The positives of Wellington’s wet weather: marine pest control

The positives of Wellington’s wet weather: marine pest control

Marine scientists from NIWA have been on the hunt for high-risk invasive species as part of their latest biosecurity survey, designed to detect marine animals and plants that come in from overseas.

'Rewilding' Asks: What Will You Do After the Climate Apocalypse?

'Rewilding' Asks: What Will You Do After the Climate Apocalypse?

Rewilding, with its focus on the degradation of the natural world and the possibility of restoring it, belongs to a long tradition of games that grapple with environmental issues.Other recent games with environmental themes indulge in naive fantasies about the control of nature, rewarding players for mastery over it.

What It’ll Take to Get Electric Planes off the Ground

What It’ll Take to Get Electric Planes off the Ground

Last week, along with other battery and aviation experts, Viswanathan published in Nature what he considers a “wake-up call” to the industry to invest in basic science beyond moving around lithium ions.

Detailed Footage Finally Reveals What Triggers Lightning

Detailed Footage Finally Reveals What Triggers Lightning

“People have been sending balloons, rockets and airplanes into thunderstorms for decades and never seen electric fields anywhere near large enough,” said Joseph Dwyer, a physicist at the University of New Hampshire and a co-author on the new paper who has puzzled over the origins of lightning for over two decades.

The great debate: when does summer begin?

The great debate: when does summer begin?

While both the astronomical and meteorological definitions are valid, NIWA forecasters have turned to Mother Nature’s weather patterns, looking at the warmest 90-day period of the year to provide another perspective on when summer in Aotearoa New Zealand begins.

Battlefield 2042 Turns the Climate Crisis Into a Playground

Battlefield 2042 Turns the Climate Crisis Into a Playground

During November's COP26 summit , the world’s largest polluters, the US and China, refused to make even a loose and nonbinding commitment to move away from coal over the next few decades.

Our seas are sizzling again

Our seas are sizzling again

Marine heatwave conditions, classified when the sea temperature is above the 90th percentile for at least 5 days, have been observed in waters offshore of all regions of New Zealand.

Early Evidence of How Wildfire Smoke Alters Bird Migration

Early Evidence of How Wildfire Smoke Alters Bird Migration

Overton and his colleagues believe this marks the first time scientists were able to definitively document how wildfire smoke alters bird migration.Overton and his colleagues were also tracking 12 additional waterfowl species, all of which migrate later in the fall than Tule geese.

The ‘Forever Virus’ Won't Go Away Until Kids Get Vaccinated

The ‘Forever Virus’ Won't Go Away Until Kids Get Vaccinated

Vaccinations were supposed to end our nightmare and we’d enjoy a 2021 “summer of freedom.” But when the season ended with some of the highest case and deaths numbers to date, I knew it was time to talk to Larry Brilliant again.

Ransomware Isn't Back. It Never Left

Ransomware Isn't Back. It Never Left

White House deputy national security adviser Anne Neuberger even noted at the beginning of August that BlackMatter—an apparent successor to Darkside with technical similarities—had committed to avoid critical infrastructure targets in its attacks.

In a Tiny Arctic Town, Food Is Getting Harder to Come By

In a Tiny Arctic Town, Food Is Getting Harder to Come By

I visited the Igloolik community radio station, Nipivut Nunatinnii “Our Voice at Home,” and had them run an announcement that I was in town and looking for stories about water and climate change.

Now Isn't the Time to Abandon Contact Tracing

Now Isn't the Time to Abandon Contact Tracing

The rise of the Delta variant is sparking all sorts of memories—the anxiety amid the first Covid wave in spring of 2020, the crushing winter surge, the unceasing debate about “nonpharmaceutical interventions” such as masking and distancing, the concerns about kids and schools.

Wait. Northern Paper Wasps Recognize Each Other’s Faces?

Wait. Northern Paper Wasps Recognize Each Other’s Faces?

But they also serve not only an important ecological role, but are providing researchers with a fascinating ability to watch and track evolution in almost real time, says Sara Miller, a post-doctoral fellow in the Sheehan Lab at Cornell University, who published a 2020 study on northern paper wasp facial recognition.

Crawling with Crickets: The Insect Swarm of the Western US

Crawling with Crickets: The Insect Swarm of the Western US

Mormon cricket outbreaks are more frequent than the 17-year cycle of the cicadas, and when they boom, the populations are impossible to miss.Certified Wildlife Biologist Jarren Kuipers of Land Steward Services notes that Mormon cricket outbreaks are more localized than the emergence of cicadas.

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.