Oh Good, Now There's an Outbreak of Wildfire Thunderclouds

Oh Good, Now There's an Outbreak of Wildfire Thunderclouds

Last week, the US Naval Research Laboratory held a very 2021 press conference, in which scientists reported a very 2021 outbreak of “smoke thunderclouds.” Catastrophic wildfires, exacerbated by catastrophic climate change , had produced a rash of pyrocumulonimbus plumes over the western United States and Canada, known in the scientific vernacular as pyroCb.

How to Watch the SpaceX Inspiration4 Launch

How to Watch the SpaceX Inspiration4 Launch

On the Florida coast, at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the SpaceX team is readying the historic Inspiration4 mission for liftoff.The Inspiration4 crew have a five-hour launch window that opens at 8:02 pm Eastern on Wednesday night.

NIWA takes shot at golf course ratings

NIWA takes shot at golf course ratings

Dr Turner determined that using NIWA’s in-house, high resolution weather model, known as the NZCSM – New Zealand Convective Scale Model – could result in a fairer comparison across all golf courses.NZCSM mean wind speeds from the past four years were applied to the ratings calculation of almost 400 golf courses across the country.

25 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

25 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

When I got into mountain climbing years ago and had to get all the equipment, it happened to be during the annual end-of-winter sales, and I lucked into some terrific prices.Updated March 11, 2021: REI's winter clearance sale is over, but many items are still discounted.

Offshore Energy Gets a Second Wind Under Biden

Offshore Energy Gets a Second Wind Under Biden

But the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management delayed the project’s approval to review the cumulative impact of US offshore wind farms, while the company itself pulled its application to choose a different kind of turbine.

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.

How to Calculate the String Angle of a Kite vs. a Balloon

How to Calculate the String Angle of a Kite vs. a Balloon

And here is the fun part—Munroe states that both a kite AND a balloon could extend over a river.So, at some value of wind speed the kite and the balloon would have a string at the same angle.

9 Russian Adventurers Mysteriously Froze to Death. A New Theory Explains Why

9 Russian Adventurers Mysteriously Froze to Death. A New Theory Explains Why

The researchers modeled how such winds could have built up snow above the tent, and how long it would have taken to reach a critical load that would cause the top slab to slip off the weaker layer below, now that its structural integrity was compromised by the cut.

Palantir’s God’s-Eye View of Afghanistan

Palantir’s God’s-Eye View of Afghanistan

The man going to the bathroom was deemed a person of interest, and Kevin was working to establish his pattern of life in pursuit of a new methodology called activity-based intelligence, or ABI.

What Would It Take to Run a City on 100 Percent Clean Energy?

What Would It Take to Run a City on 100 Percent Clean Energy?

That means even a 100 percent renewable town might, from time to time, be sourcing its electricity from fossil fuels.

New AI-Based Navigation Helps Loon’s Balloons Hover in Place

New AI-Based Navigation Helps Loon’s Balloons Hover in Place

Because winds blow in various directions at each altitude, the AI-based controller was programmed to use reinforcement learning, or RL, to search a database of historic records and current weather reports to predict the best elevation to keep the balloon in one place.

WhatsApp Is Adding Disappearing Messages—With Some Limits

WhatsApp Is Adding Disappearing Messages—With Some Limits

Every chat will start with the feature off by default, and either party choosing to turn it on will trigger a set seven-day auto-delete window.

The Hair-Raising, Record-Setting Race to 331 MPH

The Hair-Raising, Record-Setting Race to 331 MPH

Shelby assumed the wind had ruined the October 10 attempt to break the current production-car speed record of 277.9 mph, set by a Koenigsegg Agera RS in 2017 on the same 7-mile stretch of Nevada State Route 160 near Las Vegas.

Why Hurricane Laura’s Storm Surge Could Be ‘Unsurvivable’

Why Hurricane Laura’s Storm Surge Could Be ‘Unsurvivable’

With the landfall comes a dreaded storm surge—a rise in water level generated by a storm—that scientists say could spread seawater up to 30 miles inland, an inundation the National Hurricane Center just called “unsurvivable.”.

Misadventures in Suburban Birding

Misadventures in Suburban Birding

Apparently, the same cannot be said for the children who were walking to school while I was taking pictures of cedar waxwings.

Get Lost in Nature With These Psychedelic Images

Get Lost in Nature With These Psychedelic Images

To that end, we sent Cody Cobb, a photographer known for his meditative, dream-like landscapes, to make images of a large swath of the American West.

The Rise and Limits of Hashtag TV

The Rise and Limits of Hashtag TV

What Dear White People was trying to do was lampoon whiteness and legitimize blackness, which is the ultimate obsession of hashtag TV—the case for authenticity.

How to Cover Your Tracks Every Time You Go Online

How to Cover Your Tracks Every Time You Go Online

Courtesy of Google via David NieldThe easiest and simplest way to browse the web with fewer digital footprints is to open up an incognito window, as Chrome calls it.

Hate Birding Lists? Try A Yard List

Hate Birding Lists? Try A Yard List

It’s a list of all of the bird species you have seen from a very specific, small site, like your yard.More relaxed birders often keep a running list of new species seen in the yard.

A Physics Analysis of Tesla's Shattered Cybertruck Windows

A Physics Analysis of Tesla's Shattered Cybertruck Windows

To compare, Musk’s assistants drop a metal ball on normal car glass, which cracks.So the guy tosses the ball at the driver’s window of the Cybertruck—and smashes it.“Well, maybe that was a little too hard,” Musk says.

A Mind-Boggling Uber Oversight, a Firefox Scam, and More News

A Mind-Boggling Uber Oversight, a Firefox Scam, and More News

Firefox users are gettin' scammed and Uber is gettin' slammed—but first, a cartoon about not liking what you see in the mirror .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

Shifting Winds and the Changing Shape of California Fires

Shifting Winds and the Changing Shape of California Fires

But while new research says that climate change might actually reduce the frequency of the Santa Anas, that might not be the good news it first appears.

California’s Power Outages Are About Wildfires—But Also Money

California’s Power Outages Are About Wildfires—But Also Money

“If the assumptions in your analysis turn out to be wrong, your whole strategy can blow up and be immensely costly, and delay your bankruptcy,” says Jared Ellias, an expert in bankruptcy law at UC Hastings College of the Law. That means you try to get through it fast, and with minimal chaos.

Imagine the Views From This Italian-Designed Swiss Train

Imagine the Views From This Italian-Designed Swiss Train

But starting in December 2020, visitors to the Swiss Alps will be able to enjoy the best of both by taking a ride on the Goldenpass Express, in a panoramic train designed by Pininfarina .The Italian design firm is best known for its work in the automotive realm, collaborating most famously with Ferrari on the F40, Testarossa, GTO, Daytona, and more.

London Is Changing Its Skyscraper Designs—to Favor Cyclists

London Is Changing Its Skyscraper Designs—to Favor Cyclists

Ozkan’s team also created a new category called “frequent sitting,” with outdoor cafés and restaurants in mind, where wind shouldn’t exceed 5.6 mph.

The Real Batmobile: A Citizen Scientist’s Night Drive

The Real Batmobile: A Citizen Scientist’s Night Drive

“I don’t mind the late nights so much,” says Brenda Pace, East Idaho Bat Survey volunteer coordinator.Our counts run high by the river, with 42 bats signals recorded in one night.

Space Photos of the Week: Sun Spotting

Space Photos of the Week: Sun Spotting

Launched in 2018, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will take years to swoop into orbit around the Sun, but once it’s there, its main goal is to figure out exactly what drives the solar wind, the constant stream of highly charged particles that are spit out from the openings in the surface.

A Tax Credit Fueled the Solar Energy Boom. Now It's in Limbo

A Tax Credit Fueled the Solar Energy Boom. Now It's in Limbo

But Congress had just passed a bill that gave Sunrun a chance: It allowed businesses and individuals to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing new solar panels from their taxes.

Physicists Made a Blazing Hot Plasma Doughnut to Study Solar Wind

Physicists Made a Blazing Hot Plasma Doughnut to Study Solar Wind

So, to supplement the data gleaned from satellites and space probes, physicists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently created a glowing, doughnut-shaped plasma, a respectable 10 feet in diameter, that behaves like a miniature version of the solar wind.

How to Watch the Fortnite World Cup Finals

How to Watch the Fortnite World Cup Finals

How to Watch the Fortnite World Cup Finals. Epic Games has added a picture-in-picture option to the game, so when you launch Fortnite and enter the game lobby, you'll see a little window in the upper right inviting you to watch the livestream. The Fortnite World Cup finals tournament runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 26–28.