Charged! Goal Zero's new Nomad 5, its smallest solar panel yet, is durable end waterproof, weighs a mere 12.7 ounces, and measures just 7 by 9.5 inches. With the sun shining, the panel can charge.one of the company's Flip 12 battery banks ($25) in four hours\ If you don't have time to wait, the panel can connect directfv to a phone or satellite communicator: Hang the Nomad on a backpack or prop it up on its built-in kickstand to send an stos. ("Help! We ran out of coffee!") The Kangee and a copy of Gary Paulsen's beloved wilderness novel Hatchet (and clean water, see Grayl Geopress) might be all I'd absolutely need to survive in the backcountry. This tactical tomahawk is made from a single layer of unsplittable carbon steel. With a chopping blade on one side and an imposing spike on the other, the T-Hawk helps me handle anything that needs cutting. And the textured, glass-reinforced nylon grip means I can apply my full force to the task without fear of it breaking or flying out of my hands.
When the girl had arrived at the ER, she was put in a busy area, where children with earaches or broken arms typically sit. No one suspected measles, because, thanks to routine childhood vaccination, the disease was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. Although there had been localized outbreaks since then-among the Amish in Ohio, visitors to Disneyland in California, and the Somali American community in Minnesota-neither Arroyo nor most of his staff had seen a case firsthand. Suspecting measles was like thinking "maybe that's a unicorn," Arroyo says. "It doesn't really cross your mind, because measles shouldn't exist anymore." Still, several measles cases had been reported in a different part of Brooklyn. And after a few hours, Arroyo's team began to worry that the child in their care might be another. They put a mask over her face and wheeled her into an isolation room, with two sets of doors and air circulating under negative pressure to prevent airborne particles from escaping.
Online fakery runs wide and deep, but you don't need me to tell you that. New species of digital fraud and deception come to light almost every week, if not every day: Russian bots that pretend to be American humans. American bots that pretend to be human trolls. Even humans that pretend to be bots. Yep, some "intelligent assistants," promoted as advanced conversational AIs, have turned out to be little more than digital puppets operated by poorly paid people. The internet was supposed to not only democratize information but also rationalize it-to create markets where impartial metrics would automatically surface the truest ideas and best products, at a vast and incorruptible scale. But deception and corruption, as we've all seen by now, scale pretty fantastically too. According to ReviewMeta, an independent site that tracks the veracity of online feedback, there's recently been a tremendous increase in Amazon reviews written by users who have not made a verified purchase of the item they're reviewing.
You know that brutal final climb in spin class, the one that seems to just not end? Don't beat yourself up over loosening the resistance dial. And the planned six-mile run that ended after four and change? Not your fault. Your poor performance can be blamed on your underpowered clothes. Your tights, your shirts, your sports bras: all pathetic slackers! So implies Under Armour's new line of workout gear, at least. UA Rush apparel is infused with a fiber that purportedly reflects your body heat back to you, penetrating your skin to increase "tissue oxygenation"- and in theory, your stamina. It's a tall claim, certainly, but not in the hyper-jargonated world of fitness tech, where optimization matters as much as perspiration, and mere mortals approach training like elite athletes.
Storing and transporting a watercraft big enough for two can be a hassle. Portable options like inflatable kayaks are typically as maneu-verable as couches. Not Oru Kayak's new Haven. This boat is light and fast, and folds origami-style into a 30-inch square that's just 15 inches deep-small enough to fit in a car trunk or hall closet. With a few assembly adjustments, it can become a two-seater for tandem trips or a one-person boat with room to carry food, water, and other gear for longer excursions. To fold it back up, the durable polypropylene shell collapses into layers. Just slide the seats, bulkhead, and other parts inside-the floorboards wrap around the whole package to form the shell of the suitcase. The 40-pound Haven is one of the only tandem kayaks light enough for one person to carry. But what about paddles? Oru makes collapsible versions of those as well ($99).
Every stranger's face hides a secret, but the smiles in this crowd conceal a big one: These people do not exist. They were generated by machine learning algorithms, for the purposes of probing whether Al-made faces can pass as real. (Call it a Turing beauty contest.) University of Washington professors Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom generated thousands of virtual visages to create Which Face Is Real?, an online game that pairs each counterfeit with a photo of a real person and challenges players to pick out the true human. Nearly 6 million rounds have been played by half a million people. These are some of the faces that players found most difficult to identify as the cheery replicants they are.
This helmet's honeycomb inner lining is made from a new material called Wave-Cel. On impact, the collaps-ible structure flexes and crumples, basically moving in all directions, depending on the angle and force of the crash. This means the helmet, rather than your head, will absorb the direct and rotational impact. Bontrager's parent company, Trek, claims this design is 48 times more effective than a traditional foam helmet in preventing concussions. The claims seem plausible given Trek's reputation, and I did find the WaveCel to be so breathable that my noggin stayed cool on long rides under the hot Arizona sun.
You've probably heard about the plague of plastic trash in the oceans. You've seen youTube videos of sea turtles with drinking straws in their noses, or whales with stomachs full of marine litter. But how much plastic is out there? Where is it coming from? We don't really know, because we haven't measured it. "There's a paucity of data," says Marcus Eriksen, cofounder of the 5 Gyres Institute, a nonprofit focused on ending plastic pollution. Marine litter isn't the only hazard whose contours we can't fully see. The United Nations has 93 indicators to measure the environmental dimensions of "sustainable development," and amazingly, the UN found that we have little to no data on 68 percent of them-like how rapidly land is being degraded, the rate of ocean acidification, or the trade in poached wildlife. Sometimes this is because we haven't. collected it; in other cases some data exists but hasn't been shared globally, or it's in a myriad of incompatible formats. No matter what, we're flying blind. "And you can't manage something if you can't measure it," says David Jensen, the UN's head of environmental peacebuilding.
This mask's four lenses, two over each eye, wrap around your face, displaying the wonders of the ocean (or hotel pool) in a dramatic widescreen format. Once peripheral vision is in play, there's a much better chance of spotting, say, an elusive moray eel before it ducks back into its hideaway. The mask's ratchet bindings (like on ski boots) make it easy to get a proper fit-enough of a seal to keep the water out, but not so tight that you get a headache. The chunky grip and stainless steel buttons on this waterproof case give any iPhone model 7 or higher a "real camera" feel for shooting stills and video as much as 33 feet beneath the surface. The optional pistol grip ($99) allows for trigger-finger shutter presses, and the 6-inch acrylic dome ($199) screws over the lens to let users capture sharp, seamless scenes that start underwater, then emerge above the surface-or vice versa. The AxisGo comes with a wrist leash that will ensure your treasured iPhone doesn't end up in Davy Jones' locker.
In our May issue, Nicholas Thompson and Fred Vogelstein interviewed 65 current and former employees of Facebook for a cover story on the platform's hellish past 15 months, and Douglas Preston wrote about how an idle Google search to find a boyhood friend turned up heartbreaking results. The two articles inspired readers to share stories of connections gained and lost-from Facebook and from childhood.