The Tide Is High—and Getting Higher

The Tide Is High—and Getting Higher

A new study shows that nuisance flooding is exacerbated by dredging and the construction of piers and jetties that were intended to make coastal living easier but are in fact redirecting the flow of incoming ocean water and making high tides higher than ever before.

Klara and the Sun Imagines a Social Schism Driven by AI

Klara and the Sun Imagines a Social Schism Driven by AI

We talked about it over a number of conversations, and I think the key question here is: Can AI actually get to that empathy, by understanding human emotions, controlling them through something like a work of art.

Watch Us Sing Sea Chanteys on Twitch With The Longest Johns

Watch Us Sing Sea Chanteys on Twitch With The Longest Johns

Like a lot of people, we here at WIRED have spent a good portion of these early weeks of 2021 obsessed with sea chanteys .

Hey, So These Sea Slugs Decapitate Themselves and Grow New Bodies

Hey, So These Sea Slugs Decapitate Themselves and Grow New Bodies

Imagine biologist Sayaka Mitoh’s surprise the day she found that a sea slug in her lab was suddenly missing its body.Somehow, they kept on living for days, and then weeks, even though the head was minus a heart and digestive system.

The Accellion Breach Keeps Getting Worse—and More Expensive

The Accellion Breach Keeps Getting Worse—and More Expensive

Since then, dozens of companies and government organizations worldwide have acknowledged that they were breached as a result of the flaws—and many face extortion, as the ransomware group Clop has threatened to make the data public if they don't pay up.

How to Tell Which Emails Quietly Track You

How to Tell Which Emails Quietly Track You

For Mail on iOS, open the main Settings app then choose Mail and turn off the Load Remote Images option.If images aren't loaded up, then any embedded tracking pixels won't be accessed and won't report that they've been opened.

Microdosing's Feel-Good Benefits Might Just Be Placebo Effect

Microdosing's Feel-Good Benefits Might Just Be Placebo Effect

After the month-long testing period, they found that all psychological outcomes had improved since the start of the experiment for those in the microdosing group, including “in the domains of well-being, mindfulness, life satisfaction, and paranoia.” However, the same was true for the placebo group—with no significant differences between the two.

Privacy-First Browser Brave Is Launching a Search Engine

Privacy-First Browser Brave Is Launching a Search Engine

Two years after publicly launching a privacy-focused browser, Brave, founded by former Mozilla executive Brendan Eich, is taking on Google’s search business too.Bing’s own index of the web also helps to provide results in other Google rivals, such as DuckDuckGo which uses it as one of 400 sources that feed into search results.

Imaginary Numbers May Be Essential for Describing Reality

Imaginary Numbers May Be Essential for Describing Reality

Provided that quantum mechanics is correct—an assumption few would quibble with—the team’s argument essentially guarantees that complex numbers are an unavoidable part of our description of the physical universe.“These complex numbers, usually they’re just a convenient tool, but here it turns out that they really have some physical meaning,” said Tamás Vértesi, a physicist at the Institute for Nuclear Research at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences who, years ago, argued the opposite.

There's a Surge of New EVs. We Take Them for a Spin

There's a Surge of New EVs. We Take Them for a Spin

Most have ranges well above 200 miles, and a few start below $40,000.Among the latest entries: Volkswagen’s ID.4 compact crossover, the Volvo XC40 Recharge, Hyundai’s Ioniq, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Polestar 2, Kia’s Niro EV, a new Chevy Bolt and larger Bolt EUV, and more affordable versions of Porsche’s performance-oriented Taycan.

Chinese Hacking Spree Hit an ‘Astronomical’ Number of Victims

Chinese Hacking Spree Hit an ‘Astronomical’ Number of Victims

Hafnium has now exploited zero-day vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Exchange servers' Outlook Web Access to indiscriminately compromise no fewer than tens of thousands of email servers, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation into the hacking campaign who spoke to WIRED.

Challenging Conservation Not to Leave Women Behind

Challenging Conservation Not to Leave Women Behind

There is a persistent perception that men should be the decision-makers and leaders in most contexts, both within conservation/natural resource management organizations and in the communities where they work.

The Biden Administration Weighs the Social Cost of Carbon

The Biden Administration Weighs the Social Cost of Carbon

The federal government began incorporating the social cost of carbon in climate-related regulations in 2010, factoring it into requirements for the fuel economy of cars and trucks, the levels of air pollution from power plants, and the energy efficiency of consumer appliances.

The Best Gmail Settings You Might Not Have Used Yet

The Best Gmail Settings You Might Not Have Used Yet

In the mobile Gmail app, head to Settings > General settings > Action Confirmations and you’ll find settings to confirm before deleting, archiving, or sending emails.

Utah's ‘Porn Filter’ Law Passes the State Legislature

Utah's ‘Porn Filter’ Law Passes the State Legislature

This week, Microsoft and security firm FireEye both shared new details about malware strains the Russia-linked group used to get such devastating access to so many targets.

The ‘Lamborghini’ of Chariots Was Just Unearthed Near Pompeii

The ‘Lamborghini’ of Chariots Was Just Unearthed Near Pompeii

Archaeologists in Italy have unearthed an elaborately decorated, intact four-wheeled ceremonial chariot near the ruins of the Roman city of Pompeii, famously destroyed when Mount Vesuvius catastrophically erupted in 79 CE, BBC News reports.

The 15 Best Weekend Deals on Phones, Smartwatches, and More

The 15 Best Weekend Deals on Phones, Smartwatches, and More

WIRED writer Matt Jancer says it's his pick for most people in his Best Webcams guide .The T7, Samsung's latest, includes USB-C and USB-C-to-USB-A cables so you can connect them to your laptop or computer.

Johnson & Johnson Shots Administered, States Reopen Prematurely, and More Coronavirus News

Johnson & Johnson Shots Administered, States Reopen Prematurely, and More Coronavirus News

The first Johnson & Johnson shots are administered, some states begin opening prematurely, and new variants demand vigilance.

John McAfee Is Indicted for Altcoin Pump-and-Dumps and ICO Schemes

John McAfee Is Indicted for Altcoin Pump-and-Dumps and ICO Schemes

According to court documents, McAfee and his associates raked in a combined $13 million between the two efforts, both of which relied on using McAfee’s popular Twitter account to push niche cryptocurrencies or promote initial coin offerings without disclosing that he stood to profit, either through investment gains or promotional fees.

You're Vaccinated and People Want to Visit. Now What?

You're Vaccinated and People Want to Visit. Now What?

Earlier this week, news leaked that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were going to release long-awaited guidelines for how vaccinated people might behave safely in the interregnum before the New Normal when all of the everybody are vaccinated—call where we live now the New Weirdness, maybe?The basics: An aunt and uncle want to visit, and they’ve been vaccinated.

If You Transplant a Human Head, Does Its Consciousness Follow?

If You Transplant a Human Head, Does Its Consciousness Follow?

Why do you want to perfect transplanting a human head?” White had lots of reasons for why he wanted to do it, but no one was really sufficiently convinced by any of them to say this is worth risking someone's life.

The Magical Mystery of WandaVision’s Kathryn Hahn

The Magical Mystery of WandaVision’s Kathryn Hahn

Like Wanda herself, audiences don’t even realize Hahn, er, Harkness has been enchanting them.

How to Tap Into Students' Strengths During Remote Learning

How to Tap Into Students' Strengths During Remote Learning

These trauma-informed teaching strategies had two functions: to understand why kids act out, disengage, or struggle to succeed in class, and to create a community where they feel cared for and heard.

The Murder Hornets Nature Doc Disguised as a True-Crime Show

The Murder Hornets Nature Doc Disguised as a True-Crime Show

Attack of the Murder Hornets follows McFall as he joins a loose alliance of beekeepers and scientists in the Pacific Northwest who hunt for the nests of these invasive insects, racing to remove them from the local ecosystem before they wreak havoc.

Hotspot Watch 5 March 2021

Hotspot Watch 5 March 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that meteorological drought is in place in a small portion of East Cape, while widespread dry-to-extremely dry conditions are in place across nearly all of the North Island.

Facebook’s New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help

Facebook’s New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help

The Facebook algorithm, called Seer (for SElf-supERvised), fed on more than a billion images scraped from Instagram , deciding for itself which objects look alike.LeCun says self-supervised learning could have many useful applications, for instance learning to read medical images without the need for labeling so many scans and x-rays.

Who Is R. A. Lafferty? And Is He the Best Sci-Fi Writer Ever?

Who Is R. A. Lafferty? And Is He the Best Sci-Fi Writer Ever?

Lafferty didn’t just write possibly the best short stories in the world, of which more than 200 were published by various pulps and small presses in his lifetime.

Thousands of Android and iOS Apps Leak Data From the Cloud

Thousands of Android and iOS Apps Leak Data From the Cloud

Zimperium ran automated analysis on more than 1.3 million Android and iOS apps to detect common cloud misconfigurations that exposed data.

China and Russia's Spying Sprees Will Take Years to Unpack

China and Russia's Spying Sprees Will Take Years to Unpack

First spotted by security firm Volexity, a nation-state group that Microsoft calls Hafnium has been using multiple zero-day exploits —which attack previously unknown vulnerabilities in software—to break into Exchange Servers, which manage email clients including Outlook.

Why Can't I Stop Staring at My Own Face on Zoom?

Why Can't I Stop Staring at My Own Face on Zoom?

The person you are seeing there is not the compliant reflection of your ego, but that most elusive of all entities: the self you become in the emergency of a social encounter, when all your premeditations fall away; the self who has always been familiar to your friends, family, and acquaintances while remaining largely invisible to you, its owner.

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