a Dark Turn

The 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory Has Taken a Dark Turn

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.Since March 30, there have been 77 arson attacks on mobile phone masts across the UK, with staff working on mobile infrastructure also reporting 180 incidents of abuse.

After 50 Years of Effort, Researchers Made Silicon Emit Light

After 50 Years of Effort, Researchers Made Silicon Emit Light

The next step, says Bakkers, will be to use the technique they’ve developed to create a tiny laser made from the silicon alloy.

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.

NIWA Essential Services: COVID-19

NIWA Essential Services: COVID-19

These are broadly defined as hazard monitoring, resilience, diagnostics for essential services like biosecurity, maintaining animal facilities, and infrastructure that requires constant attention (e.g., security of samples, collections and computing facilities), as follows.

Hungry Animals Can Change How Severely a Landscape Burns

Hungry Animals Can Change How Severely a Landscape Burns

The grazers might also prefer grasses to shrubs, which changes the vertical structure of the vegetation, further increasing the fire risk.So while the grazers are doing a helpful job of eating up some potential tinder, they’re leaving behind vegetation that is extra-flammable—which is a mixed bag, in terms of wildfire prevention.

Cities Fighting Climate Woes Hasten 'Green Gentrification'

Cities Fighting Climate Woes Hasten 'Green Gentrification'

“Or it becomes so important from an economic standpoint, so desirable and hardened with infrastructure that entire buildings are empty—purchased by real estate funds or individuals from the Middle East or Russia,” Anguelovski says.

Uber in Vancouver, a Vehicle Ban in SF, and Other Car News

Uber in Vancouver, a Vehicle Ban in SF, and Other Car News

And yet: Lots of folk still think advancements like ride-hail and autonomous vehicles might be a balm to terrible traffic, and that tech innovation plus regulation could lead to fewer emissions and less time sitting behind the wheel.

Iranian Hackers Have Been ‘Password-Spraying’ the US Grid

Iranian Hackers Have Been ‘Password-Spraying’ the US Grid

But they’ve been working to gain access to American electric utilities, long before tensions between the two countries came to a head .On Thursday morning, industrial control system security firm Dragos detailed newly revealed hacking activity that it has tracked and attributed to a group of state-sponsored hackers it calls Magnallium.

Russia Takes a Big Step Toward Internet Isolation

Russia Takes a Big Step Toward Internet Isolation

Over the holidays, the Russian government said it had completed a multi-day test of a national, internal internet known as RuNet, a bid to show that the country's online infrastructure could survive even if disconnected from the rest of the world.

Bernie Sanders Says Internet Service Should be a Human Right

Bernie Sanders Says Internet Service Should be a Human Right

The FCC has already spent billions on programs like Connect America Fund, which helps pay for broadband infrastructure in underserved communities, and the Universal Service Fund, which subsidizes access to telecommunications services, but Sanders and Warren argue that too much of the money from these programs go to large, for-profit carriers.

Larry, Sergey, and the Mixed Legacy of Google-Turned-Alphabet

Larry, Sergey, and the Mixed Legacy of Google-Turned-Alphabet

On August 10, 2015, Google CEO Larry Page shocked the business world by announcing he was restructuring the company he cofounded into a holding company called Alphabet.

Aerial Scans Help Bust California's Worst Methane Leakers

Aerial Scans Help Bust California's Worst Methane Leakers

Even though Duren’s California Methane Survey looked only at focused point-source emissions, because it looked at so many and for so long, Duren’s team was able to conclude that by themselves those sources coughed out 500,000 metric tons of methane a year, give or take, and that just 10 percent of the emitters were responsible for 60 percent of the total.

The Dangers of Delaying FAA Modernization

The Dangers of Delaying FAA Modernization

Many of our air traffic controllers are relying on 50 year-old radar installations and antiquated equipment to safely guide passengers through our increasingly crowded skies.

The Rock That Vibrates in Time With Earth, Wind, and Waves

The Rock That Vibrates in Time With Earth, Wind, and Waves

The research team has an entire webpage devoted to its seismic recordings of the natural resonances (vibrations) that come out of the Utah arches.