The Humble Shrub That’s Predicting a Terrible Fire Season

The Humble Shrub That’s Predicting a Terrible Fire Season

“It's a really pretty and kind of understated shrub,” says Bryant Baker, conservation director of the Los Padres ForestWatch, which advocates for the protection of California’s habitats.

Who Won Amazon’s Union Election in Bessemer? The Results Could Take Time

Who Won Amazon’s Union Election in Bessemer? The Results Could Take Time

In an election that saw an unmarked ballot box of mysterious origin appear on company grounds, a website spread misleading information about dues-paying, and the timing change on a traffic light where organizers talked to workers, some observers believe the RWDSU has ample grist for a ULP charge or three against Amazon.

Ex-CISA Head Chris Krebs: ‘Impeachment Is the Right Mechanism’

Ex-CISA Head Chris Krebs: ‘Impeachment Is the Right Mechanism’

As the director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Krebs oversaw the country's election preparedness , grappling not only with potential foreign hacking threats but a firehose of disinformation from President Donald Trump and his associates.

Another Victim of Global Warming: The Great British Bake Off

Another Victim of Global Warming: The Great British Bake Off

When the first season aired in 2010, its creators probably didn’t expect it would turn into a decade-long cultural phenomenon, let alone imagine the trouble posed by rising temperatures.The Great British Baking Show has encountered many temperature-related disasters in a decade-long run.

Climate Change Is Intensifying the Tsunami Threat in Alaska

Climate Change Is Intensifying the Tsunami Threat in Alaska

This destabilization is being driven by climate change: Tsunamis are becoming more likely in Alaska as hillsides, formerly reinforced by glaciers and solidly frozen ground, loosen their hold on once-stable slopes.Climate change makes land more unstable and increases the risk of landslide-caused tsunamis.

Uh-Oh. Russia's Laptev Sea Should Have Started to Freeze by Now

Uh-Oh. Russia's Laptev Sea Should Have Started to Freeze by Now

Ocean temperatures in the area recently climbed to more than 5 C above average, following a record breaking heat wave and the unusually early decline of last winter’s sea ice.The downward trend is likely to continue until the Arctic has its first ice-free summer, said Meier.

It’s Time to Talk About Covid-19 and Surfaces Again

It’s Time to Talk About Covid-19 and Surfaces Again

Berman was aware of the practical issues raised by putting books in purgatory for so long, but she had a broader concern: that all this research was encouraging an undue fixation, or even a fear, of the objects librarians are meant to joyfully share with the public.

The Bay Area Just Turned Orange. All Eyes Are on PurpleAir

The Bay Area Just Turned Orange. All Eyes Are on PurpleAir

Drawing crowdsourced data from air quality sensors it sells to the public—ranging between $200 and $300—PurpleAir builds maps that show in real time just how bad a neighborhood like mine is suffering from particulate matter (PM) 2.5 pollution, the particles that make up wildfire smoke.

The First Repeat Covid-19 Infection Case Isn’t All Bad News

The First Repeat Covid-19 Infection Case Isn’t All Bad News

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic , scientists have been saying that if the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, sticks around long enough, people are likely to catch it more than once.On Monday, researchers at Hong Kong University presented the first confirmation that this can, in fact, happen with SARS-CoV-2.

California's Wildfire and Covid-19 Disasters Just Collided

California's Wildfire and Covid-19 Disasters Just Collided

And to make matters even worse, in the middle of a heat wave, they can’t open their windows because air quality is now astonishingly bad as smoke continues to pour into the Bay Area.

What French Feminism Can Teach Us About Karens

What French Feminism Can Teach Us About Karens

Karen is, of course, the generic name for the ubiquitous American harpy who, through the long summer of 2020, pitched fits about masks and sometimes about race, in public spaces.

Apple Just Upgraded Its iMacs, a Little

Apple Just Upgraded Its iMacs, a Little

Since the iMac now has a 10-core i9 upgrade option, Apple is also bumping the base model of the iMac Pro to offer the same processor, and this version is also available to order today.

A Summer Camp Covid-19 Outbreak Offers Back-to-School Lessons

A Summer Camp Covid-19 Outbreak Offers Back-to-School Lessons

According to the report, High Harbour followed many of the CDC’s recommendations for summer camps, including enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures, staggering the use of communal spaces, and requiring physical distancing outside of cabins.

15 Best Weekend Deals on Laptops, TVs, and Outdoor Gear

15 Best Weekend Deals on Laptops, TVs, and Outdoor Gear

Backcountry kicks off its annual end of summer sale this weekend with some good deals for those looking at using gear for 2021, or, for those us who've been indoors waiting until the fall.

20 Years Ago, Steve Jobs Built Apple's G4 Cube. It Bombed

20 Years Ago, Steve Jobs Built Apple's G4 Cube. It Bombed

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the Power Mac G4 Cube, which debuted July 19, 2000.It also marks the 19th anniversary of Apple’s announcement that it was putting the Cube on ice.(Jobs hated fans.

How a ‘Heat Dome’ Forms—and Why This One Is So Perilous

How a ‘Heat Dome’ Forms—and Why This One Is So Perilous

A heat dome “is really just sort of a colloquial term for a persistent and/or strong high-pressure system that occurs during the warm season, with the end result being a lot of heat,” says climate scientist Daniel Swain of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

The Winnowing of the Wilson’s Snipe

The Winnowing of the Wilson’s Snipe

You’ll likely hear one before you spot it, but when you learn to pick out the noises snipe make, you can usually track them down.winnowing calls of a Wilson’s snipe.

Why the Arctic Is Warming So Fast, and Why That’s So Alarming

Why the Arctic Is Warming So Fast, and Why That’s So Alarming

But those currents may be changing because more melting ice is injecting the Arctic Ocean with freshwater, which is less dense than saltwater, and therefore floats above it.

Cool Green Summer Book Review

Cool Green Summer Book Review

And if you’re looking for more, Cool Green Science has abundant reviews on a variety of topics, from nature in literary fiction and mystery novels, books for birders and for anglers and traveling naturalists , reviews of field guides and nature references , and much more.

Auckland set to break dry spell record

Auckland set to break dry spell record

The New Zealand Drought Index ( ) shows severe meteorological drought is widespread across Northland, Auckland, and northern Waikato.The summer of 2012-13 featured one of the worst droughts in decades for parts of Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, and the western South Island.

How Long Do We Have Before Arctic Ice Melts Away?

How Long Do We Have Before Arctic Ice Melts Away?

These changes are the prelude to summer, when the ice undergoes another radical change: It begins to melt .The icebreaker Polarstern the morning after a crack cleaved the ice floe in two, sending some experiments into the water.

South Jersey's Mid-Century Modern Motels, in All Their Neon Glory

South Jersey's Mid-Century Modern Motels, in All Their Neon Glory

The area first developed into a major summer tourism destination in the 1950s when brothers Lou and Will Morey, inspired by a visit to Miami’s South Beach, started building motels on the island.

Space Photos of the Week: Postcards From a Martian Winter

Space Photos of the Week: Postcards From a Martian Winter

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of ArizonaThe scale of this photo makes it’s hard to tell how massive these sand dunes are.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of ArizonaThis image looks like something seen through a microscope, but no, this is a large swath of Martian terrain.

The 7 Best Albums of 2019

The 7 Best Albums of 2019

As for 2019, the year's best albums were the exact opposite (in spite of efforts by Kanye West to use Jesus Is King as some kind of unifying opera).Bandana is the best rap album of the year.

Gear Up for Fall: 18 Deals from REI's End of Season Sale

Gear Up for Fall: 18 Deals from REI's End of Season Sale

REI is one of our favorite retailers here at WIRED, and every autumn the company throws its End of Season sale , which is the best time to grab all the sweet gear you've been eying all summer.Buy the Noso Puffy Patch Lil' Bits Gear Repair Kit for $7 ($3 off).

The 26 Best Labor Day Sales on Gear We Love

The 26 Best Labor Day Sales on Gear We Love

We've listed some highlights below, but be sure to check out our favorite camping gear and the best summer outdoor deals from REI's Huge Labor Day Sale .Note: When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small affiliate commission.

Why Lightning Strikes in an Arctic Gone Bizarro

Why Lightning Strikes in an Arctic Gone Bizarro

Matt Simon covers cannabis, robots, and climate science for WIRED.Weirder still, on top of there typically being not enough heat to form deep convective clouds in the Arctic, there’s also a limit to how high these things can build up into the atmosphere.

Hobbs & Shaw Ruled the Box Office Last Weekend

Hobbs & Shaw Ruled the Box Office Last Weekend

Also, Phil Lord and Chris Miller are going to Universal, and Batwoman is the future.The dynamic duo behind The Lego Movie and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse —Phil Lord and Chris Miller —are going to Universal Pictures.

Sharing Your #HotGirlSummer? Buy Megan Thee Stallion's Album

Sharing Your #HotGirlSummer? Buy Megan Thee Stallion's Album

Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion, and her definitive tweet that this season is made for hot girls, made the phrase the season's most ubiquitous meme, an internet-wide catchphrase. Her tweet defining "hot girl summer" is her most retweeted of all time.

Depression and the Solace of 'Grinding' in Online Games

Depression and the Solace of 'Grinding' in Online Games

The imitation of forward movement in games like Destiny 2 is catnip to a mind stuck in neutral. It's about what videogame players call "grinding"—the act of repetitiously getting resources, experience points, or anything else you might need in a game to achieve your goals.