Each year we learn more about climate change: what to expect, what we need to do to avoid the worst effects, how our planet will change, and how those changes will affect our own lives. But it can be hard to know how all the new information should inform your understanding of the issue. To help, 57 top researchers from 21 different countries have distilled the current understanding of climate news into a list of the 10 most important climate insights from 2020, ranging from news about new risks like larger emissions from our thawing permafrost to crucial steps we need to take, like setting aside COVID-19 recovery investments for climate goals. … [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 new cat vaccine uses a DNA-based system that is similar to the mRNA vaccines for humans made by Pfizer and Moderna, but can be shipped dry and doesn’t require refrigeration. Because it’s manufactured using PCR machines (the same equipment often used in testing), the technology can almost immediately begin manufacturing a new targeted vaccine if the virus mutates significantly. “Once we knew the [new DNA] sequence, we could, within hours, be manufacturing a new vaccine,” Hayward says. … [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