‘Star Trek: Picard,’ Fancy Sheets, and the Meaning of Home

‘Star Trek: Picard,’ Fancy Sheets, and the Meaning of Home

Star Trek: Picard, the new reloading of the Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) universe, explores contemporary disasters—refugees denied havens, racist paranoia, travel bans, genocide—but, if I may, I’d like to land into this world on its soft furnishings.

How to Clean and Disinfect Yourself, Your Home, and Your Stuff

How to Clean and Disinfect Yourself, Your Home, and Your Stuff

It might seem more productive to read our Coronavirus Gear and Supplies Guide and start filling your pantry with canned goods and essentials, but cleaning and sanitizing surfaces in your home can help lower the chances you or a loved one will contract Covid-19 and lower the chances you might spread it to someone else.

We All Need to Think Both Fast and Slow to Survive Covid-19

We All Need to Think Both Fast and Slow to Survive Covid-19

It’s also home to the World Health Organization, which has been a critical source of expertise and information throughout the Covid-19 crisis.That’s because the root of the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t really a virus, it’s poor governance and under-investment in prevention, crisis-oriented capacity, and government institutions.

How Long Will the Outbreak Last? It Depends on What We Do Now

How Long Will the Outbreak Last? It Depends on What We Do Now

There are clearly a range of different economic consequences associated with different strategies for fighting the Covid-19 epidemic, although the chorus of right-wing economists who pounced on the president's tweet to argue that it was already time to end stay-at-home orders and send people back to work don’t appear to have thought through just how economically devastating a wholly unmitigated outbreak would be.

With Kids Stuck at Home, Authors Bring Stories to Instagram

With Kids Stuck at Home, Authors Bring Stories to Instagram

Jeffers is a part of a small fleet of children’s book authors who have taken to Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube in the past few days to entertain and bridge the social distances for kids who are cooped up at home.

Car on a Trampoline: More Kicks With Kinetic Energy

Car on a Trampoline: More Kicks With Kinetic Energy

The car drop happens near the end of the video, starting at 9:20.Even if you don't think this is awesome (c’mon, it’s empirically proven to be awesome), it's still a great source for some physics problems you can work out at home, while we’re all doing this social distancing thing.

What's a ‘Shelter in Place’ Order, and Who’s Affected?

What's a ‘Shelter in Place’ Order, and Who’s Affected?

Blaine County residents are ordered to stay home “unless they need to perform essential activities or go to work to provide essential business and government services.” The county says that individuals may go to grocery stores and gas stations, pick up food to go from restaurants, and recreate outside so long as they follow social distancing.

Go Ahead, Stream All You Want. The Internet Is Fine—for Now

Go Ahead, Stream All You Want. The Internet Is Fine—for Now

But early data shows that most US broadband providers, and many elsewhere, are standing up to the surge in internet traffic generated by the many people stuck at home amid the Covid-19 pandemic.Dane Jasper, CEO of the San Francisco area broadband provider Sonic, says the company has seen a traffic increase of around 25 percent.

TV and Movies to Watch While Stuck at Home—and How to Stream Them

TV and Movies to Watch While Stuck at Home—and How to Stream Them

Here’s a guide to all of the services currently available, filled with movies, TV shows, documentaries, kid’s programming, sports, and theater to make your quarantine a little more cultured.

As Pandemic Strikes, Pop Culture Migrates to Streaming Sites

As Pandemic Strikes, Pop Culture Migrates to Streaming Sites

Hollywood in particular began seeing the effects of the virus months ago; quarantines and lockdowns in Asia forced people to stay in their homes and away from movie theaters.

The US Box Office Just Had Its Worst Weekend in 20 Years

The US Box Office Just Had Its Worst Weekend in 20 Years

Speaking of families staying home to stay safe, Disney pushed up the digital release date of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker last week—dropping the movie on services like Vudu, Apple TV, and Google Play on Friday.

A Travel Ban, Gig Economy Risks, and More Car News This Week

A Travel Ban, Gig Economy Risks, and More Car News This Week

For plenty of Americans, this week began with the regular, old commute to school or work, and ended with canceled semesters, robust “work from home policies,” fears about making rent next month, and canceled events—everything from weddings to concerts to—it hurts!—baseball’s opening day.

How to Upgrade Your Home Wi-Fi and Get Faster Internet

How to Upgrade Your Home Wi-Fi and Get Faster Internet

While a router upgrade doesn't make any difference to the speed of the internet coming into your home, it can certainly have an impact on the speeds and stability you see on your devices.

Congress Needs to Get Its Act Together on the Coronavirus

Congress Needs to Get Its Act Together on the Coronavirus

Parmet and other public health experts suggested that one of the things that needs to happen most urgently is for Congress to provide real financial support for people who stay home from work.

No, a Border Wall Won't Stop Coronavirus

No, a Border Wall Won't Stop Coronavirus

Instead of prioritizing physical barriers at all, especially at the southern border, researchers say that the US should be focused on limiting Covid-19 spread at ports of entry around the country through screening and home quarantine orders.

SETI@Home Is Over. But the Search for Alien Life Continues

[email protected] Is Over. But the Search for Alien Life Continues

[email protected] quickly grew into what its collaborator, the nonprofit Planetary Society, has called its “most successful public participation project ever undertaken.” As WIRED reported in 2000, within months of [email protected]’s launch, more than 2.6 million people in 226 countries were volunteering their spare processing power to parse the mounds of data generated by alien-hunting radio telescopes.

How to Work From Home Without Losing Your Mind

How to Work From Home Without Losing Your Mind

Companies like Twitter and Square—which share Jack Dorsey as CEO—have now taken the next logical step of asking employees to work from home whenever possible, and more could potentially follow their lead.

A Fast Walker Gets Stuck in the Slow Lane

A Fast Walker Gets Stuck in the Slow Lane

Life was too slow back home, and walking like a native New Yorker—briskly, with confidence—was something I was going to have to do if I was going to fit in.In those first weeks, I wasn’t walking enough to nudge the bar graph in the Health app up anywhere close to a mile.

The Perma-Viral World of the At-Home Nose Job

The Perma-Viral World of the At-Home Nose Job

“Can it be used on my 13-year-old daughter?” one customer asks about a product called “Nose Up Lifting Magic Nose Shaper Clip Beauty Nose Slimming Device Pain Free High Up Tool.” The seller’s answer?

Pokémon Home Is Reuniting Joyful Fans With Long-Lost Squirtles

Pokémon Home Is Reuniting Joyful Fans With Long-Lost Squirtles

Marsteller was sure that her pocket monster menagerie was gone forever until Wednesday, when she signed up for Pokémon Home, a cloud service that consolidates Pokémon from a dozen games across several Nintendo consoles.

What Is the Internet of Things? A WIRED Guide

What Is the Internet of Things? A WIRED Guide

Amazon introduces the Echo speaker, along with the Alexa voice assistant—a new way to control the smart home.Apple had introduced Siri, its own voice assistant, four years prior—but Siri lived on your phone, while Alexa lived inside the speaker and could control all of the “smart” devices in your house.

404: The City Left Behind by China's Nuclear Ambitions

404: The City Left Behind by China's Nuclear Ambitions

But despite the humdrum, 404 wasn’t exactly boring: It was once part of a massive nuclear weapons base in the People’s Republic of China.Yang’s grandparents and parents moved there in 1958, leaving their home in Beijing to forge a new one on a windy frontier a thousand miles away.

The FBI Wants Apple to Unlock iPhones Again

The FBI Wants Apple to Unlock iPhones Again

On the home front, Amazon swatted at money-saving extension Honey just in time for the holidays, warning users that it was a security risk without specifying how.

How to Secure Your Wi-Fi Router and Protect Your Home Network

How to Secure Your Wi-Fi Router and Protect Your Home Network

If you're not sure how to find these settings, check the documentation that came with the router, or run a quick web search using your router's make and model.You should be using WPA2 security to guard access to your router, which essentially requires every new device to submit a password to connect.

2020 in Science: A SpaceX Bonanza, Lab-Grown Brains, and More

2020 in Science: A SpaceX Bonanza, Lab-Grown Brains, and More

The other was a tax credit that allowed businesses and individuals to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing new solar panels from their taxes.After that, individuals won’t receive any tax credits for installing solar on their homes, and business owners will receive a paltry 10 percent.

How to Get the Most Out of (or Into) Your Robot Vacuum

How to Get the Most Out of (or Into) Your Robot Vacuum

1) Do a Trial Run. It’s tempting, but you can’t open the box, start your new robot vacuum, walk away for three hours, and expect to come home to a clean house.Robot vacuums use a number of different sensors to navigate around your home.

ISIS Is Now Harder to Track Online—but That's Good News

ISIS Is Now Harder to Track Online—but That's Good News

Though you can still find many lingering rooms on Riot, the ISIS network as a whole looked elsewhere for a new home and quickly found one in TamTam, a messenger platform similar to Telegram (including a required phone number upon registering).

Room to Breathe: My Quest to Clean Up My Home's Filthy Air

Room to Breathe: My Quest to Clean Up My Home's Filthy Air

That red light was a warning: I had Poor Air. The Airthinx uses nine built-in sensors to measure key air quality indicators.I opened the Airthinx app to see that my Indoor Air Quality score was 72 out of 100.

24 Best Cyber Monday 2019 Headphone Deals: Sonos, Sony, Beats, and More

24 Best Cyber Monday 2019 Headphone Deals: Sonos, Sony, Beats, and More

Amazon (Ships December 7), Best Buy. This home speaker has Alexa built in and has never sold for less.If you're after a pretty and great-sounding set of computer speakers to complete your recent office rennovation, now's a good time to snag these Audioengline HD3s.

The Best Black Friday Home, Kitchen, and Mattress Deals

The Best Black Friday Home, Kitchen, and Mattress Deals

But Black Friday isn't just the best time to finish up your holiday shopping in one whirlwind weekend.For more gift ideas, you can also consult our buying guides on everything from MacBooks to fanny packs .Note: We will update this post through the weekend with new deals.

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