It’s Hard to Do Climate Research When Your Glacier Is Melting

It’s Hard to Do Climate Research When Your Glacier Is Melting

The site, near the terminus—aka the lower end of the glacier—contains a mass balance stake that Christopher McNeil, a geophysicist for the US Geological Survey, uses to measure the rate at which the glacier is growing or melting.

Why Was the Tonga Eruption So Massive? Scientists Have New Clues

Why Was the Tonga Eruption So Massive? Scientists Have New Clues

A team of scientists from New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, or NIWA, recently observed something different.The slopes of the underwater volcano are still largely as they were before the eruption; the same features still contour the surrounding seafloor.

Survey provides snapshot of harbour’s health

Survey provides snapshot of harbour’s health

Greater Wellington Regional Council regularly assess sediment quality and seafloor community health in the subtidal areas of Te Awarua-o-Porirua (Porirua Harbour) and Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington Harbour).

A Vast Underground Water System Helps Drive Antarctica’s Glaciers

A Vast Underground Water System Helps Drive Antarctica’s Glaciers

“If you don’t have water, you’re not going to get very far.” Making sense of that subglacial hydrology is especially important for researchers racing to model particularly precarious regions of ice, like the Thwaites Glacier, a few hundred miles away from Whillans.

“Very rare find” of ghost shark hatchling

“Very rare find” of ghost shark hatchling

Neonate (newly hatched) deepwater ghost shark (Hydrolagus sp) [Photo: Brit Finucci].Most deep-water ghost sharks are known adult specimens; neonates are infrequently reported so we know very little about them.

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.

How we won the 36th America’s Cup

How we won the 36th America’s Cup

During the 2021 America’s Cup, NIWA’s supercomputer, the largest in New Zealand, was used to analyse past environmental conditions (hindcasting), predicting future weather (forecasting) and modelling ocean currents in the Hauraki Gulf – all to an extremely high resolution.

The Danger of Leaving Weather Prediction to AI

The Danger of Leaving Weather Prediction to AI

Models are now capable of interpreting the dynamics of parcels of atmosphere as small as 3 kilometers in area, and since 1960 these models have been able to include ever-more-accurate data sent from weather satellites.

NIWA celebrates its Science New Zealand Award winners for 2021

NIWA celebrates its Science New Zealand Award winners for 2021

Video of Science New Zealand Awards 2021 - Individual - Lifetime Award - Dr Malcolm Clark.Video of Science New Zealand Awards 2021 - Early Career Researcher Award - Alex Geddes.

The Race to Find ‘Green’ Helium

The Race to Find ‘Green’ Helium

It was July 2021, the beginning of the drill team’s second month in the Rukwa Basin, a sparsely populated agricultural plain nearly the size of Fiji.

This Marvel Game Soundtrack Has an Epic Origin Story

This Marvel Game Soundtrack Has an Epic Origin Story

Richard Jacques says he had to pinch himself when he got the call to score Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy game.“We all knew we wanted to carve our own identity, and it was one of the things that Marvel encouraged—[they] were always saying to us ‘We want you to make this your own,’” Szczepkowski tells WIRED.

All That Glitters Isn't Litter

All That Glitters Isn't Litter

Just adding five milligrams will change the color of an entire kilogram of cellulose, making the crystals refract shorter wavelengths, like greens and blues.The team also figured out how to control the production process carefully so that they can now create meter-long sheets of glitter using a roll-to-roll machine, a common piece of industrial equipment.

How Sea Level Rise Impacts Marsh Sparrows

How Sea Level Rise Impacts Marsh Sparrows

By gathering data about tides, elevation, and sea-level rise, her models can predict what will happen to tidal marsh habitat in the future, and how that might affect the numbers of saltmarsh and seaside sparrows.

Meet the Cyberpunk Albatrosses Scanning for Secret Explosions

Meet the Cyberpunk Albatrosses Scanning for Secret Explosions

“And you can’t put instruments on every single one of those volcanoes and be able to maintain them all the time.” But detectors hundreds of miles away can hear this eruptive infrasound just fine, and there is no risk they will be annihilated by volcanic fury.

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.