How 'Green' Are Wood Pellets as a Fuel Source?

How 'Green' Are Wood Pellets as a Fuel Source?

The wood pellet industry argues that it provides an alternative to coal and relies on a sustainable resource: forests that will regrow in the future and remove carbon from the atmosphere .But many scientists and conservation groups say the opposite: that burning wood is as dirty as coal, and the claim of carbon neutrality is an error that will boost emissions and make it impossible to keep the planet from warming further.

Satellites Can Spy a Menace in West Africa: Invasive Flowers

Satellites Can Spy a Menace in West Africa: Invasive Flowers

Today Wood is the director of the Space Enabled research group at MIT’s Media Lab, and she was part of a team that just published their findings in the journal Frontiers in Climate, showing how Earth observation technologies can map and monitor hard-to-reach areas to inform local decisionmaking—specifically on how Beninese groups are tackling the hyacinth problem with data from satellites, drones, and sensors in the lake.

This Tiny Robot Mimics the Mantis Shrimp's Mighty Punch

This Tiny Robot Mimics the Mantis Shrimp's Mighty Punch

Now, a team of Harvard University researchers has come up with a new biomechanical model for the mantis shrimp's mighty appendage , and it built a tiny robot to mimic that movement, according to a recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Weird, Sustainable Booze of the Future Tastes … Good?

The Weird, Sustainable Booze of the Future Tastes … Good?

Today Empirical makes a half-dozen spirits, and only one of them fits the classic dozen or so categories you’d see on signs above the aisles in a BevMo. Their newest, Ehime, is definitely bourbon-like—brown, made from grain, aged in a barrel.

Valheim Is the Viking Survival Game You've Been Craving

Valheim Is the Viking Survival Game You've Been Craving

For an Early Access game, it's honestly hard to tell where Valheim's content thus far runs out.Like Minecraft, every new Valheim quest begins in a randomly generated 3D universe.

Nature Makes Wood. Could a Lab Make It Better?

Nature Makes Wood. Could a Lab Make It Better?

“The cells are suspended within this gel scaffold, and, over time, they grow and develop to fill out the scaffold volume and also transform into the cell types we’re interested in,” Beckwith says.

The 20 Most Underrated Movies of the Past 20 Years

The 20 Most Underrated Movies of the Past 20 Years

While The Assistant received great reviews nearly across the board, the film didn’t get much of a theatrical release (and made just $1 million).While Annihilation was fairly well received by critics, it was pretty polarizing among audiences, and it’s almost easy to see why.

The Race To Crack Battery Recycling—Before It’s Too Late

The Race To Crack Battery Recycling—Before It’s Too Late

Of the small fraction of lithium-ion batteries that are recycled in the US—just 5 percent of all spent cells—most of them end up in a smelting furnace.A common form of this technique, called leaching, involves soaking lithium-ion cells in strong acids to dissolve the metals into a solution.

What Even Is Friction, Anyway?

What Even Is Friction, Anyway?

In some way, the atoms on the surface of the wood block are interacting with the surface atoms on the table.That is to say, the frictional force pushes in a direction to try to prevent sliding.

Netflix Canceled 'GLOW.' What's Next?

Netflix Canceled 'GLOW.' What's Next?

Why Netflix Keeps Canceling Shows After Just 2 Seasons.I May Destroy You will likely live on as the best thing to hit TV in all of 2020, and I don’t require any more of it.

John Boyega Is Right About Star Wars

John Boyega Is Right About Star Wars

One of the many things that got lost in the discourse around the new Star Wars trilogy by the time it reached Rise was what happened to characters like Rose and Finn, whose storylines promised big endings and never delivered.

Gravity, Gizmos, and a Grand Theory of Interstellar Travel

Gravity, Gizmos, and a Grand Theory of Interstellar Travel

This might not sound like the secret to interstellar travel, but if that small lurch can be sustained, a spacecraft could theoretically produce thrust for as long as it had electric power.

Finding the Other Hand: How to Practice Science for Impact

Finding the Other Hand: How to Practice Science for Impact

I recently had a chance to check in with two of the authors, Steve Wood and Jon Fisher, environmental scientists with The Nature Conservancy and The Pew Charitable Trusts, respectively, for a wide-ranging discussion on the challenges of turning science into practice and why their paper is more timely than ever – especially as scientists struggle to help inform meaningful change in a world facing increasingly urgent challenges.

Mulan, Tenet, and the Future of Going to the Movies

Mulan, Tenet, and the Future of Going to the Movies

The studio previously planned for an August 12 release date, but that seemed increasingly likely to expose American moviegoers to the coronavirus—hence Rogen's quip about Nolan and his fans.

Laughing at Quibi Is Way More Fun Than Watching Quibi

Laughing at Quibi Is Way More Fun Than Watching Quibi

Both of these people have already established their legacies: 70-year-old Hollywood big-shot Katzenberg has had a long, successful career ushering classic films like Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Shrek into existence.

'The Old Guard' Director Gina Prince-Bythewood on Avoiding 'Sexy Catfights'

'The Old Guard' Director Gina Prince-Bythewood on Avoiding 'Sexy Catfights'

Credit for the movie’s surprises—it’s inclusivity, it’s thoughtfulness, it’s diversity—goes in large part to two people: Greg Rucka, who wrote the original comic The Old Guard, and to Gina Prince-Bythewood, who directed the Netflix adaptation.

In This American Revolution, Even the Oscars Have a Role

In This American Revolution, Even the Oscars Have a Role

Taking movies like Gone With the Wind off of streaming services, or removing TV episodes that feature blackface, isn’t censorship , it’s an acknowledgement of past mistakes and an admission that Hollywood, and the people who run it, can do better.

When Doctors and Patients Talk About Death Over Zoom

When Doctors and Patients Talk About Death Over Zoom

As Covid-19 patients started to flood New York City’s hospitals, Claire Ankuda and Chris Woodrell, palliative care doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital, realized they were going to need backup.

The New Tenet Trailer Dropped in Fortnite

The New Tenet Trailer Dropped in Fortnite

In this special Memorial Day edition, we have a new Tenet trailer, Tyler Perry's "Camp Quarantine" (no, that's not a new TV show), and some good news.John Krasinski’s Some Good News Is Going to ViacomCBS.

Scientists seek smoke sniffers

Scientists seek smoke sniffers

After almost six weeks of monitoring air quality during Level 3 and 4 lockdown restrictions, scientist Dr Ian Longley is now asking people to record where and when woodsmoke is affecting their health and lives.

22 Surprising Tips to Master 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons'

22 Surprising Tips to Master 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons'

I like to keep certain crafting items on me at all times so I can make a new net or fishing rod at a moment's notice.But once you get 30 pieces of something, like wood, it will automatically start using a new inventory slot.

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.