How a Decade-Old Game Helped Me Cope with Seasonal Depression

How a Decade-Old Game Helped Me Cope with Seasonal Depression

Sign up for our Games newsletter and never miss our latest gaming tips, reviews, and features .Then, the unexpected happened: My husband Zach got me an Xbox One as a Christmas gift.“Y’all this winter has me depressed AF, but Zach got me an Xbox for Christmas, any suggestions on what games I should play?”.

The Mystery of the World’s Loneliest Penguins

The Mystery of the World’s Loneliest Penguins

“We don’t know anything about king penguins at Martillo Island,” says Sami Dodino, a penguinologist at Argentinian scientific institute CADIC.Ushuaia, right at the southern tip of Argentina, is known fondly as “The End of the World.” Travel around 1,000 km south and the next place you reach is Antarctica (although not before passing through another settlement on the Chilean side of the Beagle Channel, Puerto Williams—“Beyond the End of the World”).

Meet the Dipper, the Songbird That Swims

Meet the Dipper, the Songbird That Swims

Lospalluto / Flickr I’m snowshoeing through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains when I see a small, nondescript bird at the far edge of the creek.American dippers are small and chunky — about the side of a robin — with grey-blue plumage, a brownish head, pink legs, a short tail, and a white eyelid.

The strange and surprising ways wild animals prepare for winter.

The strange and surprising ways wild animals prepare for winter.

Eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus © Chris Helzer/TNC For one week each fall, in between bouts of watching football, harvesting the garden or cleaning up all those fallen leaves, hundreds of thousands of people deliberate on some really fat bears.

Wilderness Rescuers Brace for a Rough Covid-19 Winter

Wilderness Rescuers Brace for a Rough Covid-19 Winter

Every winter, volunteers from Seattle Mountain Rescue are dispatched to the sites of dozens of harrowing incidents: They rescue backcountry skiers buried in avalanches, help injured hikers descend slick trails—and once, they even removed the wreckage of a single-engine plane from a mountainside.

A Vaccine Nears, Biden Gets to Work, and More Coronavirus News

A Vaccine Nears, Biden Gets to Work, and More Coronavirus News

The vaccine process nears a new phase, Biden plans his pandemic response, and the winter surge arrives.The 13-member team of doctors and health experts will help the president-elect develop a plan for tackling the pandemic and work with governors to develop consistent messaging at the state and federal levels.

Winter 2020 – NZ’s warmest winter on record

Winter 2020 – NZ’s warmest winter on record

This year’s result also means seven of the 10 warmest winters on record in New Zealand have occurred since the year 2000.This was the highest temperature recorded there during winter since records began in 1885 and the equal-4th warmest winter temperature on record for New Zealand as a whole.

Snow has been low but there’s more to come, say scientists

Snow has been low but there’s more to come, say scientists

In fact, several sites have recorded half their typical snow depth for this time of year.Overall, Drs Zammit and Conway say warmer winter temperatures in future are expected to cause more precipitation to fall as rain and not snow, especially at mid and low elevations.

Fresh scientific scrutiny for Arrowtown air

Fresh scientific scrutiny for Arrowtown air

Last year NIWA air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley launched the Arrowtown project that included some outdoor monitoring and indoor air quality monitoring by people in their homes.

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.

Scientists Chase Snowflakes During the Warmest Winter Ever

Scientists Chase Snowflakes During the Warmest Winter Ever

“One of the main things we are investigating is why some winter storms are very snowy and some are not,” she says.“You can tell by the shape of the snowflake at which temperature and how high in the atmosphere the snow is developing,” says Sova.

This Marsupial Dies After Marathon Mating. Now It's Got Bigger Worries

This Marsupial Dies After Marathon Mating. Now It's Got Bigger Worries

This is highly influenced by temperature: An adult antechinus’ metabolism shifts to expend less energy when it’s cold during the winter, and there isn’t much insect prey for it to hunt.

A First Look at Nike's Gear for the Tokyo Olympics

A First Look at Nike's Gear for the Tokyo Olympics

The 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro ended on August 21 of that year; in September, a chunk of Nike’s design team was in Japan, meeting with the Tokyo Olympic Committee to see where its members’ collective heads were.

Space Photos of the Week: Postcards From a Martian Winter

Space Photos of the Week: Postcards From a Martian Winter

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of ArizonaThe scale of this photo makes it’s hard to tell how massive these sand dunes are.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of ArizonaThis image looks like something seen through a microscope, but no, this is a large swath of Martian terrain.

It's Not Just You—Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are Rising

It's Not Just You—Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are Rising

All that rain meant a bumper crop of grasses and other vegetation, which, as hot and dry conditions returned, likely contributed to a combustible mix of fuels that played a role in the severe fires that have swept California in the past two years .These wild swings from one weather extreme to another are symptomatic of a phenomenon, variously known as “climate whiplash” or “weather whiplash,” that scientists say is likely to increase as the world warms.

Got some Holiday Cash? Check Out These After-Christmas Deals

Got some Holiday Cash? Check Out These After-Christmas Deals

If the savings don't work, we recommend picking it up for $144 ($56 off) at Amazon—still a good deal.It's one of our favorite Google Assistant-powered smart displays, but its small screen is particularly suited to the bedroom.

Science Explains Why We Should All Work Shorter Hours in Winter

Science Explains Why We Should All Work Shorter Hours in Winter

If our body clocks are out of sync with our waking—and working—hours, shouldn’t we be tweaking our office hours to help improve our mood?“If our body clock is saying it wants us to wake up at 9:00, because it's a dark winter's day, but we're getting ourselves up at 7:00—then we are missing out on a complete sleep phase,” says Greg Murray, professor of psychology at Swinburne University, Australia.

Watching Wildlife on Skis

Watching Wildlife on Skis

Photo © Ben Herndon Gliding down a forest trail, fresh snow falling as the sun sets, may be one of the most peaceful ways to enjoy the great outdoors.Since grouse don’t dig their snow cave, you can’t really track the bird.

Absolute Best Black Friday Tech Deals: Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Etc (2019)

Absolute Best Black Friday Tech Deals: Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Etc (2019)

We will update it as prices change or as gear goes out of stock, and we'll add new deals through the weekend as well.Deal prices sometimes return and items come back in stock faster than we can update, so it never hurts to check for yourself.

Scientists brave winter in Antarctic waters

Scientists brave winter in Antarctic waters

NIWA principal fisheries scientist Dr Steve Parker and colleagues were on board the Janas , a deepwater longline vessel owned by Talley’s Group Ltd, for the second voyage ever during the winter to study the ecology of toothfish in the northern Ross Sea, especially to investigate spawning patterns of the Antarctic toothfish.

13 Great Deals on TVs, Games, Apple Watch, and More

13 Great Deals on TVs, Games, Apple Watch, and More

Read on for more discounts on some of our favorite gear.Photograph: Best Buy. TV Deals.LG 65-Inch 4K TV for $500 ($100 off): This extra-large TV is pretty basic, but a good deal given its size.

Even a Small Nuclear War Could Trigger a Global Apocalypse

Even a Small Nuclear War Could Trigger a Global Apocalypse

The results were literally chilling: up to 5 million tons of carbon pumped into the atmosphere as smoke and soot, where climate models predicted it would remain for a decade.

These Hallucinatory Landscape Photographs Will Blow Your Mind

These Hallucinatory Landscape Photographs Will Blow Your Mind

Around a decade ago, Seattle-based 3D animation artist Cody Cobb began taking long solo camping trips through the American West, bringing along a camera and shooting what he saw.

Rare weather phenomenon possible

Rare weather phenomenon possible

Called a Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW), it occurs when the temperature of the stratosphere (30-50km above ground) over the South Pole rises by more than 25ᵒC.The Southern Hemisphere is characterised by a cold Antarctic continent surrounded by relatively warm seas.

It only gets brighter from tomorrow!

It only gets brighter from tomorrow!

NIWA staff plunge into Evans Bay for their mid-winter's swim on 20 June 2019. NIWA forecaster Ben Noll says in the Far North, the winter solstice has about 4 hours and 45 minutes less daylight than the summer solstice, but in Southland the difference is more than 7 hours.

The Bird Conservation Program You’ve Never Heard Of (And the Birds It Saves)

The Bird Conservation Program You’ve Never Heard Of (And the Birds It Saves)

Even after a discovery in 2006 showing 400 piping plovers wintering in the Bahamas, researchers likely only know where half the population spends much of its year, says Jeffery.

Students, scientists, citizens study Arrowtown’s ailing air

Students, scientists, citizens study Arrowtown’s ailing air

Recent analysis by NIWA has shown that about 800,000 New Zealanders are exposed to fine particles in the air that exceed World Health Organisation guidelines every winter, the majority of which is due to home heating emissions.

The Siberian City Where the Winter High Is –40°F

The Siberian City Where the Winter High Is –40°F

"As long as you dress warmly outside, you're not in danger." The series also documents the creative ways Yakutsk residents manage the cold, including building their houses on stilts so the central heating doesn't melt the permafrost—in Russia, Yakutsk is known as "the city on legs"—and placing all sewage, water, and utility lines above ground to keep them from freezing.

Why Electric Cars Struggle in the Cold—and How to Help Them

Why Electric Cars Struggle in the Cold—and How to Help Them

“You don’t have as much power when you want to discharge,” says Stefanopoulou, “The situation is even more limited when you want to charge.” Modern cars are designed to take that into account, with battery thermal management systems that warm or cool a battery.

16 of the Best Winter Tech and Gear Deals This Weekend

16 of the Best Winter Tech and Gear Deals This Weekend

Nota bene : WIRED favorite REI is also having a clearance sale through January 21, so if you are planning a trip this winter, now is a good time to stock up on ski socks, helmets, and more.