Category: Technology

  • Pulling methane out of the atmosphere could slow global warming—if we can figure out how to do it

    Pulling methane out of the atmosphere could slow global warming—if we can figure out how to do it

    “There’s probably nothing we could do that has a bigger effect on shaving peak temperatures over the next few decades than removing methane,” says Rob Jackson, a researcher at Stanford and a coauthor of both studies. Methane is relatively scarce: carbon dioxide is about 200 times more concentrated in the atmosphere. Nevertheless, it has contributed […]

  • Electronic Frontier Foundation will deprecate HTTPS Everywhere plugin

    Electronic Frontier Foundation will deprecate HTTPS Everywhere plugin

    Enlarge / We had trouble even finding HTTPS statistics earlier than 2016—but even in 2016, fewer than one in four websites were delivered via HTTPS. Last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation announced that it will deprecate its HTTPS Everywhere browser plugin in 2022. Engineering director Alexis Hancock summed it up in the announcement’s own title: “HTTPS is […]

  • The pandemic problems that boosters won’t solve

    The pandemic problems that boosters won’t solve

    The US booster program is about to get underway, after the CDC backed additional shots for a large swath of the American public. The agency now recommends that people aged 65 years and older, adults in long-term care, and those over 50 with underlying medical conditions get a third Pfizer-BioNTech shot. (Those whose first shot […]

  • Iké Boys review: If you love kaiju so much, why not just be one?

    Iké Boys review: If you love kaiju so much, why not just be one?

    A clip from Iké Boys, now playing at Fantastic Fest 2021. Iké Boys, the debut feature from writer/director Eric McEver enjoying a world premiere at Fantastic Fest this week, will feel like a secret handshake to certain people who grew up in the late 1980s or the 1990s. In a prestreaming era when Saturday morning […]

  • It’s not easy to control police use of tech—even with a law

    It’s not easy to control police use of tech—even with a law

    Roy Rochlin | Getty Images In 2018, Oakland enacted an innovative law giving citizens a voice in police use of surveillance technology. The Electronic Frontier Foundation called it “the new gold standard in community control of police surveillance.” Since then, about 20 other cities have adopted similar laws. Now, Brian Hofer, one of the architects […]

  • N64 on Switch: Reading the tea-leaves on future game prospects

    N64 on Switch: Reading the tea-leaves on future game prospects

    Enlarge / Get N(S) or get out. Nintendo / Sam Machkovech On Thursday, the latest Nintendo Direct presentation confirmed something most Nintendo fans had either suspected, hoped for, or predicted (based on a recent FCC “controller” tip): the N64 is finally back. Instead of a miniaturized N64, however, the company’s first dedicated 3D-rendering console is […]

  • He escaped the Dark Web’s biggest bust. Now he’s back

    He escaped the Dark Web’s biggest bust. Now he’s back

    Enlarge / DeSnake is back, with big promises about keeping AlphaBay up and running this time. Illustration: Elena Lacey | Getty Images Just over four years ago, the US Department of Justice announced the takedown of AlphaBay, the biggest dark web market bust in history. Thai police arrested the site’s 26-year-old administrator, Alexandre Cazes, in […]

  • A new formula may help black patients’ access to kidney care

    A new formula may help black patients’ access to kidney care

    Getty Images For decades, doctors and hospitals saw kidney patients differently based on their race. A standard equation for estimating kidney function applied a correction for Black patients that made their health appear rosier, inhibiting access to transplants and other treatments. On Thursday, a task force assembled by two leading kidney care societies said the […]

  • The 2022 Kia Carnival is a handsome minivan, but it needs a hybrid option

    The 2022 Kia Carnival is a handsome minivan, but it needs a hybrid option

    Kia has replaced the Sedona minivan with the Carnival, new for model year 2022. Jonathan Gitlin I like minivans in general, and I like the way this Kia minivan looks in particular. Jonathan Gitlin The front grille is a tiger’s nose. Jonathan Gitlin The hexagonal texture on the C pillar trim stands out when you’re […]

  • Old coal plant is now mining bitcoin for a utility company

    Old coal plant is now mining bitcoin for a utility company

    Aurich Lawson / Getty Bitcoin’s massive power consumption is the cryptocurrency’s dirty secret. To mine bitcoin, computers across the globe chew through enough electricity to power a medium size country, somewhere on the order of the Netherlands or Poland depending on the estimate. In fact, electricity has become such a significant factor that one private […]