Bird Scooters in Cambridge

I think they’ve been banned, but this one was on Broadway near Draper Labs both yesterday and today. The controversy I’ve heard about is a public safety concern: where should they be allowed to park; how fast should they be able to go on the sidewalk; how slow should they be able to go on the street…

But having actually seen one, I think theres a nuisance concern, too. This one has an annoying beep, and the message just says “rent me”, not that it’s in any kind of distress. Maia finds it annoying, too.

 

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts | Environment | The Guardian

Here’s another story that might have better coverage if the front page weren’t so cluttered by White House news.

Note that I’m not saying they shouldn’t cover what’s happening at the White House, or that the reporters covering the White House should go to Norway and cover this instead. I just think the editors of the front page could organize the coverage a little differently.

It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel.

Source: Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts | Environment | The Guardian

Where have all the insects gone? | Science | AAAS

I’ve been scouring my newsfeeds trying to find the stories that would be getting better coverage if the front pages weren’t so cluttered with stories about the mess in the White House. This might be a good example.

Entomologists call it the windshield phenomenon. “If you talk to people, they have a gut feeling. They remember how insects used to smash on your windscreen,” says Wolfgang Wägele, director of the Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity in Bonn, Germany. Today, drivers spend less time scraping and scrubbing. “I’m a very data-driven person,” says Scott Black, executive director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in Portland, Oregon. “But it is a visceral reaction when you realize you don’t see that mess anymore.”

Source: Where have all the insects gone? | Science | AAAS