Feeling Climate Dread? You’re Not Alone

Feeling Climate Dread? You’re Not Alone

WIRED : Climate change is no longer really this kind of nebulous idea that a lot of people didn't think affected their lives personally.Susan Clayton : There's very good evidence about impacts on mental health of extreme weather events—obviously big storms, wildfires, floods, that kind of thing.

The Love Stories of Sleepy Lizards

The Love Stories of Sleepy Lizards

© Michael Gardner2 of 3A male sleepy lizard follows his partner across a road.© Michael Gardner You might wonder: Why keep studying sleepy lizards, after all this time?

Tech Companies Wade Into Abortion Politics in Texas

Tech Companies Wade Into Abortion Politics in Texas

“This law is incompatible with people's basic rights to privacy, our community guidelines, the spirit of rideshare, and our values as a company,” Lyft wrote in a statement to drivers.

Negligence, Not Politics, Drives Most Misinformation Sharing

Negligence, Not Politics, Drives Most Misinformation Sharing

To do the experiments, the researchers gathered a set of headlines and lead sentences from news stories that had been shared on social media.People were more likely to rate headlines that agreed with their politics, but the difference here was only 10 percentage points.

Scientists watching lake on South Island glacier survey

Scientists watching lake on South Island glacier survey

Scientists undertaking the annual glacier snowline survey over the South Island later this month are keeping a watchful eye on a lake that has been forming and disappearing at the junction of the Tasman and Hochstetter glaciers.

What a 1900s Wildlife Survey Reveals About Climate Change

What a 1900s Wildlife Survey Reveals About Climate Change

When researchers following in the boots of biologist Joseph Grinnell, who a century ago created a pioneering survey of California wildlife, began sampling birds and small mammals in the Mojave Desert, they expected the harsh conditions would magnify population changes driven by the climate crisis.

It’s Not Just You: Everyone’s Mental Health Is Suffering

It’s Not Just You: Everyone’s Mental Health Is Suffering

From January through September of 2020, the number of people who have taken MHA’s anxiety screenings has increased by 93 percent over the entire previous year.A survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation in July 2020 found that 53 percent of adults said the pandemic had a negative toll on their mental health.

The Autonomous Saildrone Surveyor Preps for Its Sea Voyage

The Autonomous Saildrone Surveyor Preps for Its Sea Voyage

It is designed to spend months at sea mapping the seafloor with powerful sonar devices, while simultaneously scanning the ocean surface for genetic material to identify fish and other marine organisms swimming below.

Vaccines Are Here. We Have to Talk About Side Effects

Vaccines Are Here. We Have to Talk About Side Effects

First, fear of side effects turns out to be one of the main reasons why people doubt these vaccines.According to briefing documents, the Pfizer formula caused fatigue in 59.4 percent of trial participants after their second dose, headaches in 51.7 percent, muscle pain in 37.3 percent, joint pain in 21.9 percent, chills in 35.1 percent, and fever in 15.8 percent.

A Rocket From 1966 Has Found Its Way Back to Earth’s Orbit

A Rocket From 1966 Has Found Its Way Back to Earth’s Orbit

Meanwhile, the spent Centaur rocket continued on its merry way through space and was pretty much forgotten—at least until August of this year, when astronomers using the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) in Hawaii spotted a mysterious object in a solar orbit that was due to pass close by Earth.

Trump’s Attacks on Climate Science Are Coming to Fruition

Trump’s Attacks on Climate Science Are Coming to Fruition

On October 19, Reilly’s office sent around a draft of a new chapter for the US Geological Survey Manual called, “Application of Climate Change Models to Scientific Investigation and Policy.” The Survey Manual serves as an operational handbook for agency employees, and includes bureau directives and policies on everything from budgeting and contracting to the agency’s Fundamental Science Practices, which govern its publishing and peer review process.

Scientists conducting snapper research off North Island’s west coast

Scientists conducting snapper research off North Island’s west coast

People along the Kapiti and Wanganui coast may spot NIWA’s research vessel Kaharoa operating close to shore in the next few weeks as scientists carry out a survey of snapper, tarakihi, red gunard and John Dory.

Mental Health in the US is Suffering—Will It Go Back to Normal?

Mental Health in the US is Suffering—Will It Go Back to Normal?

Some callers have preexisting mental health conditions and reached out because of concerns about accessing medication or treatment during a pandemic, she writes; others did not have anxiety or depression diagnoses but were beginning to experience symptoms.

Startup Perks Go Remote—and Take a More Inclusive Approach

Startup Perks Go Remote—and Take a More Inclusive Approach

So, using funds it had previously earmarked to build a bigger headquarters, Olive started leasing vacation rentals for its employees to reserve, free of charge, whenever they need a getaway.With the pandemic forcing employees to work from home, however, startups like Olive are shifting their workplace incentives out of the office too.

The Blurred Lines and Closed Loops of Google Search

The Blurred Lines and Closed Loops of Google Search

In May of this year, Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich sued Google under the state’s Consumer Fraud Act, alleging "widespread and systemic use of deceptive and unfair business practices to obtain information about the location of its users.” Even a privacy-focused Google software engineer didn’t understand how location controls worked, according to recently unsealed court documents from the case first reported by the Arizona Mirror.

A New Survey Links Vaping to Higher Covid-19 Risk

A New Survey Links Vaping to Higher Covid-19 Risk

Researchers from Stanford University show that teenagers and young adults ages 13 to 24 who use e-cigarettes are five times more likely to be diagnosed with Covid-19 than their non-vaping peers.

Researchers on hunt for fish nurseries

Researchers on hunt for fish nurseries

However, NIWA fisheries scientist Dr Mark Morrison says no research was undertaken at the time of the closure of Separation Point to determine if the fish nurseries were present, nor has there been any since.

The US Is Disastrously Behind in Coronavirus Testing. Again

The US Is Disastrously Behind in Coronavirus Testing. Again

According to a new nationwide survey, conducted by a consortium of researchers at Rutgers, Northeastern, Northwestern, and Harvard universities, most people are not getting results within the 24- to 48-hour window recommended by public health experts to aid effective contact tracing.

NIWA mapping seafloor around Whakaari/White Island

NIWA mapping seafloor around Whakaari/White Island

NIWA scientists are heading to the waters around Whakaari/White Island in the Bay of Plenty next week to survey changes to the seafloor.No-one has collected water column imaging close to Whakaari so this is an incredible opportunity to discover new areas of volcanic activity.”.

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.

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.

More snow on glaciers but no good news, say scientists

More snow on glaciers but no good news, say scientists

The snowline survey began in 1977 and provides an incredibly valuable long-term record of how New Zealand’s glaciers have retreated over time due to climate change.

Scientists to check out ash on New Zealand glaciers

Scientists to check out ash on New Zealand glaciers

Journalists are invited to attend a media conference in Queenstown on Friday, March 6, starting at 10.15am at which scientists from NIWA and Victoria University of Wellington will outline the initial findings of the annual end-of-summer snowline survey taking place on March 5.

A Car ‘Splatometer’ Study Finds Huge Insect Die-Off

A Car ‘Splatometer’ Study Finds Huge Insect Die-Off

The survey of insects hitting car windscreens in rural Denmark used data collected every summer from 1997 to 2017 and found an 80 percent decline in abundance.

Americans Are Split On Online Dating—but Swipe More Than Ever

Americans Are Split On Online Dating—but Swipe More Than Ever

“Fully 56% of LGB users say someone on a dating site or app has sent them a sexually explicit message or image they didn’t ask for, compared with about one-third of straight users,” the survey reports.

Expect More Interstellar Visitors Like 'Oumuamua

Expect More Interstellar Visitors Like 'Oumuamua

In contrast, the second interstellar traveler we’ve observed, 2I/Borisov, is an obvious comet, a lot like the ones that formed in the icy extremes of our own system.The Hubble Space Telescope captured interstellar object 2I/Borisov as it raced through the solar system, only the second known cosmic visitor to do so.

Valve Swears Half-Life: Alyx Is Actually, Legitimately Done

Valve Swears Half-Life: Alyx Is Actually, Legitimately Done

So as the release date for the new VR experience Half-Life: Alyx approaches, and other high-profile games face delays , it's understandable fans might be worried.Every year, the Game Developers Conference releases a survey on the state of videogames, tabulating results from all across the industry.

Scientists brave winter in Antarctic waters

Scientists brave winter in Antarctic waters

NIWA principal fisheries scientist Dr Steve Parker and colleagues were on board the Janas , a deepwater longline vessel owned by Talley’s Group Ltd, for the second voyage ever during the winter to study the ecology of toothfish in the northern Ross Sea, especially to investigate spawning patterns of the Antarctic toothfish.

NIWA to survey young snapper in Hauraki Gulf

NIWA to survey young snapper in Hauraki Gulf

NIWA is heading out into the Hauraki Gulf this month to carry out a survey of juvenile snapper– the first of its kind for 20 years.Fisheries scientists aboard NIWA research vessel Kaharoa are trying to understand how many one and two-year-old snapper are in the area known as the Snapper 1 fishery.