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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 16, 2019 at 19:10.

How Elephants May Help Africa’s Rainforests Fight Climate Change

How Elephants May Help Africa’s Rainforests Fight Climate Change

Although we’re wiping them out with little consideration of it, big herbivores matter. Hippo poop helps Africa’s largest lake flourish ; bison wallowing can enhance insect diversity in the prairie. And Africa’s imperiled forest elephants might just have a role to play in the fight against climate change.

That, at least, is the takeaway of a new modeling study published Monday in Nature...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 21:00.

This Tactical Camera Ball Spots Danger Before Police Enter It

This Tactical Camera Ball Spots Danger Before Police Enter It

Before cops charge headlong into a shootout, or firefighters storm a blazing building, or search and rescue teams enter a pile of rubble, it’d sure be nice for our heroes to get a sneak peek and discover what they’re up against.

Enter the Explorer, a softball-sized device that can be tossed or rolled into the unknown to snap panoramic photos and wirelessly transmit images back to a smartphone....

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 19:01.

Project to Eradicate Termites Reveals How Much Rainforests Need Them

Project to Eradicate Termites Reveals How Much Rainforests Need Them

Homeowners tend to equate termites with property value apocalypse, but ecologically speaking, they’re more a force of stability than destruction. A new study points to how termites can help the rainforests they call home to weather droughts—which are expected to increase in frequency and intensity as climate change causes the tropics to heat up.

Termites are found across the tropics, where...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 18:55.

Architects Design Wooden Bicycle Frame to Explore Structural Engineering

Architects Design Wooden Bicycle Frame to Explore Structural Engineering

Wooden bikes may be beautiful, but they’re also a tad impractical . Nevertheless, there may be unexpected value in wooden bike frames, which architects can use to understand important structural challenges and prototype new designs.

That, at least, is the rationale behind bike manufacturer AERO’s latest prototype. Architects Martino Hutz, Atanas Zhelev and Mariya Korolova built this...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 18:54.

Got a kid who’s ready to colonize to Mars? NASA has just released a set of Martian survival activiti

Got a kid who’s ready to colonize to Mars? NASA has just released a set of Martian survival activiti

Got a kid who’s ready to colonize to Mars? NASA has just released a set of Martian survival activities, suitable for grades K-12. From touring the Red Planet’s topography to building rovers and engineering artificial environments, it’s everything a future Martian explorer needs to get a head start.

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 18:52.

America's Government Scientists Are Eyeing a Future in Politics

America's Government Scientists Are Eyeing a Future in Politics

PHILADELPHIA—As the Trump administration continues to attack science, scientists continue to push back, whether by joining rallies and strikes or running for office . In the next election cycle, the ranks of those choosing the latter route may include more federal government scientists, a group that has traditionally preferred to remain out of the spotlight.

That, at least, is one takeaway...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 18:38.

Behind the Hype of Apple's Plan to End Mining

Behind the Hype of Apple's Plan to End Mining
GarbageThis week, we are writing about waste and trash, examining the junk that dominates our lives, and digging through garbage for treasure.  

There are 118 elements on the periodic table. An iPhone contains about 75 of them.

We don’t have an exact number because Apple wouldn’t provide one, which is going to be a theme of this story. And while some of those elements, like aluminum and...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 18:35.

Where Should NASA Send a Space Probe Next?

Where Should NASA Send a Space Probe Next?

Going to Pluto was incredible, but as we continue to soak in the glorious images, NASA’s already trying to figure out which celestial target to hit next. The space agency revealed five finalist concepts this week, including missions that would take us to Jupiter’s asteroids and the surface of Venus.

I’ve been pondering NASA’s choices for the last couple of days and I honestly can’t decide...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 18:28.

Recycling Is Broken

Recycling Is Broken
GarbageThis week, we are writing about waste and trash, examining the junk that dominates our lives, and digging through garbage for treasure.  

In Philadelphia, people like to recycle. Together, all 1.6 million of us generate about 400 tons of recyclable material each day. But since last fall, roughly half of the bottles and cans my neighbors and I have placed dutifully curbside in our blue...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 16:34.

FBI's Ocean's Eleven Ruse Went "Too Far," Judge Says

FBI's <i>Ocean's Eleven </i>Ruse Went "Too Far," Judge Says

On Friday, a federal judge ruled that FBI agents had gone too far last summer when they cut off the Internet service to Paul Phua’s Las Vegas hotel room, posed as repairmen, and entered the room without a search warrant.

According to NBC News, the FBI received a tip last July that Phua, a 50-year old Malaysian millionaire and world champion poker player, and his buddies were taking illegal...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 16:22.

Russian Siri Was a Homophobic Jerk Until a User Called Her Out

Russian Siri Was a Homophobic Jerk Until a User Called Her Out

Welcome to Reading List, a weekly collection of great tech reads from around the web. This week explores how Russian Siri was a homophobic jerk (until Apple set her straight last week), how the digital era has transformed pregnancy, and more! Enjoy.

Apple’s new Russian-language Siri was apparently treating “gay” like a swear word, until a Russian Apple user exposed her homophobic responses...
Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 16:09.

Finally, a Climate Change Documentary That Will Get You Excited to Fix It

Finally, a Climate Change Documentary That Will Get You Excited to Fix It

Whether the audience is policy wonks, nature lovers, or environmental activists, documentaries on climate change still feel like a niche thing in 2019. Which is what makes Ice on Fire, the climate documentary co-produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio that debuted Tuesday night on HBO, so refreshing. This isn’t a film for die-hard vegans or E&E News subscribers—it’s a film for nerds in the...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 15:45.

Scott Kelly Reveals the Raw Beauty of the Sahara From Space

Scott Kelly Reveals the Raw Beauty of the Sahara From Space

Scott Kelly must be feeling pretty chipper about breaking the U.S. spaceflight record yesterday, because the social media-friendly astronaut has been even busier than usual on Twitter, posting one jaw-dropping image of the Sahara after another.

Feast your eyes on the geomorphic beauty of our planet’s largest desert, courtesy of Earth’s favorite amateur landscape photographer. Keep ‘em coming,...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 15:39.

'Historic' Agreement Bans Commercial Fishing Across a Vast Swath of the Arctic

'Historic' Agreement Bans Commercial Fishing Across a Vast Swath of the Arctic

As the Arctic’s mantle of protective sea ice grows smaller and sadder by the year , new waters are opening up, setting the stage for industry and tourism to take off. But a vast swath of those chilly seas will soon be off-limits to at least one human enterprise: commercial-scale fishing.

On Wednesday, nine nations and the European Union signed an agreement to place a moratorium on unregulated...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 15:23.

What Ancient Maya Forests Can Tell Us About Our Future

What Ancient Maya Forests Can Tell Us About Our Future

More than 3,000 years ago, the ancient Maya spread across the Yucatán Peninsula and neighboring areas, clearing rainforest for agriculture and cities as they went. Though their civilization mysteriously collapsed around the ninth century, it left an indelible mark on the region’s tropical rainforests, one that presents a warning to people clear-cutting the tropics today.

Research published...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 14:47.

Nuns Stand With Native Alaskans to Oppose Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Nuns Stand With Native Alaskans to Oppose Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

If you don’t often associate nuns with environmental activism, you probably haven’t met the Sisters of Mercy. The Roman Catholic women’s organization strives to “act in harmony and interdependence with all of creation” by advocating action on climate change and standing in solidarity with pipeline protestors. This week, the Sisters reaffirmed their commitment to protecting all life on Earth,...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 14:15.

Scientists Find Dozens of Lakes Buried Far Below Greenland's Ice

Scientists Find Dozens of Lakes Buried Far Below Greenland's Ice

For decades, scientists working in Antarctica have been documenting subglacial lakes, bodies of water buried miles beneath the ice. They’ve spotted more than 400 of them, and even drilled into a few and found evidence for both living and long-dead lifeforms . But despite their ubiquity at the bottom of the world, no one had really looked to see if subglacial lakes were widespread beneath the...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 14:08.

Edward Snowden may have garnered himself 1.3 million followers during his first week on Twitter, but

Edward Snowden may have garnered himself 1.3 million followers during his first week on Twitter, but

Edward Snowden may have garnered himself 1.3 million followers during his first week on Twitter , but even instant celebrities make rookie mistakes. Snowden’s? Forgetting to turn off email notifications. 47 GB of follow, favorite, retweet and DM emails later, we’re pretty sure he learned his lesson. [Engadget]

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 14:04.

Sony Hack Reveals Intent to Acquire Super Smash Bros. Film Rights

Sony Hack Reveals Intent to Acquire <i>Super Smash Bros. </i>Film Rights

Included in the deluge of Sony executive emails, memos, PDFs and presentations released on WikiLeaks earlier this week is one little nugget that will warm your inner child’s heart: Sony may be trying to nab film rights to the Super Smash Bros. series.

On Thursday, WikiLeaks unveiled a new portal for the entire archive of leaked materials from the 2014 Sony hack, many of which, WikiLeaks...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 14:01.

Meet the People Risking Their Lives to Study Our Dying Mountain Glaciers

Meet the People Risking Their Lives to Study Our Dying Mountain Glaciers
Extreme Field WorkA series about how science gets done in Earth's weirdest, wildest environments, from the bottom of the ocean to erupting volcanoes.  

When geoscientist and mountaineer John All started studying the impacts of climate change on world’s highest mountain glaciers over a decade ago, he said it was like monitoring a sick patient. Now, it’s more like doing an autopsy.

“We’re just...

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