Which Microsoft Surface Device Should You Buy?

Which Microsoft Surface Device Should You Buy?

Best known for innovative, tablet-like hardware designs, Microsoft has expanded its Surface line over the years and now offers a full family of computers, from a standard laptop to a giant desktop.Last year, Microsoft added a 15-inch model to its Surface Laptop line.

How to Get Safari's New Privacy Features in Chrome and Firefox

How to Get Safari's New Privacy Features in Chrome and Firefox

You don't have to wait for macOS Big Sur to drop to get a lot of these upcoming features though—both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome have similar features, or they can with the help of a third-party extension.

Glaciers continue to melt away

Glaciers continue to melt away

NIWA climate scientist Dr Andrew Lorrey says that the volume lost from the Brewster Glacier in Mt Aspiring National Park is about equal to the basic drinking water requirements for all New Zealanders for those three years.

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.

Once a WFH Staple, Athleisure Gets Down to Business

Once a WFH Staple, Athleisure Gets Down to Business

Brands that make them—Epoque Evolution, Veilance, Rhone, and others—are deploying high-tech hybrid fabrics, innovative production techniques, and a hyper-flexible approach to assembling a wardrobe, in which a few garments perform multiple roles.“The comfort factor and more fluid approach to work and leisure have all played their role.

European Football Clubs Are Turning to AI for an Assist

European Football Clubs Are Turning to AI for an Assist

But even if the Moneyball ethos has now penetrated major football clubs, and a handful of tech-savvy data-crunching firms have emerged, Jager says that there is still ample room for improvement.“Most of the top groups have dedicated teams, they have data scientists.

Ground-Penetrating Radar Mapped a Buried Ancient Roman City

Ground-Penetrating Radar Mapped a Buried Ancient Roman City

The ruins are deep underground, but a team of archaeologists from the University of Cambridge and Ghent University in Belgium have used ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to map the complete city.

A Bill in Congress Would Limit Uses of Facial Recognition

A Bill in Congress Would Limit Uses of Facial Recognition

This week IBM, Amazon , and Microsoft all said they would halt sales of facial recognition to US police and called on Congress to impose rules on use of the technology.

To Adapt to Tech, We’re Heading Into the Shadows

To Adapt to Tech, We’re Heading Into the Shadows

And you aren’t going to even try to push your way into a procedure, because you know you don’t have the basic skill you need to be granted control of the thing, and so does that expert.

Bahamian Queen Conch: Fishers & Scientists Share Knowledge for a Sustainable Fishery

Bahamian Queen Conch: Fishers & Scientists Share Knowledge for a Sustainable Fishery

Shell Lip Thickness Is the Most Reliable Proxy to Sexual Maturity in Queen Conch (Lobatus gigas) of Port Honduras Marine Reserve, Belize; Informing Management to Reduce the Risk of Growth Overfishing.

Schools Turn to Surveillance Tech to Prevent Covid-19 Spread

Schools Turn to Surveillance Tech to Prevent Covid-19 Spread

“We are very much interested in the automated tracking of students,” says Michael Sawyers, superintendent for New Albany-Plain Schools.A small but growing surveillance industry has sprung up around Covid already, with firms pitching everything from temperature-tracking infrared cameras and contact tracing apps to wireless beacons and smart cameras to help enforce social distancing at work.

A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts

A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts

These algorithms, which capture the physics of cloud formation, tropical storms, and polar winds, among other things, are then populated with temperature data from satellites and surface observations to generate a three- or 10-day forecast.

Major Hydroxychloroquine Trial Shows No Prevention Benefits

Major Hydroxychloroquine Trial Shows No Prevention Benefits

The drug hydroxychloroquine, touted by President Donald Trump and his allies as a treatment and preventative for the pandemic disease Covid-19, does not keep people from getting sick.

How to Protest Safely in the Age of Surveillance

How to Protest Safely in the Age of Surveillance

A smartphone broadcasts all sorts of identifying information; law enforcement can force your mobile carrier to cough up data about what cell towers your phone connected to and when.If you do need a mobile device, consider bringing only a secondary cell phone you don’t use often, or a burner.

George Floyd and the Illusion of Progress

George Floyd and the Illusion of Progress

Images place us in time, gluing unremarkable and historically urgent moments in a fixed setting or context, but mostly they thrill our senses in other varied ways.Photographer Stephen Maturen’s snapshot of a young black protester—on his knees and shirtless, hands raised like a goal post—is an image of staggering breadth.

Let's Put an End to Annual Physicals

Let's Put an End to Annual Physicals

The doctor looked in my ears, shined a light in my eyes and mouth, and listened to my heart and lungs with his stethoscope, before ending the exam with this: “Turn your head and cough, sir.” I did what I was told, but the whole experience felt absurd.

Seven weeks of clearing the air provides huge benefits

Seven weeks of clearing the air provides huge benefits

Dr Longley has been monitoring air quality in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch since Level 4 restrictions were implemented and says working from home did not only cut emissions but could also reduce health risks.

That Fresh Sea Breeze You Breathe May Be Laced With Microplastic

That Fresh Sea Breeze You Breathe May Be Laced With Microplastic

“That bubble actually acts as like a sponge for tiny particles like sea salt, viruses, bacteria, and—potentially—plastics, as it comes up through the water column,” says University of Strathclyde microplastic researcher Deonie Allen, co-lead on the new research.

Space Photos of the Week: Europa! Attempt No Landing There

Space Photos of the Week: Europa! Attempt No Landing There

The puzzling, fascinating surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa looms large in this newly-reprocessed color view, made from images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI InstituteOur final image in this series shows more chaos terrain in a region called Chaos Near Agenor Linea.

After 60 Years, Explosion-Powered Rockets Are Nearly Here

After 60 Years, Explosion-Powered Rockets Are Nearly Here

As the director of the Propulsion and Energy Research Laboratory at the University of Central Florida, Ahmed has spent the last few years developing a next generation rocket engine that uses controlled explosions to boost stuff into space.

5 Big Mistakes We Can Make Fighting the Covid-19 Pandemic

5 Big Mistakes We Can Make Fighting the Covid-19 Pandemic

“Given that another surge of Covid-19 is likely, we need to make sure that hospitals have three things,” says Yasmin.To learn more about the other biggest mistakes we should avoid in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, take a look at our video above with Yasmin.

How Space Travel Tries to Kill You and Make You Ugly

How Space Travel Tries to Kill You and Make You Ugly

How Bad Is Bad. The expected radiation exposure for a Mars excursion for an astronaut—a federal worker—far exceeds the levels permitted for terrestrial workplace activities by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Georgia's Governor Lets Businesses Reopen. Some Say No Thanks

Georgia's Governor Lets Businesses Reopen. Some Say No Thanks

“It’s a nightmare,” says Ben Horgan, co-owner of the Comet Pub and Lanes, a bowling alley and brewery in Decatur, Georgia.Horgan closed the business on March 16, weeks before government orders, out of concern for the safety of staff and customers; the closure affected roughly 100 employees.

Space Photos of the Week: 50 Years After Apollo 13

Space Photos of the Week: 50 Years After Apollo 13

Photograph: NASAThe crew took this spectacular image of the Earth while returning from the Moon.Photograph: NASAAfter two intense days of what you might call extreme work-arounds, all three crew members of Apollo 13 landed safely back on Earth.

Coronavirus and the Future of Telemedicine

Coronavirus and the Future of Telemedicine

You can look at different industries: the music industry, where we had digital disruption and Spotify is a great way to listen to music, but it drove a lot of record labels out of business, drove some bands out of business, made more people tour, we all know those effects.

How to Measure Pressure With a Phone and a Baggie

How to Measure Pressure With a Phone and a Baggie

The idea is that the weight increases the air pressure inside the bag, and you can measure the difference with the phone.Would the pressure in the bag be: (a) the same, (b) greater than, or (c) less than with the large square.

Huge waves on Wellington coast to ease later today, says NIWA

Huge waves on Wellington coast to ease later today, says NIWA

High waves pounding Wellington’s south coast today are being caused by a deep area of low pressure passing the Chatham Islands, according to NIWA forecaster Ben Noll.Mr Noll said the low was responsible for generating strong winds and large waves between the Chathams and mainland New Zealand.

A Lot of People Don't Even Know They Should Stay Home

A Lot of People Don't Even Know They Should Stay Home

We’ve asked more than 100,000 people across all 50 states a simple question: Do you live in an area that is currently under a stay-at-home order due to the pandemic.

Why Does Covid-19 Make Some People So Sick? Ask Their DNA

Why Does Covid-19 Make Some People So Sick? Ask Their DNA

And now, they’re starting to dig somewhere else for clues: your DNA.On Monday, 23andMe launched a new study intended to illuminate any genetic differences that might help explain why people who’ve contracted Covid-19 have such varying responses to the infection.

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.