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Showing posts from June, 2020

America’s Great—if Small—Return to Drive-In Theaters

Indoor multiplexes are still largely closed. But if you're feeling trapped and culture-starved, consider revisiting a mainstay of mid-century Americana.

Nuclear ‘Power Balls’ May Make Meltdowns a Thing of the Past

Triso particles are an alien-looking fuel with built-in safety features that will power a new generation of high-temperature reactors.

Social Media Drops the Hammer on Team Trump

Reddit and Twitch are the latest companies to take action against the president and his supporters, as platforms reevaluate and reinforce hate-speech policies.

Privacy Isn’t a Right You Can Click Away

Senator Sherrod Brown wants to drastically scale back the permitted uses of your personal data—and ban facial recognition outright.

NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From AI

Engineers are turning to generative design algorithms to build components for NASA’s next-generation space suit—the first major update in decades.

The Anthropause: How the Pandemic Gives Scientists a New Way to Study Wildlife

A group of scientists argue that the Covid lockdown, what they're calling the “anthropause,” is an unprecedented opportunity to study how humans affect animal behavior.

In Lockdown, Mathematicians Crack a Stubborn Geometry Riddle

The rectangular peg problem asks a seemingly simple question: Does a closed loop include the corners of every kind of rectangle?

Review: Food Network Kitchen App Is Long on Recipes, Short on Diversity

The cable-TV cooking channel’s Kitchen app is full of videos from celebrity chefs, but the lack of racial representation feels more glaring than ever.

How to Get Safari's New Privacy Features in Chrome and Firefox

Apple's browser is getting serious about security protections. If you can't or won't switch, don't worry: you don't have to fall behind.

Amazon Shakes Up the Race for Self-Driving—and Ride-Hailing

The ecommerce giant is buying Zoox, which is designing autonomous robotaxis. Beware Uber and Lyft.

Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning

Dozens of women have come forward with allegations of harassment and abuse by streamers who built their followings and power on the platform.

It's Time to Reboot the Violent Videogames Debate

Psychology professor Christopher J. Ferguson talks about his work on games—and about how gaming researchers can be surprisingly nasty.

This massage gun for $54 might be just the stress-reliever you need right now - CNET

Yep, it's an off-brand Hypervolt knockoff, but for one of the lowest prices I've seen yet.

Apple Arcade: Big updates come to Neo Cab, Monomals and more - CNET

Check out the new features on these games now.

Amazon buys autonomous vehicle startup Zoox - Roadshow

Another self-driving unicorn is brought in to pasture as Amazon bets big on the future of self-driving.

The 15 Best Cloth Face Masks: Ones We Actually Like to Wear

Cloth face coverings are gonna be around for a while, so here are the WIRED team's favorites for running, walking, and going to work.

Scientists Taught Mice to Smell an Odor That Doesn’t Exist

With direct brain stimulation, mice learned to recognize an imaginary scent—and helped researchers understand a key piece of the olfactory puzzle.

How Thousands of Misplaced Emails Took Over This Engineer's Inbox

Kenton Varda gets dozens of messages a day from Spanish-speakers around the world, all thanks to a Gmail address he registered 16 years ago.

An Algorithm That 'Predicts' Criminality Based on a Face Sparks a Furor

Its creators said they could use facial analysis to determine if someone would become a criminal. Critics said the work recalled debunked “race science.”

The Best Smart Displays (2020): Google Assistant, Alexa, Portal

Ever wish you could smash a tablet and smart speaker together? These devices try to offer the best of both worlds.

Why the Arctic Is Warming So Fast, and Why That’s So Alarming

When permafrost thaws, sea ice disappears, and wildfires rage in the north, the consequences extend to the rest of the world.

How ‘Sustainable’ Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change

To cut the carbon, programmers are cutting the code. Call it green programming.

The Infinite Loop of Supply Chains

They aren't just petroleum and extruders and cargo ships. You and I are part of them too.

5 Weird Concepts to (Theoretically) Supercharge Mask Fabrics

From diamonds to salt, researchers are exploring novel materials for face coverings. But don't expect to see these far-out ideas in stores anytime soon.

Once a WFH Staple, Athleisure Gets Down to Business

When people go back to work, they won't want to return to the office wear of the Before Times. So sporty clothing brands are pivoting to productive comfort.

The Two Faces of Facebook's Election Plans

The social media giant plans a big voter-registration push. But it still struggles to combat political misinformation.

Japanese Supercomputer Is Crowned World’s Speediest

In the race for the most powerful computers, Fugaku, a Japanese supercomputer, recently beat American and Chinese machines.

How to Watch Apple's WWDC 2020 Keynote (and What to Expect)

You can stream Monday's WWDC keynote on your iOS device, on your computer, or—the best way—on your Apple TV.

How to Switch to Signal and Bring All your Texts With You

Thinking of boosting your SMS security by switching to Signal? These tips make sure your messages come with you—even to a new phone.

TikTok Teens Tank Trump Rally in Tulsa, They Say

Did a successful prank inflate attendance expectations for President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Okla.?

A Deep Dive With the Weirdest Fishes in the Sea

Go behind the scenes at the California Academy of Sciences to see their greatest specimens, including fish from the “twilight zone” and a massive megalodon tooth.

Best Bike Accessories (2020): Helmets, Bells, Tools, and More

You got a bicycle! Here are our favorite items, from bells to helmets, to make your rides safer and more pleasant.

A Report Blames ‘CIA Failures’ for the Agency's Worst Hack

A series of WikiLeaks disclosures that exposed a trove of the intelligence organization's secrets could have been avoided, a task force found.

Elon Musk says 'several' Tesla Cybertruck Gigafactory sites under consideration - Roadshow

Musk said Tesla hasn't actually purchased land in Austin, Texas yet, while Oklahoma officials say Tulsa is still in the hunt.

AfterShokz' great bone-conduction sport headphones are on sale starting at $60 - CNET

Order soon and you might even get them in time for Father's Day. Plus, holy $%#@! this bidet is only $35.

Twitter labels Trump tweet for including 'manipulated media' - CNET

It included an edited video with a fake CNN ticker.

After the Virus: How We'll Learn, Age, Move, Listen, and Create

We asked a geriatrician, the CEO of Bandcamp, a public schools chief, a transportation expert, and the US poet laureate what to expect in the wake of Covid-19.

News at 11: Kid Reporters Tackle the Coronavirus

I started a Covid-themed newspaper for the children in my neighborhood. It turned into a global outlet for youth journalism—and no-parents-allowed tips for acquiring candy.

Coronavirus Researchers Are Dismantling Science’s Ivory Tower—One Study at a Time

Homebound scientists were looking for ways to help battle the pandemic. I put out a call on Twitter, and the Covid-19 Dispersed Volunteer Network was born.

The Design and Science of Patio Dining During a Pandemic

Public health experts think Covid-19 risk is lower outside, and restaurateurs want to fill tables. It’s an easy solution—except for all the hard parts.

How to Spot Phony Images and Online Propaganda

During times of crisis—and presidential elections—manipulated photos and videos flood social media. But there are a few tricks you can use to avoid getting duped.

Apple Threatens to Move Basecamp's New Email App to Trash

Scrutiny of Apple’s App Store policies heats up as the company heads into its annual software conference.

How to Disinfect Everything: Coronavirus Home Cleaning Tips

These are our in-depth best practices for keeping yourself (and just about everything else) clean and Covid-19 free.

We Can Protect the Economy From Pandemics. Why Didn't We?

A virologist helped crack an impossible problem: how to insure against the economic fallout from devastating viral outbreaks. The plan was ingenious. Yet we're still in this mess.

Former eBay Execs Allegedly Made Life Hell for Critics

Surveillance. Harassment. A live cockroach delivery. US attorneys have charged six former eBay workers in association with an outrageous cyberstalking campaign.

Home Office Setup Guide: The Best Gear for Working at Home

Do you need a monitor, desk, webcam, laptop, microphone, or pair of headphones? Here's our ultimate laundry list of recommended gear to improve your new home office.

As Cities Reopen, Expect to Wait in Lots of Lines

Capacity limits and social distancing requirements prompt businesses to count how many people are inside—and force some to wait outside.

An Army of Volunteers Is Taking On Vaccine Disinformation Online

Anti-vaccine messages on social media have tripled since the pandemic began. One public health group wants to teach pro-vaccine Americans to fight fire with fire.

A Bird Feeder Will Bring You Joy

The world seems terrible these days. Let yourself soar above it all—at least for a moment—by making some new feathered friends.

The Grandmaster Who Got Twitch Hooked on Chess

Hikaru Nakamura is the top-ranked blitz chess player in the world—and his channel has seen a meteoric rise as he coaches streamers in the ancient game.