Stories from Palmyra: The Recapture

Stories from Palmyra: The Recapture

On the next Fishing for Science trip in February of this year, a scientific angler caught a bluefin trevally that had been tagged on February 6, 2020, at liberty for 753 days.Giant trevally caught and tagged on a Fishing for Science trip in February 2022.

Fishing for Science on Palmyra Atoll

Fishing for Science on Palmyra Atoll

© Kydd Pollock / TNC My fishing partner, Kawika Auld, a master angler from Hawaii, is already by the side of the boat, gloves on and ready to go.After 10 days, we had tagged more than 240 trevally, more than any previous Fishing for Science trip.

Chernobyl Was a Wildlife Haven. Then Russian Troops Arrived

Chernobyl Was a Wildlife Haven. Then Russian Troops Arrived

Orizaola had come to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to collect tree frogs and find out whether living in the shadow of disaster had a lasting effect on the creatures’ genetics.

What It’ll Take to Get Electric Planes off the Ground

What It’ll Take to Get Electric Planes off the Ground

Last week, along with other battery and aviation experts, Viswanathan published in Nature what he considers a “wake-up call” to the industry to invest in basic science beyond moving around lithium ions.

A Boy, His Brain, and a Decades-Long Medical Controversy

A Boy, His Brain, and a Decades-Long Medical Controversy

In late March, with Timothy in a deepening depression, his parents and uncle made a plan: They would rent a car with no back doors, sedate him with Benadryl, and drive him overnight to the child psychiatric unit at UCLA.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Is a Trip to the Land of Ice and Fire

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Is a Trip to the Land of Ice and Fire

When I was living in Iceland, I saw the northern lights several times.I can remember seeing old wooden furniture and people’s Christmas trees (the live kind) in the giant pile that made up the bonfire.

Computer Scientists Break the 'Traveling Salesperson' Record

Computer Scientists Break the 'Traveling Salesperson' Record

Now, in a paper posted online in July, Klein and his advisers at the University of Washington, Anna Karlin and Shayan Oveis Gharan, have finally achieved a goal computer scientists have pursued for nearly half a century: a better way to find approximate solutions to the traveling salesperson problem.

The Joy of ‘Analog’ Cooking on a Green Coleman Camp Stove

The Joy of ‘Analog’ Cooking on a Green Coleman Camp Stove

The Coleman certainly has its flaws, and I'll get to those, but let's pause here and talk about an industry-wide problem: the lack of easy recycling for the camp fuel canisters.

AI Magic Makes Century-Old Films Look New

AI Magic Makes Century-Old Films Look New

On April 14, 1906, the Miles brothers left their studio on San Francisco’s Market Street, boarded a cable car, and began filming what would become an iconic short movie.

I Bought the Duffel Bag That's in ‘The Expanse’—and Loved It

I Bought the Duffel Bag That's in ‘The Expanse’—and Loved It

If you, like me, have been living under a rock, The Expanse (binge it here) is the revolutionary television phenomenon that has been making WIRED writers lose our collective shit for the past five years .

Birth, Death, Weddings: An Oral History of Covid-19 Disruptions

Birth, Death, Weddings: An Oral History of Covid-19 Disruptions

Last Sunday afternoon, a friend of ours in New Jersey whose wife was also pregnant said he wasn’t going to be allowed in the delivery room because of the Coronavirus.On Thursday, March 5, I attended the meeting for my high school band’s annual spring trip.

Fits and Starts for Autonomous Vehicles, and More Car News This Week

Fits and Starts for Autonomous Vehicles, and More Car News This Week

The Air Force is getting into flying cars .The federal government has taken a hands-off approach to self-driving cars—but it stepped in to halt passenger trips on a model of autonomous shuttle.

The World’s Most Traffic-Choked Cities, Ranked

The World’s Most Traffic-Choked Cities, Ranked

No easy trip, sure, but far quicker than most: Over the course of 2019, on average, congestion increased drive times by 71 percent.And that while Angelenos have the right to gripe about America’s worst traffic, the city’s 42 percent congestion level looks peachy compared to the megacities of India and southeast Asia.

Blockchain Developer Gets Busted After Talk in North Korea

Blockchain Developer Gets Busted After Talk in North Korea

The prominent hacker and Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith was arrested by the US government Friday after he spoke at an April conference on blockchain technologies in North Korea.He has been a research scientist at the Ethereum Foundation since 2016.This story originally appeared on Ars Technica.

Drawing With Drones Over the Salt Flats of Bolivia

Drawing With Drones Over the Salt Flats of Bolivia

Stretching across more than 4,000 square miles of South America’s Altiplano (high plain), Salar de Uyuni (literally, the salts of Uyuni, the nearest town) is the world’s largest salt flat, a nearly featureless white landscape left behind by the evaporation of prehistoric lakes.

Your Secret Uber Tipping Behavior, Exposed

Your Secret Uber Tipping Behavior, Exposed

The company declined to say whether there have been shifts in tipping since mid-September 2017.The paper relies on detailed data about drivers, riders, and the rides themselves, including length, pickup time, and how many quick accelerations, hard brakes, and speeding stretches occurred during the trip.

Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica. Don't Fall for It

Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica. Don't Fall for It

It’s certainly possible for ordinary folk to help with collecting microplastic samples, as Airbnb intends participants to: Bergmann and her team had regular people living on a Norwegian archipelago pack up snow samples for a study themselves.

One Man’s Quest to See the World’s Mammals

One Man’s Quest to See the World’s Mammals

Photo © John Hall Seeing 1,838 species of mammals takes an incredible level of trip planning, dedication and willingness to suffer.While mammal watching may never rival birding as a wildlife pastime, it is certainly growing – in no small part due to Jon Hall.

WIRED

WIRED

FaceApp isn't alone in the land of privacy concerns, a curious week-long satellite outage for Europe has finally ended, and WIRED did the math on what it would take to bike to the moon. Europe's week-long satellite outage is over—but serves as a warning.

How Long Would It Take to Bicycle to the Moon?

How Long Would It Take to Bicycle to the Moon?

If instead you pedaled for six hours a day, it would take four times as long—so that's almost three years, and it's not even all the way to the moon.

Former NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino’s Guide to Eating in Space

Former NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino’s Guide to Eating in Space

There’s an entire lab at the Johnson Space Center dedicated to the culinary arts, where NASA chefs—ahem, food tech­nologists —spend their days designing meals that strike the right balance between taste and nutrition.

The Overlooked Tourism Value of Mangroves

The Overlooked Tourism Value of Mangroves

Photo © Mark Spalding / TNC Reliable tourism information can often be found in the forms of national statistics generated by Tourism Agencies, but there is nothing on mangroves.

Snow Peak’s Fire Pit Makes Me Like Camping Again

Snow Peak’s Fire Pit Makes Me Like Camping Again

The trip with the Snow Peak fire pit was the first time I'd been camping in years without feeling like I was going to lose my mind. The fire pit is probably going to last long enough for my daughter to take on camping trips with her own kids.

Electric Buses, Quiet Tires, and More Car News This Week

Electric Buses, Quiet Tires, and More Car News This Week

Electric Buses, Quiet Tires, and More Car News This Week. So it’s appropriate that we were all about electric stuff this week. Meet the Bridgestone tire built to make electric vehicles as quiet as they can be—and the engineers who worked to eliminate all nine (!?)

On the Trail of the Robocall King

On the Trail of the Robocall King

Hoping he might get lucky and receive one of the robocalls himself, Garvin began answering every suspicious call and spoofed number that lit up his cell phone.

Smart Devices for Teaching an Old House New Tricks

Smart Devices for Teaching an Old House New Tricks

Any smart thermostat lets us set the temperature with an app, but this one has voice control: Ask its built-in Alexa to make it warmer or cooler, or to broadcast the latest news on your smart speaker.

Why 4-Panel Comics Now Dominate Our Screens

Why 4-Panel Comics Now Dominate Our Screens

"Reddit has been crucial for me because they upvote and downvote things pretty objectively." Three weeks later, those aliens have re-appeared 11 times, and Strange Planet, as Pyle's burgeoning webcomic is known, has exploded online. "Before Twitter, you could do 12- or 16-panel comics and people would read them," Stevens says.

Lyft Sues New York City Over Driver Minimum Wage Rules

Lyft Sues New York City Over Driver Minimum Wage Rules

(Via’s utilization rate is higher than Uber’s not because it has more drivers but because it offers only shared rides, much like Uber’s ride-pooling service, UberPOOL.) “Our lawsuit does not target the law passed by City Council but instead addresses the specific way the TLC plans to implement the rules, which would advantage Uber in New York City at the expense of drivers and smaller players such as Lyft,” Lyft spokesperson Campbell Matthews said in a statement.

When Did Fish Learn to Walk? Antarctica May Hold the Answer

When Did Fish Learn to Walk? Antarctica May Hold the Answer

“To do that, we need to find rocks that are the right type, the right age and that are exposed.”The fossils he hopes to find are preserved in sedimentary deposits that exist in several places around the globe, but what makes Antarctica special for fossil hunters is the fact that there is no rain or snow to erode them away.After the fish died those millions of years ago, they were covered by layers of silt and mud in the river delta.

Scientists studying Weddell seal behaviour in Antarctica

Scientists studying Weddell seal behaviour in Antarctica

NIWA marine ecologist Dr Kimberly Goetz is leading two trips to Antarctica to study the seals as a way to examine the effectiveness of the newly-created Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA) in conserving top predators.