Spider-Man Story: There Are Two Sides to Every Memetic Breakup

Spider-Man Story: There Are Two Sides to Every Memetic Breakup

As such, this week we've got a (sort of) breakup, hot news about yet another videogame making its way to TV, and some dirt on Nintendo's long-awaited online service.

We Know Exactly How to Stop Wildfires—With Money

We Know Exactly How to Stop Wildfires—With Money

Except if you don’t reduce the number of trees, and if you then also try to put out every fire, and allow runaway climate change to make droughts and heat waves worse … the boreal forests of North America will continue to literally go up in smoke, erasing the landscape and spewing climate-changing carbon into the atmosphere.Everyone pretty much agrees on how to deal with our new Burning World: Stop trying to suppress fire and start managing that land to restore a more natural (less intense) fire regime.

New Space Robots Will Fix Satellites, or Maybe Destroy Them

New Space Robots Will Fix Satellites, or Maybe Destroy Them

Because the technology now exists to build these satellite hackers, we're stuck in a quandary: If your enemy can launch such orbiters, and you don't match them, you run the risk of having your space infrastructure quietly slaughtered.NASA's peaceful program for satellites with these servicing capabilities is called Restore-L.

Key internet connections and locations at risk from rising seas

Key internet connections and locations at risk from rising seas

Data centers are built on land, and most of the physical elements of the internet – such as the cables that connect households to internet services and the fiber optic strands carrying data from one city to another – are buried in plastic conduit under the dirt.

Uber, Tesla, Electric Scooters, and More Folks Who Made Car News This Week

Uber, Tesla, Electric Scooters, and More Folks Who Made Car News This Week

Subway stations can feel like waiting rooms you just have to tolerate, but Chan argues these are places to be examined critically and thoughtfully, too.In-house WIRED physicist Rhett Allain calculates how fast a Tesla has to move to go airborne.Tesla Graph of the WeekTranspo editor Alex Davies set aside a chunk of time to go through Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s tweets.

Riding With the Diplomatic Couriers Who Deliver America's Secret Mail

Riding With the Diplomatic Couriers Who Deliver America's Secret Mail

We’re on just one of thousands of such trips the service will execute this year as it delivers classified cargo, contained in tamper-proof orange pouches, to 270 US embassies and consulates around the world.The little-known, 100-year-old Diplomatic Courier Service works like your interoffice mail system, but on a planetary scale, with complex protocols and security measures that ensure the reliable transport of sensitive material by land, air, and sea.

SF Is Bringing Back Banned Electric Scooters—With Limits

SF Is Bringing Back Banned Electric Scooters—With Limits

Each company can operate at least 625 scooters, and permits will be finalized by October 15.Skip ScootersThe scooters are back in town.Three months after ejecting the networks of shared, sidewalk-cluttering vehicles from the city, officials with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced today the two winners of its e-scooter pilot sweepstakes: Scoot and Skip.The city chose the companies from a crowded field of 12, which submitted a collective 800 pages in proposals on their operations, safety, and plans to extend the scooter bounty to San Francisco's neighborhoods.