Hurricane Florence: How to Help

Hurricane Florence: How to Help

The Red Cross keeps a blood supply on hand to respond to emergencies, but it’s perishable, and natural disasters interfere with collections in the affected areas.United WayMary Sellers, the president of the American division of the nonprofit United Way, said that the organization was prepared to help its local partners with disaster response — but also that people should think about the medium- and long-term effects of Hurricane Florence.

How Los Angeles Is Helping Lead the Fight Against Climate Change

How Los Angeles Is Helping Lead the Fight Against Climate Change

Garcetti sat down with WIRED for two interviews, which we have combined and condensed, to talk about how to turn LA into a greentech testbed, why cities have to compete in order to save the world, and what the city can learn from its infamous water wars.Matt Simon: In what way are cities uniquely positioned to be leaders on climate change?Eric Garcetti: There's never been more people living in cities, and many of them control directly the most important national assets, like ports and airports and utilities.

A Decade-Old Attack Can Break the Encryption of Most PCs

A Decade-Old Attack Can Break the Encryption of Most PCs

It's not super technically challenging."Segerdahl notes that the findings have particular implications for corporations and other institutions that manage a large number of computers, and could have their whole network compromised off of one lost or stolen laptop.'It's pretty quick and very doable for a knowledgable hacker.'Olle Segerdahl, F-SecureTo carry out the attack, the F-Secure researchers first sought a way to defeat the the industry-standard cold boot mitigation.

Enter the Age of Borderless Memes

Enter the Age of Borderless Memes

It isn’t really an outlier, either: Mukbang is just one of Asia’s most successful entrants to a new class of global internet phenomena—simple visual- and video-focused memes that are so basic in their appeal that the boundaries of geography and culture don’t apply.In just over a year, mukbang has shifted from a Youtube niche to a mainstream trope—a high-calorie riff on the haul video.

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.

A New Robotic Fly Dips and Dives Like the Real Thing

A New Robotic Fly Dips and Dives Like the Real Thing

In this sense it’s autonomous to a degree, though the researchers remotely pilot it around.To fly forward, DelFly’s motors tilt the two pairs of wings forward, like a helicopter. Taken together, these wing controls produce a range of maneuvers to rival that of the fruit fly.Animation by TU Delft

Emissions Have Already Peaked in 27 Cities—And Keep Falling

Emissions Have Already Peaked in 27 Cities—And Keep Falling

The next year might be lower, but that doesn’t mean the trend will continue in the years that follow.What C40 found was that 27 of their member cities have hit that mark, meaning all sorts of initiatives—be they investment in public transport or renewable energy or green building practices—have been working.But the economies!

'The Americans' Deserves an Emmy For Its Look Inside Putin's Mind

'The Americans' Deserves an Emmy For Its Look Inside Putin's Mind

Looking Inside the Mind of Vladimir PutinUnlike her husband Philip (Matthew Rhys), whose loyalty to the Soviet Union sours and complicates over the show’s five seasons, Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) remains a staunch statist like Putin.FX NetworksAll week, WIRED's Culture team will be writing endorsement letters for various Emmy nominees in advance of next Monday's awards ceremony.

Hurricane Florence’s Path: Closing In on Carolina Coast

Hurricane Florence’s Path: Closing In on Carolina Coast

Federal, state and local officials, who have already spent days trying to warn people in Florence’s path of the potential severity of the storm, issued some of their most strident pleas yet on Wednesday for people to get out of harm’s way.“We know a lot of our coastal residents have ridden out storms before,” said Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina during a Wednesday evening news conference.

A Huge Storm, and Newsletter Changes

A Huge Storm, and Newsletter Changes

In response, we’re beginning a new feature that looks at steps individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint.We start in the kitchen, with the elephant in the room: the refrigerator.Recommendations vary slightly among government agencies and consumer groups, but the proper temperature for a household refrigerator is 37 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit (3 to 4 degrees Celsius).

In a Sea of Dark Comedies, Barry Pulled Off an Incredible Balancing Act

In a Sea of Dark Comedies, Barry Pulled Off an Incredible Balancing Act

The story’s nonsense, but there’s something to work with.”It’s not just Barry who’s working against irrelevance—it’s the community of artists he’s surrounded himself with, all of whom are similarly trying to make something, anything, of their lives.That, essentially, is the gist and genius of the show, which belongs to a new, more morose and deadly serious stripe of comedy.

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.

How much does it cost to power an electric car around Australia? $150

How much does it cost to power an electric car around Australia? $150

Wilson, 70, a retired farmer from near Biloela in central Queensland, had planned the trip of a lifetime with her husband, Rod. One impulsive evening in mid-2016 they went online and, sight-unseen, bought a Tesla S75 electric car for the journey.

What to Expect From iOS 12 When It Launches (Very Soon)

What to Expect From iOS 12 When It Launches (Very Soon)

10% Happier, a popular meditation app, is another one that lets you call up a daily meditation just by using your voice.It’s a way for iOS to integrate more deeply with other apps, and also make Siri look a little bit smarter at the same time.Apple Plays Catch Up to Google PhotosAppleWhen Google released its Google Photos app in 2015, it immediately set a new standard for what every other basic photo gallery and storage app should be.

Introducing our new Sustainable Communities blog series

Introducing our new Sustainable Communities blog series

Introducing our new Sustainable Communities blog series Making sure that villages, cities, but also countries and societies at large can grow in a sustainable way will be key to achieving the World Bank’s twin goals of eliminating poverty and boosting shared prosperity.

This One-Armed Robot Is Super Manipulative (in a Good Way)

This One-Armed Robot Is Super Manipulative (in a Good Way)

“This is all about letting the robot supervise itself, rather than humans going in and doing annotations,” says coauthor Lucas Manuelli, also of MIT CSAIL.“I can see how this is very useful in industrial applications where the hard part is finding a good point to grasp,” says Matthias Plappert, an engineer at OpenAI who has developed a system for a robot hand to teach itself how to manipulate, but who wasn’t involved in this work.

Meet The Four-Dimensional Numbers That Led to Modern Algebra

Meet The Four-Dimensional Numbers That Led to Modern Algebra

In this planar world, “complex numbers” represent arrows that you can slide around with addition and subtraction or turn and stretch with multiplication and division.Hamilton, the Irish mathematician and namesake of the “Hamiltonian” operator in classical and quantum mechanics, hoped to climb out of the complex plane by adding an imaginary j axis.

How Searching Nails Our Online Anxieties

How Searching Nails Our Online Anxieties

It’s a thriller in which the shocks are delivered not by slowly opening closet doors, but by a series of quickly clicked-open windows.Had Searching director Aneesh Chaganty been trying to create suspense in the same way 20 years ago, it likely would've felt as clunky as a teen's Livejournal—and probably wouldn't have made sense to half the audience.

Fake Beto O'Rourke Texts Expose New Playground for Trolls

Fake Beto O'Rourke Texts Expose New Playground for Trolls

Instead, they leave it to the campaigns to thoroughly vet their volunteers, just as they would a phone-banker or in-person canvasser."The more barriers to entry you have, the less likely trolls are to jump through them," says Souweine, who founded Relay after leading Sanders' national texting program in 2016.He found out about the phony O'Rourke text the way most people did: On Twitter.

Designing greener streets starts with finding room for bicycles and trees

Designing greener streets starts with finding room for bicycles and trees

The central argument against adding cycle tracks with trees to urban streets asserts that cities need this space for parallel-parked cars.

How Trump Could Trigger Armageddon With a Tweet

How Trump Could Trigger Armageddon With a Tweet

Woodward just adds some wonderful color, explaining that Priebus took to calling Trump’s bedroom, where many of the tweets originated, “the devil’s workshop” and called the president’s favorite time for tweeting “the witching hour.” (The prediction that Twitter could get us into a war was reportedly made by an unnamed national security official.)About the AuthorJeffrey Lewis is a scholar at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey and the author of The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States.It is unsettling, the idea that the president could spark a nuclear war with the same carelessness that he picks fights with D-list celebrities.

Eyeing the Future, Snap Debuts Two New Styles of Spectacles

Eyeing the Future, Snap Debuts Two New Styles of Spectacles

After releasing the second generation of Spectacles, the company issued a software update that made it possible to save videos and stills in square and horizontal formats; now, you can also auto-save to your phone’s camera roll, bypassing the Snapchat app altogether.

Blackmore's Lidar Solves Self-Driving Cars’ Need for Speed

Blackmore's Lidar Solves Self-Driving Cars’ Need for Speed

But you can only measure where something’s going, and how fast, if you manage to hit it again and again.Blackmore's lidar reads the velocity of the objects it detects: The things moving away from the vehicle are in red, those moving toward it are in blue.

Spider-Man Loses Its Web-Swinging Joy in an Overstuffed City

Spider-Man Loses Its Web-Swinging Joy in an Overstuffed City

Insomniac has created a hero who moves like he knows what he's doing, and his abilities bind together your journey through massive setpieces and a large, varied architectural space that is always compelling to move and fight and climb through.So many open worlds in the past few years have been built on lists: monuments to explore; towers to climb; side missions and collectibles and clutter.

How Google Chrome Spent a Decade Making the Web More Secure

How Google Chrome Spent a Decade Making the Web More Secure

So the original design of Chrome had two big pieces: auto-updates to make sure you always had the most updated version, and the Chrome sandbox to make sure that if there was a vulnerability that could be exploited we could confine that within the sandbox."'I will be very, very upset if three to five years from now password phishing is still something that we don’t feel we’ve largely solved.'Justin Schuh, Chrome EngineerThese features that set Chrome apart in 2008 are now an industry standard, but at the time Google received criticism for its new browser's big bets.

A Clever and Simple Robot Hand

A Clever and Simple Robot Hand

By exploiting tension this way, the SoftHand requires far fewer cables than your typical robotic hand, yet can still get all those fingers a-wiggling.Take a look at the GIF above and you can see the difference an extra motor makes.

Hothouse Earth: seven things you can do to stop it

Hothouse Earth: seven things you can do to stop it

Most of the political parties on a broad range of spectrum now understand and support the need for sustainable and healthy lifestyles to make our places better in social, economic and environmental terms.

Walmart tried to make sustainability affordable. Here’s what happened

Walmart tried to make sustainability affordable. Here’s what happened

Simply cut down on waste, become more efficient, convince its legions of suppliers to make more sustainable products and sell them at its “low, low prices.” Sustainability goes up, costs go down, everybody wins.

Far-sighted adaptation to rising seas is blocked by just fixing eroded beaches

Far-sighted adaptation to rising seas is blocked by just fixing eroded beaches

As we have explained elsewhere, short-term actions to adapt to coastal flooding can actually increase risks to lives and property. As we see it, market forces and public risk reduction policies interact in unexpected ways, reducing incentives for communities to make long-term plans for retreating from the shore.

Want to solve the world’s problems? Try working together across disciplines

Want to solve the world’s problems? Try working together across disciplines

An article published in Science last year diagnosed the real problem of climate change in this way: “Experiencing the self as separate from nature is the foundation of humanity’s damaged relationship to planetary resources.” The only real solution to the climate problems facing our planet is to change mindsets, an approach that requires a complex understanding of all the ways that individuals and institutions interact with the natural world.

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