Melting Glaciers Are Helping Capture Carbon

Melting Glaciers Are Helping Capture Carbon

On average during the 2015 melting season, per square meter (to be clear, not in total ) these glacial rivers consumed twice as much CO2 as the Amazon rainforest.

Even Physics Textbooks Tend to Get Friction Slightly Wrong

Even Physics Textbooks Tend to Get Friction Slightly Wrong

Let's consider a very basic physics problem involving pushing a block with a frictional force . Suppose I have a very low-friction cart with a constant-strength force pushing on it (in this case, it has a fan mounted on top).

Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller’s Probe

Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller’s Probe

When prosecutors moved in February of this year to nullify Manafort’s cooperation agreement with them—because he violated the deal by lying about his contacts with Kostya—a lead prosecutor told Judge Jackson that Manafort’s lies went “very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating.” In particular, the government asserted, Manafort had shared Trump polling data with Kostya, leaving many to wonder and speculate about why he might have done such a thing.

Microplastics Are Blowing Into the Pristine Arctic

Microplastics Are Blowing Into the Pristine Arctic

“Snow ‘scavenges’ the particles in the air and brings them down,” says marine ecologist Melanie Bergmann of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, lead author of a new paper in Science Advances .

A Newfound Neuron Might Help Keep the Brain's Cells in Sync

A Newfound Neuron Might Help Keep the Brain's Cells in Sync

For Vikaas Sohal, a neuroscientist at UC San Francisco, who was not involved in the work, the discovery of these cells might help the field move away from conflicts about gamma rhythms. If they really are clock-like cells, he says, then signs of their timekeeping should show up in the rhythm of the local field potential.

A Night With the Platypus Scientist

A Night With the Platypus Scientist

“Platypus travel quite a few kilometers in a night, so you don’t want the net sites too close together,” says Brunt. Brunt tells us that very little research has been done on platypus in Queensland, which means conservationists don’t have the data they need.

Huawei's HarmonyOS Is No Android Replacement

Huawei's HarmonyOS Is No Android Replacement

Huawei's Richard Yu talked up HarmonyOS' wide-ranging potential at the company's recent developer conference in Dongguan, China. While there’s no reason to doubt that Huawei can put HarmonyOS on a smartphone—Chinese media says it’s already in the works—the mere presence of an operating system doesn’t make a device usable, any more than the presence of a big tent guarantees a circus performance.

How a 10-Year-Old Desk Phone Bug Came Back From the Dead

How a 10-Year-Old Desk Phone Bug Came Back From the Dead

Povolny says that with the Avaya desk phones, it took only basic hacking skills to gain access to the device's systems and firmware (the foundational code that coordinates a device's hardware and software) and analyze them for flaws.

A Boeing Code Leak Exposes Security Flaws Deep in a 787's Guts

A Boeing Code Leak Exposes Security Flaws Deep in a 787's Guts

An attacker could potentially pivot, Santamarta says, from the in-flight entertainment system to the CIS/MS to send commands to far more sensitive components that control the plane's safety-critical systems, including its engine, brakes, and sensors.

Want to Know the Real Future of AR/VR? Ask Their Devs

Want to Know the Real Future of AR/VR? Ask Their Devs

"Our main goal is to get a sense of the temperature of the industry, which spans from hobbyists and students to professionals working on big-budget projects," says Alex Wawro, an editor at XRDC and Gamasutra who has been involved with the annual survey since it began in 2016.While the pool of respondents is larger this year than ever before, the status quo remains unchanged in some ways.

Cloudflare Ditches 8chan. What Happens Now?

Cloudflare Ditches 8chan. What Happens Now?

What Happens Now. Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince announced Sunday that his company would stop providing protection for internet for 8chan, after a series of mass shooting manifestos were posted on the forum.

5G Is Here—and Still Vulnerable to Stingray Surveillance

5G Is Here—and Still Vulnerable to Stingray Surveillance

The researchers found that they could use their first stingray attack to modify a device's stated category number during the connection process, downgrading it to an older network.

A Black Lady Sketch Show Is a Much-Needed Jolt to TV Comedy

A Black Lady Sketch Show Is a Much-Needed Jolt to TV Comedy

In fact, the foursome are among a rising comedy avant-garde on TV that includes Spanish language curios (HBO's charming Los Espookys ), alt-sketch programs (Netflix's deliriously clever I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson and Comedy Central's Alternatino ), black mockumentaries (IFC's Sherman’s Showcase ), and more traditional fare ( South Side , which debuted on Comedy Central last week to impressive numbers).The boom is likely to hold, too.

The Senate's Transportation Plan Reckons With Climate Change

The Senate's Transportation Plan Reckons With Climate Change

It would offer funding for electric vehicle charging stations, pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly street design , reducing diesel emissions in ports, infrastructure resilient to floods and heat waves , and more.

Finally, a Robot That Moves Kind of Like a Tongue

Finally, a Robot That Moves Kind of Like a Tongue

Two stickers with fibers running lengthwise constrain the balloon to make it turn as it inflates (such an actuator could also use hydraulics instead of air, by the way), while a third sticker with fibers running at a 45 degree angle make the balloon twist at the end.

Whitney Cummings—and Her Sex Robot—Take on Modern Womanhood

Whitney Cummings—and Her Sex Robot—Take on Modern Womanhood

In her new Netflix special, comedian Whitney Cummings shares the stage with an ultra-modern version of one of the most outdated comedy props imaginable, the ventriloquist dummy: a laughing, talking sex robot that looks just like her.

Alphabet’s AI Might Be Able to Predict Kidney Disease

Alphabet’s AI Might Be Able to Predict Kidney Disease

Using Streams, physicians could be alerted to predictions of acute kidney injury, says Dominic King, a former surgeon who leads DeepMind’s health effort—and eventually other conditions as well, like sepsis or pancreatitis.

Jakarta’s Giant Sea Wall Is Useless if the City Keeps Sinking

Jakarta’s Giant Sea Wall Is Useless if the City Keeps Sinking

But deploying a sea wall is a massive political and engineering problem in any country, to say nothing of Indonesia’s struggles with a literal underlying crisis: Jakarta’s people are pumping too much groundwater, and consequently the land is collapsing underneath them.

Trump's Cyber Czar Is Back—and He Wants to Make Hackers Suffer

Trump's Cyber Czar Is Back—and He Wants to Make Hackers Suffer

But you never stop to believe there's an adversary outside the window interfering with the beam between the remote and TV," says Ryan, who left the NSA two years ago to start work on Trinity before recruiting Bossert six months ago.

An Operating System Bug Exposes 200 Million Critical Devices

An Operating System Bug Exposes 200 Million Critical Devices

But the Armis researchers, who first disclosed their findings to Wind River in March, say that the patching process will be long and difficult, as is often the case with IoT and critical infrastructure updates .

Why Big Banks Could Soon Jump on the Quantum Bandwagon

Why Big Banks Could Soon Jump on the Quantum Bandwagon

The experiment was too simplistic to be useful for banks, but it’s a promising proof of concept; once bigger and smoother-running quantum computers are available, the researchers say, they hope to execute the algorithm faster than conventional machines.

The $26.5B T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Moves a Big Step Forward

The $26.5B T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Moves a Big Step Forward

Justice Department officials said they approved the deal after they were convinced that the sale of Sprint’s so-called prepaid business, which includes the Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile brands, and portions of Sprint’s wireless spectrum, would help Dish create a viable network.

How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer

How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer

The group of researchers considering this possibility were called cancer immunotherapists, and by the time Emily Whitehead showed up at the hospital, they had already spent decades on the problem.

Facebook Knows More About You Than the CIA

Facebook Knows More About You Than the CIA

"I think the more human beings start to realize they're being manipulated, the more this relationship [with social media] is going to come under pressure," says Yael Eisenstat. Eisenstat: I think the more that human beings start to realize they're being manipulated, the more this relationship is going to come under pressure.

GM’s Cruise Rolls Back Its Target for Self-Driving Cars

GM’s Cruise Rolls Back Its Target for Self-Driving Cars

Cruise, the startup General Motors acquired to develop its self-driving car , will launch an autonomous taxi service on the gnarly, crowded streets of San Francisco, CEO Dan Ammann said Wednesday.

Could Feds Force Companies to Support Your Right to Repair?

Could Feds Force Companies to Support Your Right to Repair?

Manufacturers can’t void the warranty on product just because the consumer went and repaired it themselves, swapped parts, or had it fixed by a third party.

So Long, You Weird, Space-Time-Defying Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

So Long, You Weird, Space-Time-Defying Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

A hanging story-chad of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, S.H.I.E.L.D. has had ratings consistently low enough to make the prospect of its renewal every year a kind of comic-book cliffhanger.

This Clever New Service Auto-Cancels Your Free Trials

This Clever New Service Auto-Cancels Your Free Trials

You sign up for these “free” trials with your credit card, forget about them, and then are left paying for a service you aren’t using.“The idea for this product came when I realized I was being charged for a $21.99 gym membership from over a year ago that I was never using,” says Browder.

Climate Change Is Very Real. But So Much of It Is Uncertain

Climate Change Is Very Real. But So Much of It Is Uncertain

But today in the journal Nature , researchers are proposing a new framework that aims to bring clarity to this kind of work, first by reconciling differences in carbon budgets and second by reducing uncertainty going forward.

This Food-Delivery Robot Wants to Share the Bike Lane

This Food-Delivery Robot Wants to Share the Bike Lane

Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.Johnson-Roberson and Vasudevan, who jointly direct the University of Michigan and Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles, cofounded Refraction AI, the latest self-driving outfit to announce plans to change the way people and their things move about the planet.

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