‘One Person’s Apocalypse Is Another Person’s Day-to-Day’

‘One Person’s Apocalypse Is Another Person’s Day-to-Day’

Xiaowei Wang: The subjects and places throughout the book have a mood that I like to term “modernity gone off the rails.” For example, Dinglou village was a boomtown—it had developed really fast, from farmland to a bustling center.

Here's Every PS5 Game Sony Just Announced

Here's Every PS5 Game Sony Just Announced

Sony's livestreamed event just wrapped, and while it wasn't as big or splashy as an E3 press conference (the annual gaming trade show was canceled this year due to Covid-19), Sony rolled out some big announcements, chief among them: what the PlayStation 5 actually looks like.

Cities Examine Proper—and Improper—Uses of Facial Recognition

Cities Examine Proper—and Improper—Uses of Facial Recognition

Management installed a facial recognition system in each of its 12 building lobbies and outdoor courtyard entrances in 2013, making Knickerbocker Village one of the first large New York City residential complexes to do away with keys and other traditional means of access in favor of biometrics.

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.

An Electric Porsche, a Tesla Probe, and More Car News This Week

An Electric Porsche, a Tesla Probe, and More Car News This Week

Read all about the car , and about how its first-of-its-kind two-speed gearbox will help it move faster, right here .Sure, other things happened this week, too.

The Hunt for Rocket Boosters in Russia's Far North

The Hunt for Rocket Boosters in Russia's Far North

But the hunter photographer Makar Tereshin followed there in January—his fifth trip to the region while shooting his stunning series Fields of Fall — was after bigger, more exotic prey: a 65-foot-long Soyuz rocket booster.

Sustainable Sea Cucumbers: Saving the “Gold Bars” of the Ocean

Sustainable Sea Cucumbers: Saving the “Gold Bars” of the Ocean

“The people within MENAR are saltwater people, they rely heavily on the sea, to the point that if their fish stocks collapse it would be a catastrophe,” says Pete Waldie , a coastal fisheries scientist with The Nature Conservancy’s Melanesia program .

The Arctic Village With Satellite TV But No Running Water

The Arctic Village With Satellite TV But No Running Water

But what the place lacked in creature comforts, it more than made up for in community: Michel never spent a day alone, as people regularly stopped by to chat over coffee, watch a storm roll in, or peer through binoculars at animals on the ice.

This App Lets Kenya's Farmers Monitor Crops From Eyes in the Sky

This App Lets Kenya's Farmers Monitor Crops From Eyes in the Sky

Using free satellite data from the UN, PlantVillage can monitor biomass on a plot of land, giving small-scale farmers insight into how their crops are developing.

A Look at 20 Years of Drought Ravaging Southeast Iran

A Look at 20 Years of Drought Ravaging Southeast Iran

The region is buried in sand and dust each summer, making life almost unbearable.Reeds catch fire in the intense sunlight of the Hamoun wetlands.Hossein, 13, lives in Beris, Chaabahar, which lacks clean drinking water.Women draw water from a Houtag—a rainwater collection pit that animals also drink from—in Choutani village, Dashtyari.Nabi Sarani, 63, farms and owns livestock.

If Germany Can't Quit Coal, Can Anyone Else?

If Germany Can't Quit Coal, Can Anyone Else?

If Germany Can't Quit Coal, Can Anyone Else?Germany's switch from black to brown (lignite) coal is making it tougher to meet carbon reduction goals.Dusan Bartolovic/Getty ImagesSometime next month, underground miners will dig Germany’s last ton of black coal, load it onto a conveyor belt, and whisk it a mile to the surface of the Ibbenbüren mining facility.