Exploding Stars May Have Killed Off Prehistoric Predators

Exploding Stars May Have Killed Off Prehistoric Predators

“They are in a sweet spot for affecting ground-based life.” Melott hypothesized that a supernova around 2.6 million years ago would have increased the flow of muons streaming through the atmosphere several hundred times over.

A New Assassin's Creed Marriage Plot Comes Under Fire

A New Assassin's Creed Marriage Plot Comes Under Fire

A New Assassin's Creed Marriage Plot Comes Under Fire The game was lauded for actual solid LGBT representation—until it released an expansion pack that forces your player to settle down with a member of the opposite sex.

No Binoculars Allowed: Learning to Bird by Ear

No Binoculars Allowed: Learning to Bird by Ear

As the khaki-clad birders start assembling in the parking lot, I joke to Hugh that the only way he’s going to get me to learn to bird by ear is to take away my binoculars.

CES 2019 Liveblog: The Gadget Future Is Here

CES 2019 Liveblog: The Gadget Future Is Here

You've made it to the fourth and final day of our CES 2019 liveblog. Switch It Up There's nothing particularly life changing about this Nintendo Switch Joy-Con charger by HyperX, except that it's built a lot sturdier and more thoughtfully than many Switch accessories.

One Square Meter of Prairie

One Square Meter of Prairie

Photo © Chris Helzer / TNC I was thrilled to photograph two different monarch butterflies inside the plot, the more so because of their current population declines.

How to Calculate the Physics in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

How to Calculate the Physics in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Here is the rule that I have for a jumping Captain Falcon: Yes, that seems like a crazy model, but when I run it I get the following plot (along with data from the video analysis).

Cantina Talk: Star Wars Will Return in Full Force in 2019

Cantina Talk: Star Wars Will Return in Full Force in 2019

The Real Deal: Here's one more thing about Episode IX : According to Carrie Fisher's brother, there will be a lot more of Leia Skywalker in J.J. Abrams' next Star Wars movie than people expected, and it'll be all-new footage.

A Wildfire Was Extra Close to Home for This LA Photographer

A Wildfire Was Extra Close to Home for This LA Photographer

"I took a lot of the photographs from my driveway, essentially." The hard work of local firefighters saved the house, and Cooley continued photographing the aftermath of the fire, which eventually consumed over 7,000 acres, becoming one of the largest in Los Angeles history.

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.

The Day I Found Out My Life Was Hanging by a Thread

The Day I Found Out My Life Was Hanging by a Thread

Mighty AI’s weekly operations meeting would be getting started at 10:15, so I had a lot of calls to make.I phoned our board members one at a time, sharing the news with those I reached.

Meet Alex, the Russian Casino Hacker Who Makes Millions Targeting Slot Machines

Meet Alex, the Russian Casino Hacker Who Makes Millions Targeting Slot Machines

A Russian casino hired him to learn how to tweak machines manufactured by Novomatic, an Austrian company, so that their odds would favor the house more than usual: The machine had been programmed to pay out 90 percent of the money it took in, a figure that Alex’s client wanted him to adjust down to 50 percent.David Brandon Geeting for WIREDIn the course of reverse engineering Novomatic’s software, Alex encountered his first PRNG.

City Driving Is Silly Fun in Arcimoto's Electric 3-Wheeler

City Driving Is Silly Fun in Arcimoto's Electric 3-Wheeler

City Driving Is Silly Fun in Arcimoto's Electric 3-WheelerGoing on sale next year for around $11,500, the Arcimoto FUV—that's Fun Utility Vehicle—is an all-electric joyride.Phuc Pham“It’s fully electric!” Mark Frohnmayer yells to the guy in the pickup truck idling next to us. The 17.5-kilowatt-hour battery sits underneath the two tandem seats.Frohnmayer launched Arcimoto after making a bundle selling his videogame company.

Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company’s Car-Flinging Tunnel

Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company’s Car-Flinging Tunnel

Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company’s Car-Flinging TunnelOn Tuesday, the Boring Company showed off its $10 million, 1.14-mile test tunnel to an excited group of fans at an event in Hawthorne, California.BoringFrom a parking lot in a quiet, manufacturing-dominated suburb of Los Angeles, Elon Musk and his Boring Company tonight unveiled what he believes is the future of “mass transit” and the best way to eliminate the scourge of traffic: electric, autonomous vehicles carrying an extra set of wheels, shooting through layers of thin tunnels at speeds up to 150 mph.If that sounds a little fantastical—well, duh.

Use a Slo-Mo Video to Calculate How Fast Glass Shatters

Use a Slo-Mo Video to Calculate How Fast Glass Shatters

Oh, don't forget to change the frame rate in the video.Here is the plot of the position of the leading edge of the crack as a function of time.Rhett AllainI should point out that I converted the distance to meters instead of feet because I'm not a barbarian (but if you are a barbarian, I'm OK with that).

Prepare for the Smart Home Fitness Revolution

Prepare for the Smart Home Fitness Revolution

Now it’s centering its efforts around the most dreadful piece of home exercise equipment: the treadmill.During a demo of the $3,995 Peloton Tread, an instructor named Chase appeared on a giant touchscreen display to guide me through a portion of a 45-minute live run.

Why do people live in flood-prone areas? Reflections from Dar es Salaam

Why do people live in flood-prone areas? Reflections from Dar es Salaam

“They should not be there; they know it’s not safe!” Citizens, journalists, and policymakers, express disbelief that people relocated to safer parts of the city return to their former, flood-prone neighborhoods.

Amazon’s Holiday Toy Catalog Is Advertising Parents Actually Want

Amazon’s Holiday Toy Catalog Is Advertising Parents Actually Want

And this time of year, when millions of Americans are going to buy toys, it’s easier for children to thumb through a physical catalog that feels like a big book of wonders than a notoriously hard-to-navigate website.Kids, especially, don’t have a great way to discover toys on the actual Amazon website.

Even Elon Musk Abuses Tesla's Autopilot

Even Elon Musk Abuses Tesla's Autopilot

“Now you’re not driving at all,” Stahl said, incredulously, looking over at his feet.Musk went on to demonstrate the car’s new Navigate on Autopilot feature, which lets it change lanes by itself.

32 Hours in Chandler, Arizona, the Self-Driving Capital of the World

32 Hours in Chandler, Arizona, the Self-Driving Capital of the World

“In many ways, Phoenix is the perfect place for us to get started: It’s got wide but complex roads, and it’s a large city with sprawling suburbs that give us a lot of room for growth,” says Dan Chu, who oversees product at the self-driving car company.

UPS Tries Delivery Tricycles As Seattle's Traffic Doom Looms

UPS Tries Delivery Tricycles As Seattle's Traffic Doom Looms

UPS Tries Delivery Tricycles As Seattle's Traffic Doom LoomsUPS's electric tricycle is good for up to 18 miles of range, and is now delivering packages in parts of Seattle where driving no longer makes sense.United Parcel ServicePushing the cargo bike across a rain-soaked parking lot at a UPS distribution center in Seattle, where the shipper showed off its newest delivery vehicle, I had a realization once the pedal assist kicked in.

The MoviePass Reboot Is Here. But Will Moviegoers Want It?

The MoviePass Reboot Is Here. But Will Moviegoers Want It?

Starting in January, MoviePass will roll out a new pricing scheme that will allow you to pay as little as $10 or as much as $25 per month for three movie tickets, depending on where you live and how many restrictions you can cope with.If people sign up, MoviePass will finally have a business model that's within shouting distance of survival.

A Sleeping Tesla Driver Highlights Autopilot's Biggest Flaw

A Sleeping Tesla Driver Highlights Autopilot's Biggest Flaw

The officers arrested the driver, identified in a police report as 45-year-old Alexander Joseph Samek of Los Altos, for driving under the influence of alcohol.Neither the cops nor Tesla has confirmed whether the Model S had Autopilot engaged at the time.

Could Fallout 76 Really Spark a Class-Action Suit?

Could Fallout 76 Really Spark a Class-Action Suit?

Could Fallout 76 Really Spark a Class-Action Suit?If one law firm has its way, publisher Bethesda may need to pay for its alleged practices.BethesdaAfter a two-month glut of blockbusters leading up to the holiday shopping season, new releases are in a bit of a lull, which means there wasn't a lot left in gaming news this week beyond controversy, lawsuits, and ...

SpongeBob Creator Stephen Hillenburg Left a Legacy in Memes

SpongeBob Creator Stephen Hillenburg Left a Legacy in Memes

Imagining the web without Hillenburg’s creation is like imagining it without Google or Facebook (where at least one post in your feed on any given day would feature SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward or another undersea character.) The show is simply part of online culture's fabric—a part that Hillenburg, who died today at age 57 after a battle with ALS, built whether he knew he was doing it or not.“SpongeBob is one of the most significant television series in meme history,” says Know Your Meme managing editor Don Caldwell, noting that the show currently has 90 sub-entries and some 290 entry search results related to the show—that's more documented memes than either The Simpsons or My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

While You Were Offline: But (Ivanka's) Emails ...

While You Were Offline: But (Ivanka's) Emails ...

There was, as that list might make clear, a lot going on over the last seven days despite the holiday, so let's get to it, shall we?But Her Emails (Reprise)What Happened: Ivanka Trump failed to learn the most obvious lesson from her father's 2016 presidential campaign.What Really Happened: What's that saying about history not repeating, but rhyming? Perhaps we should ask First Daughter Ivanka Trump.

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.

Top US Intelligence Official Sue Gordon Wants Silicon Valley on Her Side

Top US Intelligence Official Sue Gordon Wants Silicon Valley on Her Side

Artificial intelligence, she says, presents a huge opportunity for the government and the private sector, but the risks of its being abused, biased, or deployed by foreign adversaries is so real that the government and tech companies should be collaborate to secure it.Some in tech openly agree with that notion—Bezos told the audience at WIRED 25 last month that “if big tech companies are going to turn their back on US Department of Defense, this country is going to be in a lot of trouble”—much of the rank and file are uneasy or flat-out hostile to the idea of working with the government on matters of war.Google, in particular, has had a recently rocky relationship.

Profile: Juliet Milne - a different point of view

Profile: Juliet Milne - a different point of view

But that one summer, working as a stream ecologist on that waterway enhancement project in Christchurch, being out there gathering information that was going to improve how those streams were managed, confirmed for me that I wanted to be in an applied role.

Take a Good Look, America. This Is What the Reckoning Looks Like

Take a Good Look, America. This Is What the Reckoning Looks Like

That turns out to be a myth—frogs are smarter than that.Humans aren’t, at least when it comes to climate change.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to Climate ChangeFor nearly a week, fires of unprecedented speed and ferocity have been tearing through California.

How to Land a ‘Completely Uncontrollable’ Passenger Jet

How to Land a ‘Completely Uncontrollable’ Passenger Jet

By this point, they were accompanied by a pair of F-16 fighter jets scrambled by the Portuguese air force, which led the Embraer south toward the airport in Beja.Even when your navigation systems are working, that kind of guidance is helpful because it gives you one less thing to worry about.

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