Netflix's Umbrella Academy Is Your New X-Men—Ugh

Netflix's Umbrella Academy Is Your New X-Men—Ugh

The others include a hothead with super-accurate murdering skills, an adult trapped in a kid's body, and a mouthy addict with death-related powers played by Robert Sheehan, who had the same role in Misfits .

'Apex Legends' Is a Surprising Threat to the Dominance of 'Fortnite'

'Apex Legends' Is a Surprising Threat to the Dominance of 'Fortnite'

Apex Legends ' ping system is a means to fix that, while also empowering players who, for many valid reasons, maybe don't want to have active conversations with random teammates.

Cities Grow Skeptical of the Promises of Big Tech

Cities Grow Skeptical of the Promises of Big Tech

“You can’t use a factory to view our Wisconsin investment.” That’s a problem for the village of Mount Pleasant and Racine County, which agreed to give Foxconn $764 million in incentives and more than 3,000 acres of land in exchange for the promise of factory jobs.

The Need for Carbon Fiber Could Ground the Flying Car Future

The Need for Carbon Fiber Could Ground the Flying Car Future

(Conventional carbon fiber manufacturing requires pieces to be shaped and then baked in an oven to set, a longer and more labor-intensive process.) Fixes If Icon is a cautionary tale, another new airplane manufacturer could prove to be an inspiration for the eVTOL.

The Sensible Math of Knocking Over Absurdly Large Dominoes

The Sensible Math of Knocking Over Absurdly Large Dominoes

Since multiplication can be tedious after a while, let's make a computer program to calculate the height of the 29th domino assuming the starting domino is 5 millimeters tall. Here is a similar program that calculates the height of dominoes needed to get one big enough to possibly crush a car.

Travel Back in Time With These Vintage Computers

Travel Back in Time With These Vintage Computers

A gloved technician gently placed those light enough to carry against white and black velvet backdrops for Richards to shoot with his Canon 1DS Mark II, using simple overhead fluorescent lighting for illumination.

We Need to Not Freak Out About the Robot Revolution

We Need to Not Freak Out About the Robot Revolution

"Because building things is great and important, but let's not have nostalgia for the days where my great grandfather would be on an assembly line losing a finger every four years." Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg/Getty Images You, like me, may sometimes (or all the time!) feel that the world is spiraling out of control—trade wars and political strife.

Photo Gallery: Capturing the Everyday Horror of Dairy Farming in Germany

Photo Gallery: Capturing the Everyday Horror of Dairy Farming in Germany

“I wanted to update the old-fashioned image of a cow in a green meadow that we know from ads and milk packages,” Teryoshin says, “to show the dystopian side of the milk production.” Germany’s $14 billion dairy farming industry rests squarely on the backs of 4.2 million cows—the majority Holsteins, a sturdy piebald favored around the world for its high milk yield.

Don't Fear the Robot Overlords—Embrace Them as Coworkers

Don't Fear the Robot Overlords—Embrace Them as Coworkers

The camera data is used to calculate the moment when a robot should stop moving, depending on what it’s doing and its distance to a human, says Patrick Sobalvarro, CEO and co-founder of Veo.

The Next Mass Extinction Might Be About Survival of the Laziest

The Next Mass Extinction Might Be About Survival of the Laziest

In a new study of shellfish from the past 5 million years, scientists found that species with a greater chill factor are less likely to fizzle out—a phenomenon they dub survival of the laziest.It’s well known that high-strung, type A behavior is bad for your health.

Dr. Elon & Mr. Musk: Life Inside Tesla's Production Hell

Dr. Elon & Mr. Musk: Life Inside Tesla's Production Hell

Then Tesla would start ramping up to 5,000 cars a week, the benchmark Musk had said the company needed to achieve.SIGN UP TODAYSign up for the Daily newsletter and never miss the best of WIRED.In the summer of 2016, however—soon after customers began reserving Model 3s—Musk called a meeting that changed everything, according to multiple people who attended or were briefed on the gathering.

Close Encounters at AlienCon, Where Ancient Aliens Fans Meet

Close Encounters at AlienCon, Where Ancient Aliens Fans Meet

"This is their Super Bowl."Petry met several convention-goers who had taken vacations to sites with supposed extraterrestrial connections: "One couple had just got back from Mexico to visit the pyramids, which are believed to be landmarks created by aliens.

Why WhatsApp Became a Hotbed for Rumors and Lies in Brazil

Why WhatsApp Became a Hotbed for Rumors and Lies in Brazil

Everyone you know is on the platform, and you can’t have social standing without being a user, as true for WhatsApp (outside the US) as it is for Facebook (inside the US).Smartphones as Extensions of Our BrainsThat’s made possible by another development for which WhatsApp’s timing was impeccable: the wiring of every human brain to a smartphone, and the endless reinforcement training—Pavlov’s dogs come to mind—that’s turned most of us into cognitive cyborgs, making the phone an extension of our brains.So even though WhatsApp is free of News Feed and ads, it contains the key functionality that reverts our brains to the heavily social and fragmented medium that predates the textual age of editors and encyclopedias.

Does Climate Change Mean You Should Fly Less? Yeah, Maybe

Does Climate Change Mean You Should Fly Less? Yeah, Maybe

Individual acts of conservation—alongside intense political engagement—are what signal an emergency to those around us, which will set larger changes in motion.It’s true that fossil fuel companies bear the lion’s share of responsibility for this crisis, and that consumers buying efficient light bulbs will not set things right; we need government action to shift our energy sources from coal and gas to sunlight and wind.

How Bots Ruined Clicktivism

How Bots Ruined Clicktivism

The second, first posted at 2 am Texas time Thursday morning, was initiated by a group sympathetic to Ted Cruz’s reelection campaign (it’s still unclear who) and it was pushed via a combination of an advocacy app and some of Twitter’s own ad tools.They were amplified by a lot of real people—as well as a fair number of sketchy accounts.Anyone who’s ever run a campaign—political, advocacy, or marketing—knows that getting attention is key to winning—and that getting attention is really hard.

There Are No More Small Phones

There Are No More Small Phones

Which in turn means the age of small smartphones has officially come to an end.When Apple debuted the iPhone SE in 2016, it was remarkable not just for its diminutive 4-inch screen size, but for its amped-up capabilities even given those constraints.

HP's New 3-D Printers Build Items Not of Plastic but of Steel

HP's New 3-D Printers Build Items Not of Plastic but of Steel

HP's New 3-D Printers Build Items Not of Plastic but of SteelHP is hoping its new Metal Jet 3-D printers will provide inroads into manufacturing sectors such as automobiles and medical devices.HPWhen you think about 3-D printing, chances are you think of little plastic doodads created by desktop devices like those made by MakerBot. Computing and printer giant HP wants you to think about metal.Today the company announced the Metal Jet printer, an industrial-scale 3-D printer that builds items not of plastic but of steel.3-D plastic printing is widely used for custom items such as prosthetics and hearing aids, and by product designers for prototyping.

Lego Wants to Completely Remake Its Toy Bricks (Without Anyone Noticing)

Lego Wants to Completely Remake Its Toy Bricks (Without Anyone Noticing)

It is filled with complex creations, from a 50-foot tree to a collection of multicolored dinosaurs, all of them built with a product that has barely changed in more than 50 years.A short walk away in its research lab, though, Lego is trying to refashion the product it is best known for: It wants to eliminate its dependence on petroleum-based plastics, and build its toys entirely from plant-based or recycled materials by 2030.The Lego house, in Billund, Denmark, is a shrine to the town’s most famous product.The challenge is designing blocks that click together yet separate easily, retain bright colors, and survive the rigors of being put through a laundry load, or the weight of an unknowing parent’s foot.

This government is not even pretending to act on climate change any more | Greg Jericho

This government is not even pretending to act on climate change any more | Greg Jericho

We have gone from a government under Malcolm Turnbull that at least tried to look like it was aiming to reduce emissions (even if it wasn’t) to one under Scott Morrison that is making no pretence about the fact it is beholden to the charlatans in the party who want to scam votes by lying about the facts of climate change.