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.

Can We Plant 20 Million Trees for 2020? The Math Says Yes

Can We Plant 20 Million Trees for 2020? The Math Says Yes

That’s the aim of the #TeamTrees project—to plant 20 million new trees.How much land do you think it’ll take to plant 20 million new trees?

Cars Aren't Going Anywhere, and More Transportation News This Week

Cars Aren't Going Anywhere, and More Transportation News This Week

Most jet engine designers test their creations on the ground.A Florida startup once just made model planes—but now it’s building little baby jet engines for drones.

The Perils of Distracted Fighting

The Perils of Distracted Fighting

For the ground forces, many of these devices seek to help the Army soldier or Marine understand the environment around them, see the enemy before they see them, and connect them to vast amounts of weapons, eyes in the sky, and other real-time information.

If Each of Us Planted a Tree, Would It Slow Global Warming?

If Each of Us Planted a Tree, Would It Slow Global Warming?

So to start, let’s figure out how much carbon a single tree can hold.To convert this to mass, I’m going to assume a wood density (ρ) of 500 kilograms per cubic meter, which is half the density of water.The mass of my generic tree would then be:Illustration: Rhett Allain

Wrapping Trees to Find Reptiles

Wrapping Trees to Find Reptiles

The crevices of river red gum tree back provide a perfect shelter for many species of reptile.Scientist Damian Michael secures an artificial tree bark cover on a river red gum.Scientist Damian Michael secures an artificial tree bark cover on a river red gum.

How 'Microcracks' Undermined San Francisco's New Bus Terminal

How 'Microcracks' Undermined San Francisco's New Bus Terminal

Engineers clambered up to the girders and slowly excised the cracked chunks with a diamond-oxide-studded cable saw, “so we could cut through it without heating it up and disturbing any of the evidence,” says Karl Frank, a civil engineer and steel-failure specialist working with Herrick, another company involved in building the terminal.

These Chaotic Games Are a Referee's Worst Nightmare

These Chaotic Games Are a Referee's Worst Nightmare

That inspired his series Selected People , for which he combined multiple photographs of the same street scene taken at different moments, in order to choreograph the random foot traffic he captured into mesmerizing patterns. Cass works with layers and masks in Photoshop to combine scenes, isolate figures, and correct color.

Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

Or that after breaking up with self-driving developer Aurora earlier this year, Volkswagen on Friday invested $2.6 billion in Argo AI , with plans to use its tech to launch an autonomous service (likely meaning robo-taxis or trucking, somewhere, sometime).

Trees in the US Annually Prevent 1,200 Deaths During Heat Waves

Trees in the US Annually Prevent 1,200 Deaths During Heat Waves

We assembled tree cover maps for 97 US cities, housing 59 million people, and analyzed how much current urban tree cover reduces summer air temperatures and associated heat-related health impacts and electricity consumption.

Why a Geocode Is Not an Address

Why a Geocode Is Not an Address

According to the Puerto Rican government's recovery plan, the lack of 911-compliant addresses "makes it difficult for emergency responders to locate homes and businesses." So it is unsurprising that Puerto Ricans are resisting exclusively using a geocode addressing system, no matter what problems it can solve from a technical perspective.

Instagram's Newest Star Is ... a Tree?

Instagram's Newest Star Is ... a Tree?

“You don't need to plant anything, you just stop whacking the system,” says Bronson Griscom, director of forest carbon science at the Nature Conservancy.