For Workers in the Gig Economy, Client Interactions Can Get … Weird

For Workers in the Gig Economy, Client Interactions Can Get … Weird

And the already-ambiguous situation is further complicated by the fact that most gig workers are independent contractors who need good reviews from the client and who don’t have access to an open-door human resources department or colleagues they can complain to.

How to Watch Tesla’s Model Y Reveal Tonight

How to Watch Tesla’s Model Y Reveal Tonight

How to Watch Tesla’s Model Y Reveal Tonight The Model Y reveal is scheduled to start at 8pm Pacific Time tonight, though Elon Musk has a habit of kicking things off a bit late.

NASA's Super-Sized Space Launch System Might Be Doomed

NASA's Super-Sized Space Launch System Might Be Doomed

But one thing was certain: on Orion’s first foray beyond Earth, a crew-less capsule would complete a six-day circuit of the moon; that’s the mission Bridenstine now says could launch atop a commercial rocket.

Make A Home For Wildlife

Make A Home For Wildlife

Photo © Lauren Peeler Brice This book is focused on the eastern United States and has everything you need to understand different habitats, restoration, what to plant (and what not to plant), and how to attract specific types of wildlife.

Meet the Bizarre American Bittern

Meet the Bizarre American Bittern

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology calls the bittern’s song the “gulps of a thirsty giant.” Take it from me, it’s positively jarring. “It’s so bizarre to hear this noise.”

Fitbit's New Lower-Cost Wearables Undercut the Apple Watch

Fitbit's New Lower-Cost Wearables Undercut the Apple Watch

The new Inspire wristband, which starts at $70 and goes up to $100 for a model with heart-rate tracking, is an interesting evolution of its predecessor, the Fitbit Alta.

What's the Value of a Facebook Cryptocoin?

What's the Value of a Facebook Cryptocoin?

With a centralized approach, Facebook could sidestep the sluggishness and high costs of decentralized blockchains, like Bitcoin, and keep an eye on nefarious uses of its coin.

Anarchy, Bitcoin, and Murder in Acapulco

Anarchy, Bitcoin, and Murder in Acapulco

It’s approaching midnight as hundreds of anarchists gather at the edge of the surf at a beach in Acapulco, Mexico. Berwick's wife, Kena, is an Acapulco native with deep ties in a city of 800,000 people that locals say feels like a small town.

Polestar Tempts the Masses by Taking on the Tesla Model 3

Polestar Tempts the Masses by Taking on the Tesla Model 3

Polestar Tempts the Masses by Taking on the Tesla Model 3 The Polestar 2 is an all-electric five-door fastback aimed at buyers who want battery power but don't have $70,000 to spend on an SUV.

There's No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology

There's No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology

(By this, I mean systems that use the blockchain data structure but don’t have the above three elements.) In general, they have some external limitation on who can interact with the blockchain and its features.

'Fortnite' Held a Marshmello Concert—and It's the Future of the Multiverse

'Fortnite' Held a Marshmello Concert—and It's the Future of the Multiverse

"The Fortnite phenomenon shows it doesn't take that much technological connection for people to feel that they are together in a virtual place—to make friends, and to start caring about what happens to their characters," he says.

China’s Moon Lander Wakes Up From Its Long, Ultra-Cold Night

China’s Moon Lander Wakes Up From Its Long, Ultra-Cold Night

But yesterday, China’s space agency announced that the frigidity of the lunar night is even more intense than we’d thought: The country’s Chang’e 4 spacecraft recorded an icy low of –310 degrees Fahrenheit (–190 degrees Celsius).

This Fearsome Titan Games Event Reveals the Value of Torque

This Fearsome Titan Games Event Reveals the Value of Torque

As you can imagine, there's a bunch of cool physics to talk about for some of these events. In this case, the event is the Herculean Pull. But if you're both pulling on the same pole, you need to use some physics.

Space Billboards Are Just the Latest Orbital Stunt

Space Billboards Are Just the Latest Orbital Stunt

To pursue the idea, Sitnikov founded StartRocket, which plans to use a hundreds-strong constellation of CubeSats, each equipped with a reflective sail, to display ads, and perhaps emergency and event-based messages.

Tech Workers Unite to Fight Forced Arbitration

Tech Workers Unite to Fight Forced Arbitration

Tech Workers Unite to Fight Forced Arbitration Organizers of a walkout by Google employees on Nov. 1 say employers use arbitration clauses to suppress workers facing harassment and discrimination.

What’s That Weird Duck In The Local Pond?

What’s That Weird Duck In The Local Pond?

Mandarin duck © Chris Anderson / Flickr Say you’re out for a bit of winter birding at the local nature reserve. Waterfowl are fun to watch and accessible birds for many people. Just about any city pond, park and canal has some waterfowl to spot.

Lawsuit Claims Google Board Covered Up Sexual Misconduct

Lawsuit Claims Google Board Covered Up Sexual Misconduct

The lawsuit is seeking significant changes to Google’s corporate governance, including allowing non-management shareholders to nominate at least three new board members and changes to the company’s stock structure, which gives Page and Brin a supermajority voting share.

Bitcoin Exposed Silicon Valley's Ultimate Aim: Making Money

Bitcoin Exposed Silicon Valley's Ultimate Aim: Making Money

(At the time, my reporting appeared in the business section of a national newspaper, but as should be obvious by now I didn’t have much of a knack for business or dystopian fantasy.) If you think companies like Facebook and Google are about manipulating the public to make money without concern about the damage done to society, then the bitcoin story should be your ur-text.

What Is the Dark Side of the Moon?

What Is the Dark Side of the Moon?

(In the case of our moon, astronomers think it once whirled faster about its axis.) But over time, gravity from our planet exerted torque on bulges in the lunar surface, forcing its rotation into synchronization with its orbital period.

Underwater magician

Underwater magician

Based at Bream Bay, Whangarei, Crispin is also an acclaimed underwater photographer and the recipient of numerous photography awards. Chasing paper nautilus was our first New Zealand Geographic project and it was a toughie! We have several projects on the go in New Zealand.

AT&T Says It Will (Kinda Sorta) Start Offering a 5G Network

AT&T Says It Will (Kinda Sorta) Start Offering a 5G Network

For now, though, AT&T's new network, dubbed 5G+, and a 5G home wireless network launched by Verizon in five cities in October, will be nowhere near that fast, and only be available in limited areas.AT&T says it will first offer its service in parts of Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina; Dallas; Houston; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Florida; Louisville, Kentucky; New Orleans; Oklahoma City; Raleigh, North Carolina; San Antonio; and Waco, Texas.

Embrace a Fake Meat Future for Its Lesser-Known Benefits

Embrace a Fake Meat Future for Its Lesser-Known Benefits

The company aims to release it in two years.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to Climate ChangeTo get to true mass adoption, fake meat will need to compete favorably with the real thing on multiple fronts.

8 Sci-Fi Writers Imagine the Bold and New Future of Work

8 Sci-Fi Writers Imagine the Bold and New Future of Work

“In the early 21st century, perhaps the most important artistic genre is science fiction … [It shapes] how people understand the most important technological, social, and economic developments of our time.” —Yuval Noah Harari, 21 Lessons for the 21st CenturyHalf of being human, give or take, is the work we do.

Nationwide Bomb Threats Look Like a New Spin on an Old Bitcoin Scam

Nationwide Bomb Threats Look Like a New Spin on an Old Bitcoin Scam

Nationwide Bomb Threats Look Like a New Spin on an Old Bitcoin ScamEduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty ImagesIn offices and universities all across the country Thursday, the same threat appeared in email inboxes: Pay $20,000 worth of bitcoin, or a bomb will detonate in your building.

Quantum Computing Needs You to Help Solve Its Core Mystery

Quantum Computing Needs You to Help Solve Its Core Mystery

Last month Xanadu released PennyLane, a software package meant to make it easier to run machine learning algorithms on a quantum computer.Software packages like Xanadu’s and Google’s are compatible with multiple quantum computing architectures.

To Clean Up Space Junk, Some People Grabbed a Net and Harpoon

To Clean Up Space Junk, Some People Grabbed a Net and Harpoon

Astroscale's first mission, called ELSA-d a cheery acronym that hides the ominous "End-of-Life Service" hidden within it, aims to show that a reaper-style space robot can find lost debris, match a dead satellite’s tumble, and dock.PushersTraditionally, satellites have thrusters that push them to the orbits they need, keep them there, and then (assuming the gas gauge doesn't read "empty") send them shooting down to Earth when the time comes.

Space Photos of the Week: Do You Want to Land on an Asteroid?

Space Photos of the Week: Do You Want to Land on an Asteroid?

OSIRIS-REx will soon enter orbit around the asteroid, where it will spend nearly a year carefully mapping its surface before descending to latch on and collect a sample to bring back to Earth.

The SpaceX 'Clown Car' Launch Actually Worked—Here's How

The SpaceX 'Clown Car' Launch Actually Worked—Here's How

“I am still very concerned.” He later cited another launch of 31 objects, of which only 18 had been identified three and a half days in.“We put our plan in front of all the regulators and in front of the Combined Space Operations Center,” Blake says, referring to the relevant part of the Air Force.

Watch SpaceX Attempt Its Wickedly Complex Satellite Launch

Watch SpaceX Attempt Its Wickedly Complex Satellite Launch

The California-based aerospace company is flexing its ridesharing muscles in a carefully choreographed orbital ballet as its flagship rocket—the Falcon 9—prepares to launch 64 small satellites into orbit.The mission, dubbed SSO-A, is slated to lift off a little after 10:30 am PT from the company’s west coast launch site, the second flight within a few weeks for SpaceX.

An Ingenious Data Hack Is More Dangerous Than Anyone Feared

An Ingenious Data Hack Is More Dangerous Than Anyone Feared

The researchers say such an attack could even be down remotely, without physical access to the target system.Both in terms of the attack and possible defenses, the researchers say there is still a lot that is unknown, because ECC chips, their implementation, and the devices they work in are all generally proprietary.

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