The Concrete Jungle Is Turning Green Again

The Concrete Jungle Is Turning Green Again

Their city eventually grew to more than twice Uruk’s population, and today Anuradhapura is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities and still cares for a tree planted over 2,000 years ago.

Some (Kinda) Good Climate News: 2 Degrees Is Doable

Some (Kinda) Good Climate News: 2 Degrees Is Doable

That shift is clear in a darn near uplifting paper that publishes today in the journal Nature: Modeling by an international team of scientists shows that if nations uphold their recent climate pledges, including those made at COP26, humanity may keep warming under 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the goal outlined in the Paris Agreement.

Understanding why our giant glaciers disappeared in the past gives clues to the future

Understanding why our giant glaciers disappeared in the past gives clues to the future

An international team of climate scientists is working in North Canterbury to try to understand the reasons why giant glaciers disappeared thousands of years ago.

Mean heat: Marine heatwaves to get longer and hotter by 2100

Mean heat: Marine heatwaves to get longer and hotter by 2100

New research from the Deep South Challenge: Changing with our Climate and NIWA shows that New Zealand could experience very long and “very severe” marine heatwaves by the end of the century.

Extreme Heat in the Oceans Is Out of Control

Extreme Heat in the Oceans Is Out of Control

Once they knew the historical high temperatures for each month in different parts of the ocean, they had a baseline for marine temperature extremes before the escalation of climate change.

75 Years On, the Doomsday Clock Keeps Ticking

75 Years On, the Doomsday Clock Keeps Ticking

On Thursday, as Bulletin members celebrate the clock’s 75th anniversary, they will update the time again, when it could tick slightly toward or away from the apocalypse.“The Doomsday Clock has been called the most iconic piece of graphic art of the 20th century, and I think it’s proving to be as powerful in the 21st.

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.

These Batteries Can't Power a Car—but They Can Light Up a City

These Batteries Can't Power a Car—but They Can Light Up a City

ReJoule plans a second machine, the size of a dorm room fridge, to diagnose a battery pack before it’s even taken out of a car.For now, though, ReJoule’s engineers have to get inside the batteries.

Stop Telling Kids They’ll Die From Climate Change

Stop Telling Kids They’ll Die From Climate Change

Another told a journalist that the hunger was “nothing compared to what we can expect when the climate crisis unleashes a famine here in Europe in 20 years.” I couldn’t work out where this claim was coming from.

Microsoft Surface Event September 2021: Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Duo 2

Microsoft Surface Event September 2021: Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Duo 2

From a wacky folding laptop to the new and improved Surface Duo 2, there's plenty to choose from if you've been holding out for an upgrade .The Surface Laptop Studio starts at $1,600.

September 2021 Apple Event Roundup: iPhone 13, iPad Mini, Apple Watch 7

September 2021 Apple Event Roundup: iPhone 13, iPad Mini, Apple Watch 7

Preorders open up on Friday, and all phones will be available on September 24.Apple only briefly touched on the privacy features of the new iPhones during today’s event, perhaps because it was eager to avoid wading into the recent photo-scanning controversy it’s found itself in.

How the Fallow Deer Took the World

How the Fallow Deer Took the World

In fact, some experts believe the only current native, wild population of fallow deer is now found in an isolated herd in Turkey.Today, the fallow deer is the national animal of Barbuda and Antigua, and deer hunting remains an important cultural activity on the island.

Google Earth Now Shows You Our Planet’s Slow Deterioration

Google Earth Now Shows You Our Planet’s Slow Deterioration

Today, Google announced a new 3D time-lapse feature in its Google Earth platform.Google says the time-lapse feature draws from 20 petabytes of satellite imagery, combined to create a 4.4-terapixel video (that's 4.4 million megapixels) that maps to the surface of the globe.

Encryption Has Never Been More Essential—or Threatened

Encryption Has Never Been More Essential—or Threatened

Five years ago today, WhatsApp completed our roll out of end-to-end encryption, which provides people all over the world with the ability to communicate privately and securely.

The Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Birthed Today's Rainforests

The Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Birthed Today's Rainforests

“It took us a long time to gather enough data that we could have a clear picture of what was going on during the extinction,” Carvalho told Ars. While the study deals with Colombian fossils, Carvalho said the researchers can get a fair idea of what happened in rainforests elsewhere in Central and South America, though the effects of the asteroid's impact are somewhat variable from region to region.

Biden Wants $10 Billion for a Climate Army. It's Not Enough

Biden Wants $10 Billion for a Climate Army. It's Not Enough

“A lot of the activities of the original Civilian Conservation Corps were focused on both getting people to work, obviously, but also improving the accessibility and the infrastructure surrounding our natural resources,” says Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist and the director of climate and energy at the Breakthrough Institute, which advocates for action against climate change.

4 Work-From-Home Tech Tricks I Learned From Twitch Streamers

4 Work-From-Home Tech Tricks I Learned From Twitch Streamers

In a time when a lot of people are dealing with more distractions during the work day, the first question should be, Does this even need to be a meeting?.If you don’t have a dedicated desk and office chair, it’s time.

Apple Offers Its Closest Look Yet at iOS and MacOS Security

Apple Offers Its Closest Look Yet at iOS and MacOS Security

This year's edition contains significantly expanded information about hardware like M1, new details about the secure enclave, and an accounting of a host of software features.Strafach wants to know more about how M1 chips securely handle booting other operating systems, always a question for jailbreakers when Apple releases new processors.

What Hades Can Teach Us About Ancient Greek Masculinity

What Hades Can Teach Us About Ancient Greek Masculinity

An institution of the aristocracy, pederasty was a courting between younger and older men: the eromenos and erastes, loved and lover.Women were institutionally and socially subordinate to men in civic life, while their bodies were often portrayed as the antithesis to virtuous masculinity.

CES Liveblog: Laptops, Robovacs, and Lab-Grown Breast Milk

CES Liveblog: Laptops, Robovacs, and Lab-Grown Breast Milk

Today, Panasonic Automotive showed off its 4K-resolution AR HUD, which covers a much larger section of the windshield and mixes two-dimensional information such as vehicle speed, speed limit, and fuel range in the near-field view with three-dimensional overlays of navigation directions in the far-field view, which appear to be cast spatially onto the road ahead.

Mobileye Puts Lidar on a Chip—and Helps Map Intel's Future

Mobileye Puts Lidar on a Chip—and Helps Map Intel's Future

“If you look long-term, a company like Intel needs to look for new growth domains.Mobileye’s lidar SoC is the sharpest example of what Intel calls its “XPU” strategy—that is, looking beyond the CPU to computing in all of its many forms.

What a Victorian Disease Detective Proved About Urban Health

What a Victorian Disease Detective Proved About Urban Health

More than 150 years ago, a renowned physician named John Snow walked the gritty streets of London’s working-class Golden Square neighborhood, not far from his office in the city’s Soho district, knocking on the doors of residents felled by the cholera epidemic.

Remembering Dr. Robert Jenkins, The Nature Conservancy’s First Science Director

Remembering Dr. Robert Jenkins, The Nature Conservancy’s First Science Director

Our History A New Kind of Conservation Jenkins developed and continually refined a data driven approach to prioritize and protect the rarest locations of plants and animals and the best examples of natural communities.

Apple's App 'Privacy Labels' Are Here—and They're a Big Step Forward

Apple's App 'Privacy Labels' Are Here—and They're a Big Step Forward

And while providing data for the labels is now mandatory in the iOS and macOS App Stores, it's also the developer's job to provide factual information and revise it over time.

A Bolivian 'Cloud Forest' Reveals a Bonanza of New Species

A Bolivian 'Cloud Forest' Reveals a Bonanza of New Species

But a high-altitude Bolivian cloud forest has staked its claim as a global biodiversity hotspot as biologists announced today that they discovered an amazing 20 species new to science, including a poisonous viper, a super tiny frog, and four species each of orchids and butterflies.

The Smoking Gun in the Facebook Antitrust Case

The Smoking Gun in the Facebook Antitrust Case

The bipartisan coalition, led by New York State Attorney General Letitia James, alleges that Facebook achieved its dominance through a years-long strategy of anticompetitive tactics, including its acquisitions of budding rivals like Instagram and WhatsApp. As it built up that dominant position, the suit argues, it began offering users a worse and worse privacy experience.

Did QuantumScape Just Solve a 40-Year-Old Battery Problem?

Did QuantumScape Just Solve a 40-Year-Old Battery Problem?

Like the liquid electrolyte that sits between the electrodes in a conventional cell, its main function is to ferry lithium ions from one terminal to the other when the battery charges and discharges.

Orientalism, 'Cyberpunk 2077,' and Yellow Peril in Science Fiction

Orientalism, 'Cyberpunk 2077,' and Yellow Peril in Science Fiction

There is a long and deep Euro-American tradition of using Asian symbolism such as neon signs with Japanese and Chinese lettering to express those feelings about what the future holds, including globalization and the threat of a takeover from the East.

Can I Save Money by Buying a ‘Dumb’ TV?

Can I Save Money by Buying a ‘Dumb’ TV?

Thanksgiving has become synonymous with two things: overeating and buying cheap TVs. And like clockwork, all my friends ask me if it's possible to save more money by buying a TV without smart apps built in—after all, if you already have a Roku, why pay for extra features you don't need?

Feds Seize $1 Billion in Stolen Silk Road Bitcoins

Feds Seize $1 Billion in Stolen Silk Road Bitcoins

According to the IRS's criminal investigation unit, Individual X successfully hacked the Silk Road sometime between May of 2012 and April of 2013, stealing that abundance of drug money from the dark web site's bitcoin addresses before Ulbricht's downfall in October of 2013.