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.

How to Block Bad Websites—or Just Get Things Done

How to Block Bad Websites—or Just Get Things Done

David Nield via ChromeBlockSite is a free browser extension for Chrome and Firefox, and an app for Android and iOS, that does exactly what it says it will: block websites for you.

FIFA 21 Is Limping Toward Retirement

FIFA 21 Is Limping Toward Retirement

As always, some routes to goal seem particularly overpowered—the deft chip seems to be a dangerous weapon this year (or maybe I’m just too eager to bring the keeper out), for instance, and the developers have tried to make headed goals a thing again after they were almost impossible to score from in the last edition.

Here's How You Can 'See' Molecules—on a Whole 'Nother Planet

Here's How You Can 'See' Molecules—on a Whole 'Nother Planet

Both visible light and radio waves are types of electromagnetic wave.Although radio and visible light are both electromagnetic waves, there is one thing that is very different—the way that they interact with matter.

How Work Became an Inescapable Hellhole

How Work Became an Inescapable Hellhole

The unsubscribe widget I installed a few months ago stopped working when the tech people at work made everyone change their passwords, and now I spend a lot of time deleting emails from West Elm. But wait there’s a Facebook notification: A new post in the group page for the dog rescue where I adopted my puppy!

A Field Guide to Finding Cool Moths

A Field Guide to Finding Cool Moths

According to Brenner, in her first summer enjoying moths she “photographed a moth that was emerald green, another that was pink, one that was half yellow and half black, and one that was as white as fresh snow.” In just a few months she captured images of a couple hundred moth species and “was completely hooked and happily identified myself as a new ‘moth-er.’”.

Bill Gates on Covid: Most US Tests Are ‘Completely Garbage’

Bill Gates on Covid: Most US Tests Are ‘Completely Garbage’

Are there any side effects, which you really have to get out in those large phase 3 groups and even after that through lots of monitoring to see if there are any autoimmune diseases or conditions that the vaccine could interact with in a deleterious fashion.

What Poetry Means for Doctors and Patients During a Pandemic

What Poetry Means for Doctors and Patients During a Pandemic

I think especially now, when we’re feeling in some ways estranged from our own bodies and disconnected, having that visceral experience of hearing the music and language is just compelling.

How to Back Up Your Digital Life

How to Back Up Your Digital Life

Photograph: AmazonThe first backup is the simplest—buy an external hard drive and regularly copy your data to it.

In This American Revolution, Even the Oscars Have a Role

In This American Revolution, Even the Oscars Have a Role

Taking movies like Gone With the Wind off of streaming services, or removing TV episodes that feature blackface, isn’t censorship , it’s an acknowledgement of past mistakes and an admission that Hollywood, and the people who run it, can do better.

Joel Schumacher and the Non-Crisis of Infinite Batmans

Joel Schumacher and the Non-Crisis of Infinite Batmans

Midway through 2014’s Neighbors, thirtysomething Seth Rogen asks Zac Efron, who plays college frat star Teddy Sanders, “Who is Batman to you?” Without missing a beat, Teddy replies, “Christian Bale,” a clear indication that he grew up on the Dark Knight films of Christopher Nolan.

Once a WFH Staple, Athleisure Gets Down to Business

Once a WFH Staple, Athleisure Gets Down to Business

Brands that make them—Epoque Evolution, Veilance, Rhone, and others—are deploying high-tech hybrid fabrics, innovative production techniques, and a hyper-flexible approach to assembling a wardrobe, in which a few garments perform multiple roles.“The comfort factor and more fluid approach to work and leisure have all played their role.

The Best Gear to Learn Music Like a Pro

The Best Gear to Learn Music Like a Pro

Regardless of why you pick up an instrument—or what instrument you pick—my two decades holding drum sticks has taught me one thing: Learning to play music will do you good.Otherwise, here's a list of our favorite affordable instruments to get started with music.

We Can Protect the Economy From Pandemics. Why Didn't We?

We Can Protect the Economy From Pandemics. Why Didn't We?

Photograph: Christie Hemm KlokThat night Wolfe told me he was forming a network of research outposts around the globe, in hot spots where potentially devastating viruses were poised to make the jump: Cameroon, where HIV likely passed from chimpanzees into local hunters; the Democratic Republic of Congo, which had seen human outbreaks of monkeypox; Malaysia, home to a 1998 emergence of the Nipah virus; and China, where SARS-CoV had crossed over, likely from bats, in 2002.

Rigorous Hand-Washing Will Be Part of Covid-19's New Normal

Rigorous Hand-Washing Will Be Part of Covid-19's New Normal

That’s despite knowing that somewhere between 50 and 70 percent of the infections that occur in health care settings in the US each year could be prevented if hand hygiene was followed more faithfully.

Let's Put an End to Annual Physicals

Let's Put an End to Annual Physicals

The doctor looked in my ears, shined a light in my eyes and mouth, and listened to my heart and lungs with his stethoscope, before ending the exam with this: “Turn your head and cough, sir.” I did what I was told, but the whole experience felt absurd.

The Science of Temperature Is Weirder Than You Think

The Science of Temperature Is Weirder Than You Think

I’m going to look at a bunch of different ways that humans have invented to increase or decrease temperature.But the main point is that two things can have the same temperature but different thermal energies.

A Cheap Gaming Mouse Will Do Wonders for Your Wrist

A Cheap Gaming Mouse Will Do Wonders for Your Wrist

But gamers, willing to spend money on peripherals they feel will improve their performance, were buying things like mechanical keyboards and gaming mice .

A Creator of the Ebola Vaccine Has Hope for Slowing Covid-19

A Creator of the Ebola Vaccine Has Hope for Slowing Covid-19

The difference this time is, because Covid-19 is affecting so many countries, you see a lot more sense of urgency to develop countermeasures—vaccines, treatments, better supportive care like ventilators.