A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts

A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts

As the hurricane season’s third tropical storm churns toward the US coast, forecasters lack some key data that helps them predict a hurricane’s size, speed, and path. Cruise ships and commercial airlines that collect weather information along their routes are now mostly grounded because of the coronavirus pandemic, forcing meteorologists to rely on satellites that…

The World Was Primed for Protest Conspiracy Theories

The World Was Primed for Protest Conspiracy Theories

As protests against police brutality and systemic racism, sparked by the death of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, grip the nation, so too does misinformation. On social media, rumors and conspiracy theories are flourishing on every band of the political spectrum. Videos of both peaceful and brutal arrests have…

All This Chaos Might Be Giving You ‘Crisis Fatigue’

All This Chaos Might Be Giving You ‘Crisis Fatigue’

When you’re faced with a threat, the adrenal glands perched atop your kidneys flood your body with the stress hormone cortisol (which amps up your metabolism and fights inflammation) and adrenaline (which speeds up your blood circulation and breathing). This is the biochemistry of your fight-or-flight response—it helps you either flee danger or stand your…

Zoom’s End-to-End Encryption Will Be for Paying Customers Only

Zoom’s End-to-End Encryption Will Be for Paying Customers Only

Along with Zoom’s meteoric rise has come a privacy and security blowback. In response to frustration over the videoconferencing service’s vague and misleading encryption claims, Zoom brought on a small army of prominent cryptographers and security engineers as consultants, and acquired the secure communication company Keybase, in pursuit of real end-to-end encryption for its users.…