Homecoming Queen (and Her Mom) Arrested for Alleged Vote Hacking

Homecoming Queen (and Her Mom) Arrested for Alleged Vote Hacking

This week saw new revelations of election interference, both big and small: On one end of the spectrum, an alleged mother-daughter conspiracy to digitally rig a Florida high school's vote for homecoming queen.

The Mars Landing Was the Best Thing on TV This Week

The Mars Landing Was the Best Thing on TV This Week

NASA Lands the Perseverance Rover on Mars.The Atlas V rocket transporting NASA’s latest Mars rover launched from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center in July and has spent the past six months en route to the Red Planet.

A Hacker Tried to Poison a Florida City's Water Supply, Officials Say

A Hacker Tried to Poison a Florida City's Water Supply, Officials Say

Around 8 am on Friday morning, an employee of a water treatment plant in the 15,000-person city of Oldsmar, Florida, noticed that his mouse cursor was moving strangely on his computer screen, out of his control, as local police would later tell it.

Biden Wants the Government to Run on EVs. It Won’t Be Easy

Biden Wants the Government to Run on EVs. It Won’t Be Easy

“If people see that their mail delivery people are driving electric vehicles, they’ll get the confidence they’ll need,” says Doug Kettles, director of the Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition, a Department of Energy-supported group that promotes advanced vehicle technologies.

Miami’s Mayor Woos Techies. What Does He Need to Succeed?

Miami’s Mayor Woos Techies. What Does He Need to Succeed?

Bill Gurley, the venture capitalist, recently suggested that to develop a tech ecosystem, a city needs at least “three independent public companies north of $10 billion market cap that were founded in the region.” South Florida has only one: , the pet food delivery company, based in Dania Beach.

Everything We Know Now About Schools, Kids, and Covid-19

Everything We Know Now About Schools, Kids, and Covid-19

“They get all the same illnesses as adults, just at a lower rate,” says Lindsay Thompson, a pediatrician and the vice chair for health outcomes and translational research at the University of Florida, who last month wrote a perspective in JAMA Pediatrics summarizing the lessons of the last year.

The Unsettling Truth About the ‘Mostly Harmless’ Hiker

The Unsettling Truth About the ‘Mostly Harmless’ Hiker

A WIRED reader sent a note to my tip line: The body of a hiker had been found in a tent in Florida in the summer of 2018, but scores of amateur detectives, and a few professional ones too, couldn’t figure out who he was.

Dunking on Nevada Got the Internet Through Election Week

Dunking on Nevada Got the Internet Through Election Week

Florida’s tiny-paper-fragment mess was part of a massive recount that eventually landed in the Supreme Court; Nevada is just taking a while to count votes.Left with little else to do but wait, the internet did what it always does: started a meme.

The NBA Bubble Was a Success Because It Failed

The NBA Bubble Was a Success Because It Failed

Three days later and 1,200 miles south, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, the players of the NBA launched a work stoppage in response.“We are calling for justice for Jacob Blake and demand the officers be held accountable,” George Hill said in an interview.

If You've Just Had Covid, Exercise Can Cause Serious Complications, Including Heart Disease

If You've Just Had Covid, Exercise Can Cause Serious Complications, Including Heart Disease

Just last month, former Florida State basketball player Michael Ojo died of apparent heart complications while playing in a pro league in Serbia, shortly after the 27-year-old had recovered from Covid-19.To prevent the pandemic from leading to similarly tragic heart injuries among student athletes, doctors at Ohio State University developed a new protocol, says Saurabh Rajpal, a cardiologist and assistant professor of internal medicine at OSU.

A Florida Teen Allegedly Shut Down School With a DDoS Attack

A Florida Teen Allegedly Shut Down School With a DDoS Attack

Amazon Infiltrated Private Facebook Groups to Spy on WorkersMotherboard this week reports that Amazon has used discreet access to private Facebook groups for drivers in its Flex program to monitor potential problems for the company, including organized labor initiatives.

SpaceX Brings Astronauts Home Safely in a Historic First

SpaceX Brings Astronauts Home Safely in a Historic First

Behnken and Hurley spent the next few hours drifting in orbit while NASA and SpaceX monitored weather conditions at the possible landing sites along the Florida coast.SpaceX mission control made the final decision to deorbit just an hour before Behnken and Hurley landed in the ocean.

Covid-19 Cases Were Already Rising Before the George Floyd Protests

Covid-19 Cases Were Already Rising Before the George Floyd Protests

On Thursday, as Florida began its Phase 2 reopening, the state’s department of health reported 1,419 new coronavirus cases—its biggest single-day spike since the pandemic arrived in the state.

How to Watch SpaceX Launch Astronauts to the ISS

How to Watch SpaceX Launch Astronauts to the ISS

NASA and SpaceX have been working toward this goal for over a decade and this launch is the last major test before NASA certifies the Crew Dragon for human spaceflight .Behnken and Hurley will depart from historic launch pad 39-A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Covid-19's Toll on Prison Labor Doesn't Just Hurt Inmates

Covid-19's Toll on Prison Labor Doesn't Just Hurt Inmates

In at least 20 states, from Florida to Michigan to Texas to California, incarcerated workers are making hand sanitizer, face masks, and protective gowns at prison manufacturing facilities.Social distancing is hard in prison workplaces, and incarcerated people are unable to self-quarantine to avoid Covid-19 when they’re off the job.

The FBI Backs Down Against Apple—Again

The FBI Backs Down Against Apple—Again

After claiming for months that Apple alone could unlock the two iPhones of Pensacola, Florida shooter Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the agency announced today that it had managed to do so without Cupertino’s help—and without undermining the encryption that protects over 1 billion iOS devices worldwide.

After 60 Years, Explosion-Powered Rockets Are Nearly Here

After 60 Years, Explosion-Powered Rockets Are Nearly Here

As the director of the Propulsion and Energy Research Laboratory at the University of Central Florida, Ahmed has spent the last few years developing a next generation rocket engine that uses controlled explosions to boost stuff into space.

The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

Lightning—a phenomenon more suited to places like Florida—is now striking within 100 miles of the North Pole .All the while, researchers are racing to quantify how the plant species of the Arctic are coping with a much, much warmer world.

TikTok, Under Scrutiny, Distances Itself From China

TikTok, Under Scrutiny, Distances Itself From China

It wasn’t the first time this month that lawmakers have questioned the security and content moderation practices of TikTok. Two weeks ago, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) called for the Committee on Foreign Investment to investigate ByteDance’s 2017 acquisition of , a lip-syncing app popular in the US that was later merged with TikTok. On Twitter, Rubio said he was concerned TikTok is “censoring content in line with #China’s communist government directives.”.

Why Republicans Storming a SCIF Puts National Security at Risk

Why Republicans Storming a SCIF Puts National Security at Risk

But that's exactly what a group of Republican congressmen proudly did Wednesday morning.“BREAKING,” representative Matt Gaetz (R–Florida) tweeted at 11:32 am, “I led over 30 of my colleagues into the SCIF where Adam Schiff is holding secret impeachment depositions.” Schiff is the head of the House Intelligence Committee, who has led the recent inquiry into President Trump’s Ukraine imbroglio .

Cars Aren't Going Anywhere, and More Transportation News This Week

Cars Aren't Going Anywhere, and More Transportation News This Week

Most jet engine designers test their creations on the ground.A Florida startup once just made model planes—but now it’s building little baby jet engines for drones.

The Iguana Invasion

The Iguana Invasion

Photo © Lisa Ballard A green iguana is not exactly Godzilla, but at least in Florida, people are still preparing their defenses.An herbivore that eats an occasional cricket or tree snail, the green iguana is now consuming large quantities of native Florida flora, like the nickerbean, a plant that the rare Miami blue butterfly relies on.

Election Systems Are Even More Vulnerable Than We Thought

Election Systems Are Even More Vulnerable Than We Thought

But a group of security researchers told Motherboard this week they found what look like election infrastructure online in 10 states, including swing states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Florida.

Another Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash and More Car News This Week

Another Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash and More Car News This Week

In March, on a Florida highway, the 50-year-old driver of a Tesla Model 3 turned on his car’s Autopilot feature and then took his hands off the wheel for eight seconds, according to an NTSB report released this week .

Tesla’s Latest Autopilot Death Looks Just Like a Prior Crash

Tesla’s Latest Autopilot Death Looks Just Like a Prior Crash

A Tesla Model 3 sedan that crashed into a truck on a Florida highway in March, killing its driver, had its Autopilot semi-autonomous feature engaged, according to a new report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

The Obsessive, Tumultuous Lives of SpaceX Rocket Chasers

The Obsessive, Tumultuous Lives of SpaceX Rocket Chasers

By showing up, these rocket chasers are uncovering news about the secretive happenings at SpaceX.This past March, Chylinski was hunkered down in a cramped bungalow in Cocoa Beach, Florida, a small tourist town just down the road from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

Security Roundup: Facebook 'Unintentionally' Collected Email Contacts of 1.5 Million Users

Security Roundup: Facebook 'Unintentionally' Collected Email Contacts of 1.5 Million Users

Mueller Report says Russia Hacked a Florida County's Network. “The FBI believes that this operation enabled the GRU to gain access to the network of at least one Florida county government,” the report says.

Inside Airbnb’s ‘Guerrilla War’ Against Local Governments

Inside Airbnb’s ‘Guerrilla War’ Against Local Governments

On its website, Airbnb says it is “democratizing revenue by generating tens of millions of new tax dollars for governments all over the world.” But when Palm Beach County, Florida, a popular tourist destination, passed an ordinance in October 2018 requiring Airbnb and other short-term rental companies to collect and pay the county’s 6 percent occupancy tax on visits arranged through their sites, Airbnb sued.

SpaceX Revs Its Engines as It Gets Closer to Crewed Flight

SpaceX Revs Its Engines as It Gets Closer to Crewed Flight

SpaceX Revs Its Engines as It Gets Closer to Crewed Flight Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto/Getty Images Last Thursday, a shiny new SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sat perched atop NASA’s historic Pad 39A, at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, waiting to briefly fire its engines.

Don’t Ask When Self-Driving Cars Will Arrive—Ask Where

Don’t Ask When Self-Driving Cars Will Arrive—Ask Where

The self-driving company Voyage tests in retirement communities in California and Florida, lands of warm and unfussy weather, well-maintained roads, simple traffic patterns, and slower street speeds.

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