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.

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.

Worn Down by Covid Anxiety? Keep a Handheld Game With You

Worn Down by Covid Anxiety? Keep a Handheld Game With You

Right now it’s hard to find time to even sit down and watch Netflix for 20 minutes, so having a handheld device provides an opportunity for disconnection in an ever-connected world.It’s hard to find time to recharge because nothing is restful.

Baby Poop Is Loaded With Microplastics

Baby Poop Is Loaded With Microplastics

The finding comes a year after another team of researchers calculated that preparing hot formula in plastic bottles severely erodes the material, which could dose babies with several million microplastics a day , and perhaps nearly a billion particles a year.

Cozy Management Games Remind Us How to Care

Cozy Management Games Remind Us How to Care

Whatever anxieties I felt throughout the day are washed away.” She relates this heavily to the management mechanics in these games: “I’m focused on the simple task that the game places in front of me, whether it’s collecting shells, farming, or talking with my neighbors.”.

Greg LeMond and the Amazing Candy Colored Dream Bike

Greg LeMond and the Amazing Candy Colored Dream Bike

The Prolog isn’t perfect, especially if you’re my size—I want to swap out its fancy integrated handlebars for narrower ones, and the small frame is just a little too long for me—but it’s the most fun ride I’ve had in a long time.

The World Is Suffering from Champlain Towers South Syndrome

The World Is Suffering from Champlain Towers South Syndrome

Epidemiologists all agree that huge unvaccinated populations abroad are breeding grounds for potentially more dangerous variants of the virus, like the more virulent Delta variant, which has triggered a terrifying rise in cases across the globe.When it comes to our response to climate change , Champlain Towers looks like a model of responsibility.

Scary Video Games Help Me Cope With My Fears About Reality

Scary Video Games Help Me Cope With My Fears About Reality

“What you’re often doing in exposure therapy is watching yourself watch the world, because most of us, when we’re feeling anxious, only attend to threatening cues in our environment,” Isabel Granic, director of Games for Emotional & Mental Health Lab at Radboud University, tells me.

A Sexy New Theory of Consciousness Is All Up in Your Feelings

A Sexy New Theory of Consciousness Is All Up in Your Feelings

One is Mark Solms, and in his new book, The Hidden Spring, he doesn’t just talk about anatomy and electrochemistry—though there is some of that.

Sometimes It’s OK to Give Up

Sometimes It’s OK to Give Up

The question is no longer “Do I want to play this game?” but rather “Do I want to sink 100 hours of my life into it?” Because once you start, it can be very, very difficult to stop, even when you want to.

You're Vaccinated and People Want to Visit. Now What?

You're Vaccinated and People Want to Visit. Now What?

Earlier this week, news leaked that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were going to release long-awaited guidelines for how vaccinated people might behave safely in the interregnum before the New Normal when all of the everybody are vaccinated—call where we live now the New Weirdness, maybe?The basics: An aunt and uncle want to visit, and they’ve been vaccinated.

The Raging Evolutionary War Between Humans and Covid-19

The Raging Evolutionary War Between Humans and Covid-19

So there are a lot of opportunities for the virus to make mutations and try new things,” says Adam Lauring, a virologist at the University of Michigan who studies viral evolution.So one hypothesis says that these successful mutations are mostly changes in the way the virus infects.

Can Hamburger Buns Save Your Pipes from Freezing?

Can Hamburger Buns Save Your Pipes from Freezing?

In the southern states, this ground temperature isn't very likely to get below freezing—so water in the pipes will also be above freezing (and stay liquid).But there are some exceptions.

Australia Is Fighting a Platform War on the Wrong Battlefield

Australia Is Fighting a Platform War on the Wrong Battlefield

Though the law doesn’t seem terribly specific about the issue, Australian lawmakers seem to have accepted the long-voiced Murdochian claim that Google and Facebook are stealing news content by linking to articles, sometimes even providing snippets.

Scientists Accidentally Discover Strange Creatures Under a Half Mile of Ice

Scientists Accidentally Discover Strange Creatures Under a Half Mile of Ice

It’s hundreds of miles from the nearest location that might be a source of food—a spot that would have enough sunlight to fuel an ecosystem, and be in the right position relative to the rock for known currents to supply these creatures with sustenance.

Screw It, Give The Mandalorian a Golden Globe

Screw It, Give The Mandalorian a Golden Globe

(Also, before you yell at me on Twitter: Yes, I know I May Destroy You is a limited series, so it wouldn't be in the same category as The Mandalorian.

The No-Good Very Nasty Remastering of The Lord of the Rings

The No-Good Very Nasty Remastering of The Lord of the Rings

It’s practically a moral obligation, a question of clarity, of being clear, and if you can clarify Legolas by pumping an extra 10 million pixels into his perfect Elven pores, which comes out to something like 100 billion photons, all twinkling immortally through the cosmic sweep of spacetime, why then, shouldn’t you.

A New Way to Trace the History of Sci-Fi’s Made-Up Words

A New Way to Trace the History of Sci-Fi’s Made-Up Words

“The thing about making up new terminology—and this is a place that writers can fall down—is that, like anything else, it has to make sense not only within the universe that you’re building but also in the universe of the reader,” says John Scalzi, author of Old Man’s War and The Last Emperox, among other sci-fi works.

My Quest to Survive Quarantine—in Heated Clothes

My Quest to Survive Quarantine—in Heated Clothes

Heated clothing is exactly what it sounds like: battery or electricity-powered garments with warming elements woven throughout.During World War I, the French military developed rudimentary electrically heated flight suits; the United States built its own prototypes based on these models.

This Drone Sniffs Out Odors With a Real Moth Antenna

This Drone Sniffs Out Odors With a Real Moth Antenna

The same goes for insects like moths, who do something called cross-wind casting, in which they lock on to a presumably upwind source and fly toward it, and then shift their bodies left or right as needed to stay targeted on the odor.

The Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction—and Other Stuff in the Night Sky

The Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction—and Other Stuff in the Night Sky

If you look at the moon with binoculars, you can see much more detail in the craters than with just your naked eye.With a pair of binoculars, you can see things that are otherwise too faint to detect with the naked eye in the dark sky.

Conferences After Covid Will Be Shorter—and Smarter

Conferences After Covid Will Be Shorter—and Smarter

But tightly packed in-person gatherings are likely to be among the last types of events that resume once the pandemic ends, which means that conference organizers will hang on to many of the virtual elements that were very much their Plan B.

Let’s Unpack the Pendulum Rocket Fallacy

Let’s Unpack the Pendulum Rocket Fallacy

In this case, that rocket will push on the top mass in whatever direction (and magnitude) it needs to keep the thing still so it can act like a pendulum.

What's a Semi-Log Plot and How Can You Use It for Covid Data?

What's a Semi-Log Plot and How Can You Use It for Covid Data?

Let's start with a simple plot of the number of confirmed cases as a function of day number.If you want to examine both the huge USA data and the not-so-huge South Korea data, you need a semi-log plot.

The Ethics of Rebooting the Dead

The Ethics of Rebooting the Dead

“We often see people hanging on until that relative arrives or that child is born,” says Christopher Kerr, chief medical officer at Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo and the author of Death Is But a Dream: Finding Hope and Meaning at Life's End. Video calls, he adds, can help facilitate passing on.

A 4K OLED TV for $900? This Vizio Deal Is a Steal

A 4K OLED TV for $900? This Vizio Deal Is a Steal

It has cut the price of its 55-inch 4K TV by $400, meaning you can finally get OLED for under $1,000.OLED (organic LED) TVs work differently than traditional backlit displays, because each pixel acts as its own backlight, instead of being lit by a separate light source.

Everything You Need to Know About Energy

Everything You Need to Know About Energy

The object at this solar focal point will then get extremely hot, and you can use that hot thing to heat up water to produce steam and then turn an electric turbine.In fact it's mostly like the electrical energy from fossil fuels.

It's OK to Play One Game Forever

It's OK to Play One Game Forever

It’s like sucking on a big, color-changing jawbreaker for a couple of years.It’s praiseworthy to have played a lot of games, just like it’s praiseworthy to have read every Jane Austen novel or watched every Jodorowsky film.“Why don’t you play, like, the new Call of Duty?

The Election Will Bring a Hurricane of Misinformation

The Election Will Bring a Hurricane of Misinformation

When people feel crushed by the everything-all-the-time of the moment, when they’re a bundle of nerves and reactivity, they can generate all kinds of stormy energies of their own.To minimize information fatigue on Twitter, I’ve organized everything into lists: left- and right-leaning sources, news organizations, Fox News, and so on.

Black Witch Moths: A Night-Time Trick or Treat

Black Witch Moths: A Night-Time Trick or Treat

© Katja Schulz / Flickr This witch doesn’t fly around on a broomstick, yet an unexpected sighting of a 7-inch black moth in October is likely to catch your attention.With their bat-like flight, black witch moths may bring with them treats of fortune or bad omens.