Sun-Loving Bacteria May Be Accelerating Glacial Melting
Photograph: Sasha Leidman Mixed in with this grit and melted ice are the cyanobacteria, which run on sunlight. As a cryoconite hole gets deeper, its bottom moves out of direct sunlight, meaning there’s less energy available for the cyanobacteria living within it. But, Leidman says, “when it rains, or... Read more
Wingcopter raises $22 million to ramp up delivery drone production
Wingcopter, a Darmstadt, Germany-based drone manufacturer, today announced that it raised $22 million in a funding round led by Xplorer Capital and Futury Regio Growth Fund. The company says it will use the proceeds to expand its health care-related activities (including the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines), prepare for the... Read more
WandaVision episode 3 Easter eggs and Marvel references on Disney Plus
Vision and Wanda are now in full color. Disney Plus Episode 3 of Marvel’s WandaVision bursts into color as the suburban sitcom surrealness hits the 1970s. From Quicksilver to SWORD, what Easter eggs and Marvel references does the third installment of the Disney Plus series uncover? Let’s dive in to the mysterious reality... Read more
How to Start Working Out at Home: Beginner’s Advice and Gear (2021)
I consider myself an athlete, but I don’t engage in any particularly impressive physical feats. I am not “cut” or “swole.” My superpower is consistency. Barring the rare knee surgery or birthing the occasional child, I have worked out daily for more than 20 years. Physical activity is also... Read more
GamesBeat Decides: The best (and worst) ‘core’ Mario games
Many Mario games are some of the best pieces of digital entertainment ever created. The series seemed like an obvious choice for a new tier list-making video series … so here we are. My cohort Jeff Grubb and I rank every game in the core Mario series. What does... Read more
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool: Start time, how to watch online in the US, UK and Australia
The English Premier League has been quite the rollercoaster this season. In the beginning Liverpool were looking unstoppable and Tottenham Hotspur, managed by a resurgent Jose Mourinho, were hot on their tail. Just months later Liverpool have sunk to fourth position and haven’t scored in their last four EPL... Read more
The Secret Ingredient That Powers Supernovas
In 1987, a giant star exploded right next to our own Milky Way galaxy. It was the brightest and closest supernova since the invention of the telescope some four centuries earlier, and just about every observatory turned to take a look. Perhaps most excitingly, specialized observatories buried deep underground... Read more
Data security depends on a secure software-development supply chain
As 2020 finally came to an end and 2021 began, The New York Times reported that Russia used SolarWinds’ hacked program to infiltrate at least 18,000 government and private networks. As a result, it is presumed that the data within these networks (user IDs, passwords, financial records, source code),... Read more
First look at epic monster mayhem in new Godzilla vs. Kong trailer
Kaiju monster madness unfolds in the first trailer for Godzilla vs. Kong.  Legendary Pictures The ultimate movie monster battle is going to be epic if there’s anything to go by the first Godzilla vs. Kong movie trailer, which dropped on Sunday.   Fans will be able to cheer for... Read more
D&D Must Grapple With the Racism in Fantasy
“Orcs are human beings who can be slaughtered without conscience or apology.” This damning assessment of one of fantasy’s most ubiquitous villains comes from N. K. Jemisin, titan of modern fantasy and slayer of outdated genre tropes. As “kinda-sorta-people,” she writes, orcs are “fruit of the poison vine that... Read more