Now You Can Join the Search for Killer Asteroids

Now You Can Join the Search for Killer Asteroids

“When you visit the same piece of sky again and again, you can recognize, ‘Oh, this galaxy has a new star in it that was not there when we were there a year or three months ago,” says Rick White, an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute , which hosts Pan-STARRS’s archive.

'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.

James Watson and the Insidiousness of Scientific Racism

James Watson and the Insidiousness of Scientific Racism

The dilemma raises several questions: How does it feel to be a black scientist who owes much to James Watson in general, and in my case, is linked to his specific pedigree?

Family Trust Shows Silicon Valley’s Secret Obsessions

Family Trust Shows Silicon Valley’s Secret Obsessions

Family Trust Shows Silicon Valley’s Secret Obsessions “My mom just would really love it if I got a job at Google," says former tech worker and first-time novelist Kathy Wang.

New York's Summer and Winter Captured in One Single Image

New York's Summer and Winter Captured in One Single Image

But even though he shared multiple vantage points, the images that always performed best on social media were those taken from a single spot: high over Harlem, looking south over Central Park, the skyscrapers of Midtown, and Downtown Manhattan, with the East and Hudson Rivers converging at the top of the frame.

5 Tips and Tricks for the Amazon Kids Tablet and Echo Dot

5 Tips and Tricks for the Amazon Kids Tablet and Echo Dot

Call Santa on the Echo Dot!I found that the Echo Dot for Kids was less useful than the Fire tablet for a closely supervised 3-year-old, but one of Amazon's latest features may make me reconsider.

No GPS? A DIY Radio Transmitter Can Help You Navigate

No GPS? A DIY Radio Transmitter Can Help You Navigate

That's the premise of the book How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler, by Ryan North.Without getting into the nitty-gritty details, it gives you the general idea of how things like an electric motor or wifi work. If you can build a radio transmitter, you won't need a clock.

A Designer Seed Company Is Building a Farming Panopticon

A Designer Seed Company Is Building a Farming Panopticon

“I certainly had no idea when we started that one day we’d be acquiring a satellite company to bring it into operations in a much bigger way.”Indigo AgTellus’s chief product is Kernel, a forecasting tool that combines satellite images with weather reports and crop data from the US Department of Agriculture to predict how much food different countries are on track to grow each season.

Google’s AI Guru Wants Computers to Think More Like Brains

Google’s AI Guru Wants Computers to Think More Like Brains

I think we’re going to have to do it like you would for people: You just see how they perform, and if they repeatedly run into difficulties then you say they’re not so good.WIRED: You’ve said that thinking about how the brain works inspires your research on artificial neural networks.

How Doug Engelbart Pulled off the Mother of All Demos

How Doug Engelbart Pulled off the Mother of All Demos

It got him and his group off the ground.Engelbart: I got the money to do a research project on trying to test the different kind of display selection devices and that’s when I came up with the idea of mouse.Bill English: (chief engineer at SRI) That happened in ’63.

Putting Airbags Outside the Car Could Make Crashes Way Safer

Putting Airbags Outside the Car Could Make Crashes Way Safer

Putting Airbags Outside the Car Could Make Crashes Way SaferWhen ZF first studied the idea of an "external side airbag," it found that reducing the intrusion of one car into the other by a bit more than an inch could seriously improve the chances of passengers avoiding serious injury or death.Robert Hoetink/AlamyCrash a new car today, and you might be surprised by how many airbags spring to your defense.

No, You Don't Have to Locate Your Startup in the Bay Area

No, You Don't Have to Locate Your Startup in the Bay Area

Now she is Amazon’s team lead for visual search, and she spends a lot of her time investing and advocating for diversity in the tech industry.Ohanian, the founder of Reddit and an active investor through his seed-stage venture firm Initialized Capital, nominated her to WIRED’s list of 25 people who will shape the next 25 years, and the two sat down at our anniversary festival in October to talk about where technologists should be investing, where startups should locate themselves, and yes, Olympia.

Stop Worrying About Buying Carbon Offsets for Your Flights

Stop Worrying About Buying Carbon Offsets for Your Flights

You can also use the cash to invest in wind farms, or contribute to international aid projects with environmental benefits, like distributing clean-burning cooking stoves in India.Good marketers of offsets will disclose what they’re funding, and how they calculate the emissions saved.

'Rogue One' Gets a TV Show, Leia's Daughter Loves 'Episode IX,' and More Star Wars News

'Rogue One' Gets a TV Show, Leia's Daughter Loves 'Episode IX,' and More Star Wars News

(Or, you know, hotels on Disney resorts, but that’s neither here nor there.) Is this the future of a long time ago?Episode IX is “Magical”The Source: Billie Lourd, cast member (and Carrie Fisher’s daughter)Probability of Accuracy: Subjectivity makes accuracy tough to gauge, but let’s take her at her word.The Real Deal: There’s been a lot of talk about whether J.J. Abrams will use next year’s Star Wars: Episode IX as a potential “course correction” to Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and return the franchise to former glory.

I Learned About Climate Change By Watching Fortnite on Twitch

I Learned About Climate Change By Watching Fortnite on Twitch

And according to Henri Drake, the graduate student in climate science at MIT who was talking about methane in the video I watched, it specifically gets climate change in front of the young audience who will have to deal with its effects of the actions (or inaction) humans take right now.Related StoriesCarter MelroseWhy Battle Royale Games Like Fortnite Are Everywhere (It’s Not Just Money)Matt SimonClimate Change's Looming Mental Health CrisisEric Van AllenLive on ESPN: Is Esports Finally Ready for Its Crossover Moment?"It builds a community where people can ask the hard questions directly to an expert," Drake says.

'Red Dead Redemption 2' Reaches for Magic on the Shoulders of Indie Games

'Red Dead Redemption 2' Reaches for Magic on the Shoulders of Indie Games

But the idea of using deliberate slowness and inaccessibility bears a powerful resemblance to other corners of the gaming world.Red Dead Redemption 2's exploration is like Proteus, with its emphasis on dreamy, carefully paced exploration.

BMW’s Vision iNEXT SUV Concept Sets a New, Electric Course

BMW’s Vision iNEXT SUV Concept Sets a New, Electric Course

And near the front sits the centerpiece of this flying showroom, which has already passed through Munich and New York and will soon set off for Beijing: the Vision iNEXT, a concept car BMW created to lay out its bet on the future.“This is not just a show car,” says Klaus Fröhlich, a member of BMW’s board and the company’s soothsaying spokesperson, with the SUV, an early view at BMW’s next generation of forward-looking vehicles, behind him.

Google-Funded Study Finds Cash Beats Typical Development Aid

Google-Funded Study Finds Cash Beats Typical Development Aid

It’s a contrarian idea that questions conventional thinking about international aid, it has low overhead, it’s easily scalable using mobile phones, and it’s measurable.Faye, the GiveDirectly cofounder, called the study “the first ever A/B test for USAID.” Zeitlin, the Georgetown professor and coauthor of the study, says this research aligns with Silicon Valley’s interest in disruptive ideas because it questions the effectiveness of traditional aid programs.A recent cash-transfer study showed early gains disappearing over time.

To Solve Flying Cars' Biggest Problem, Tie Them to Power Lines

To Solve Flying Cars' Biggest Problem, Tie Them to Power Lines

To Solve Flying Cars' Biggest Problem, Tie Them to Power LinesIn the age of cord cutting, San Francisco-based startup Karman Electric thinks flying cars should be able to connect to power lines for long-haul routes and go solo when they approach their destination.

Can Samantha Bee's Comedy Quiz App Gamify Getting out the Vote?

Can Samantha Bee's Comedy Quiz App Gamify Getting out the Vote?

But if the idea is to raise voting behavior, I'm not convinced a trivia app is the best way to do it.'University of Kansas professor Genelle BelmasTraditionally, fewer people cast ballots during midterm elections, and young people have especially low numbers when it comes to voter turnout.

Mercedes' Urbanetic Concept Is a Shape-Shifting Future Van

Mercedes' Urbanetic Concept Is a Shape-Shifting Future Van

B: They have a vague idea of what the future looks like and want to share, but aren’t ready to put real money or effort behind whatever wild plan they think might get them through it.The Vision Urbanetic, which Mercedes-Benz revealed this week, falls so firmly in the latter category, its creator doesn’t even call it a concept car.

Elon Musk’s Blunt-Toking Goodwill Tour Isn't Enough to Save Tesla

Elon Musk’s Blunt-Toking Goodwill Tour Isn't Enough to Save Tesla

So for everyone who doesn’t freak out when someone takes a puff or two, the Rogan interview promised to be a reassuring appearance.Except that Friday morning, Tesla shares dropped 10 percent in response to news that that human relations chief Gabrielle Toledano, who has been on a leave of absence, won’t rejoin the company, and chief accounting officer Dave Morton had resigned September 4—from a job he started August 6.