Astronomers Tally the Growing Carbon Footprint of Space Science

Astronomers Tally the Growing Carbon Footprint of Space Science

Next-generation ground-based observatories will be enormous, such as the Extremely Large Telescope, which will eclipse the size of the Colosseum in Rome when it is completed in 2024.Now some researchers are thinking about the carbon footprint of modern astronomy and realizing that they, like everyone else, might have to consider alternative ways of doing business in order to keep climate-warming emissions in check.

How Healthy Is a Farm's Soil? Check How Active Its Microbes Are

How Healthy Is a Farm's Soil? Check How Active Its Microbes Are

Since he started farming for himself in the early 1990s, he’s tried any number of tests that measure soil health, like basic nutrient profiles and fatty acid assays.“A lot of what people currently do is look at what the structure of soil is, but not what it does—the microbial activity,” Mohamed says.

Hiking 101: Everything You Need to Head for the Hills

Hiking 101: Everything You Need to Head for the Hills

Shoes, Socks, and Base Layers.Check out our guides to the Best Trail Running Shoes and How to Layer for more info.Wicking Undershirts for $75+ : This guide has a few or our favorite base layer tops .

How to Find the Hidden Files on Your Phone or Computer

How to Find the Hidden Files on Your Phone or Computer

Screenshot: David Nield via MicrosoftYou can view hidden files on Windows by opening up a File Explorer window, switching to the View tab on the ribbon bar, and checking the Hidden items box.

Can the Wisdom of Crowds Help Fix Social Media’s Trust Issue?

Can the Wisdom of Crowds Help Fix Social Media’s Trust Issue?

And so if the laypeople ratings correlated with the average fact checker score as closely as the individual fact checkers agreed with each other, it would be fair to say that the crowd was performing as well as or better than a professional.

Computer Scientists Find a Key Research Algorithm's Limits

Computer Scientists Find a Key Research Algorithm's Limits

You know you can find an answer, because there are more people than houses, but it may take some looking (especially if they don’t share a last name).This question belongs to a complexity class called TFNP, short for “total function nondeterministic polynomial.” It is the collection of all computational problems that are guaranteed to have solutions and whose solutions can be checked for correctness quickly.

This WIRED-Approved Heated Massage Gun Is on Sale Now

This WIRED-Approved Heated Massage Gun Is on Sale Now

One of our favorite alternatives, the SKG F5 Massage Gun, is much more affordable, even more so now that it's on sale for almost half the price (with code SKG40SKG , which you can add at checkout).

The 17 Best Weekend Deals on Stand Mixers, PC Gear, and More

The 17 Best Weekend Deals on Stand Mixers, PC Gear, and More

Photograph: Motorola Make sure to check out our Best Android Phones and Best Wireless Headphones guides for more.Motorola One 5G for $350 ($50 off) : This Android phone will give you not only four rear cameras but also two days of battery life on a single charge.

I Called Off My Wedding. The Internet Will Never Forget

I Called Off My Wedding. The Internet Will Never Forget

In my job as a technology journalist, I’ve spent the past dozen years tweeting, checking in, joining online groups, experimenting with digital payments, wearing multiple activity trackers, trying every “story” app and applying every gauzy photo filter.

The Dark Web Is Teeming With Vaccine Listings Right Now

The Dark Web Is Teeming With Vaccine Listings Right Now

Last week, Check Point researchers based in Israel attempted to buy the Sinopharm vaccine from one vendor, said Ekram Ahmed, a spokesperson for the company.Dark web vendors are probably doing better business selling falsified vaccine cards and negative test results.

Where Are Those Shoes You Ordered? Check the Ocean Floor

Where Are Those Shoes You Ordered? Check the Ocean Floor

“It’s a boom in import cargo beyond anything we've seen before,” says Lars Jensen, the CEO of SeaIntelligence Consulting, which advises clients in the container shipping industry.

How to Find a Covid-19 Vaccine Appointment in Your Area

How to Find a Covid-19 Vaccine Appointment in Your Area

It will send you phone notifications to fill out an easy survey in the days andweeks after getting your vaccine, asking about any symptoms you've experienced and notifying you when you should get your second dose.Check if your local or state health department offer a standby list for extra vaccinations.

Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog Is Now Armed—in the Name of Art

Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog Is Now Armed—in the Name of Art

Daniel Greenberg, a member of MSCHF, claims there’s a serious side to Spot’s Rampage though.Because the robot periodically checks in with Boston Dynamics servers, it would theoretically be possible to disable the Spot that MSCHF is using.

15 Xbox Series X/S Tips to Level Up Your New Console

15 Xbox Series X/S Tips to Level Up Your New Console

On your new Xbox, go to Settings > System > Backup and Transfer > Network Transfer, then check the option, select your old console, choose what you want to copy over, and then click Copy Selected to start the process.

A Unique Alliance Could Help Warn Us of Toxic Algae

A Unique Alliance Could Help Warn Us of Toxic Algae

“The public didn’t know what the heck was going on,” says Vera Trainer, an oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who studies harmful algal blooms in the Pacific Northwest.Since then, toxic algal blooms that create domoic acid have continued to force the closure of state beaches.

50 Fish, 50 States: Cutthroat Connections

50 Fish, 50 States: Cutthroat Connections

I’m in Wyoming with my friend Brett Prettyman, a communications director for Trout Unlimited, to check out cutthroat fishing and conservation.

A Broken Piece of Internet Backbone Might Finally Get Fixed

A Broken Piece of Internet Backbone Might Finally Get Fixed

Today the group known as Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security is announcing a task force specifically dedicated to helping "content delivery networks" and other cloud services adopt the filters and cryptographic checks needed to harden BGP.

Our 100+ Favorite Cyber Monday Deals Still Available Today

Our 100+ Favorite Cyber Monday Deals Still Available Today

We combed through our many Cyber Monday guides and picked out the best deals still on sale.Be sure to check out WIRED's many other holiday buying guides for more of the gear we’ve tested and recommend.

Sonos Is Having a Big Cyber Monday Sale

Sonos Is Having a Big Cyber Monday Sale

It's Cyber Monday, and there are great deals to be had on hundreds of products —including Sonos speakers.We highly recommend checking out our Sonos Buying Guide for tips on which speakers may work best for you.

Our Favorite Mattress Deals for Black Friday

Our Favorite Mattress Deals for Black Friday

If you're in need of a better night's sleep, almost every mattress we like is on sale for Black Friday.Updated November 28: We've checked prices, and all our favorite mattresses are still on sale.

21 Best Black Friday Deals on Fitness and Outdoors Gear (2020): Weights, Fitness Trackers, and More

21 Best Black Friday Deals on Fitness and Outdoors Gear (2020): Weights, Fitness Trackers, and More

We've waded through tons of Black Friday deals for the best fitness and outdoor gear that will help you stay in shape this cold winter.Running Gear Deals.Check out our Outdoor Gift Guide and roundup of the Best Outdoor Furniture and Gear for more picks.

15 Black Friday TV Deals You Really Should See (2020): OLED, Soundbars, Projectors

15 Black Friday TV Deals You Really Should See (2020): OLED, Soundbars, Projectors

Check our lists of the best TVs , prettiest projectors , and the best soundbars around to learn more about the TVs we do like.Be sure to check out our list of the best TVs for more information on our favorite models.

18 Best Black Friday Headphone and Speaker Deals (2020): Beats, Sonos, Sony

18 Best Black Friday Headphone and Speaker Deals (2020): Beats, Sonos, Sony

Note: We strike through items that sell out or are no longer at their deal price as of publishing.Be sure to check out our lists of the best wireless headphones , best noise-canceling headphones , and best earbuds .Photograph: Apple.

7 Simple Tech Tips to Keep Your Family Safe This Holiday

7 Simple Tech Tips to Keep Your Family Safe This Holiday

Most of them have auto-updates turned on by default, but it's worth double-checking with family members to make sure they're not putting off an update for whatever reason (a lack of free storage space might be a problem on older devices, or one stalled or failed update may mean no updates since the failed one.).

The OS Big Sur Launch Might Have Slowed Down Macs Everywhere

The OS Big Sur Launch Might Have Slowed Down Macs Everywhere

It didn't take long for some Mac users to note that trustd—a macOS process responsible for checking with Apple's servers to confirm that an app is notarized—was attempting to contact a host named but failing repeatedly.

Why Are Lines at Polling Places So Long? Math

Why Are Lines at Polling Places So Long? Math

In the name of “voter protection,” this team was working with a balky spreadsheet that was supposed to estimate the capacity of a given polling place based on data like how many check-in stations and voting machines it had, and how many people were likely to vote there—the numbers county election workers use to plan for what each station needs so everyone can vote fast.

Amazon Prime Day: 27 Best Deals if You Work From Home (2020)

Amazon Prime Day: 27 Best Deals if You Work From Home (2020)

We've tested a variety of home office gear that could improve your space, many of which are discounted for Amazon's Prime Day as well as at other retailers hosting site-wide sales.Photograph: X Chair Flexispot EN1 Standing Desk for $236 ($12 off)—Tap the Coupon Button: Clip the coupon to see the discount at checkout.

5 Fall Camping Deals for Your Cooler Outdoor Treks

5 Fall Camping Deals for Your Cooler Outdoor Treks

Photograph: AmazonThey may not be on sale anymore but check out our Labor Day camping deals and our Best Camping Gear guide for more recommendations.Solo Stove Ranger for $195 ($75 off): Stay warm around a communal fire and avoid the anxiety of a bonfire by hiking out with a stainless steel wood-burning fire pit.

The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Earbuds, Robot Vacuums, and More

The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Earbuds, Robot Vacuums, and More

A lot of great earbuds are on sale this weekend, just right for puttering around the yard or blocking out your spouse.Photograph: JabraCheck out our Best Android Phones and Best Wireless Earbuds guides for more recommendations.The Moto G Stylus is in our Best Cheap Phones guide.

How to Stop Butt Dialing Everyone with Your Smartphone

How to Stop Butt Dialing Everyone with Your Smartphone

You can disable this feature on the iPhone in Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Tape to Wake (it only appears on the home-button-less iPhones like the X and newer), and Android phones at Settings > Display > Lock Screen Display > Double-Tap to Check Phone .

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