Researchers Want to Link Your Genes and Income—Should They?

Researchers Want to Link Your Genes and Income—Should They?

As researchers like Hill and Koellinger move forward with mining the world’s DNA deposits, policymakers will soon have to decide on which side of the veil polygenic scores for things like income, education, and intelligence belong.

New York's Vaccine Order Shows How Health Laws Are Failing Us

New York's Vaccine Order Shows How Health Laws Are Failing Us

New York's Vaccine Order Shows How Health Laws Are Failing Us. The threat of bigger measles outbreaks is turning the political tides, making public health officials more willing to take draconian steps.

How An Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar

How An Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar

From that foothold, it appeared, the hackers had spread through the power companies’ networks and eventually compromised a VPN the companies had used for remote access to their network—including the highly specialized industrial control software that gives operators remote command over equipment like circuit breakers.

This Tiny Guillotine Decapitates Mosquitoes to Fight Malaria

This Tiny Guillotine Decapitates Mosquitoes to Fight Malaria

It’s a first step toward an eventual goal of a fully automated robotic guillotine, which could help Sanaria produce that elusive mass-produced, effective malaria vaccine. Sanaria’s vaccine, called PfSPZ, is thought to work by inducing killer T cells to attack the parasites in the human body as they’re developing in the liver.

Why America Wants to Send Astronauts to the Moon's South Pole

Why America Wants to Send Astronauts to the Moon's South Pole

But Tuesday, at the fifth meeting of the National Space Council, Vice President Mike Pence doled out a big piece of information: When American astronauts go back to the moon, they will land at the lunar south pole.

The Green New Deal Is Just the Vague, Audacious Goal We Need

The Green New Deal Is Just the Vague, Audacious Goal We Need

Later calls to the public to rise to the moment include the Marshall Plan to rebuild post-World War II Western Europe; JFK in June of 1963 demanding civil rights legislation, and Lyndon Johnson re-affirming and expanding that a year later, and then articulating a vision for a “great society” that launched a series of government programs ranging from public housing to Medicaid.

Best Space Photos of 2018, From Penguins to Selfies on Mars

Best Space Photos of 2018, From Penguins to Selfies on Mars

Although Dawn is done, it will remain in a stable orbit around Ceres for the next 50 years or so to protect the surface from any potential contaminants left on the spacecraft from Earth.InSight landed on the dusty, rocky surface of Mars on November 26, and moments after touching down, it took this photo of the ground.

Juul Sheds Its Anti-Smoking Cred and Embraces Big Tobacco

Juul Sheds Its Anti-Smoking Cred and Embraces Big Tobacco

Juul Sheds Its Anti-Smoking Cred and Embraces Big TobaccoJames Monsees, right, and Adam Bowen, founders of e-cigarette manufacturer Juul.Axel Heimken/Getty ImagesJuul’s deal to accept a big investment from the maker of Marlboro cigarettes will snuff out its chance to take the high road with critics, but it will buy the embattled e-cigarette company time and credibility with regulators.Juul said on Thursday it had accepted a $12.8 billion cash investment from Altria, one of the nation’s largest cigarette makers, for a 35 percent stake that values the three-year-old startup at $38 billion, according to Wells Fargo.It’s tempting to see the financial tie to big tobacco as Juul selling out.

The 13 Best Movies You Didn't See in 2018

The 13 Best Movies You Didn't See in 2018

(Star Tilda Swinton, who actually plays a few roles in the film, went so far as to refer to it as a cover version of Argento's original.) Beautifully shot, with an appropriately haunting performance by Dakota Johnson, this Suspiria goes beyond the tale of a witch-run dance school by digging its nails into the many ways the past will forever haunt us.

Canada Welcomes AI, But Not All AI Researchers

Canada Welcomes AI, But Not All AI Researchers

Organizers had expected a handful of remote presenters, but ended up with more than 40.Research presented at the workshop covered highly technical topics including recurrent neural networks, finite automata, and how to get machines to detect early signs of breast cancer.The visa problems prompting complaints at NeurIPS appear to reflect longstanding challenges for people from certain countries, particularly in Africa, in traveling to Canada.

'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.

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.

Los Angeles Must Pay Billions to Adapt—or Slip Into the Sea

Los Angeles Must Pay Billions to Adapt—or Slip Into the Sea

But much of it is in trouble: Sea level rise is coming for Los Angeles County and its 74 miles of coast.According to a new report from the New York Academy of Sciences, it’ll take LA as much as $6.4 billion to fortify itself against an impending increase in coastal flooding, with moves such as nourishing its beaches with extra sand and elevating its ports.

The Predator Is One Huge Letdown

The Predator Is One Huge Letdown

The hope was that Black—who's skilled at both band-of-brothers banter (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and creature-feature thrills (The Monster Squad)—could wisen up, or at least liven up, a series that felt largely uncared for in recent years.Instead, The Predator is the kind of movie Black’s other movie characters might mock.

What to Expect From Apple's Big iPhone Event This Wednesday

What to Expect From Apple's Big iPhone Event This Wednesday

Apple's own apps...well, that depends on who you ask....Wild CardsAs referenced earlier, Bloomberg reported last month that Apple plans to launch three new iPhones this year: the upgrade to the iPhone X, the larger phone with a 6.5-inch display, and the less expensive device.

This Week in the Future of Cars: What Happened at Tesla, Uber, and Chevy this week

This Week in the Future of Cars: What Happened at Tesla, Uber, and Chevy this week

Alex chats with Waymo veteran and Aurora CEO Chris Urmson on why the startup will be smarter about machine learning than its competition, and how close its tech is to being able to do everything a human can.One year into his role as CEO of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi reflects—and introduces a new suite of safety features.One Montana startup is using Doppler lidar—the same tech that cops use to catch speeding drivers—to create colorful images that just might give cars a better (and safer) sense of what is gong on around them.As part of a string of electrifying announcement from major automakers, Mercedes-Benz unveils its first fully electric SUV.

Lego Wants to Completely Remake Its Toy Bricks (Without Anyone Noticing)

Lego Wants to Completely Remake Its Toy Bricks (Without Anyone Noticing)

It is filled with complex creations, from a 50-foot tree to a collection of multicolored dinosaurs, all of them built with a product that has barely changed in more than 50 years.A short walk away in its research lab, though, Lego is trying to refashion the product it is best known for: It wants to eliminate its dependence on petroleum-based plastics, and build its toys entirely from plant-based or recycled materials by 2030.The Lego house, in Billund, Denmark, is a shrine to the town’s most famous product.The challenge is designing blocks that click together yet separate easily, retain bright colors, and survive the rigors of being put through a laundry load, or the weight of an unknowing parent’s foot.

Climate change: Heat below Arctic is MELTING ice - sea levels WILL rise

Climate change: Heat below Arctic is MELTING ice - sea levels WILL rise

Climate change: Heat below Arctic is MELTING ice - sea levels WILL rise THE ARCTIC ice is being attacked by warmth from all fronts, according to new research which could exacerbate the problem of rising sea levels.