How 'Green' Are Wood Pellets as a Fuel Source?

How 'Green' Are Wood Pellets as a Fuel Source?

The wood pellet industry argues that it provides an alternative to coal and relies on a sustainable resource: forests that will regrow in the future and remove carbon from the atmosphere .But many scientists and conservation groups say the opposite: that burning wood is as dirty as coal, and the claim of carbon neutrality is an error that will boost emissions and make it impossible to keep the planet from warming further.

At the End of the World, It’s Hyperobjects All the Way Down

At the End of the World, It’s Hyperobjects All the Way Down

The word hyperobject offers a useful shorthand for why threats like global warming are so difficult to understand or accept: They threaten our survival in ways that defy traditional modes of thinking about reality and humiliate our cognitive powers, a disorienting shift that sends many people reeling into superstition, polarization, and denial.

Can the Wisdom of Crowds Help Fix Social Media’s Trust Issue?

Can the Wisdom of Crowds Help Fix Social Media’s Trust Issue?

And so if the laypeople ratings correlated with the average fact checker score as closely as the individual fact checkers agreed with each other, it would be fair to say that the crowd was performing as well as or better than a professional.

Novels for Nature Lovers: The Climate Edition

Novels for Nature Lovers: The Climate Edition

These writers weave eco-anxiety into their stories, but no two novels are the same: There are mythical creatures, disappearing body parts, children galavanting through post-apocalyptic wastelands, and a dangerous flu that enables people to communicate with animals.

Study discovers microplastics in New Zealand’s seabed

Study discovers microplastics in New Zealand’s seabed

A pilot study carried out by NIWA and the University of Auckland has found microplastics in samples collected from the seafloor in the Marlborough Sounds.

5 Useful Terminal Tricks for Mac Users

5 Useful Terminal Tricks for Mac Users

To set a timer for shutdown, open a Terminal window and run:.In this case, you can just use the "caffeinate" command to set an anti-sleep timer:.

How to Teach Your Kids About Money

How to Teach Your Kids About Money

Family finances should be discussed openly, and kids should be allowed to choose how to spend their own money, even if that means they buy something you consider to be a waste.

Bees Paint Animal Poo on Their Homes to Repel Giant Hornets

Bees Paint Animal Poo on Their Homes to Repel Giant Hornets

But whatever you call it, the fact remains that the Asian honey bee species Apis cerana flies around collecting bird and water buffalo poo not with its hind legs, like it does with pollen, but with its mouth.“The poor Asian honey bees, they are just plagued by a suite of really relentless hornets,” says Mattila.

Portland’s Face-Recognition Ban Is a New Twist on ‘Smart Cities’

Portland’s Face-Recognition Ban Is a New Twist on ‘Smart Cities’

“The focus became the work we need to do before we deploy new technology, especially in BIPOC communities who don’t trust the city to necessarily represent their interests,” says Kevin Martin, who leads Smart City PDX.That group drafted the ordinances that made Portland the first major US city to restrict private as well as public use of face recognition.

All Your Questions on Apple’s Move Away from Intel, Answered

All Your Questions on Apple’s Move Away from Intel, Answered

Should you buy an Intel-based Mac now, or wait for one with Apple’s new custom silicon?.In other words, even if you bought a new Intel-based Mac today, it would likely still receive OS updates, qualify for service, and have spare parts available in 2026.

California Lawmakers Push for More Diversity in the Boardroom

California Lawmakers Push for More Diversity in the Boardroom

At Google, for example 42 percent of the US workforce is Asian, but only 30 percent of people in leadership roles.“I am not going to sit back and allow companies to make an excuse that the talent is not there,” says Thomas, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO.

The Last, Lonely Walks Through New York City

The Last, Lonely Walks Through New York City

One March evening, photographer Natan Dvir stood in the middle of an empty Fifth Avenue in New York City, fighting back tears.One of Dvir’s favorite photographs from the series was taken outside Grand Central Terminal, where a lonely hot dog cart stood vigil despite the ongoing disaster.

LockBit Is the New Ransomware for Hire

LockBit Is the New Ransomware for Hire

A recent infection by a fairly new strain called LockBit explains why: After it ransacked one company’s poorly secured network in a matter of hours, leaders had no viable choice other than to pay the ransom.

We're All 'P-Hacking' Now

We're All 'P-Hacking' Now

The p refers to the p-value, a ridiculously complicated statistical entity that’s essentially a measure of how surprising the results of a study would be if the effect you’re looking for wasn’t there.

Let's Unravel the Time Travel Paradox of Terminator: Dark Fate

Let's Unravel the Time Travel Paradox of Terminator: Dark Fate

The Terminator movies can adhere to Novikov principle, mostly, if you generally accept the timeline that John Connor sent back Kyle Reese to protect his mother, Sarah Connor, knowing that Reese would then become his father.

Why I Coined the Term ‘Quantum Supremacy’

Why I Coined the Term ‘Quantum Supremacy’

They used a device with 53 qubits (the quantum analogues of a classical computer’s bits), and they report that it took just minutes to perform quantum computations that would take today’s most powerful supercomputers thousands of years.

How 'Microcracks' Undermined San Francisco's New Bus Terminal

How 'Microcracks' Undermined San Francisco's New Bus Terminal

Engineers clambered up to the girders and slowly excised the cracked chunks with a diamond-oxide-studded cable saw, “so we could cut through it without heating it up and disturbing any of the evidence,” says Karl Frank, a civil engineer and steel-failure specialist working with Herrick, another company involved in building the terminal.

Comic-Con Trailers: 'It Chapter 2,' 'Top Gun: Maverick,' and 'His Dark Materials'

Comic-Con Trailers: 'It Chapter 2,' 'Top Gun: Maverick,' and 'His Dark Materials'

It , Top Gun , His Dark Materials Trailers Rock Comic-Con. It's only day one of Comic-Con International, but the conference has already given fans a lot of early looks at upcoming films—and a few trailers. Below are some of the best, from It Chapter 2 to Top Gun: Maverick.

Companies Expect Climate Change to Cost Them $1 Trillion in 5 Years

Companies Expect Climate Change to Cost Them $1 Trillion in 5 Years

By making their predictions and analyses public, companies can also learn from each other about how to become more resilient in the face of climate threats.“Climate change is right now a very much under-priced risk in financial disclosures,” says Sarda, who believes both companies and investors need to prioritize climate-related accounting more.

Why Women Are Called 'Influencers' and Men 'Creators'

Why Women Are Called 'Influencers' and Men 'Creators'

While at a streaming and gaming conference, Crystal Abidin, a digital anthropologist studying internet celebrity, and a few other women presenters referred to people who think of themselves as "gamers" as "influencers" or "internet celebrities.

Terminator: Dark Fate Trailer: Linda Hamilton Has a Big Gun

Terminator: Dark Fate Trailer: Linda Hamilton Has a Big Gun

First up, we have a new trailer for the latest Terminator flick. Second, there’s another John Wick movie coming in 2021. Linda Hamilton Has a Big Gun in the New Terminator: Dark Fate Trailer. The Fourth John Wick Movie Is Coming in 2021.

Nobody Knows What ‘Troll’ Means Anymore—Least of All Mueller

Nobody Knows What ‘Troll’ Means Anymore—Least of All Mueller

The ideal(istic) future of the word troll is this: If “troll” is a term so meaningless and expansive that people like the perpetrator of the Christchurch massacre can hide within it under cover of a million teenage pranksters, let’s strike it.

The Physics of a Bolt Smashing a Watermelon (or Your Brain)

The Physics of a Bolt Smashing a Watermelon (or Your Brain)

If the bolt hit a hard surface and stopped in a super short period of time, the impact force would be much larger than if it hit a soft surface (soft like a watermelon head).

India: How to help communities break the vicious "disaster-poverty" cycle

India: How to help communities break the vicious "disaster-poverty" cycle

India: How to help communities break the vicious "disaster-poverty" cycle Disasters caused by natural hazards push the near poor to below the poverty line and contribute to more persistent and severe poverty, creating poverty traps.

Why Does a Lunar Eclipse Get Called a Blood Moon?

Why Does a Lunar Eclipse Get Called a Blood Moon?

“When I see all these headlines about the wolf blood super moon, I go nuts,” says Fred Espenak, scientist emeritus at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Pixar's Renderman CGI Software Celebrates Its 30th Birthday

Pixar's Renderman CGI Software Celebrates Its 30th Birthday

Since inception, the program's powers have grown—what used to take all night on a render farm for Toy Story can now be accomplished in real time—but Pixar filmmakers like Coco's Lee Unkrich are still using it to push the limits of visual storytelling, without sacrificing emotional payoff.In the 30 years since RenderMan became available, 27 of the 30 films to win the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects used it.

Tesla's Autopilot Now Changes Lanes—And You're Gonna Help It Out

Tesla's Autopilot Now Changes Lanes—And You're Gonna Help It Out

By accepting this download, owners give their cars the ability to “Navigate on Autopilot,” which Tesla says “guides a car from a highway’s on-ramp to off-ramp, including suggesting and making lane changes, navigating highway interchanges, and taking exits.”It comes with a mass of caveats though, not least that the driver still has to stay in control, and confirm every single move the computer comes up with.