Katherine Johnson’s Math Will Steer NASA Back to the Moon

Katherine Johnson’s Math Will Steer NASA Back to the Moon

The retired NASA mathematician, who died Monday at the age of 101, calculated the trajectories of the agency’s first space missions, including John Glenn ’s 1962 spaceflight in which he became the first American to orbit the planet, and the first moon landing in 1969.

Taylor Swift's Miss Americana Is Pointless in the Instagram Era

Taylor Swift's Miss Americana Is Pointless in the Instagram Era

The latest of these, Netflix’s Miss Americana, trains its camera on Taylor Swift, an artist known for both her social media prowess and her skill in controlling what, exactly, the world knows about her.

Americans Are Split On Online Dating—but Swipe More Than Ever

Americans Are Split On Online Dating—but Swipe More Than Ever

“Fully 56% of LGB users say someone on a dating site or app has sent them a sexually explicit message or image they didn’t ask for, compared with about one-third of straight users,” the survey reports.

How American Politics Became a Meme Theater

How American Politics Became a Meme Theater

The positive consequence of the political meme ecosystem is that average people at least seem to be more civically engaged.The downside of the new meme-conscious political world, of course, is that facial expressions and stunts have become as important as substance and policy, if not more.

Oh Sure, Big Tech Wants Regulation—on Its Own Terms

Oh Sure, Big Tech Wants Regulation—on Its Own Terms

But this perfectly captures the US tech industry’s shift toward talking regulation—just in a way that benefits itself—and the related risks of allowing private corporations to set the American (or even global) agenda on technology governance.Zeroing in on the singular technology thus pivots regulation dialogue in the corporate favor, away from talk of more fundamental, government-driven change.

The FDA Announces Two More Antacid Recalls Due to Cancer Risk

The FDA Announces Two More Antacid Recalls Due to Cancer Risk

The agency also reported that Mylan Pharmaceuticals recalled three lots of Nizatidine (Axid), a similar drug, again because of NDMA.This week’s recalls are a new cause for alarm for the 15 million Americans who take ranitidine at prescription levels, and the millions more who regularly take lower-dose, over-the-counter versions.

Bored with Sunday Service? Maybe Nudist Church Is Your Thing

Bored with Sunday Service? Maybe Nudist Church Is Your Thing

These unaffiliated worshippers are the ones targeted by the proliferating number of alternative churches and Christian recreational sites captured by Abad.Abad sees these churches as a distinctly American phenomenon; there is no comparable phenomenon in France, he says.

Iranian Hackers Have Been ‘Password-Spraying’ the US Grid

Iranian Hackers Have Been ‘Password-Spraying’ the US Grid

But they’ve been working to gain access to American electric utilities, long before tensions between the two countries came to a head .On Thursday morning, industrial control system security firm Dragos detailed newly revealed hacking activity that it has tracked and attributed to a group of state-sponsored hackers it calls Magnallium.

An Iranian Hacking Campaign, Social Media Surveillance, and More News

An Iranian Hacking Campaign, Social Media Surveillance, and More News

In a new report, the security firm Dragos details hacking activity against American electric utilities and attributes it to a group of Iranian hackers called Magnallium.That's the weight of Sony's new concept car , which debuted this week at CES.

NYC Has an Old-Timey Plan to Fix Its Traffic Future

NYC Has an Old-Timey Plan to Fix Its Traffic Future

New York City is still more than a year away from becoming the first American metropolis to implement a congestion charge , but its plan to ease Manhattan traffic is starting to take shape.

To Train Foreign Service Agents, You Must Build a Fake Town

To Train Foreign Service Agents, You Must Build a Fake Town

The site, which opened in November after three years of construction, is meant to adapt to emerging security threats, and imparts the lessons of recent traumas like the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

A Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Script Almost Sold on eBay

A Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Script Almost Sold on eBay

While it seems like everything is slowing down before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, there’s still a lot to cover, including Taylor Swift’s big night at the American Music Awards and Frozen 2’s big weekend at the box office.

Iranian Americans Struggle to Reach Family Amid Internet Blackout

Iranian Americans Struggle to Reach Family Amid Internet Blackout

Mina is one of countless Iranians in the US who have tried to contact friends and family members in Iran amid a nationwide internet shutdown that has lasted six days so far.

The Real ID Is Nearly Here, and You Can’t Fly Home Without It

The Real ID Is Nearly Here, and You Can’t Fly Home Without It

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation decried the Real ID as a subversive way to create a national ID, because the original plan called for creating a database of licenses across the 50 states.

Empathy Is Tearing Us Apart

Empathy Is Tearing Us Apart

In the first part, Americans who scored high on an empathy scale showed higher levels of “affective polarization”—defined as the difference between the favorability rating they gave their political party and the rating they gave the opposing party.

A Tech Group Suggests Limits for the Pentagon’s Use of AI

A Tech Group Suggests Limits for the Pentagon’s Use of AI

“There’s a legitimate need for these kinds of principles predominantly because a lot of the AI and machine learning technology today has a lot of limitations,” says Paul Scharre, director of the technology and national security program the Center for a New American Security.

Should Tech CEOs Go to Jail Over Data Misuse? Some Senators Say Yes

Should Tech CEOs Go to Jail Over Data Misuse? Some Senators Say Yes

As Mark Zuckerberg testified about all things Facebook on the House side of the Capitol last week, over on the Senate side some lawmakers were debating whether CEOs like Zuckerberg should face jail time if their companies misuse people’s personal data.“You know, my sense is that Mark Zuckerberg is not going to take American’s privacy seriously unless he and others in these positions face personal consequences,” senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) told WIRED in his Capitol Hill office.

An Artist Takes an Unflinching Look at Her Own Hysterectomy

An Artist Takes an Unflinching Look at Her Own Hysterectomy

Photograph: Elinor CarucciA third of American women undergo hysterectomies, most in their forties, like Carucci.In the book's afterward, she calls red “the color of an angry loss that I feel.”Photograph: Elinor CarucciCarucci—an Israeli American photographer whose award-winning editorial work has appeared in WIRED —isn't one to shut her eyes.

Exxon, J&J, P&G, Others United on Carbon Tax Plan

Exxon, J&J, P&G, Others United on Carbon Tax Plan

The more detailed blueprint set to be unveiled Wednesday by the Climate Leadership Council calls for a $40 tax to be levied on each ton of carbon dioxide, with the fee increasing at least 5% every year and proceeds rebated to American consumers.

Recovery: Restoring the Floodplain Forest

Recovery: Restoring the Floodplain Forest

An American Elm. Photo © Diane Cook and Len Jenshel / TNC A hot August sun punched through rain clouds as my wife Donna and I exited our truck at the Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge, in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, now part of the Silvio O.

Cities Are Trying—Again—to Plan for Autonomous Vehicles

Cities Are Trying—Again—to Plan for Autonomous Vehicles

Two years ago, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, representing 81 North American cities, published its first planning guide to self-driving vehicles , highlighting the possibilities.

Why American Workers Need to Be Protected From Automation

Why American Workers Need to Be Protected From Automation

Secondly, by taking the revenues created by closing the automation loophole and the “robot tax” and investing them in new programs, it would facilitate the next generation of jobs—good-paying union jobs in green energy, early childhood education, home health care, and the like.

These Hallucinatory Landscape Photographs Will Blow Your Mind

These Hallucinatory Landscape Photographs Will Blow Your Mind

Around a decade ago, Seattle-based 3D animation artist Cody Cobb began taking long solo camping trips through the American West, bringing along a camera and shooting what he saw.

Netflix's Hyperdrive Is American Ninja Warrior for Cars

Netflix's Hyperdrive Is American Ninja Warrior for Cars

Netflix took over 100 acres of an old Kodak plant to make a wild obstacle course that includes a six-story seesaw called the Leveler.None are full-time professional drivers, and each brings their own car, creating a mix that includes a Lamborghini Huracán, several drift-happy Nissans, a Ford Mustang and other American muscle, and more.

3 Animals Hurt By the New Endangered Species Act

3 Animals Hurt By the New Endangered Species Act

Several unique animals, including the North American wolverine, the northern spotted owl and the American burying beetle, demonstrate how the changes could hamper species protection.

Americans Trust Scientists, Until Politics Gets in the Way

Americans Trust Scientists, Until Politics Gets in the Way

Like many surveys and studies before it, a new report from the Pew Research Center confirms this truth: Americans love and trust scientists.

The FTC Wants More Privacy, Less Zuckerberg, at Facebook

The FTC Wants More Privacy, Less Zuckerberg, at Facebook

“Millions of Americans entrusted personal information to Facebook with the understanding that Facebook would respect the laws governing consumer privacy, but Facebook’s many privacy missteps made clear that it lacked a culture of compliance in this area,” FTC commissioner Christine Wilson said at a press conference announcing the settlement Wednesday.

Why Bigger Roads Make Traffic Worse, and Other Summer Travel News

Why Bigger Roads Make Traffic Worse, and Other Summer Travel News

Stories you might have missed about holiday travel. On Monday, SFTMA reported its Muni trains were experiencing a delay because of … a balloon, which got stuck in a tunnel. The number of Americans expected to travel for the July 4 holiday, according to AAA—a record!

Iran Shoots Down a U.S. Drone, Apple Recalls MacBook Batteries, and More News

Iran Shoots Down a U.S. Drone, Apple Recalls MacBook Batteries, and More News

Iran Shoots Down a U.S. Drone, Apple Recalls MacBook Batteries, and More News. Iran shot down an American drone, Apple recalled a lot of MacBooks that were at risk of catching fire, and Avengers: EndGame is being rereleased.

The Oddball Delights of Los Espookys

The Oddball Delights of Los Espookys

Los Espookys is a Spanish-language series focused on a quartet of self-described "horror technicians" who live in an unnamed Latin American country. Equally outfitted by four eccentrics, Los Espookys is led by the goth-loving Renaldo (Bernardo Velasco in an ace performance), who wears all-black ensembles and speaks with a warm rasp.

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