Ancient kauri trees reveal a turning point in Earth’s history 42,000 years ago

Ancient kauri trees reveal a turning point in Earth’s history 42,000 years ago

A new international study using ancient swamp kauri from Northland shows a temporary breakdown of Earth’s magnetic field 42,000 years ago sparked major climate shifts leading to global environmental change and mass extinctions.

Bezos' Departure as CEO Shows Amazon Is a Cloud Company Now

Bezos' Departure as CEO Shows Amazon Is a Cloud Company Now

Longtime Amazon Web Services boss Andy Jassy will become the company’s chief executive when Bezos steps away from the day-to-day job sometime in the third quarter of this year.Over time, AWS became Amazon’s main profit driver.

The Future of Social Media Is All Talk

The Future of Social Media Is All Talk

Marshall was one of Clubhouse’s first 100 users, and she quickly got hooked on the app, which works like an audio chatroom.Now, the emergence of audio social networks makes it even easier for anyone to broadcast their conversations to the wider world.

34 Best Cyber Monday Video Game Deals (2020): Switch, Xbox, PlayStation

34 Best Cyber Monday Video Game Deals (2020): Switch, Xbox, PlayStation

Well before Cyber Monday, there were tons of gaming deals swirling around the internet, like dust kicked up by the release of two new consoles: the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X .We hope our favorite Cyber Monday video game and accessory deals will help in these trying times.

28 Best Black Friday Video Game Deals (2020): Switch, PlayStation, Xbox

28 Best Black Friday Video Game Deals (2020): Switch, PlayStation, Xbox

Well before Black Friday, there were tons of gaming deals swirling around the internet, like dust kicked up by the release of two new consoles: the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X .We hope our favorite Black Friday video game and accessory deals will help in these trying times.

17 Tips to Help You Survive Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

17 Tips to Help You Survive Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

You might have to race your opponents to a finish line by navigating tricky obstacles, work with other beans to hoard eggs, or simply outlast your fellow players on a rolling-log contraption.Fall Guys is available for $20 on PC and PlayStation 4.

Those ‘Doomsday Planes’ Have Nothing to Do With Trump's Covid-19 Test

Those ‘Doomsday Planes’ Have Nothing to Do With Trump's Covid-19 Test

Instead, both communication relay planes and the submarines themselves must be equipped with massive antennas, and even then VLF systems are still extremely low-latency, low-bandwidth, and low-throughput, meaning it takes a long time to send very small amounts of data.

Who Discovered the First Vaccine?

Who Discovered the First Vaccine?

But it’s the original variolation—not Jenner’s vaccine—that first established the efficacy of the crazy, and at the time ludicrously dangerous, idea upon which nearly all vaccines rely: the intentional infection of a healthy person with a weakened pathogen to bequeath immunity.

This 30-Year-Old Sci-Fi Epic Is a Saga for Our Times

This 30-Year-Old Sci-Fi Epic Is a Saga for Our Times

Coronavirus News Fatigue Is Officially Setting In. But it’s the background of the film that gives Until the End of the World a distinct current timeliness: A global panic develops after an Indian nuclear satellite goes out of control, threatening its as-yet-unknown reentry point like a radioactive lawn dart.

Africa's Huge Locust Swarms Are Growing at the Worst Time

Africa's Huge Locust Swarms Are Growing at the Worst Time

Back in January, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicted the worst was still to come, and that by June, the size of the swarms could grow by a factor of 500.And now, at the worst time, a second wave of locusts 20 times bigger than the first has descended on the region, thanks to heavy rains late last month, according to the FAO.

Scientists say methane emitted by humans ‘vastly underestimated’

Scientists say methane emitted by humans ‘vastly underestimated’

NIWA researchers have helped unlock information trapped in ancient air samples from Greenland and Antarctica that shows the amount of methane humans are emitting into the atmosphere from fossil fuels has been vastly underestimated.

The 10 Best Artists of a Decade That Atomized Music

The 10 Best Artists of a Decade That Atomized Music

Like a meteor rocketing toward Earth, Music Twitter had converged for its first real moment of the decade—a presaging of future times and trends.This decade, music streaming platforms merely archived culture; they didn’t shape it in the way that we like to believe.

The week it snowed everywhere

The week it snowed everywhere

Novel handwriting recognition project casts new light on historic weather data.NIWA climate scientist Dr Andrew Lorrey says the project has the potential to revolutionise how historic data can be used.

The Super-Optimized Dirt That Helps Keep Racehorses Safe

The Super-Optimized Dirt That Helps Keep Racehorses Safe

It began with Psychedelicat, a horse that would have remained unremarkable for the rest of his life, were it not for the precise timing of his death.

Decades-Old Code Is Putting Millions of Critical Devices at Risk

Decades-Old Code Is Putting Millions of Critical Devices at Risk

Today Armis, the Department of Homeland Security, the Food and Drug Administration, and a broad swath of so-called real-time operating system and device companies disclosed that Urgent/11, a suite of network protocol bugs, exist in far more platforms than originally believed.

Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller’s Probe

Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller’s Probe

When prosecutors moved in February of this year to nullify Manafort’s cooperation agreement with them—because he violated the deal by lying about his contacts with Kostya—a lead prosecutor told Judge Jackson that Manafort’s lies went “very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating.” In particular, the government asserted, Manafort had shared Trump polling data with Kostya, leaving many to wonder and speculate about why he might have done such a thing.

Europe’s Galileo Satellite Outage Serves as a Warning

Europe’s Galileo Satellite Outage Serves as a Warning

"The technical incident originated by an equipment malfunction in the Galileo control centers that calculate time and orbit predictions, and which are used to compute the navigation message," the GSA wrote on Thursday in its most specific statement yet.

Fear, Misinformation, and Measles Spread in Brooklyn

Fear, Misinformation, and Measles Spread in Brooklyn

“If your child just got a vaccine and now he doesn’t speak anymore, your doctor’s not going to answer that.” Since some Hasidic sects frown on internet use, ultra-­Orthodox women often receive community news, inspirational talks, and other information by way of the phone.

A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture

A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture

Patel was the biochemist who led the development of blood tests for Theranos’s new device, which Beam knew only by its code name—“4S.” Patel let slip that his team was still developing its assays on lab plates on the bench.

Why It’s So Hard to Predict Where a Tornado Will Strike

Why It’s So Hard to Predict Where a Tornado Will Strike

“Pretend you've got a bunch of invisible ferris wheels in the air,” says David Gold, chief meteorologist for Global Business Services at IBM, which is rolling out a new forecasting system this year.

Atmospheric Methane Levels Are Going Up—And No One Knows Why

Atmospheric Methane Levels Are Going Up—And No One Knows Why

“We need to have process representation to understand these mechanisms,” says Eric Kort, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Michigan, “so we can say, for example, with certain changes to temperature and the hydrological cycle, we’d expect methane emissions to increase by X amount.” Without that understanding, Kort suggests, we’re unable to answer some important questions about what looms ahead.

Can Migrating Birds Adapt To Climate Change?

Can Migrating Birds Adapt To Climate Change?

The project seeks to include characteristics like topography and soil type into conservation planning, as scientists expect that representing the full range of variation in these factors in protection plans, and ensuring that important sites are connected by natural land cover, will help landscapes and species adapt to climate change.

Trump's Bank Lawsuit Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Trump's Bank Lawsuit Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Whatever the reason, the Trumps filed suit against Deutsche Bank and Capital One early last week, in an attempt to prevent Congress from seeing what was going on inside his financial dealings. What Happened: Speaking of that Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week, how'd attorney general Bill Barr do broadly?

The Plan to Dodge a Killer Asteroid—Maybe Even Good Ol' Bennu

The Plan to Dodge a Killer Asteroid—Maybe Even Good Ol' Bennu

This year, the fictional killer asteroid that got their blood pumping was fake-discovered on March 26, 2019.Somewhere between 100 and 300 meters across, this rock could crash into Earth at several points in the future, most likely on April 29, 2027.

A Programmer Solved a 20-Year-Old, Forgotten Crypto Puzzle

A Programmer Solved a 20-Year-Old, Forgotten Crypto Puzzle

Based on Moore’s law and how long it took to run the squaring operation in 1999, Rivest estimated that computing the answer to the puzzle should take approximately 35 years.

A Spoiler-Packed Review of 'Avengers: Endgame' Highlights

A Spoiler-Packed Review of 'Avengers: Endgame' Highlights

We assembled WIRED writers and editors Jason Kehe, Jason Parham, Peter Rubin, and Angela Watercutter to analyze all of the biggest themes of Marvel's franchise-defining movie.

One Doctor’s Answer to Drug Deaths: Opioid Vending Machines

One Doctor’s Answer to Drug Deaths: Opioid Vending Machines

Last year, the BCCDC won a $1.4 million grant from the federal health authority, Health Canada, for a pilot program, led by Tyndall, that will study the effects of giving the Downtown Eastside’s most at-risk drug users a regular allotment of hydromorphone pills (the chemical name for Dilaudid) which they can take home and use instead of buying street drugs.

Meet the Mysterious Freshwater Eels of New Zealand

Meet the Mysterious Freshwater Eels of New Zealand

Many of New Zealand’s rivers are built up with hydropower dams, and Jellyman says that it’s common for young eels to find themselves trapped below these structures, much like salmon.

Hacker Eva Galperin Has a Plan to Eradicate Stalkerware

Hacker Eva Galperin Has a Plan to Eradicate Stalkerware

Ahead of her talk, Galperin has notched her first win: Russian security firm Kaspersky announced today that it will make a significant change to how its antivirus software treats stalkerware on Android phones, where it's far more common than on iPhones.

Why Tech Didn't Stop the New Zealand Attack From Going Viral

Why Tech Didn't Stop the New Zealand Attack From Going Viral

Why Tech Didn't Stop the New Zealand Attack From Going Viral The online spread of a video from a shooting at two mosques in Christchurch Friday shows the limits of social media moderation.