Hints of New Life in the Shadows of Venezuela's Last Glacier

Hints of New Life in the Shadows of Venezuela's Last Glacier

Today, only one glacier remains in Venezuela: on the second highest peak, Pico Humboldt.“It’s an era that is [almost] completely finished now,” says Melfo, a particle physicist at the University of the Andes, who has recently been working on projects involving biology and ecology, including research on this last glacier.

A Vaccine Against Valley Fever Finally Works—for Dogs

A Vaccine Against Valley Fever Finally Works—for Dogs

An experimental vaccine that could protect millions of people living in the American Southwest from valley fever —an infection caused by a soil-dwelling fungus that is difficult to treat and can cause disability and death—has passed its first test of efficacy and is moving toward federal approval, possibly within two years.

Satellites Can Spy a Menace in West Africa: Invasive Flowers

Satellites Can Spy a Menace in West Africa: Invasive Flowers

Today Wood is the director of the Space Enabled research group at MIT’s Media Lab, and she was part of a team that just published their findings in the journal Frontiers in Climate, showing how Earth observation technologies can map and monitor hard-to-reach areas to inform local decisionmaking—specifically on how Beninese groups are tackling the hyacinth problem with data from satellites, drones, and sensors in the lake.

Another Global Pandemic Is Spreading—Among Pigs

Another Global Pandemic Is Spreading—Among Pigs

This outbreak isn’t Covid; it is a parallel, hidden pandemic, a deadly animal disease called African swine fever that was detected in the Dominican Republic in July.

Making Beetles Pee Can Protect Your Garden

Making Beetles Pee Can Protect Your Garden

Give these research teams a bit more time and between pee and fear, your garden could have new tools to protect it against insect pests – without the use of indiscriminate pesticides.

This 3D-Printed Chicken Breast Was Cooked With Frickin’ Lasers

This 3D-Printed Chicken Breast Was Cooked With Frickin’ Lasers

“Cooking is essential for nutrition, flavor, and texture development in many foods, and we wondered if we could develop a method with lasers to precisely control these attributes.” They used a blue diode laser (5-10 watts) as the primary heating source but also experimented with lasers in the near- and mid-infrared for comparison, as well as a conventional toaster oven.

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.

How to Watch the SpaceX Inspiration4 Launch

How to Watch the SpaceX Inspiration4 Launch

On the Florida coast, at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the SpaceX team is readying the historic Inspiration4 mission for liftoff.The Inspiration4 crew have a five-hour launch window that opens at 8:02 pm Eastern on Wednesday night.

Dolphins Eavesdrop on Each Other to Avoid Awkward Run-Ins

Dolphins Eavesdrop on Each Other to Avoid Awkward Run-Ins

In their experiment, Curé’s team tested how dolphins responded when the researchers parked their boats overhead and played them social noises recorded from other groups.So to test how the animals respond, researchers play a recording of those sounds over a speaker and watch what happens.

What Medical Researcher Training Can Learn From the 'Yellow Berets'

What Medical Researcher Training Can Learn From the 'Yellow Berets'

The program, established in 1953, brought recent medical school graduates to the National Institutes of Health for two or three years of intensive research training, where they would learn to solve problems that would improve patient care and public health.

I'm Trapped in the Witcher 3 Grind, and I Hate It Here

I'm Trapped in the Witcher 3 Grind, and I Hate It Here

Not only that, it’s a big, stupid chore that too often comes during those precious early hours of a game when you’re just trying to get your bearings and master the gameplay mechanics.

This Barnacle-Inspired Glue Seals Bleeding Organs in Seconds

This Barnacle-Inspired Glue Seals Bleeding Organs in Seconds

Yet it’s hard to create a seal on wet tissue, and most commercial products used to stop dangerous bleeding rely on coagulants which take minutes to work.In a study published this month in Nature Biomedical Engineering, his team demonstrated how this arthropod-like glue can stop bleeding in seconds.

Climate scientists making shift to new “normal”

Climate scientists making shift to new “normal”

“This is especially important because there has been a proliferation of different types of weather stations in recent times and we need to ensure that they each measuring the variables the same way.”.Climate scientist Raghav Srinivasan says the process of changing the normal takes several steps.

Respawn’s Apex Legends Is Just Getting Started

Respawn’s Apex Legends Is Just Getting Started

The ping system and redeploy beacons have become, and still are, staples of the FPS genre that other developers (like Activision Blizzard, developers of Overwatch) are eager to bring to their own games, and while Respawn's new methods aren’t always practical from the start (see “heat shields”), they’re consistently rewiring the importance of team communication.

A ‘Last Hope’ Experiment Finds Evidence for Unknown Particles

A ‘Last Hope’ Experiment Finds Evidence for Unknown Particles

In the paper, a team of theorists known as BMW present a state-of-the-art supercomputer calculation of the most uncertain term that goes into the standard model prediction of the muon’s magnetic moment.

The Opportunities—and Obstacles—for Women at NSA and Cyber Command

The Opportunities—and Obstacles—for Women at NSA and Cyber Command

Inequalities persist, but three senior-level women at the National Security Agency and Cyber Command offered WIRED rare insights into how those organizations have evolved—and the hard work that remains to be done.

The Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Birthed Today's Rainforests

The Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Birthed Today's Rainforests

“It took us a long time to gather enough data that we could have a clear picture of what was going on during the extinction,” Carvalho told Ars. While the study deals with Colombian fossils, Carvalho said the researchers can get a fair idea of what happened in rainforests elsewhere in Central and South America, though the effects of the asteroid's impact are somewhat variable from region to region.

5 Years After the Oculus Rift, Where Do VR and AR Go Next?

5 Years After the Oculus Rift, Where Do VR and AR Go Next?

There were only two keys to the room, and for good reason: That’s where the Oculus team kept the Toybox demo.Yet all that change has made this week in particular a good time to take stock: It just happens to be the five-year anniversary of the Oculus Rift .

Facebook's ‘Red Team X’ Hunts Bugs Beyond the Social Network's Walls

Facebook's ‘Red Team X’ Hunts Bugs Beyond the Social Network's Walls

"Covid for us was really an opportunity to take a step back and evaluate how we’re all working, how things are going, and what might be next for the red team," Ionescu says.

HyperX Is Having a Big Sale on Gaming Accessories

HyperX Is Having a Big Sale on Gaming Accessories

HyperX Cloud Stinger Wired Headset for $35 ($15 off): One of our favorite affordable picks, the Cloud Stinger is a great choice for desktop PCs, especially if you're playing a lot of team games and need a mic and headset but don't want to break the bank.

A New Kind of Space Explosion Reveals the Birth of a Black Hole

A New Kind of Space Explosion Reveals the Birth of a Black Hole

Like its predecessor, the Camel became very bright in a short time, reaching its peak in two or three days.But in cases like the Camel and the Cow, “something unusual happens in the process to core collapse,” said Perley.

Raptor Boyfriend Proves Absurd Dating Sims Are Here to Stay

Raptor Boyfriend Proves Absurd Dating Sims Are Here to Stay

Raptor Boyfriend, an upcoming dating sim set in a 1990s high school, appears to strike a tone somewhere between Hatoful Boyfriend and Dream Daddy.

Utah's ‘Porn Filter’ Law Passes the State Legislature

Utah's ‘Porn Filter’ Law Passes the State Legislature

This week, Microsoft and security firm FireEye both shared new details about malware strains the Russia-linked group used to get such devastating access to so many targets.

Facebook’s New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help

Facebook’s New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help

The Facebook algorithm, called Seer (for SElf-supERvised), fed on more than a billion images scraped from Instagram , deciding for itself which objects look alike.LeCun says self-supervised learning could have many useful applications, for instance learning to read medical images without the need for labeling so many scans and x-rays.

Valheim Is Changing How We Play Survival Games

Valheim Is Changing How We Play Survival Games

When the survival game from Facepunch Studios was released on Steam Early Access in late 2013, the game only sold around 150,000 copies in the first two weeks, but the loyal audience continued to grow, and it retains an active player base to this day.

NASA Lands the Perseverance Rover on Mars

NASA Lands the Perseverance Rover on Mars

The Lockheed engineers had been working on this project for years, and today, Scholz and his team could finally watch it be put to use.

Why Insider Job ‘Zoom Bombs’ Are So Hard to Stop

Why Insider Job ‘Zoom Bombs’ Are So Hard to Stop

Stringhini and his fellow researchers, who specialize in how online communities coordinate malicious activity, monitored the organization of mass Zoom-bombing actions on both Twitter and 4chan over the course of 2020.Their findings point to a surprising conclusion: The majority of Zoom-bombing cases the researchers observed began with a participant in the call posting the link publicly and inviting trolls and miscreants to attack it.

6 More Nature Documentaries to Stream Tonight

6 More Nature Documentaries to Stream Tonight

Last year, we rounded up the best nature documentaries for you to binge-watch during lockdown .Hindus, Muslims, Catholics, and followers of indigenous religions all worship differently, but they’re united in their desire to protect the natural world.

Chrome and Edge Want to Help Solve Your Password Problems

Chrome and Edge Want to Help Solve Your Password Problems

People can use the generator when signing up for a new account or when changing an existing password.“Microsoft Edge offers a built-in strong password generator that you can use when signing up for a new account or when changing an existing password,” members of Microsoft’s Edge team wrote.

A Year Ago I Asked: How Bad Could Covid Get? Now We Know

A Year Ago I Asked: How Bad Could Covid Get? Now We Know

Publicly, at least, no one was yet using the “p word.” Although scientists were aware that pandemics were a possibility, like the 2009 H1N1 swine flu, it had been more than a century since the emergence of a virus capable of infecting a third of the world's population and killing millions of people.