You Can See the Coronavirus From Space

You Can See the Coronavirus From Space

Since January, the Colorado-based space technology company Maxar has been taking low Earth orbit satellite photographs of Covid-19 hotspots in places like China, Italy, and America.

How ProMED Crowdsourced the Arrival of Covid-19 and SARS

How ProMED Crowdsourced the Arrival of Covid-19 and SARS

In her inbox was a note from a frequent and reliable contributor to ProMED, an email list of disease alerts for which Pollack serves as deputy editor.

Netflix Had a Disappointing Night at the Oscars

Netflix Had a Disappointing Night at the Oscars

No matter how great you feel, you’re likely not feeling any better than director Bong Joon Ho , whose movie Parasite won three Oscars last night, including Best Picture—the first foreign language film to win the award in the Academy’s 92-year history.

Building High-Rises Out of Wood Can Help Save the Planet

Building High-Rises Out of Wood Can Help Save the Planet

“You end up with a basically a sheet of wood that is, in its size and the way you use it when you engineer or design with it, very similar to a slab of concrete,” says Michael Ramage, director of the Centre for Natural Material Innovation at the University of Cambridge, who wasn’t involved in this new work.

404: The City Left Behind by China's Nuclear Ambitions

404: The City Left Behind by China's Nuclear Ambitions

But despite the humdrum, 404 wasn’t exactly boring: It was once part of a massive nuclear weapons base in the People’s Republic of China.Yang’s grandparents and parents moved there in 1958, leaving their home in Beijing to forge a new one on a windy frontier a thousand miles away.

A Virus Outbreak, Netflix's Oscar Nod Dominance, and More News

A Virus Outbreak, Netflix's Oscar Nod Dominance, and More News

China is learning and Oscar nominations are burning, but first: a cartoon about starting the startup young .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

Oscar Nominations 2020: Netflix Tops All Other Studios

Oscar Nominations 2020: Netflix Tops All Other Studios

One more bit of awards season news: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the next Golden Globes in 2021, though the exact date of the awards show hasn’t been determined yet.

Meet the Immigrants Who Took On Amazon

Meet the Immigrants Who Took On Amazon

According to Awood, about 35 ­people took part in the walkout; Amazon would later say, yet again, that only 15 employees participated and it didn’t see the event as a strike, either.

Hellvetica Puts a Spooky Twist on the World’s Most Popular Font

Hellvetica Puts a Spooky Twist on the World’s Most Popular Font

Last year, developer Tim Holman used this concept to create Smelvetica, a Helvetica-inspired font “for your worst enemies.” The spaces between the letters, or kerning, was “specially altered, to be, well, bad, terrible, awful and painful,” Holman wrote on Github.Similar to Smelvetica, Woodward says he only made one adjustment to the original font: the kerning.

The Bizarre Aye-Aye Isn’t Giving Us the Finger After All

The Bizarre Aye-Aye Isn’t Giving Us the Finger After All

It would seem, then, that the aye-aye (so named because of its cries) wanders the forests of Madagascar giving the world the highly elongated finger .But now, a discovery that really ruins that gag: While exploring the anatomy of the aye-aye’s forearm and hand, a group of researchers discovered the critter has tiny pseudothumbs that likely help it grip branches.

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

Margaret Atwood's The Testaments Is Done With Handmaids

Margaret Atwood's The Testaments Is Done With Handmaids

It’s a shrewd move that allows Atwood to return to themes of subjugation, sexual crimes, and sisterhood without getting boxed in by her original protagonist Offred, the Handmaids, and all the protests and parodies stored within those red robes and white bonnets.

People Are Tweeting About Videogames Now More Than Ever

People Are Tweeting About Videogames Now More Than Ever

And finally, folks can finally get a glimpse of the new Apple TV+ show from Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.Universal, meanwhile, said the reason for canceling the release was that "now is not the right time to release this film."

Recovery: A Future for Wood Turtles

Recovery: A Future for Wood Turtles

© Jim Harding Especially galling to wood-turtle managers is that after they’ve painstakingly restored habitat and rebuilt populations, these strongholds become prime targets for poachers.

This Voracious, Unstoppable Bug Is Killing Off Vineyards

This Voracious, Unstoppable Bug Is Killing Off Vineyards

The effects have been devastating for the Pennsylvania wine industry , where some growers have reported a 90 percent grape loss due to lanternfly damage.

Tour the Factory Where Bentley Handcrafts Its Luxury Rides

Tour the Factory Where Bentley Handcrafts Its Luxury Rides

Though the Crewe factory employs just one robot —a rather disappointing rig that applies adhesive to windshields—it has automated sleds shuffling assemblies down the line, high-tech analytical gear for developing new materials, and several computerized leather cutters that map out all the bits and pieces for seats, steering wheels, and door panels that they can extract from a single hide, leaving just wispy remnants to go into the recycling.

Environmental Solutions to A Humanitarian Crisis in Bangladesh

Environmental Solutions to A Humanitarian Crisis in Bangladesh

Led by The Bridge Collaborative, BRAC, and the Center for Global Development (CGD), a rapid-strike team of experts from the environmental sector are identifying solutions that will improve daily life for the Rohingya and protect the surrounding environment from further harm.

The Life and Viral Fame of Virginia's Two-Headed Snake

The Life and Viral Fame of Virginia's Two-Headed Snake

"After about 48 hours of that madness, I was like, I'm done, " says state herpetologist John D. "All forms of life deserve respect and the right to live," Wallach says.

Radiohead Dropped 18 Hours of Unreleased Music to Screw Pirates

Radiohead Dropped 18 Hours of Unreleased Music to Screw Pirates

On Tuesday, Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood made an announcement on Twitter and Facebook: The band had been "hacked," and the perpetrator attempted a $150,000 shakedown to prevent the public release of the files.

In Alabama, 'The Handmaid's Tale' Is a Haunting Metaphor

In Alabama, 'The Handmaid's Tale' Is a Haunting Metaphor

Pro-choice advocates wore the attire of women in Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale novel while protesting Alabama's new abortion ban bill. Protesters flooded the streets outside the Alabama State House in Montgomery as news of the bill began to spread. It moves like time.

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.

How to Build, and Keep Building, a Cathedral Like Notre-Dame

How to Build, and Keep Building, a Cathedral Like Notre-Dame

“There is a subtlety to heritage architecture that is quite elegant, and there is a danger with contemporary materials and methods that you could do something outrageous,” says Douglas Pritchard, an architect at Johns Hopkins University who has made detailed 3D scans of Cologne Cathedral, begun in 1284.

Rami Malek Is Your New Villain ... Bond Villain

Rami Malek Is Your New Villain ... Bond Villain

Rami Malek's new Bond villain is still unnamed, as is the new Bond movie. Also, Avengers: Endgame is coming for everyone's last coin, and Captain Marvel is pretty good at virtual reality. Rami Malek Is Your New Bond Villain.

Last Night's Game of Thrones Leaked Early Online

Last Night's Game of Thrones Leaked Early Online

Spring has sprung, dear reader, and we have a lot to share with you, including news about last night's Game of Thrones , Kanye West's appearance at Coachella, and this weekend's boring box office.

Hollywood Tackles Blockchain—With Not-Disastrous Results

Hollywood Tackles Blockchain—With Not-Disastrous Results

Instead, Hollywood has given us Crypto, a product of headier times, when the Bitcoin bubble still held air. It’s that sort of thing that makes Crypto, while thoughtful about cryptocurrency, a mess of a movie.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge Is Working on the Next James Bond Movie

Phoebe Waller-Bridge Is Working on the Next James Bond Movie

Phoebe Waller-Bridge Is Polishing the Script for the New James Bond Movie. As an amuse-bouche for last night’s Game of Thrones , HBO unveiled the first trailer for the second season of Big Little Lies .

Community-based forestry in Malawi will soon bear fruit

Community-based forestry in Malawi will soon bear fruit

With a shrug of resignation, the officer explained that harvesting firewood in forest reserves and national parks was illegal and incidents like the one I had just witnessed were increasing tensions between the community and the Department of Forestry.

What Ryan Murphy's Netflix Show Should Say About Hollywood

What Ryan Murphy's Netflix Show Should Say About Hollywood

Stan is his own character—a man who works for Donald Trump and whose marriage is unraveling after he falls for Angel—but he's also a stand-in for Pose 's white, straight, cisgender audience, a group that (presumably) would like to know more about the New York ball scene but can't until they're shown.

Netflix Just Canceled Jessica Jones and The Punisher

Netflix Just Canceled Jessica Jones and The Punisher

So Long, Jessica Jones and The Punisher In a decision that most observers figured was inevitable, Netflix announced Monday that it’s cancelling Jessica Jones and The Punisher —the last two Marvel shows left on the streaming service.

Is That Dagobah? No, Just a Real-Life Magical Forest

Is That Dagobah? No, Just a Real-Life Magical Forest

Related Stories Now a graphic designer with a sideline in photography, Burnell recently returned to Wistman's Wood to attempt to capture the forest's cinematic quality. In fact, the images were so successful at capturing the forest's cinematic quality that many viewers seem unable to distinguish it from an actual movie, Burnell says.