The Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Material—Made by Bacteria

The Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Material—Made by Bacteria

To its prey on the seafloor, the mantis shrimp is known as “death incarnate”—the crustacean cocks back its two hammer-like appendages under its face, releasing them with such force that they obliterate clam shells , one of the toughest materials in nature.

The Future of Phone Design: Flexible Screens That Roll Up

The Future of Phone Design: Flexible Screens That Roll Up

Last year, Samsung and Motorola made clamshell-shaped flip phones that opened up to look like normal smartphones .The week at CES 2021 , TCL and LG both unveiled concepts for new phones with rolling screens.TCL's prototype phone with a rolling screen.

A Race Car Crash From Hell—and the Science That Saved Its Driver

A Race Car Crash From Hell—and the Science That Saved Its Driver

But during Grosjean’s drift, which was perfectly normal on its own, his whirring massive right rear tire and the left front tire of car 26 glanced together.It engulfed everything—the steel barrier, the front end of the car, and Grosjean himself.

How the ‘Diabolical’ Beetle Survives Being Run Over by a Car

How the ‘Diabolical’ Beetle Survives Being Run Over by a Car

But the diabolical ironclad beetle (henceforth known as the DIB) can’t fly, and has over evolutionary time fused its elytra together and to the rest of its exoskeleton, creating a cohesive shell.

Politics Is a Metaverse. The Trump-Biden Debate Was Metahell

Politics Is a Metaverse. The Trump-Biden Debate Was Metahell

Earlier this week, which is to say Sunday night, the New York Times dropped a bombshell, an almost-October-surprise just a couple days too early: President Trump ’s taxes.

CryptoHarlem’s Founder Warns Against ‘Digital Stop and Frisk’

CryptoHarlem’s Founder Warns Against ‘Digital Stop and Frisk’

Mitchell says law enforcement agencies routinely use tools that trawl social media for posts on particular topics, and that they have been used, for example, against people protesting the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.“If you live in the United States and you’re exercising your rights to free speech and assembly to march and demonstrate, you might not realize that the entire time there’s a lot of data being vacuumed up and used against you,” Mitchell said.

Meet the Frogmouth, Australia’s Weirdest Bird

Meet the Frogmouth, Australia’s Weirdest Bird

Photo © Wade Tregaskis / Flickr Each morning, before I put the kettle on or open the news to see what fresh hell awaits our pandemic-blighted world, I check on the frogmouths.

Doom Eternal Is a Dizzying Catastrophe

Doom Eternal Is a Dizzying Catastrophe

That's what made Doom so special in 2016: not just that it was a thrilling action game, but that it felt like a clever, often funny descent into hell by way of corporate greed and irresponsibility.

Scientists Fight Back Against Toxic ‘Forever’ Chemicals

Scientists Fight Back Against Toxic ‘Forever’ Chemicals

Electrodes above and below the surface generate plasma —a highly reactive gas made up of positive ions and free electrons—that interacts with the PFAS and breaks the carbon-fluorine bonds.“Our goal is to completely destroy the compound and not just transfer it from one phase to another,” says Michelle Crimi, an environmental engineer at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, who works on emerging technology to remediate PFAS.

A Republican Raid, NASA's Venus Plans, and More News

A Republican Raid, NASA's Venus Plans, and More News

Politicians are bickering and NASA is tinkering, but first: a cartoon tackling the problem of robot discrimination .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.NASA wants to send a probe to the hellish surface of Venus.

NASA Wants to Send a Probe to the Hellish Surface of Venus

NASA Wants to Send a Probe to the Hellish Surface of Venus

Known as the Long-Lived In-situ Solar System Explorer, or LLISSE, each of the probe’s components is specially engineered to withstand the high temperature, high pressure, and reactive atmosphere that define that infernal planet.“We don't have any data on how the conditions change from day to night on Venus,” says Kremic.

Planting Tiny Spy Chips in Hardware Can Cost as Little as $200

Planting Tiny Spy Chips in Hardware Can Cost as Little as $200

More than a year has passed since Bloomberg Businessweek grabbed the lapels of the cybersecurity world with a bombshell claim: that Supermicro motherboards in servers used by major tech firms, including Apple and Amazon, had been stealthily implanted with a chip the size of a rice grain that allowed Chinese hackers to spy deep into those networks.

A Mass Power Outage, Twitter's Data Misuse, and More News

A Mass Power Outage, Twitter's Data Misuse, and More News

Massive power outages won't save California, Twitter misused your two-factor authentication data, and scientists now know where lightning strikes twice (as much as anywhere else).Power shutoffs can't save California from wildfire hell.

Hellbenders Need You to Stop Messing With Their Bedrooms

Hellbenders Need You to Stop Messing With Their Bedrooms

Like many misunderstood and undervalued creatures in the country’s wilds, the hellbender faces innumerable threats from poisoned water to climate change.Photo © Seánín Óg / Flickr As young, small hellbenders, they live under smaller rocks with gravel allowing an increase in oxygen flow.

The Meaning Behind the #UnwantedIvanka Meme

The Meaning Behind the #UnwantedIvanka Meme

In the clip, the first daughter looks less welcome than a geek at the cool-kid table, and less than 24 hours after it made the rounds, writer Erin Ryan kicked off the #UnwantedIvanka meme by asking the internet to place Trump into other scenes, like soccer player Megan Rapinoe's goal celebration and Beyoncé's Coachella performance.

Space X's Launch Tonight, An Illegal Airbnb Empire, and More News

Space X's Launch Tonight, An Illegal Airbnb Empire, and More News

Space X's Launch Tonight, An Illegal Airbnb Empire, and More News. SpaceX is taking on its most complicated mission yet; an illegal Airbnb ring has been unearthed in New York City; and WIRED wants to free you from streaming subscription hell.

Avengers: Endgame Review: Time Is on Their Side

Avengers: Endgame Review: Time Is on Their Side

It’s a trip that, in the best ways possible, feels like a band reuniting for a greatest-hits tour, one where the songs gets played by a frontman or frontwoman who wasn’t on the original track—some Traveling Wilburys covering a George Harrison track, Jay-Z and Nas ending their beef to perform “Dead Presidents,” and Beyoncé reuniting Destiny’s Child at Coachella all rolled into one.

Last Night's Game of Thrones Leaked Early Online

Last Night's Game of Thrones Leaked Early Online

Spring has sprung, dear reader, and we have a lot to share with you, including news about last night's Game of Thrones , Kanye West's appearance at Coachella, and this weekend's boring box office.

Shell's London Headquarters Vandalized by Climate Protesters

Shell's London Headquarters Vandalized by Climate Protesters

Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s London headquarters suffered thousands of dollars’ worth of damage after climate-change protesters smashed doors and glued their hands to windows. One activist has already been arrested for the actions at the Shell office, out of nine that participated, Extinction Rebellion said.

Us Is About Ascending From Your Own Personal Hell

Us Is About Ascending From Your Own Personal Hell

It's what the film is rocketing towards from its start, a fated and fatal end point: a gruesomely poetic standoff between Adalaide and Red. It is also, to Peele's credit, a literal descent.

This Company Takes the Grunt Work Out of Using the Cloud

This Company Takes the Grunt Work Out of Using the Cloud

This Company Takes the Grunt Work Out of Using the Cloud HashiCorp cofounder Mitchell Hashimoto wrote course registration software in college so he didn't have to wake up early to sign up for classes.

A New Tool Protects Videos From Deepfakes and Tampering

A New Tool Protects Videos From Deepfakes and Tampering

With this approach it’s binary: Either the hash matches or it doesn’t, and it's all publicly verifiable." "We can show that there are ways to ensure that all parties have faith in the video and how it was captured." Josh Mitchell, Amber Security Consultant A tool like Amber has obvious appeal for human rights activists, free speech advocates, and law enforcement watchdogs wary of potential abuse coverups, but governments also have an interest in video integrity tools.

The Cast of Black Panther Came to Win

The Cast of Black Panther Came to Win

This week: Black Panther starts picking up trophies, Deadpool has a big weekend in China, and Amazon is shelling out major money at Sundance.

Trump's Fast Food Photo Op Tops This Week's Internet News

Trump's Fast Food Photo Op Tops This Week's Internet News

Reports over the past week suggest strongly that perhaps Trump has the interests of an entirely different nation in mind when he makes decisions. What really happened: As if all the existing intrigue surrounding Trump wasn't enough to make people wonder about his loyalties, The New York Times dropped a bombshell report last weekend.

A Complete Guide to All 17 (Known) Trump and Russia Investigations

A Complete Guide to All 17 (Known) Trump and Russia Investigations

A Complete Guide to All 17 (Known) Trump and Russia InvestigationsORGE SILVA/AFP/Getty ImagesWhile popular memory today remembers Watergate as five DNC burglars leading inexorably to Richard Nixon’s resignation two years later, history recalls that the case and special prosecutor’s investigation at the time was much broader; ultimately 69 people were charged as part of the investigation, 48 of whom pleaded guilty or were found guilty at trial.After three weeks of back-to-back-to-back-to-back bombshells by federal prosecutors and special counsel Robert Mueller, it’s increasingly clear that as 2018 winds down, Donald Trump faces a legal assault unlike anything previously seen by any president—a total of at least 17 distinct court cases stemming from at least seven different sets of prosecutors and investigators.

Giving a Fresh Eye to a Classic—and Quivery—Dessert

Giving a Fresh Eye to a Classic—and Quivery—Dessert

I wrote it down with the rest of my personal work ideas and it sat on that list for a little while until I started assembling a team of stylists that I thought would be good for this.Michelle Gatton and I have worked on a number of different personal and commercial food projects and I knew she would be up for creating some funky Jell-O molds.

The White House's Fake-News Shenanigans Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

The White House's Fake-News Shenanigans Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

You’d think that that someone so stuck in the past as President Trump would remember the saying about never arguing with people who buy ink by the barrel…The Takeaway: This is just the beginning of a bigger fight—and one that's likely going to happen sooner rather than later.https://twitter.com/melissakchan/status/1060531575492935680Wave Hello, Say GoodbyeWhat Happened: If no one expects the Spanish Inquisition, and no one expected the president to fire his attorney general immediately after the midterm elections, does that mean that Jeff Sessions was a victim of the Spanish Inquisition?

We Need Massive Change to Avoid Climate Hell

We Need Massive Change to Avoid Climate Hell

Meaning, we’re looking at unprecedented change, what is essentially the restructuring of civilization.“The report has sent a very clear message that if we don't act now and have substantial reductions in carbon dioxide emissions over the next decade, we are really making it very challenging to impossible to keep warming below 1.5 degrees,” said the IPCC’s Jim Skea at a press conference announcing the report, a massive survey by almost 100 authors (and 1,000 reviewers) citing 6,000 studies.The 2015 Paris Agreement included the 1.5 goal at the urging of island nations, which rising seas are threatening to drown.

Mission Unstoppable: Inside the All-Female Trek to the North Pole

Mission Unstoppable: Inside the All-Female Trek to the North Pole

It’s 7:30 am, and Briški and four of her teammates have trundled over to the Longyearbyen hospital—or, as it’s called in Norwegian, the Sykehus, a cognate for “sick house”—for physiological testing ahead of the expedition.Like many other public buildings in Longyearbyen, there’s a taxidermied polar bear to greet visitors in the main lobby; the team is gathered in a suite of rooms just outside the surgical unit, which the head nurse says is rarely used by the town’s 2,000 or so residents, aside from major accidents or routine vasectomies.“You’re going to be spitting a lot, but it’s a hell of a lot better than having you pee in the middle of the North Pole,” Audrey Bergouignan says to another expeditioner.