FAO - News Article: World Soil Day highlights the role of soil biodiversity in boosting food production and nutrition

FAO - News Article: World Soil Day highlights the role of soil biodiversity in boosting food production and nutrition

4 December 2020, Rome - Soil organisms play a crucial role in boosting food production, enhancing nutritious diets, preserving human health, remediating polluted sites and combating climate change, but their contribution remains largely underestimated, FAO said today in its first ever report on "The State of Knowledge of Soil Biodiversity ".

The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2020

The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2020

This book tells stories of restoration at all scales, “from a small plot between sidewalk and curb to areas large enough to be labeled on a world map.” She spends time with people who, faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges, look to nature for solutions.

A Broken Piece of Internet Backbone Might Finally Get Fixed

A Broken Piece of Internet Backbone Might Finally Get Fixed

Today the group known as Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security is announcing a task force specifically dedicated to helping "content delivery networks" and other cloud services adopt the filters and cryptographic checks needed to harden BGP.

Beautiful Yet Unnerving Photos of the Arctic Getting Greener

Beautiful Yet Unnerving Photos of the Arctic Getting Greener

Photograph: Jakob AssmannThat’s because perhaps a third of the carbon stored in the soils of the world is in the Arctic permafrost—essentially frozen dirt.

Geometry Reveals How the World Is Made of Cubes

Geometry Reveals How the World Is Made of Cubes

“It was geometry with an exact prediction that was borne out in the natural world, with essentially no physics involved,” said Jerolmack, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Can I Save Money by Buying a ‘Dumb’ TV?

Can I Save Money by Buying a ‘Dumb’ TV?

Thanksgiving has become synonymous with two things: overeating and buying cheap TVs. And like clockwork, all my friends ask me if it's possible to save more money by buying a TV without smart apps built in—after all, if you already have a Roku, why pay for extra features you don't need?

Why 'Head Empty' Memes Are Dominating 2020

Why 'Head Empty' Memes Are Dominating 2020

“It’s probably no accident this stuff is cropping up at a time when there’s nothing but complications out there,” says Ryan Milner, a professor of internet culture at College of Charleston and author of 2017’s The World Made Meme.

This Squishy 3D-Printed Human Heart Feels Like the Real Thing

This Squishy 3D-Printed Human Heart Feels Like the Real Thing

But instead of it extruding it into air, as a normal 3D printer might do when building something out of plastic, this extrudes the ersatz heart into a container of support gel, specifically gelatin.“The analogy I have is: Imagine you were printing inside of hair gel,” says Feinberg.

‘One Person’s Apocalypse Is Another Person’s Day-to-Day’

‘One Person’s Apocalypse Is Another Person’s Day-to-Day’

Xiaowei Wang: The subjects and places throughout the book have a mood that I like to term “modernity gone off the rails.” For example, Dinglou village was a boomtown—it had developed really fast, from farmland to a bustling center.

A Ransomware Gang Bought Facebook Ads to Troll Its Victim

A Ransomware Gang Bought Facebook Ads to Troll Its Victim

Russian and North Korean Hackers Hit Covid-19 Vaccine FirmsAuthorities have warned for months that public health organizations and vaccine developers would be high-value targets for state-sponsored hacking groups .

The CMAs Were a Good Reminder to Stick to Zoom Award Shows

The CMAs Were a Good Reminder to Stick to Zoom Award Shows

Watching Reba McEntire's and Darius Rucker’s opening remarks at the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night, it was hard not to be reminded of a different performance entirely: Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga at the MTV VMAs this summer.

I've Played RimWorld for 700 Hours. I May Never Escape

I've Played RimWorld for 700 Hours. I May Never Escape

It has base-building, survival elements (if you die, you start over), an open world, strategy, and a space-western feel like Firefly.I’ve spent more than 700 hours of my life playing it in the last couple years.

What Is a Super Typhoon, and Why Are They So Dangerous?

What Is a Super Typhoon, and Why Are They So Dangerous?

The reason that both storms have been so strong and so late is that both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans have stayed warm this year, says John Knaff, a meteorologist at NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University.

Conserving India’s Overlooked Freshwater Ecosystems

Conserving India’s Overlooked Freshwater Ecosystems

India boasts of a rich and vast freshwater resource network (rivers, lakes, wetlands, and groundwater), which occupies about 4 percent of the country’s area and supports its 1 billion people (17 percent of the world’s population).

Zoom Finally Has End-to-End Encryption. Here's How to Use It

Zoom Finally Has End-to-End Encryption. Here's How to Use It

It’s on by default for iMessage and WhatsApp , a staple of encrypted messaging platforms like Signal , and an optional feature in Facebook Messenger .With all of that out of the way, here’s how to actually use Zoom’s end-to-end encryption, if it’s right for you.

Cool Green Fall Book Review

Cool Green Fall Book Review

And Burke spends time understanding what motivates guides and their clients to destroy family ties and friendships in pursuit of fish.It’s a story in the tradition of Ahab and Santiago, and one of the more enjoyable fishing books I’ve read this year.

Is It Better to Plant Trees or Let Forests Regrow Naturally?

Is It Better to Plant Trees or Let Forests Regrow Naturally?

When Susan Cook-Patton was doing a postdoc in forest restoration at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland seven years ago, she says, she helped plant 20,000 trees along Chesapeake Bay. It was a salutary lesson.

Among Us Was Hit With Pro-Trump Spam

Among Us Was Hit With Pro-Trump Spam

Recently, US representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) engaged with the voting public via a big Twitch stream in which she played the party game/treachery simulator Among Us. Not long after, the game was plagued by a spam attack that launched a bevy of pro-Republican messages to players, which seems … possibly related.

Biophilic Cities For An Urban Century

Biophilic Cities For An Urban Century

My colleague Tim Beatley and I argue in a new book, Biophilic Cities for an Urban Century, that at their moment of triumph and fastest growth, cities need nature more than ever.

What Comes After the International Space Station?

What Comes After the International Space Station?

“NASA has been very open about the fact that in order to do exploration beyond low earth orbit, you have to have a platform there to test systems and get experience,” says Michael Suffredini, the cofounder and CEO of Axiom Space, a company that is poised to build the world’s first commercial space station.

Nature Nerd Trivia: Bats

Nature Nerd Trivia: Bats

The bat world is full of oddies and surprises, from the carnivorous ghost bat to one species that’s actually the world’s fastest mammal.Only one percent of the world’s bat species feed on vertebrate prey, and the ghost bat is one of them.

There's No Turning Back on AI in the Military

There's No Turning Back on AI in the Military

The Air Force and Space Force had their own “move 37” moment last month during the first AI-enabled shoot-down of a cruise missile at blistering machine speeds.

The New Adaptation of The Witches Is Almost Too Much Fun

The New Adaptation of The Witches Is Almost Too Much Fun

Roald Dahl’s 1983 children’s fantasy novel The Witches begins with a simple declaration: “This is not a fairy tale.” Witches, the unnamed boy narrator claims, are real.

So Your Wearable Tracks Blood Oxygen Data. How Do You Use It?

So Your Wearable Tracks Blood Oxygen Data. How Do You Use It?

In September, Apple announced that its Watch Series 6 would also have the ability to monitor blood oxygen levels right from your wrist.Why do I need to monitor my blood oxygen level.

Why Is Everyone Building an Electric Pickup Truck?

Why Is Everyone Building an Electric Pickup Truck?

General Motors dropped a pretty penny to debut its new electric Hummer during the World Series on Tuesday, with a two minute, 15 second ad that took up an entire commercial break.

US Indicts Sandworm, Russia's Most Destructive Cyberwar Unit

US Indicts Sandworm, Russia's Most Destructive Cyberwar Unit

The indictment also lays out new details of Sandworm's targeting of the nation of Georgia in 2019, which included an attempt to compromise the Georgian parliament in addition to a previously known campaign of web defacements across the country's internet, affecting 15,000 sites .Perhaps most significantly, the criminal charges mark the first global law enforcement response targeting Sandworm's hackers for their release of the NotPetya malware that ravaged networks across the world .

Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

And as all of this unfolds, new research indicates that the governments around the world have exploited the pandemic to expand their domestic surveillance capabilities and curtail internet freedom and speech.

A Super-Spreading Presidency, Experimental Treatments, and More Coronavirus News

A Super-Spreading Presidency, Experimental Treatments, and More Coronavirus News

Covid continues its spread through the White House, researchers look at new treatments and symptoms, and the scientific community takes on politics.

Could Biden Rebuild the Economy by Funding Green Energy?

Could Biden Rebuild the Economy by Funding Green Energy?

“It turns out, that's really important for creating a grid with a lot of renewable energy, because there's all that difference in climate across the entire United States,” says Louisiana State University environmental scientist Brian Snyder.

A Poker Pro Accused of Cheating Wants $330M in Damages

A Poker Pro Accused of Cheating Wants $330M in Damages

Mike Postle, a 42-year-old poker pro who has been widely accused of cheating on livestreamed games at a Sacramento casino, has never wavered in his claims of innocence.The bulk of the poker world, including many of the named defendants, seems to have greeted the news of Postle’s suit with derision.