The CW's Crisis on Infinite Earths Puts a Gen X Headlock on Superhero TV

The CW's Crisis on Infinite Earths Puts a Gen X Headlock on Superhero TV

But narrative aside, along with Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns (and to a somewhat lesser extent the Marvel crossover Secret Wars), Crisis was one of the late-1980s books that changed comic book storytelling.

The Arctic Is Warming Much Faster Than the Rest of Earth

The Arctic Is Warming Much Faster Than the Rest of Earth

Kristin Laidre, an animal ecologist at the University of Washington and a coauthor, says the melting summer sea ice is causing trouble for big mammals: polar bears, walruses, and seals.

Space Photos of the Week: The Jupiter Chronicles

Space Photos of the Week: The Jupiter Chronicles

The powerful Hubble Space Telescope in orbit around Earth takes an astoundingly detailed look at the same planet: You can see its telltale bands, the iconic Great Red Spot, and smaller individual storms.

The Witcher Trailer Is Here—and It's Shockingly Good

The Witcher Trailer Is Here—and It's Shockingly Good

Netflix's The Witcher Gets a New Trailer, and Henry Cavill Is Maybe a Little Bit Daddy.Remember the whole Blizzard, Hong Kong, Hearthstone story , where amazing pro player Blitzchung got banned for several months for speaking out about politics on a Blizzard stream?

Space Photos of the Week: Moon Walks for Moon Rocks

Space Photos of the Week: Moon Walks for Moon Rocks

Cernan/JSCThe Apollo 14 mission landed on the moon in 1971, and this photo taken by a crew member shows a rock about the size of a basketball—but small enough to take back to Earth.

Hong Kong Is the Latest Tripwire for Tech Firms in China

Hong Kong Is the Latest Tripwire for Tech Firms in China

Over the weekend, an esports player for another Blizzard title, Hearthstone, had shouted a Hong Kong protest slogan on the game's official Taiwanese livestream; in response, Activision Blizzard suspended the player from high-level competitive play for a year and said it would not pay out his past winnings, claiming that he had violated rules barring acts that "offend a portion or group of the public.".

Hurricanes May Be Reshaping Big Parts of the Ocean

Hurricanes May Be Reshaping Big Parts of the Ocean

When hurricane winds temporarily plug up the Gulf Stream flow, that water sloshes back against the coastline, Ezer and other researchers have found, including flooding his neighborhood.“We started seeing flooding when Dorian was stuck near the Bahamas,” says Ezer, an earth scientist at Old Dominion University.

The Symmetry and Chaos of the World's Megacities

The Symmetry and Chaos of the World's Megacities

Even when shooting the more familiar cityscapes of Dubai, Hong Kong, or New York, Koopmans manages to create fresh-looking images by finding unique vantage points, often by scouting his locations on Google Earth.

Super Planetary-Motion Smackdown: Kepler v. Newton

Super Planetary-Motion Smackdown: Kepler v. Newton

The ancient Greeks studied the earth and the sky, but their basic model had all the objects (sun, moon, and planets) moving in circles around us.Is there a more fundamental model that could explain both the motion of a planet orbiting the sun and the motion of the moon orbiting Earth?

Methane seep research bubbling along

Methane seep research bubbling along

Dr Mountjoy says there is a significant underground gas source which is suspected of causing underwater landslides and may be related to deeper fluids in the subduction zone that can in turn influence earthquake behaviour.

The Rock That Vibrates in Time With Earth, Wind, and Waves

The Rock That Vibrates in Time With Earth, Wind, and Waves

The research team has an entire webpage devoted to its seismic recordings of the natural resonances (vibrations) that come out of the Utah arches.

Elon Musk: Humanity Is a Kind of 'Biological Boot Loader' for AI

Elon Musk: Humanity Is a Kind of 'Biological Boot Loader' for AI

So among the set of actions we can take, that are likely to increase the scope and scale of consciousness such that we are better able to understand the nature of the universe, one of those actions is to become a multi-planet species or ensure that life is multi-planetary, not because I think—it's not not from the standpoint of it just being an escape hatch, or because I think that Earth is doomed.

A History of Plans to Nuke Hurricanes (and Other Stuff Too)

A History of Plans to Nuke Hurricanes (and Other Stuff Too)

In those heady early years of the atomic age, many scientists imagined a world where humans could routinely use nuclear weapons to cleave the earth and remake its climate.

What on Earth Is Water Doing in Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano?

What on Earth Is Water Doing in Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano?

But they won't know for sure until they sample it, which could entail a helicopter and a bucket on a rope (ain't science grand).WIRED sat down with Don Swanson, a geologist with the USGS, to learn more about why Kilauea's been transforming of late, why it's not going to blow Hawaii to pieces, and why it's good news that the volcano's lava is a bit runny.

Space Photos of the Week: Hubbub Over Hubble

Space Photos of the Week: Hubbub Over Hubble

We are entering low earth orbit this week and spending time with the Hubble Space Telescope.The veil nebula is a supernova remnant of a star that died a mere 8,000 years ago and was more than 20 times the mass of our Sun. When stars like this go supernova, they give off a massive shockwave pulse that pushes material out at astronomical speeds.

Here Come the Space Tugs, Ready to Tidy Up Earth's Orbits

Here Come the Space Tugs, Ready to Tidy Up Earth's Orbits

Momentus will be one of the first to find out: The company announced today that its tug will launch aboard SpaceX’s first SmallSat Rideshare mission, sending a few customers to the Charlottes of space.

Arctic Plastic Pollution, a Hacker Joke Gone Awry, and More News

Arctic Plastic Pollution, a Hacker Joke Gone Awry, and More News

Arctic Plastic Pollution, a Hacker Joke Gone Awry, and More News.Microplastics are reaching every corner of the earth, a hacker's joke cost him over $12,000, and WIRED takes a look at the science of dick pics.

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter’s Big Storm Is Blowing Over

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter’s Big Storm Is Blowing Over

This 300-year-old storm used to be huge—so big it could hold nearly four Earths, although over the past few decades it has been shrinking and no one knows why.#Space Photos of the Week #Jupiter #solar eclipse.

The Surprisingly Cozy Truths of Sleeping in Space

The Surprisingly Cozy Truths of Sleeping in Space

It’s a far cry from the spacious beds we have on Earth, but it’s still better than the shared sleeping compartment on the space shuttle, which Mike Massimino , a former NASA astronaut, describes as “a big slumber party.” The trick, Massimino says, was to remember to strap your sleeping bag to the wall so your body wouldn’t drift around during the night.

5G and NZ weather forecasting

5G and NZ weather forecasting

Dr Schmidt, who is also the New Zealand representative for the World Meteorological Organization’s Global Climate Observing System, said the international science community was working with governments to protect radio frequencies vital to earth observations.

Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Ars Technica reporter Dan Goodin brings the news of a major new privacy failure recently unearthed by security researchers: widely used Chrome and Firefox browser extensions scraped and sold the data of more than 4.1 million people, until the researcher alerted Google and Mozilla.

How Elite Tennis Players Crank Out Serves at 150 MPH

How Elite Tennis Players Crank Out Serves at 150 MPH

A former tennis pro himself, Kovacs works with some of the best players on Earth to help them wring as much power as possible from their serves.

Amazon Is Making a Lord of the Rings MMO Game

Amazon Is Making a Lord of the Rings MMO Game

Famously, it had a major foray into the massively multiplayer world with The Lord of the Rings Online , a game that launched in 2007 and remains a cult favorite to this day for its expansive, detailed approach to living inside Middle-earth.

Space Photos of the Week: Chaotic, Gassy Mars

Space Photos of the Week: Chaotic, Gassy Mars

Earth has dune fields like this too in our deserts—just one more thing we have in common with Mars. This comet run-in was surprising to astronomers because the general thought was that impacts like these didn’t happen in the outer solar system this long after the formation of the solar system.

The Blazing Science of This Year's Total Solar Eclipse

The Blazing Science of This Year's Total Solar Eclipse

“So the detailed observations of the middle corona that we make at eclipses will remain unique for the foreseeable future.” He adds that the new telescope also can’t generate wide-field views the way smaller telescopes can during eclipses—allowing for study of the farthest reaches of the coronal footprint—nor can it match the resolution of the instrumentation on the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory now in orbit around Earth.

New Analysis Techniques Unearth a Trove of Unusual Minerals

New Analysis Techniques Unearth a Trove of Unusual Minerals

“But the number of discoveries is increasing.” To qualify as new minerals, these materials must be never-before-seen natural combinations of one or more elements in solid form, arranged in a repeating structure.

Inside the Room Where They Control the Weather Satellites

Inside the Room Where They Control the Weather Satellites

As Buhler, Feldmann and I talked through the details of Metop-B’s routine, I could appreciate the satellite as a busy working instrument, watching the atmosphere as attentively as any earthbound weather station.

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.

How to Watch SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch a Solar Sail Tonight

How to Watch SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch a Solar Sail Tonight

The Planetary Society pressed on and a decade later launched the LightSail 1 into low Earth orbit. In 2010, the Japanese space agency launched IKAROS , which used solar sailing as its only form of propulsion on a mission to Venus and demonstrated that the technology actually worked for the first time.

Are Rare Earths the Next Pawn in the US-China Trade War?

Are Rare Earths the Next Pawn in the US-China Trade War?

China is the leading producer and processor of rare earths, with about 37 percent of the world's reserves, according to a US Geological Survey report. But nearly all the rare earths used in products that reach the US are processed in China, including ore mined in Mountain Pass.

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