Meet the Dipper, the Songbird That Swims

Meet the Dipper, the Songbird That Swims

Lospalluto / Flickr I’m snowshoeing through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains when I see a small, nondescript bird at the far edge of the creek.American dippers are small and chunky — about the side of a robin — with grey-blue plumage, a brownish head, pink legs, a short tail, and a white eyelid.

Pfizer Seeks Vaccine Approval, the CDC Urges Restraint, and More Coronavirus News

Pfizer Seeks Vaccine Approval, the CDC Urges Restraint, and More Coronavirus News

Pfizer seeks FDA approval for its vaccine, the CDC urges Americans to avoid Thanksgiving travel, and the federal pandemic response draws renewed concern.The news comes just days after the companies announced they had the data needed to seek emergency use and found the vaccine to be 95 percent effective and safe.

Putting Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max Is a Smart Move

Putting Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max Is a Smart Move

Now, with theater attendance plummeting as Americans quarantine, services like Disney+, Peacock, and HBO Max allow their corporate owners to test whether going straight to consumers with major movie releases the same day they hit the big screen is a viable option.

The Agony and Anxiety of the Internet on Election Night

The Agony and Anxiety of the Internet on Election Night

Sure, no one was live-tweeting the results when Ronald Reagan was elected, but as more Americans came online in the past two decades, our national milestones have, too.

OK, You've Just Won the Election. Now Fix Covid

OK, You've Just Won the Election. Now Fix Covid

When I asked a well-placed and concerned Republican strategist why the Trump administration had not used the DPA more aggressively in the spring, this person told me that doing so would have been seen as a big government solution, which runs against long-established principles of the American conservative movement.

The 15 Best Horror Movies to Stream This Halloween

The 15 Best Horror Movies to Stream This Halloween

Horror-comedy is not an easy genre to pull off—especially when a movie like John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London has been around for comparison for nearly 40 years.

The Case for Reviving the Civilian Conservation Corps

The Case for Reviving the Civilian Conservation Corps

In 1933, with the country deep in the Great Depression, the United States government created the Civilian Conservation Corps, a work program that gave young men jobs transforming the American landscape.

Another Surge, Vaccine and Treatment Progress, and More Coronavirus News

Another Surge, Vaccine and Treatment Progress, and More Coronavirus News

Americans prepare for another surge in cases, vaccine and treatment approval moves forward, and new partnerships curb coronavirus misinformation.This news comes approximately a week after a massive international trial found that remdesivir does not prevent deaths among patients with severe cases with Covid-19.

Americans Took Prevagen for Years—as the FDA Questioned Its Safety

Americans Took Prevagen for Years—as the FDA Questioned Its Safety

While the existence of adverse event reports alone don’t prove a product is the cause, the nature and pattern of complaints about Prevagen worried FDA officials, according to agency records.

Trump's Un-American Failure to Protect Internet Freedom

Trump's Un-American Failure to Protect Internet Freedom

By the time Edelman was at the White House, “these issues were occupying the agenda of the [National Security Council] Deputies Committee on a very regular basis.” Far from inevitable, it was an intentional bolstering of global work on internet issues—as the internet in other spots on the globe looked increasingly different than that in the United States.

Treatment and Vaccine Trials Are Halted, US Cases Rise, and More Coronavirus News

Treatment and Vaccine Trials Are Halted, US Cases Rise, and More Coronavirus News

Treatment and vaccine trials are halted, the US forges ahead with its decentralized response, and new revelations about American society and institutions underscore the deadly toll of the virus.

QAnon Supporters Aren’t Quite Who You Think They Are

QAnon Supporters Aren’t Quite Who You Think They Are

Polls show that some 7 percent of Americans believe in or support QAnon, the cultish conspiracy theory and community that originated in online message boards in late 2017.

Democracy Will Only Work If the Social Media Giants Grow Up

Democracy Will Only Work If the Social Media Giants Grow Up

With more Americans than ever working, going to school, and gathering online, social media platforms have an urgent responsibility to step up in order to ensure the integrity of this election.

Climate Grief Is Burning Across the American West

Climate Grief Is Burning Across the American West

It’s grief over the thousands of structures and at least 33 lives lost so far; grief over another villain conspiring with Covid-19 to lock people indoors; grief that the orange-hued dystopia of Blade Runner is now a reality in smoky San Francisco ; grief over losing any sense of normalcy, or indeed a clear future.

The Future of American Industry Depends on Open Source Tech

The Future of American Industry Depends on Open Source Tech

Open source is a technology development and distribution methodology, where the codebase and all development—from setting a roadmap to building new features, fixing bugs, and writing documentation—is done in public.

The FDA's Approach to Covid-19 Is a Bloody Mess

The FDA's Approach to Covid-19 Is a Bloody Mess

The accompanying press release made it clear to all that a clock was ticking: “The Trump administration is imploring Americans … to dramatically increase donations of convalescent plasma by the end of August,” it said.

What French Feminism Can Teach Us About Karens

What French Feminism Can Teach Us About Karens

Karen is, of course, the generic name for the ubiquitous American harpy who, through the long summer of 2020, pitched fits about masks and sometimes about race, in public spaces.

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.

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.

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’s This? A Bipartisan Plan for AI and National Security

What’s This? A Bipartisan Plan for AI and National Security

Although Capitol Hill is increasingly divided, the bipartisan duo claim to see an emerging consensus that China poses a serious threat and that supporting US tech development is a vital remedy.“American leadership and advanced technology has been critical to our success since World War II, and we are in a race with the government of China,” Hurd says.

The Weird, Wondrous and Vulnerable American Horseshoe Crab

The Weird, Wondrous and Vulnerable American Horseshoe Crab

In the Delaware Bay especially, where spawning takes place every May and June, you can’t talk about horseshoe crab breeding – and it is a spectacle – without also talking about the migratory shorebirds, like red knots and ruddy turnstones that depend on the eggs laid by the millions every year.

Dystopia Isn’t Sci-Fi—for Me, It’s the American Reality

Dystopia Isn’t Sci-Fi—for Me, It’s the American Reality

Under this framing, injustice becomes normal, oppression is realistic, and any move towards justice and equity must come from struggle.This moment may provide a way out of dystopia, but there has to be a collective reckoning with the dystopian aspects of American society as well as the cruel price of progress repeatedly placed on the backs of the oppressed.

Does TikTok Really Pose a Risk to US National Security?

Does TikTok Really Pose a Risk to US National Security?

Absent hard proof, what’s left are more extrapolated dangers, like whether the Chinese government, which the US says was responsible for a notorious series of breaches at American institutions, would pilfer user data from TikTok, or censor content on the platform the way it tightly controls the internet within its own borders.

How Mysterious Protest Messages Have Filled the Skies

How Mysterious Protest Messages Have Filled the Skies

Indigenous protesters, for whom the land around Rushmore is sacred, were met by chants of “go home.” On social media, many were learning that the Fourth of July only marks a day of independence for white Americans; Black people wouldn’t gain freedom until nearly a century later, on June 19, 1865.

In This American Revolution, Even the Oscars Have a Role

In This American Revolution, Even the Oscars Have a Role

Taking movies like Gone With the Wind off of streaming services, or removing TV episodes that feature blackface, isn’t censorship , it’s an acknowledgement of past mistakes and an admission that Hollywood, and the people who run it, can do better.

Anonymous Stole and Leaked a Megatrove of Police Documents

Anonymous Stole and Leaked a Megatrove of Police Documents

DDOSecrets founder Emma Best tells WIRED that the hacked files came from Anonymous—or at least a source self-representing as part of that group, given that under Anonymous' loose, leaderless structure anyone can declare themselves a member."It's the largest published hack of American law enforcement agencies," Emma Best, cofounder of DDOSecrets, wrote in a series of text messages.

The Auto Industry Is Wrecked—Let’s Rebuild It With Electric

The Auto Industry Is Wrecked—Let’s Rebuild It With Electric

To rescue the American auto industry, and our world, we should launch a massive, coordinated private-public partnership: the Green-Car New Deal.So the Green-Car New Deal would focus public investment on creating better, cheaper batteries.

On Instagram, Black Squares Overtook Activist Hashtags

On Instagram, Black Squares Overtook Activist Hashtags

As recent protests have spread across American cities following the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis, organizers have worked tirelessly to share images and information across social media, urging followers to take action.

Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network

Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network

One of those documents, the first to be made public in June 2013, revealed that the NSA was tracking billions of telephone calls made by Americans inside the US.

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