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the world’s most stunning moths will set your heart aflutter

emmet gowin's unlikely love affair with moths started 20 years ago in ecuador. driving up a mountain road one night, his guide pulled over and set up a powerful light. over the next three hours, gowin watched in awe as hundreds of moths fluttered out of the forest toward the glow. "they’re all so exquisitely beautiful and unpredictable," he says.he went on to photograph more than 1,000 moth species in bolivia, brazil, ecuador, french guiana and panama for his new book, mariposas nocturnas: moths of central and south america, a study in beauty and diversity. and in a stunning departure from most collections of entomology photography, nearly all of gowin's moths are alive."all the books have dead specimens pinned like little soldiers," ...




nasa designed this low-tech rover to survive venus

venus is not pleasant. its surface, approximately 850 degrees fahrenheit, is hot enough for paper to spontaneously combust. its atmosphere, an oppressive mix of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and sulfur dioxide, is dense enough to crush a submarine. “i like to think of venus as turning your oven at home onto self cleaning mode, but also filling it with easy off,” says jason derleth, head of nasa’s innovative advanced concepts program (niac), a small slice of the agency that funds the exploration of forward-looking technologies. “that’s still not as toxic as the chemical soup it has as its atmosphere. and it’s still not as hot.”earth’s neighbor, while certainly inhospitable to humans, is almost just as rough for robots. the last ti...




microsoft's nadella wants to help coders take a quantum leap

forty-two years ago this summer a two-person company called micro-soft shipped its first product. it was a version of the programming language basic for the altair 8800, one of the first successful personal computers. the company is now much larger, and un-hyphenated. and it’s reprising its original strategy in hopes of gaining an edge on another technological revolution—powerful computers that work on data using the quirks of quantum mechanics.practical quantum computers don’t yet exist, and microsoft is behind rival tech giants google and ibm in the race to develop quantum hardware. but at a conference in orlando monday for its corporate customers, the company announced the release of a new programming language for quantum computers...




steve lacy's newest song, '4real,' is anti-pop genius

steve lacy’s “4real,” which the polymath guitarist released on soundcloud earlier this month, is a stew of delicious production; it’s got gushing bass, teenage quirk, and the sweet urgency of young love. the song’s borders are intentionally blurred—thematically, structurally—but what lacy feels is unmistakably obvious: the connection he has to his unnamed partner is no illusion. “we kiss, we hug, we dance and fight/we laugh, make up, then we go all night,” he sings, before diving headfirst into the hook. “it’s such a thrill to love you when it’s real.”it’s a love letter with punk spirit, and functions as something of an informal admission to the is-he-isn’t-he curiosities surrounding lacy’s sexuality (without ...




the world’s most stunning moths will set your heart aflutter

emmet gowin's unlikely love affair with moths started 20 years ago in ecuador. driving up a mountain road one night, his guide pulled over and set up a powerful light. over the next three hours, gowin watched in awe as hundreds of moths fluttered out of the forest toward the glow. "they’re all so exquisitely beautiful and unpredictable," he says.he went on to photograph more than 1,000 moth species in bolivia, brazil, ecuador, french guiana and panama for his new book, mariposas nocturnas: moths of central and south america, a study in beauty and diversity. and in a stunning departure from most collections of entomology photography, nearly all of gowin's moths are alive."all the books have dead specimens pinned like little soldiers," ...




the post-antibiotic era is here. now what?

when alexander fleming came back from a scottish vacation in the summer of 1948 to find his london lab bench contaminated with a mold called penicillium notatum, he kicked off a new age of scientific sovereignty over nature. since then, the antibiotics he discovered and the many more he inspired have saved millions of lives and spared immeasurable suffering around the globe. but from the moment it started, scientists knew the age of antibiotics came stamped with an expiration date. they just didn’t know when it was.bacterial resistance to antibiotics is both natural and inevitable. by the luck of the draw, a few bacteria will have genes that protect them from drugs, and they’ll pass those genes around—not just to their progeny, but som...




google and levi's made a jacket that connects to the internet

most of the time, the fastest way to get anywhere in san francisco is not uber or lyft or the ever-delayed muni system, but on a bicycle. as long as you can handle the quad-busting hills and your reflexes are fast enough to dodge the occasional texting driver, there's no better way to traverse the city.as gobike cycle-sharing stands pop up all over the city, i've been riding more and more. i have this problem, though: i don't know how to get anywhere. all too often, i ride with one hand on the handlebars and the other digging into my pocket, or holding my phone, as i try to figure out my next turn.and so when i tried on google's new connected jacket, i instantly understood the appeal. the jacket—technically levi's commuter trucker jack...




cantina talk: there might be a 'star wars: the last jedi' trailer soon!

consider this the calm before the stormtroopers come—or, at least, a rare moment of quiet in the galaxy far, far away. september began with force friday ii, and all signs point to a full trailer for star wars: the last jedi dropping soon, but right now it's looking fairly peaceful out there now that j.j. abrams has reappeared to save the day on episode ix. of course, that doesn't mean that everything is going entirely smoothly. here is what you need to know about things currently happening in the star wars universe … and a little bit more, too.everybody wants j.j. abramsthe source: insider hollywood sourcesprobability of accuracy: we may never know for sure, but let's err on the side of, "that sounds about right."the real deal: so ep...




see how human activity is changing animal migration patterns

this story originally appeared on citylab and is part of the climate desk collaboration.zozu, like any other white stork in europe, typically flies to southern africa for the winter. yet when researchers at germany’s max plank institute for ornithology tracked the bird’s path using a gps logger in 2016, they found that he and a few others had skipped the grueling migration across the sahara desert. that year, the birds stopped, instead, in cities like madrid, spain, and rabat, morocco. apparently, they had developed a taste for junk food, in particular the stuff that piles up in landfills along the migration route.when it comes to how human activity has altered animal behavior, this is one of the more glaring examples featured by ge...




all the ways equifax epically bungled its breach response

the breach of the credit monitoring firm equifax, which exposed extensive personal data for 143 million people, is the worst corporate data breach to date. but, incredibly, the mistakes and the superlatives don’t end there. three weeks since the company first publicly disclosed the situation, a steady stream of gaffes and revelations paint a picture of equifax's deeply lacking response to catastrophe.equifax's bungles kicked off quite literally on day one, when the company directed potential victims to a separate domain—equifaxsecurity2017.com—instead of simply building pages to handle the breach off of its main, trusted website, equifax.com. observers quickly found bugs, some of them serious, in that breach-response site. all the wh...




the blockbuster showdown at this year's berlin marathon

the three best male marathon runners of their generation, racing on the fastest, flattest course in the world, in a faceoff between nike and adidas, with the distinct possibility of a huge new world record: the men’s elite race at tomorrow’s berlin marathon has much to recommend it.the likelihood, however, is that most american sports fans will have no idea that the berlin marathon is even happening in a few hours’ time, or what is at stake. professional marathon running is not a popular or well-explained sport. its greatest exponents are mostly gaunt east africans with similar-sounding names and taciturn manners. compared to baseball or tennis or soccer, the prize money is pocket change. but let me convince you to set your alarms for ...




live from the berlin marathon: you can't outrun bad weather

marathon wisdom told you it was too rainy, too slippery, and too warm for fast times at this morning’s berlin marathon, but eliud kipchoge refused to be overcome, either by the conditions or by his competitors. he won a race against perhaps the strongest field assembled in the past decade, even after a surprise attack by a debutant marathoner, guye adola, threatened to spoil his day. kipchoge eventually missed the world record by 35 seconds, finishing in 2:03:32—a miraculous time in the circumstances. in both the fact and the manner of his victory, he has laid to rest any debate about who is the best marathon runner of this generation.berlin woke up in a cloud. in the forested tiergarten, where the race starts, it was 57 degrees—signif...




august smart lock review: a high-tech alternative to the key under the mat

the redesigned august smart lock l...




all the ways equifax epically bungled its breach response

the breach of the credit monitoring firm equifax, which exposed extensive personal data for 143 million people, is the worst corporate data breach to date. but, incredibly, the mistakes and the superlatives don’t end there. three weeks since the company first publicly disclosed the situation, a steady stream of gaffes and revelations paint a picture of equifax's deeply lacking response to catastrophe.equifax's bungles kicked off quite literally on day one, when a company directed potential victims to a separate domain—equifaxsecurity2017.com—instead of simply building pages to handle the breach off of its main, trusted website, equifax.com. observers quickly found bugs, some of them serious, in that breach-response site. all the whil...




sean spicer's emmys appearance tops this week's news roundup

over the last seven days, the internet has been full of unwelcome nostalgia: here's some nuclear brinksmanship! here's puerto rico, decimated by a natural disaster! here's the senate, planning to vote on yet another healthcare plan to repeal obamacare! but it's not all been familiar badness; there's been some new ill-feeling torment, as well. just look below, if you don't believe us. what's that? you were hoping for good stuff? um, well, we have some elf-based rhymes, if you can hold on long enough? this, friends, is what has become of the world wide web during the last week.sean spicer's public image rehabilitation tourwhat happened: everyone loves a good redemption story. a bad one involving a former white house press secretary, how...




the blockbuster showdown at tomorrow's berlin marathon

the three best male marathon runners of their generation, racing on the fastest, flattest course in the world, in a faceoff between nike and adidas, with the distinct possibility of a huge new world record: the men’s elite race at tomorrow’s berlin marathon has much to recommend it.the likelihood, however, is that most american sports fans will have no idea that the berlin marathon is even happening in a few hours’ time, or what is at stake. professional marathon running is not a popular or well-explained sport. its greatest exponents are mostly gaunt east africans with similar-sounding names and taciturn manners. compared to baseball or tennis or soccer, the prize money is pocket change. but let me convince you to set your alarms for ...




space photos of the week: spiral galaxy's secretly a giant gasbag

stars are dazzling in the night sky, but that's nothing compared to seeing one up close. this week, scientists peered at u antilae, a red carbon-rich star 900 light years from earth. snapped by the european southern observatory, this orange beacon is seen in a wide view surrounded by the darkness of space. the atacama large millimeter/submillimeter array also photographed u antiale in high definition, revealing the enormous bubble of material surrounding the star that's collected for almost 3000 years.there was a surprising discovery this week as well, when astronomers learned an object they thought was a comet is actually two asteroi...




the blockbuster showdown at tomorrow's berlin marathon

the three best male marathon runners of their generation, racing on the fastest, flattest course in the world, in a faceoff between nike and adidas, with the distinct possibility of a huge new world record: the men’s elite race at tomorrow’s berlin marathon has much to recommend it.the likelihood, however, is that most american sports fans will have no idea that the berlin marathon is even happening in a few hours’ time, or what is at stake. professional marathon running is not a popular or well-explained sport. its greatest exponents are mostly gaunt east africans with similar-sounding names and taciturn manners. compared to baseball or tennis or soccer, the prize money is pocket change. but let me convince you to set your alarms for ...




clever machines learn how to be curious (and play super mario bros.)

you probably can’t remember what it feels like to play super mario bros. for the very first time, but try to picture it. an 8-bit game world blinks into being: baby blue sky, tessellated stone ground, and in between, a squat, red-suited man standing still—waiting. he’s facing rightward; you nudge him farther in that direction. a few more steps reveal a row of bricks hovering overhead and what looks like an angry, ambulatory mushroom. another twitch of the game controls makes the man spring up, his four-pixel fist pointed skyward. what now? maybe try combining nudge-rightward and spring-skyward? done. then, a surprise: the little man bumps his head against one of the hovering bricks, which flexes upward and then snaps back down as if sp...




london wants to kick uber out of the city

london could lose all of its ubers, courtesy of the city’s transportation agency. on friday, transport for london announced it would not renew the ridehailing giant’s license to operate in the city, citing the company’s “lack of corporate responsibility.” the license expires september 30, though, unsurprisingly, uber has declared it will exercise its right to an appeal.the company is able to continue operating in the city as long as the legal process drags on, but it didn't wait for its lawyers to prepare their case before dusting off the weapon that has carried it through many a battle: public fervor.right after tfl dropped its news, uber posted a petition on change.org. “by wanting to ban our app from the capital, transport fo...