In 'Termination Shock,' Neal Stephenson Finally Takes on Global Warming

In 'Termination Shock,' Neal Stephenson Finally Takes on Global Warming

Disaster number one: You can practically smell the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 massing microscopically.Then there's disaster number two.Just like real life, because what can anyone do, really.Arguably no sci-fi writer has the specific combination of vision, reach, and ardent fandom that Stephenson does.

The Grid Isn’t Ready for the Renewable Revolution

The Grid Isn’t Ready for the Renewable Revolution

Or extreme weather can suddenly spike the demand for energy just when the grid is least able to provide it, like during last winter’s Texas freeze and subsequent power system failure.

Oh Good, Now There's an Outbreak of Wildfire Thunderclouds

Oh Good, Now There's an Outbreak of Wildfire Thunderclouds

Last week, the US Naval Research Laboratory held a very 2021 press conference, in which scientists reported a very 2021 outbreak of “smoke thunderclouds.” Catastrophic wildfires, exacerbated by catastrophic climate change , had produced a rash of pyrocumulonimbus plumes over the western United States and Canada, known in the scientific vernacular as pyroCb.

The Long-Lost Tale of an 18th-Century Tsunami, as Told by Trees

The Long-Lost Tale of an 18th-Century Tsunami, as Told by Trees

They could use them to better understand the aftermath of quakes and tsunamis in this highly populated yet risky zone, and to validate the flooding models that policymakers use to prepare for future disasters.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra Is the Cheapest We’ve Ever Seen It

The Galaxy S21 Ultra Is the Cheapest We’ve Ever Seen It

The Galaxy S21 Ultra Has the Best Cameras.Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra (8/10, WIRED Recommends ) has been our favorite high-end camera phone for the better part of a year, largely because its camera system is unrivaled in the US.

New Orleans Was Already a 'Heat Island.' Then Ida Cut the Power

New Orleans Was Already a 'Heat Island.' Then Ida Cut the Power

“So you get kind of this baking-in factor over the course of multiple days of heat,” says Portland State University climate adaptation scientist Vivek Shandas, who has studied the heat island effect in Portland, New Orleans, and dozens of other cities.

Can This Sun-Reflecting Fabric Help Fight Climate Change?

Can This Sun-Reflecting Fabric Help Fight Climate Change?

After an hour in the sun, the half of the student covered in the metafabric was nearly 5 degrees Celsius cooler than the side covered by the cotton vest, researchers reported earlier this month in Science.

Explosive research sheds light on volcanic tsunami

Explosive research sheds light on volcanic tsunami

The following video shows glass beads being tipped down aerated ramps into water to mimic what happens when pyroclastic flows hurtle down the sides of erupting volcanoes: .

NASA Gets a Quick Peek at a Mysterious Layer of the Sun

NASA Gets a Quick Peek at a Mysterious Layer of the Sun

The sun’s magnetic fields are massive, but within its inner layers, their forces are channeled and controlled by the pressure of the superheated plasma, convecting its heat outward like a boiling pot of tomato soup.

10 Great TV and Soundbar Deals for the Super Bowl

10 Great TV and Soundbar Deals for the Super Bowl

This 75-inch LG model is the best deal right now, with AirPlay for streaming from iOS, the company's excellent NanoCell screen technology, and its point-and-click magic remote (like a Nintendo Wii Remote for TVs) in tow.

Everything Samsung Announced at Its 2021 'Unpacked' Event

Everything Samsung Announced at Its 2021 'Unpacked' Event

All of Samsung's camera features have improved in some meaningful way: portrait mode now does a better job separating the subject from the background; there's a new Director's View that now lets you switch lenses mid-recording and even lets you film with the front and rear cameras simultaneously; and Super Steady mode offers improved stabilization.

How a Decade-Old Game Helped Me Cope with Seasonal Depression

How a Decade-Old Game Helped Me Cope with Seasonal Depression

Sign up for our Games newsletter and never miss our latest gaming tips, reviews, and features .Then, the unexpected happened: My husband Zach got me an Xbox One as a Christmas gift.“Y’all this winter has me depressed AF, but Zach got me an Xbox for Christmas, any suggestions on what games I should play?”.

After 2020, Live Events Might Not Look the Same. Good!

After 2020, Live Events Might Not Look the Same. Good!

Back in January, the filmmaker got married on the opening day of the Sundance Film Festival , where she headed the documentary program for six years.Jackson watched as other festivals in Toronto and New York went (mostly) online and tried to reengineer what Sundance would look like in a pandemic.

How Would Deadpool Jump Into a Moving Vehicle?

How Would Deadpool Jump Into a Moving Vehicle?

The first part is the jump from the overpass bridge where he falls down to the vehicle and hits it at just the right time.So, let's start with Deadpool's fall.

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.

A Solar-Powered Rocket Might Be Our Ticket to Interstellar Space

A Solar-Powered Rocket Might Be Our Ticket to Interstellar Space

“It’s really easy for someone to dismiss the idea and say, ‘On the back of an envelope, it looks great, but if you actually build it, you're never going to get those theoretical numbers,’” says Benkoski, a materials scientist at the Applied Physics Laboratory and the leader of the team working on a solar thermal propulsion system.

Everything You Need to Know About Energy

Everything You Need to Know About Energy

The object at this solar focal point will then get extremely hot, and you can use that hot thing to heat up water to produce steam and then turn an electric turbine.In fact it's mostly like the electrical energy from fossil fuels.

New tsunami monitoring system for Pacific

New tsunami monitoring system for Pacific

A network of state-of-the-art tsunami buoys is being deployed from New Zealand up into the Pacific to keep communities safer.Every 15 seconds the BPR records the height of the ocean above it and sends that information to the surface buoy once an hour.

Those Orange Bay Area Skies and the Science of Light

Those Orange Bay Area Skies and the Science of Light

I’ve been to polluted cities, but you never get that deep orange, ominous color,” says Sanaz Vahidinia, a physicist at NASA Ames Research Center who studies aerosols and light scattering.

The 25 Best Labor Day Sales on Gear We Love

The 25 Best Labor Day Sales on Gear We Love

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Wirefree Earbuds for $130 ($20 off): It may not seem like a steep discount, but this matches the best price we've seen, and it's only happened once before.We've seen this price drop before, and we'll likely see it again, but $50 is $50.

The 22 Best Labor Day Sales on Gear We Love

The 22 Best Labor Day Sales on Gear We Love

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Wirefree Earbuds for $130 ($20 off): It may not seem like a steep discount, but this matches the best price we've seen, and it's only happened once before.

Tsunami evacuation zones home to 1 in 10 New Zealanders

Tsunami evacuation zones home to 1 in 10 New Zealanders

NIWA hazards analyst Ryan Paulik, who led the assessment, says overall 430,000 people – or nine per cent of the population – live in the zones of which 170,000 are in red and orange zones.

Lovecraft Country Is a Necessary Reimagining of Genre Fiction

Lovecraft Country Is a Necessary Reimagining of Genre Fiction

First comes young Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) humping his way through a Korean War trench battle while planes roar overhead and dramatic music swells.

Belarus Has Shut Down the Internet Amid a Controversial Election

Belarus Has Shut Down the Internet Amid a Controversial Election

The connectivity blackout, which also includes landline phones, appears to be a government-imposed outage that comes amid widespread protests and increasing social unrest over Belarus' presidential election Sunday.

Everything Samsung Announced at Galaxy Unpacked 2020

Everything Samsung Announced at Galaxy Unpacked 2020

At its second annual Galaxy Unpacked event of the year, Samsung has announced a spate of new devices, including new flagship smartphones, a foldable phone, tablets, smartwatches, and wireless earbuds.Photograph: SamsungSamsung's flagship phones have always hogged the limelight at its Unpacked events, and this year is no different.

Charting a Future for People and Nature in Post-COVID India

Charting a Future for People and Nature in Post-COVID India

The group maintains that science and technology can provide important strategies to address these challenges, but they must be implemented in ways that foster human, social and ecological resilience.

How to See Comet Neowise Before It’s Gone

How to See Comet Neowise Before It’s Gone

In late March, a team of astronomers working on a space telescope mission called Neowise discovered a comet booking it past the sun, 160 million miles away from Earth.

Your Car Is Spewing Microplastics That Blow Around the World

Your Car Is Spewing Microplastics That Blow Around the World

Now that scientists know the Arctic is laced with microplastics blown in from Europe, and now that this new work has modeled that route of transport in fine detail, they are concerned that synthetic particles might be darkening snow and ice, accelerating melting.

Qualcomm’s New Smartwatch Chips Promise a Boost for Wear OS

Qualcomm’s New Smartwatch Chips Promise a Boost for Wear OS

In the first quarter of 2020, just 4.2 percent of all smartwatches sold were running Google's Wear OS platform, according to Vincent Thielke, an analyst at Canalys.

Space Photos of the Week: An Eternal Voyage of Discovery

Space Photos of the Week: An Eternal Voyage of Discovery

Voyager 2 had a bit more to do; not only would it also visit Jupiter and Saturn, it would become the first spacecraft to fly by Uranus and Neptune.Photograph: NASA/JPLAfter traveling about 400 million miles, Voyager 2 arrived at Saturn, where it snapped this seemingly sideways photo of the ringed beauty.