Amazon's Self-Driving Bet and More Car News This Week

Amazon's Self-Driving Bet and More Car News This Week

Amazon's Self-Driving Bet and More Car News This Week Self-driving car developer Aurora bagged a $530 million Series B funding round this week, which doubled as Amazon's biggest step to date into the autonomous driving industry.

Why Your Doctor Should Also Be a Scientist

Why Your Doctor Should Also Be a Scientist

WIRED OPINION ABOUT Kurt Amsler , PhD, is a professor of biomedical sciences at the New York Institute of Technology's College of Osteopathic Medicine. These specialized health care providers treat patients while also conducting research to develop new medicines and procedures.

The Finnish Swimmers Who Chill Out in Subzero Temperatures

The Finnish Swimmers Who Chill Out in Subzero Temperatures

Photographer Markku Lahdesmaki came across this scene while visiting Rauhaniemi beach on Nasijarvi Lake a few Januaries ago. "I felt like I couldn't breathe." Avanto—Finnish for "hole in the ice"—is a national pastime in Finland between November and March, when temperatures drop as cold as -35 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pixar's Renderman CGI Software Celebrates Its 30th Birthday

Pixar's Renderman CGI Software Celebrates Its 30th Birthday

Since inception, the program's powers have grown—what used to take all night on a render farm for Toy Story can now be accomplished in real time—but Pixar filmmakers like Coco's Lee Unkrich are still using it to push the limits of visual storytelling, without sacrificing emotional payoff.In the 30 years since RenderMan became available, 27 of the 30 films to win the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects used it.

5 STEM Toys to Entertain and Enlighten Your Kids

5 STEM Toys to Entertain and Enlighten Your Kids

Now the Crayola folks make a proper chemistry set with 16 out-of-the-box projects and 34 more that use household ­ingredients, from erupting volcanoes and glow worms to three types of slime.$25Styling by Kiki StevensThis article appears in the September issue.

Climate change: the Brexit threat

Climate change: the Brexit threat

There is a tacky interface between industry and government when it comes to public health or the environment, and it is abundantly clear that Brexit is fatally shifting the balance towards deregulation (“Green watchdog will lack bite after Brexit”, News).

UK’s green watchdog will be powerless over climate change post-Brexit

UK’s green watchdog will be powerless over climate change post-Brexit

“The UK public deserves to have a watchdog with teeth that can enforce climate policy and ensure that our pledges become reality.”

Your Tweets Can Help Map the Spread of Wildfire Smoke

Your Tweets Can Help Map the Spread of Wildfire Smoke

In a recently published study, US Forest Service researchers Sonya Sachdeva and Sarah McCaffrey found that, when analyzed in large numbers, tweets about wildfires can accurately model the way smoke moves.In their study, published by the International Conference on Social Media & Society, Sachdeva and McCaffrey analyzed close to 39,000 tweets posted between May and September 2015 in California.