How the Dumb Design of a WWII Plane Led to the Macintosh

How the Dumb Design of a WWII Plane Led to the Macintosh

Decades later, he’d become known as one of the Air Force’s great minds, the person tasked with hardest, weirdest problems—such as figuring out why people saw UFOs. For now though, he was still trying to make his name with a newly minted PhD in experimental psychology.

Motorola Reboots the Razr, This Time With a Folding Display

Motorola Reboots the Razr, This Time With a Folding Display

This allows it to fold closed like an OG Razr, then unfold to become a touchscreen smartphone with a 6.2-inch diagonal.The new Motorola Razr, all folded up.When the Razr is closed, you can use the 16-megapixel rear camera as a selfie camera through this 2.7-inch “Quick View” display.

The EPA's Anti-Science ‘Transparency’ Rule Has a Long History

The EPA's Anti-Science ‘Transparency’ Rule Has a Long History

Although Orme-Zavaleta has spent 38 years at the agency and is its top scientist, she isn’t reviewing the new rule and couldn’t answer many questions from the congressional panel.

Scientists brave winter in Antarctic waters

Scientists brave winter in Antarctic waters

NIWA principal fisheries scientist Dr Steve Parker and colleagues were on board the Janas , a deepwater longline vessel owned by Talley’s Group Ltd, for the second voyage ever during the winter to study the ecology of toothfish in the northern Ross Sea, especially to investigate spawning patterns of the Antarctic toothfish.

Google Is Basically Daring the US to Block Its Fitbit Deal

Google Is Basically Daring the US to Block Its Fitbit Deal

Bringing user data concerns into antitrust, as Delrahim suggested, would require asking a similar question: Will the reduction in competition lead to consumers having to accept inferior privacy protections?.

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves programmes to fight climate change in Chile, Kyrgyzstan and Nepal

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves programmes to fight climate change in Chile, Kyrgyzstan and Nepal

13 November, Songdo, Republic of Korea - The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) today approved $161 million in funding to support climate resilient projects in Chile, Kyrgyzstan and Nepal benefitting 1.5 million people.

How to Watch the Donald Trump Impeachment Hearings

How to Watch the Donald Trump Impeachment Hearings

As with the impeachments of former presidents Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon, this one will be broadcast live across major news networks.Just refresh the page starting at 10 am ET on Wednesday and the video player will be right under this sentence.

Best Buy Made These Smart Home Gadgets Dumb Again

Best Buy Made These Smart Home Gadgets Dumb Again

On November 6, Best Buy pulled the plug on its line of Insignia Connect products, including a convertible freezer/fridge, two kinds of smart plugs, a smart light switch, and a Wi-Fi-connected camera.

Disney+ Is Here, Google Has Your Health Data, and More News

Disney+ Is Here, Google Has Your Health Data, and More News

Disney+ is peaking and Google is sneaking, but first, a cartoon about podcasting while working .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.A new report from the Wall Street Journal details a partnership between Google and Ascension, the nation's second-largest health system.

The Science Is Extremely Clear: You Need to Prioritize Sleep

The Science Is Extremely Clear: You Need to Prioritize Sleep

“Sleep is like the dishwasher of the brain,” Prather explains in WIRED’s latest “Five Levels ” video.But Prather says all phases, from the lightest slumber to the deepest unconsciousness, are important processes that allow our brains and bodies to recover from the previous day and can help us learn and remember information better.

Meet the Immigrants Who Took On Amazon

Meet the Immigrants Who Took On Amazon

According to Awood, about 35 ­people took part in the walkout; Amazon would later say, yet again, that only 15 employees participated and it didn’t see the event as a strike, either.

For Fantasy Author N. K. Jemisin, World-Building Is a Lesson in Oppression

For Fantasy Author N. K. Jemisin, World-Building Is a Lesson in Oppression

In a lot of cases, to understand the character I need to understand literally everything about their world.” To do so, she applies two frameworks: one that focuses on macroworldbuilding (the creation of the physical environment in which the story will take place—planet, continents, climate, ecology, and culture) and one that focuses on microworldbuilding (the societies that result, in all their flavors of social stratification).

Baby Fish Feast on Microplastics, and Then Get Eaten

Baby Fish Feast on Microplastics, and Then Get Eaten

Gove and his colleagues dissected hundreds of larval fish and found that 8.6 percent of specimens from slicks—which appear as smooth ribbons on the surface—contained microplastics, more than twice the rate as larvae in nearby non-slick surface waters.

As 5G Rolls Out, Troubling New Security Flaws Emerge

As 5G Rolls Out, Troubling New Security Flaws Emerge

The researchers from Purdue University and the University of Iowa are detailing 11 new design issues in 5G protocols that could expose your location, downgrade your service to old mobile data networks, run up your wireless bills, or even track when you make calls, text, or browse the web.

The Tao of Goo: Lessons From a Slime Workshop

The Tao of Goo: Lessons From a Slime Workshop

Katie Anstett, a 16-year-old slime-trepreneur of Instagram fame, guided newbies as they shaped their own goo, as part of the workshop hosted by WIRED's Louise Matsakis.

Disney+ Is Here—and It's a Fully Formed Streaming Juggernaut

Disney+ Is Here—and It's a Fully Formed Streaming Juggernaut

It’s hard to overstate the advantage this gives Disney over fellow newcomers like Apple TV+ and the forthcoming HBO Max. And it's important to understand that Disney’s head start comes not only from its extensive back catalog of TV shows and movies but also from a technological prowess in this space that that few companies can match.

A Breakthrough for Chronic Wasting Disease?

A Breakthrough for Chronic Wasting Disease?

Photo © Lisa Ballard A new paper published in the journal PLoS ONE finds household bleach can deactivate Chronic Wasting Disease prions.

A Baby Fish Crisis, the Terrible Microsoft Surface Pro X, and More News

A Baby Fish Crisis, the Terrible Microsoft Surface Pro X, and More News

Fish are dying and Surface users are crying, but first: a cartoon about a modern-day death wish .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

How Crime Scene Analysts Collect and Preserve Fingerprints

How Crime Scene Analysts Collect and Preserve Fingerprints

He demonstrated how to lift fingerprints off different surfaces, so they can be viewed under a microscope.“The first thing we want to consider is the surface itself,” Steiner says.Steiner uses a special white powder to gently dust fingerprints, making them visible to the human eye.

FAO - News Article: Helping countries better monitor and report on forest and land-use under the Paris Climate Agreement

FAO - News Article: Helping countries better monitor and report on forest and land-use under the Paris Climate Agreement

11 November 2019, Rome - FAO today launched a new $7.1 million project supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to make forest data more accessible, transparent and available, and, in particular, help developing countries to meet the Paris Climate Agreement's enhanced transparency requirements.

For All Mankind Imagines an Alternate History for NASA

For All Mankind Imagines an Alternate History for NASA

In the team’s most recent creation, For All Mankind, Moore and company introduce audiences to a new history of the space program: One where the Russians made it to the moon first; where Ted Kennedy cancelled his party on Chappaquiddick; and where national heroes like Buzz Aldrin and Wernher von Braun become people, wracked with their own insecurities, flaws, and humanity.

Rian Johnson to Star Wars Diversity Haters: 'Fuck 'Em'

Rian Johnson to Star Wars Diversity Haters: 'Fuck 'Em'

During a Q&A with actor Chris Evans following a screening of their new film Knives Out at the WIRED25 conference Saturday night in San Francisco, Johnson said that while he’s mostly had positive interactions with Star Wars fans, “if someone is responding to diversity negatively, fuck ‘em.”.

Can AI Built to ‘Benefit Humanity’ Also Serve the Military?

Can AI Built to ‘Benefit Humanity’ Also Serve the Military?

The newborn nonprofit said it had commitments totaling $1 billion and would work on AI “to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return.” But OpenAI restructured into a for-profit this year, saying it needed more money to fulfill its goals, and took $1 billion from Microsoft in a deal that involves helping the company’s cloud division develop new AI technology.

Astro Teller on How to Handle Failure (With an Infinite Budget)

Astro Teller on How to Handle Failure (With an Infinite Budget)

One of X’s most exciting in-the-works bets couples AI with agricultural production—it’s making a goofy little blue plant buggy that roams fields, using data and machine learning to evaluate specific crops and help farmers manage their growth.

The Failure of Uber's Self-Driving Car, Polestar's Debut, and More Car News This Week

The Failure of Uber's Self-Driving Car, Polestar's Debut, and More Car News This Week

But this week, when the National Transportation Safety Board released more than 40 documents related to the 2018 crash in which a self-driving Uber killed a pedestrian, it quickly became apparent that the term “mistake” might be generous.

The Pursuit of Creativity Can Make Algorithms Much Smarter

The Pursuit of Creativity Can Make Algorithms Much Smarter

Stanley is a pioneer in a field of artificial intelligence called neuroevolution, which co-opts the principles of biological evolution to design smarter algorithms.One day Stanley spotted something resembling an alien face on the site and began evolving it, selecting a child and grandchild and so on.

The Kids Suing to Save the World from Climate Change

The Kids Suing to Save the World from Climate Change

“I think especially for young people, we are actually discouraged often not to dive into that, because it's overwhelming and scary,” said Kelsey Juliana, the lead plaintiff, in a conversation with WIRED senior editor Sandra Upson.

Huge Data Leak Doxes Members of Notorious Neo-Nazi Forum

Huge Data Leak Doxes Members of Notorious Neo-Nazi Forum

Like, say, the revelation that you can hack Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri with lasers .Take the two former Twitter employees who allegedly used their insider access to spy on behalf of Saudi Arabia —a stark reminder of how ill prepared even the biggest companies are to protect consumer data from the people who work there.

Instagram Will Test Hiding 'Likes' in the US Starting Next Week

Instagram Will Test Hiding 'Likes' in the US Starting Next Week

WIRED's Arielle Pardes talked to Mosseri and actor and producer Tracee Ellis Ross, perhaps best known for her starring role in the television series Black-ish, about why it’s important for social media platforms to take responsibility for the safety and well-being of the people who frequent them.

Icelandic Walruses May Have Been Early Victims of Human-Driven Extinction

Icelandic Walruses May Have Been Early Victims of Human-Driven Extinction

Settlers arrived in Iceland and began hunting walrus for the European ivory trade at a time when Iceland’s walrus population was already struggling with a shifting environment and a series of volcanic eruptions.

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