The US Is Disastrously Behind in Coronavirus Testing. Again

The US Is Disastrously Behind in Coronavirus Testing. Again

According to a new nationwide survey, conducted by a consortium of researchers at Rutgers, Northeastern, Northwestern, and Harvard universities, most people are not getting results within the 24- to 48-hour window recommended by public health experts to aid effective contact tracing.

The Invasive Catfish That Walks Across Parking Lots

The Invasive Catfish That Walks Across Parking Lots

“Some might at first think that the walking catfish just wash out of the storm drain into the parking lot, but you never see peacock bass or other fish that live in drains,” Bressman says.

Facebook Has More to Learn From the Ad Boycott

Facebook Has More to Learn From the Ad Boycott

Led by Rashad Robinson, Color of Change has engaged in previous struggles to defund the right-wing political group ALEC, make net neutrality a civil rights issue, and end Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox. But Facebook has been, pardon the expression, Robinson’s white whale—he believes that the biggest network the world has ever seen is a divisive force that spreads hate and racism.

Your Income Predicts How Well You Can Socially Distance

Your Income Predicts How Well You Can Socially Distance

Writing in the journal PNAS, researchers from several California universities describe how they used anonymized cell phone location data and census info to show a dramatic reversal in how mobile Americans have been this year.

Cheap, Easy Deepfakes Are Getting Closer to the Real Thing

Cheap, Easy Deepfakes Are Getting Closer to the Real Thing

To make them, Tully needed only to gather a few hundred images of Hanks online and spend less than $100 to tune open-source face-generation software to his chosen subject.

Squat lobster memoir hot off the press

Squat lobster memoir hot off the press

Written by marine biologist Kareen Schnabel, the 350-page treatise presents everything we currently know about the different kinds of squat lobster living in New Zealand’s waters.Kareen’s memoir gives detailed information about 87 species of squat lobster in the New Zealand region.

A New Hotline Offers Free Anonymous Support for Gamers

A New Hotline Offers Free Anonymous Support for Gamers

The Games and Online Harassment Hotline (GOHH) launches today as a free text-based hotline that anyone can use to begin talking about the emotional issues that emerge all over the gaming industry.

Everything Samsung Announced at Galaxy Unpacked 2020

Everything Samsung Announced at Galaxy Unpacked 2020

At its second annual Galaxy Unpacked event of the year, Samsung has announced a spate of new devices, including new flagship smartphones, a foldable phone, tablets, smartwatches, and wireless earbuds.Photograph: SamsungSamsung's flagship phones have always hogged the limelight at its Unpacked events, and this year is no different.

Mulan, Tenet, and the Future of Going to the Movies

Mulan, Tenet, and the Future of Going to the Movies

The studio previously planned for an August 12 release date, but that seemed increasingly likely to expose American moviegoers to the coronavirus—hence Rogen's quip about Nolan and his fans.

Apple Just Upgraded Its iMacs, a Little

Apple Just Upgraded Its iMacs, a Little

Since the iMac now has a 10-core i9 upgrade option, Apple is also bumping the base model of the iMac Pro to offer the same processor, and this version is also available to order today.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Is a Freewheeling Breath of Fresh Air

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Is a Freewheeling Breath of Fresh Air

In a crowded and self-serious genre that regularly involves items like “Extended Quick-Draw Mag” and “field upgrades,” an utterly tangential, silly sort of survival-slash-battle-royale game is welcome—especially if winning requires demonstrable skill.

A Summer Camp Covid-19 Outbreak Offers Back-to-School Lessons

A Summer Camp Covid-19 Outbreak Offers Back-to-School Lessons

According to the report, High Harbour followed many of the CDC’s recommendations for summer camps, including enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures, staggering the use of communal spaces, and requiring physical distancing outside of cabins.

Hackers Could Use IoT Botnets to Manipulate Energy Markets

Hackers Could Use IoT Botnets to Manipulate Energy Markets

At the Black Hat security conference on Wednesday, the researchers will present their findings, which suggest that high-wattage IoT botnets—made up of power-guzzling devices like air conditioners, car chargers, and smart thermostats—could be deployed strategically to increase demand at certain times in any of the nine private energy markets around the US.

Decades-Old Email Flaws Could Let Attackers Mask Their Identities

Decades-Old Email Flaws Could Let Attackers Mask Their Identities

The study looked at the big three protocols used in email sender authentication—Sender Policy Framework (SPF), Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM), and Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC)—and found 18 instances of what the researchers call "evasion exploits."

Should Governments Slap a Tax on Plastic?

Should Governments Slap a Tax on Plastic?

If it passes, the resulting revenue, which the state estimates would be on the order of a few billion dollars each year, would be used to shore up litter mitigation efforts and provide subsidies to the recycling industry, which struggles to compete with virgin plastic that’s cheaper than ever to produce, given the low price of oil .

TikTok and the Evolution of Digital Blackface

TikTok and the Evolution of Digital Blackface

TikTok may very well be the future of the image.Sign up for our Longreads newsletter for the best features, ideas, and investigations from WIRED.And they're built, by design, on a kind of appropriation—the original lip-syncing app required users to mime existing audio.

The Tech That Can Help Keep Your Dogs Happy and Healthy

The Tech That Can Help Keep Your Dogs Happy and Healthy

Dog owners are able to link the device to their home Wi-Fi, and anytime their dog leaves that area the app will send push alerts to linked phones.

Students do the science on COVID protection

Students do the science on COVID protection

As the world battles a deadly pandemic, New Zealand school students have been beavering away at science fair projects researching the effectiveness of our own COVID-19 protection measures.NIWA freshwater ecologist and science fair coordinator Tracey Burton says that there is a strong focus on COVID-19 related projects entered in the fair.

Frog Eats Beetle. Beetle Crawls Through Guts to Escape

Frog Eats Beetle. Beetle Crawls Through Guts to Escape

The problematic thing about being a frog is that you don’t have to chew your food, which means that if you’ve happened to nab the aquatic beetle Regimbartia attenuata, your food might come out the other end in an undesirable fashion: alive and literally kicking.attenuata can escape from the frog vent,” Sugiura writes in an email to WIRED.

An American Pickle Might Have Been Fresher in the 2010s

An American Pickle Might Have Been Fresher in the 2010s

Adapted from a serialized novella by Simon Rich called Sell Out, An American Pickle is first and foremost a goofy Rip Van Winkle update (or Encino Man update) with Seth Rogen as a cranky old-time Jewish man named Herschel Greenbaum, who comes to the United States around 1919, takes a job at a pickle factory in Williamsburg killing rats, and subsequently gets stuck in a pickle vat for a century.

What Poetry Means for Doctors and Patients During a Pandemic

What Poetry Means for Doctors and Patients During a Pandemic

I think especially now, when we’re feeling in some ways estranged from our own bodies and disconnected, having that visceral experience of hearing the music and language is just compelling.

Archaeologists Have Found the Source of Stonehenge’s Boulders

Archaeologists Have Found the Source of Stonehenge’s Boulders

Since the 1500s, most Stonehenge scholars have assumed the 6- to 7-meter-tall, 20-metric-ton sarsen stones came from nearby Marlborough Downs, and a recent study by University of Brighton archaeologist David Nash and his colleagues has now confirmed that.

Incognito Mode May Not Work the Way You Think It Does

Incognito Mode May Not Work the Way You Think It Does

You might notice if you visit all your favorite sites in incognito mode, you won't get recognized, and are then asked to sign up for a whole load of newsletters and special offers all over again.

SpaceX Brings Astronauts Home Safely in a Historic First

SpaceX Brings Astronauts Home Safely in a Historic First

Behnken and Hurley spent the next few hours drifting in orbit while NASA and SpaceX monitored weather conditions at the possible landing sites along the Florida coast.SpaceX mission control made the final decision to deorbit just an hour before Behnken and Hurley landed in the ocean.

Why Are Plants Green? The Answer Might Work on Any Planet

Why Are Plants Green? The Answer Might Work on Any Planet

Nathaniel Gabor, a physicist at the University of California, Riverside, and his colleagues have developed a model for light collection in photosynthetic organisms that optimizes the reduction of “noise” over efficiency.

I Bought the Duffel Bag That's in ‘The Expanse’—and Loved It

I Bought the Duffel Bag That's in ‘The Expanse’—and Loved It

If you, like me, have been living under a rock, The Expanse (binge it here) is the revolutionary television phenomenon that has been making WIRED writers lose our collective shit for the past five years .

Archaeologists Have Found the Source of Stonehenge's Boulders

Archaeologists Have Found the Source of Stonehenge's Boulders

Since the 1500s, most Stonehenge scholars have assumed the 6- to 7-meter tall, 20-metric-ton sarsen stones came from nearby Marlborough Downs, and a recent study by University of Brighton archaeologist David Nash and his colleagues has now confirmed that.

15 Best Weekend Deals on Laptops, TVs, and Outdoor Gear

15 Best Weekend Deals on Laptops, TVs, and Outdoor Gear

Backcountry kicks off its annual end of summer sale this weekend with some good deals for those looking at using gear for 2021, or, for those us who've been indoors waiting until the fall.

The Rank Hypocrisy of a TikTok Ban

The Rank Hypocrisy of a TikTok Ban

Trump’s proposed executive order could face legal review, and TikTok has vowed that it’s “not planning on going anywhere.” But regardless of how this all shakes out, the president’s declaration stinks of rank hypocrisy.But it’s free and open, even in ways that other platforms aren’t.

What Can Ants and Bees Teach Us About Containing Disease?

What Can Ants and Bees Teach Us About Containing Disease?

Given that she infects ant colonies with deadly pathogens and then studies how they respond, one might say that Nathalie Stroeymeyt, a senior lecturer in the school of biological sciences at the University of Bristol in the U.K., specializes in miniature pandemics.

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