How to Embrace Despair in the Age of Climate Change

How to Embrace Despair in the Age of Climate Change

In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, Charlie Glick, a musician in his late twenties living in California, was strolling through LA’s Atwater Village neighbourhood, thinking about work.

Give Fitbits (of Sorts) to the Trees

Give Fitbits (of Sorts) to the Trees

Using off-the-shelf accelerometers, researchers have been quantifying how trees sway differently over time: when they’re warmer or colder, hydrated or dehydrated, weighed down by snow or unburdened.But with accelerometers, scientists have a new way of measuring how much rain or snow a particular tree in a forest ends up intercepting.

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.

A Bold Idea to Stall the Climate Crisis—by Building Better Trees

A Bold Idea to Stall the Climate Crisis—by Building Better Trees

Of all the potential fixes for the climate crisis, none has captured hearts and minds quite like tree planting.If newly planted forests aren’t properly cared for and monitored, the trees can die and any carbon they stored will be released back into the atmosphere.

What Damaged That Tree? Probably Not What You Think

What Damaged That Tree? Probably Not What You Think

So, next time you are out enjoying the forest and you come across strips of bark at the base of a tree and obvious teeth marks on the tree trunk, keep an eye out: a bear could be nearby.

The Mysteries of the Ponderosa Pine

The Mysteries of the Ponderosa Pine

© Scott Carpenter/TNC Photo Contest 2021 Stick your nose into the bark of a tall, old ponderosa pine, and you’ll get a distinctive whiff of vanilla or butterscotch.Like an unruly family, the chemicals, plants, insects and birds do their thing, unwittingly helping the trees and the forest.

What Bird Is the Partridge in a Pear Tree?

What Bird Is the Partridge in a Pear Tree?

To further confuse matters, Europeans have had a tendency to label just about any game bird they encountered a “partridge.” several North and South American species are often called partridges, even though they are not.The long-tailed tree quail looks quite partridge-like.

Oregon Is Burning Trees in Order to Save Them

Oregon Is Burning Trees in Order to Save Them

After bushwhacking to reach the site, Peterson was dismayed by what she saw: two trees, seemingly in the throes of a disease called sudden oak death.

The Case for Video Game Tutorials

The Case for Video Game Tutorials

We start every game like a newborn giraffe struggling to stand; a well-designed tutorial mitigates the time wasted on unproductive stumbles.“The real story of a game is teaching how to play it,” says Désilets.

There’s a Koala in the Backyard

There’s a Koala in the Backyard

My backyard wildlife got a little more wild when I traded the city for the country and moved to a quiet town an hour north of Brisbane.For the little girl who idolized Steve Irwin , a koala was the peak of Australian backyard wildlife.

Mistletoe: A Natural and Human History

Mistletoe: A Natural and Human History

© Jan Helebrant / Flickr Though mistletoe might sound like an undesirable plant because it kills trees, some species are important keystone species in their habitats.

In Defense of Rockefeller Center’s Ugly, Perfect Christmas Tree

In Defense of Rockefeller Center’s Ugly, Perfect Christmas Tree

The official Rockefeller Center Twitter account also decided to return some of the snark, posting this on the timeline: “Wow, you all must look great right after a two-day drive, huh?

What Will Happen to the Far-Right After Trump?

What Will Happen to the Far-Right After Trump?

Many experts were looking to Saturday’s Million MAGA March as a kind of violence-and-extremism barometer, but, much like the election itself, it wasn’t decisive enough to be entirely comforting.“Trump was just kind of a golden goose,” says Shannon Reid, who researches street gangs and white power at UNC Charlotte.

What to Wear When You’re Battling Giant, Venomous Hornets

What to Wear When You’re Battling Giant, Venomous Hornets

But exactly who makes the suit and what they might think about its use for Asian giant hornet wrangling is something of a mystery.But when it hit max signal, he didn’t see a nest on the ground, which is where Asian giant hornets usually build them.

Tesla's Latest Numbers Put Growth Concerns to Rest

Tesla's Latest Numbers Put Growth Concerns to Rest

That's a lot less than the 27,000 S and X vehicles Tesla sold two years earlier.Tesla plans to introduce a new high-end Model S called the Model S Plaid next year.

179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown

179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown

It’s one of the largest global dark web takedowns to date: 179 arrests spread across six countries; 500 kilograms of drugs seized; $6.5 million in cash and cryptocurrency confiscated.

The Uncanny Escapism of Flight Simulator 2020

The Uncanny Escapism of Flight Simulator 2020

From a couple thousand feet up in Microsoft’s new Flight Simulator 2020, real-world mapping data from Bing Maps unfurls from the horizon.Mapping tools like Bing’s and Google Earth have long offered enough fidelity that an artist can rely on them to capture far-flung city scenes.

3 Black Photographers on Capturing the George Floyd Protests

3 Black Photographers on Capturing the George Floyd Protests

And, I mean, I'm not saying that other photographers can't cover it, but I feel that as a black photographer, you can then control the narrative and show a different side.

How World of Warcraft Has Evolved With the Internet

How World of Warcraft Has Evolved With the Internet

“Games are very rapidly solved these days,” says Ion Hazzikostas, the game director of World of Warcraft.Hazzikostas, known to the World of Warcraft community as Watcher, has developed the 16-year-old massively multiplayer online role-playing game since 2008.

Meet the Frogmouth, Australia’s Weirdest Bird

Meet the Frogmouth, Australia’s Weirdest Bird

Photo © Wade Tregaskis / Flickr Each morning, before I put the kettle on or open the news to see what fresh hell awaits our pandemic-blighted world, I check on the frogmouths.

22 Surprising Tips to Master 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons'

22 Surprising Tips to Master 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons'

I like to keep certain crafting items on me at all times so I can make a new net or fishing rod at a moment's notice.But once you get 30 pieces of something, like wood, it will automatically start using a new inventory slot.

A Meme Account About a Mall Is Now a Lifeline

A Meme Account About a Mall Is Now a Lifeline

There’s no better digital representation of this than the parody Twitter account devoted to The Americana at Brand, a giant shopping, entertainment, and residential complex in Glendale, a Los Angeles suburb on the city’s northeast border.

Build Cities for Bikes, Buses, and Feet—Not Cars

Build Cities for Bikes, Buses, and Feet—Not Cars

After building miles of bike lanes and turning huge swaths of the city car-free, Mayor Anne Hidalgo has reduced car traffic by 22 percent.

Tree Tapping Isn’t Just for Maples

Tree Tapping Isn’t Just for Maples

It takes about 40 gallons of sap to produce a single gallon of syrup from sugar maples.Various types of maples, boxelder, walnut, sycamore, birch, and a few additional tree species have all been tapped for syrup making.

Hungry Animals Can Change How Severely a Landscape Burns

Hungry Animals Can Change How Severely a Landscape Burns

The grazers might also prefer grasses to shrubs, which changes the vertical structure of the vegetation, further increasing the fire risk.So while the grazers are doing a helpful job of eating up some potential tinder, they’re leaving behind vegetation that is extra-flammable—which is a mixed bag, in terms of wildfire prevention.

Going the Distance (and Beyond) to Catch Marathon Cheaters

Going the Distance (and Beyond) to Catch Marathon Cheaters

They had posted photos in which it appeared that Meza entered the run from a sidewalk during the middle of the race, suggesting the possibility that he cut part of the course and then reentered.

Duuuuude. What Happens If the Earth Gains Consciousness?

Duuuuude. What Happens If the Earth Gains Consciousness?

By asking visitors to imagine what life would be like on an Earth that has attained consciousness, the show—a collaboration between all the artists involved—is inviting them to view the current environmental crisis through an oddball transhumanistic lens.

An Artist Used 99 Phones to Fake a Google Maps Traffic Jam

An Artist Used 99 Phones to Fake a Google Maps Traffic Jam

Soon enough, Weckert realized that it was the mass of people, or more specifically their smartphones, that had inadvertently tricked Google into seeing gridlock on an empty street.

How to Make a Tree With Fractals

How to Make a Tree With Fractals

Here is the basic plan for this tree fractal:Start at some point and move a certain distance in a certain direction.In the code, this pointing vector is the variable a—it's this vector that gets rotated in each branching.

Danger for Pedestrians, a Tesla Profit, and More Car News This Week

Danger for Pedestrians, a Tesla Profit, and More Car News This Week

On the last point: Some engineers are trying to build more fun, friendly, and maybe even safer crosswalks, but the federal government—the same one that put out those safety stats!—is not yet convinced that kind of street design works.