The Devastating Allure of Medical Miracles

The Devastating Allure of Medical Miracles

Dan Winters Eighteen months later, Sheila Advento, having become the fifth patient in Lee’s trial on September 18, 2010, woke groggily in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center recovery area to find her new hands.

How the Brain Keeps Its Memories in the Right Order

How the Brain Keeps Its Memories in the Right Order

Marc Howard , a cognitive neuroscientist now at Boston University, and Karthik Shankar , who was then one of his postdoctoral students, wanted to figure out a mathematical model of time processing: a neurologically computable function for representing the past, like a mental canvas onto which the brain could paint memories and perceptions.

This Company Takes the Grunt Work Out of Using the Cloud

This Company Takes the Grunt Work Out of Using the Cloud

This Company Takes the Grunt Work Out of Using the Cloud HashiCorp cofounder Mitchell Hashimoto wrote course registration software in college so he didn't have to wake up early to sign up for classes.

The Pentagon Needs to Woo AI Experts Away From Big Tech

The Pentagon Needs to Woo AI Experts Away From Big Tech

In response, Jeff Bezos told an audience at WIRED's own 25th anniversary conference, “If big tech companies are going to turn their back on the US Department of Defense, this country is going to be in trouble.” But who would come and work on AI for the federal government or US military when the perks of Silicon Valley are spectacularly more attractive?

What Trump’s Executive Order on AI Is Missing

What Trump’s Executive Order on AI Is Missing

As the CEO of an artificial intelligence research institute , I am calling on him to include a special visa program for AI students and experts to help us win this race for the sake of both economic vitality and national security.

The Redditors Who Reclaimed r/FatPussy (and Other Vile Subs)

The Redditors Who Reclaimed r/FatPussy (and Other Vile Subs)

She'd been eyeing the community from a distance for a while, but then there was rumbling among Reddit's moderators: The deposed alt-right troll king Milo Yiannopoulos had just requested control of the sub.

The Real Reason Tech Struggles With Algorithmic Bias

The Real Reason Tech Struggles With Algorithmic Bias

But that would mean tech companies are training their engineers and data scientists on understanding cognitive bias, as well as how to “combat” it. To counter algorithmic, machine, and AI bias, human intelligence must be incorporated into solutions, as opposed to an over-reliance on so-called “pure” data.

Sustainable Sea Cucumbers: Saving the “Gold Bars” of the Ocean

Sustainable Sea Cucumbers: Saving the “Gold Bars” of the Ocean

“The people within MENAR are saltwater people, they rely heavily on the sea, to the point that if their fish stocks collapse it would be a catastrophe,” says Pete Waldie , a coastal fisheries scientist with The Nature Conservancy’s Melanesia program .

The Wretched, Climate-Killing Truth About American Sprawl

The Wretched, Climate-Killing Truth About American Sprawl

Suggestions of specific policies that would enable a Green New Deal to address land use have already emerged: We could, simply, measure greenhouse gases from our transportation system or build more housing closer to jobs centers.

Cybersecurity Workers Scramble to Fix a Post-Shutdown Mess

Cybersecurity Workers Scramble to Fix a Post-Shutdown Mess

Furloughed cybersecurity employees returned to expired software licenses and web encryption certificates, colleagues burned out from working on skeleton crews, and weeks-worth of unanalyzed network activity logs.

Monkeys With Superpower Eyes Could Help Cure Color Blindness

Monkeys With Superpower Eyes Could Help Cure Color Blindness

(It affects about 1 percent of human men and a far smaller fraction of women; the more common form of red-green colorblindness, a mutation called "deuteranopia" in the cone that senses greenish, medium-wavelength light is a little more common—like 6 percent of men.) The implication of all those likewise-envisioned brothers was that Daltonism somehow ran in families—though Darwin’s Origin of Species and the concept of evolution were still six decades in the future.

The Green New Deal's Trains and EVs Won't Work for Everyone

The Green New Deal's Trains and EVs Won't Work for Everyone

And indeed, the resolution’s transportation recommendations are sweeping: that the country invest seriously in zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing, in “clean, affordable, and accessible” public transit, and in so much high-speed rail that air travel is no longer necessary.

Sprint Sues AT&T, Proving ‘5G’ Is Still Meaningless

Sprint Sues AT&T, Proving ‘5G’ Is Still Meaningless

The four largest US mobile carriers have largely settled on the LTE, or "Long Term Evolution" standard for their 4G networks.

How to Watch the Grammys

How to Watch the Grammys

Don Emmert/Getty Images The bad news: The Grammy Awards show airing this Sunday has two things in common with the Super Bowl halftime show. The 61st annual Grammys airs on CBS, just like the Super Bowl.

This Jagged Little Pill Could Make Diabetes Easier to Treat

This Jagged Little Pill Could Make Diabetes Easier to Treat

Traverso says the next project is to test the capsules in larger animals, to understand what happens if they inject repeat doses day after day, as a Type 2 diabetic would require for it to be useful.

There's No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology

There's No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology

(By this, I mean systems that use the blockchain data structure but don’t have the above three elements.) In general, they have some external limitation on who can interact with the blockchain and its features.

Ikea's Slow and Steady Plan to Save the Smart Home

Ikea's Slow and Steady Plan to Save the Smart Home

“We’ve learned a lot from Sonos, how they’re set up in terms of helping customers when they’re dealing with network issues, or products that are related to a Sonos speaker,” says Block.

Neural Networks Need a Cookbook. Here Are the Ingredients

Neural Networks Need a Cookbook. Here Are the Ingredients

In 1989, computer scientists proved that if a neural network has only a single computational layer, but you allow that one layer to have an unlimited number of neurons, with unlimited connections between them, the network will be capable of performing any task you might ask of it.

An App That Promoted Cyberbullying Shifts to the Workplace

An App That Promoted Cyberbullying Shifts to the Workplace

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction Tawfiq says that Enoff differs from competing anonymous reporting platforms because of its sign-up policies, which don’t require users to verify that they work at a particular organization; they only have to have the company’s join link or code.

The ‘Complete’ Cancer Cure Story Is Both Bogus and Tragic

The ‘Complete’ Cancer Cure Story Is Both Bogus and Tragic

What’s Happening On Monday, The Jerusalem Post , a centrist Israeli newspaper, published an online story profiling a small company called Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies that has been working on a potential anti-cancer drug cocktail since 2000.

Why Facebook's Banned 'Research' App Was So Invasive

Why Facebook's Banned 'Research' App Was So Invasive

In order to allow people with iPhones to participate, Facebook sidestepped the strict privacy rules imposed by Apple in its App Store by taking advantage of a business applications program designed for internal company use.

Photo Gallery: Science Lab Or Artist Studio?

Photo Gallery: Science Lab Or Artist Studio?

"Art is a way of thinking." Related Stories Over the course of her 10 years at the Technical University Bürkle has gained a new appreciation for the artistry of scientific research, which, she discovered, is far more unruly than most people realize.

Google Takes Its First Steps Toward Killing the URL

Google Takes Its First Steps Toward Killing the URL

It shouldn’t take advanced knowledge of how the internet works to figure that out." "A key challenge is avoiding flagging legitimate domains as suspicious." Emily Stark, Google Chrome The Chrome team's efforts so far focus on figuring out how to detect and warn users about URLs that seem to deviate in some way from standard practice.

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?

Private Messages Are the New (Old) Social Network

Private Messages Are the New (Old) Social Network

Morris, for example, sees posting something publicly to a Facebook feed as a yearning for interconnectedness, while a private messaging thread is a quest for what she calls attunement, a way to strengthen a bond between two people.

The Excruciating, Impossible Science of Airport Delays

The Excruciating, Impossible Science of Airport Delays

Because of the federal government shutdown, the airport didn’t have enough Transportation Security Administration agents and air traffic controllers; things slowed to a ground stop . “They insert buffer time in their schedules and ground operations,” says Bo Zou, a transportation engineer at the University of Illinois.

Ending the Government Shutdown Won't Fix Flight Delays

Ending the Government Shutdown Won't Fix Flight Delays

“In 2013, when the government shut down for two weeks, it took the FAA nearly six months to get the school back up to a normal level of training capabilities,” says Sharon LaRue, a professor of air traffic control at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.

Drones Drop Poison Bombs to Fight One Island’s Rat Invasion

Drones Drop Poison Bombs to Fight One Island’s Rat Invasion

On Seymour Norte, officials and conservationists are once again banishing the rats, but the war against invasive species for the purity of the world’s islands has only just begun. Fighting invasive species demands constant vigilance, as the return of rats to Seymour Norte shows.

Robots Will Take Jobs From Men, the Young, and Minorities

Robots Will Take Jobs From Men, the Young, and Minorities

The study estimates only one in four jobs is likely to be greatly changed by automation over the next two decades, and history suggests that new technology will also create new jobs.

Facebook Cracks Down on Networks of Fake Pages and Groups

Facebook Cracks Down on Networks of Fake Pages and Groups

If a troll runs two fake news pages but only one of them violates Facebook’s policies, the company can’t take down the other until it breaks the rules as well.

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