These insights show that climate change isn’t only an issue for climate scientists. It reaches lawyers, governments, economists, and “This is part of the change in the conversation,” says Erik Pihl, lead author of the report and science officer with Future Earth. “We’ve had a lot of focus about what we need to achieve, led by understanding the natural processes. And I think we’re moving toward ‘how do we achieve this,’ with more focus on social science, law, [and so on.]” … [Read more...] about These are the top 10 insights from climate science in 2020
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Dissension aside, thinking before you act is very trendy these days, and various organizations have welcomed scientific rigor with open arms as a way to tackle ethical dilemmas and inspire. Effective Altruism gained increased popularity after a 2013 TED talk from founder and Princeton professor Peter Singer. EA’s site indicates that they “see suffering, injustice and death, and are moved to do something about them. But working out what that ‘something’ is, let alone actually doing it, can be a difficult and disheartening challenge.” A recent NPR interview with Singer examined how to be of service specifically during a pandemic. … [Read more...] about This centuries-old framework is surprisingly effective for making better decisions
The virus is a zoonotic pathogen, meaning that it can go back and forth between species. When the virus ends up in a new host species, “that has new selection pressures, and that can basically change the course of evolution,” says Cock van Oosterhout, a professor of evolutionary genetics at the U.K.’s University of East Anglia. “Sometimes it can actually find a new way to then better infect the original host species, and then you get what are called spillback events.” … [Read more...] about Will your cat need a COVID-19 vaccine?
However, most exploits, thankfully, are found and patched before they are used in the real world. Apple believes this is not the case with the three exploits iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 patched yesterday. One exploit allowed for a malicious app to elevate privileges via the operating system’s kernel and two more exploits involved Apple’s WebKit, which could let a remote attacker execute arbitrary code. Apple says all those vulnerabilities “may have been actively exploited.” … [Read more...] about It’s critical that you update your iPhone to iOS 14.4 right now. Here’s why and how
As of this morning, bettors think the more likely outcome is that GameStop—which trades under the GME ticker symbol—will go above $420 before April 20. (Get it?) In other words, people betting against the stock stand to win more money if they turn out to be right. … [Read more...] about How high will GameStop go? Sports bettors hitch a Reddit-fueled ride to the moon