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This weekend, an atmospheric river is set to hit California. Here's how scientists modeled where it will land. The post Infoporn: Forecasting a River of Atmospheric Water appeared first on WIRED.
People never talk about electricity, but we’re always in the process of doing something about it—clean coal this, fracking that, solar panels the other thing. And in 2015 the hot new thing for heating (and cooling and cooking and iPhone charging) will be wind. The post The Hottest New Thing in Energy This Year? Wind Power appeared first on WIRED.
Earlier this week the White House made public its budget requests for 2016. It’s a little bit of Washington kabuki—Congress always adjusts the budget one way or the other. But buried inside the $18.5 billion budget request for NASA was...Show More Summary
British parliament decided that it's righty-ho to put the nucleus from one woman's egg into the cytoplasm of another woman's egg. This could lead to the first genetic treatments for a medical condition. The post How It’s Possible for a Baby to Have Three Parents appeared first on WIRED.
In late 2012, the North Korean regime made a rather bizarre announcement, even by the standards of the North Korean regime. According to The Guardian, the country’s archaeologists had discovered “the lair of one of the unicorns ridden by the ancient Korean King Tongmyong,” just 600 feet from a temple in the capital city. Show More Summary
Critics give three main reasons; safety; creating babies with three parents; and the danger of opening the door to more genetic engineering. None of these objections provides a convincing reason against trying to treat what are often lethal diseases. The post Is It Ethical to Create Babies From Three DNA Sources? Absolutely appeared first on WIRED.
From the tension between big ag and big oil to the irony of a low precipitation in Oregon, here are five stories to watch while you're waiting for rain. The post Lack of Rain is Only One of the Stories Behind the West’s Inevitable 2015 Drought appeared first on WIRED.
What are we to make of the strange gravitational pull that empty boxes have on cats? The post What’s Up With That: Why Do Cats Love Boxes So Much? appeared first on WIRED.
So you fired up your GIS software and made an eye-popping, Christmas-colored map of holiday sales figures. Good job, genius, you’ve created a cartographic calamity: nearly unreadable by the color-blind and merely unintuitive to everyone else. Show More Summary
Proponents of Monsanto's new cotton and soybean varieties, designed to tolerate spraying with multiple herbicides, say they're a much-needed weed-fighting tool. But others think the benefits will at best be short-lived. Weeds may soon...Show More Summary
Roy and Marie Battell have mastered the art of making montages of birds in flight. Just don't call them birders. The post Elegant Montages Show the Beauty of Birds in Flight appeared first on WIRED.
The launch of a small satellite won’t fix the the drought in the American West—now entering its fourth year—and it won’t change the fact that January was the driest month in recorded California history. But the Soil Moisture Active Passive...Show More Summary
If I learned anything from Honey I Shrunk the Kids, it’s that turning into a human that’s small enough to fit in a Cheerio comes with a unique set of challenges. Scorpions become even bigger jerks than when you’re normal-sized, for instance. Show More Summary
By dipping live specimens in a chemical concoction, scientists are able to keep them alive in the vacuum conditions normally required for field emission scanning electron microscopy. The post This Nano Skin Could Let Us Watch Life at the Smallest Scales appeared first on WIRED.
Thanks to global warming, rising sea levels threaten to permanently flood low-lying regions around the world from the Maldives to Manhattan. The increasing temperatures melt glaciers and polar ice, inundating the oceans with freshwater. Show More Summary
Some people have non-human neighbors of the usual, inspiring kind: Bald eagles and bears, sea lions and salamanders, the sort of creatures found in nature documentaries intoned by deep-voiced narrators who plead on our planet's behalf. Show More Summary
Jesuit priests aren’t especially known for their heavy drug use, but it would seem that Father Domenico Giardina was tripping pretty hard on August 14, 1643. Looking out over the sea from Messina, Sicily, Giardina saw “a city all floating...Show More Summary
New Yorkers caught the wimpy end of Juno, but the carbon charged storm chin-checked New England. The post Here’s How We Know Global Warming Made the Blizzard Worse appeared first on WIRED.
Forecasters say winter storm Juno will drop upwards of two feet of snow, crippling New York City, Boston, and the rest of the region. Nearly 7,000 flights have been cancelled as residents are hunkering down and bracing for power outages. Show More Summary
The science behind how water releases the funk from all the yeasts and bacteria hiding in your dog's fur. The post What’s Up With That: The Gross Chemistry Behind That Funky Wet-Dog Smell appeared first on WIRED.