The Rank Hypocrisy of a TikTok Ban

The Rank Hypocrisy of a TikTok Ban

Trump’s proposed executive order could face legal review, and TikTok has vowed that it’s “not planning on going anywhere.” But regardless of how this all shakes out, the president’s declaration stinks of rank hypocrisy.But it’s free and open, even in ways that other platforms aren’t.

Astronomers Are Uncovering the Magnetic Soul of the Universe

Astronomers Are Uncovering the Magnetic Soul of the Universe

In a paper posted online in April and under review with Physical Review Letters, the cosmologists Karsten Jedamzik and Levon Pogosian argue that weak magnetic fields in the early universe would lead to the faster cosmic expansion rate seen today.

Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals Don't Really Do Their Job

Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals Don't Really Do Their Job

Instead of waiting for their work to go through the slow process of peer review at scientific journals, scientists are now often going straight to print themselves, posting write-ups of their work to public servers as soon as they’re complete.

Cool Green Summer Book Review

Cool Green Summer Book Review

And if you’re looking for more, Cool Green Science has abundant reviews on a variety of topics, from nature in literary fiction and mystery novels, books for birders and for anglers and traveling naturalists , reviews of field guides and nature references , and much more.

Amazon Touts AI for Social Distancing Amid Worker Complaints

Amazon Touts AI for Social Distancing Amid Worker Complaints

When a reviewer sees cause for concern in a photo, they include the details in a regular report sent to building managers that summarizes recent social distancing violations in their facility.

Facebook and the Folly of Self-Regulation

Facebook and the Folly of Self-Regulation

What problems does the new Facebook review board propose to solve?.It has no influence on the sorts of harassment that regularly occur on Facebook or (Facebook-owned) WhatsApp. It won’t dictate policy for Facebook Groups, where much of the most dangerous content thrives.

The Web's .Org Domain Is Still Run by a Nonprofit

The Web's .Org Domain Is Still Run by a Nonprofit

The Icann board reviewed hundreds of pages of documentation and responses from PIR, the Internet Society, and Ethos Capital before rejecting the proposal, according to the organization's announcement.In statements on the Ethos Capital website , both the Internet Society and Ethos Capital said Icann had overstepped its role.

Google's Assistant-Powered Smart Speakers Are on Sale

Google's Assistant-Powered Smart Speakers Are on Sale

Still, it's worth checking out our guide on how to make your smart speaker as private as possible .If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission.We've linked to applicable reviews for the devices mentioned below, but you might also want to check out our Best Smart Speakers buying guide.

Everything You Need to Work From Home Like a Pro

Everything You Need to Work From Home Like a Pro

I built a PC back in college (with the help of some friends), and ever since then I've continued perfecting my home office setup—switching desks, keyboards, monitors, and more.For more details check out our review (8/10, WIRED Recommends ).

Business as Usual Is On Hold—Even at the EPA

Business as Usual Is On Hold—Even at the EPA

This story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, reviews, and more.The Environmental Protection Agency is launching a "temporary enforcement discretion policy" due to the pandemic, it said late Thursday.

We don’t know much about lakes and climate change, says researcher

We don’t know much about lakes and climate change, says researcher

Lake scientist Piet Verburg was part of an international team of 39 researchers from 20 countries who carried out a recent review of current knowledge on how lake ecosystems respond to extreme storm events.

Coronavirus Has a Name: The Deadly Disease Is Covid-19

Coronavirus Has a Name: The Deadly Disease Is Covid-19

Because Carson’s company is called Covid, and as of Tuesday, so is the disease caused by that new coronavirus.And per the Coronavirus Study Group of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (in a preprint, so not peer reviewed, but likely to be cleared), the microbe itself is now called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2.Not much better?

Does Facebook Need an ‘Understand’ Button?

Does Facebook Need an ‘Understand’ Button?

“We’ve just introduced an easy way to tell friends that you like what they’re sharing on Facebook with one easy click,” the note says.We think of the new ‘Like’ feature to be the stars, and the comments to be the review.”.

At Last, Physicists Confirm the Fastest Way to Board a Plane

At Last, Physicists Confirm the Fastest Way to Board a Plane

It's counter-intuitive, but it turns out that letting slower passengers board first actually results in a more efficient process and less time before takeoff, according to a new paper in Physical Review E.

Alleged Spy App ToTok Puts Apple in a Bind

Alleged Spy App ToTok Puts Apple in a Bind

Last month, both Google and Apple removed a popular social messaging app called ToTok from their official app stores.This seems to imply that in reviewing ToTok, Google didn't find anything about the app that violates Play Store policies.

Children’s Book Review: Wake Up, Woods

Children’s Book Review: Wake Up, Woods

The best children’s nature books are not only a pleasure to read, but also ignite curiosity and encourage kids to get out and explore the world around them.Wake Up, Woods is produced by the Indiana Native Plant Society, but this is not just a book for the Hoosier State.

Book Review: Secrets of Snakes

Book Review: Secrets of Snakes

Fortunately, wildlife biologist and science communicator David Steen has taken the most common snake myths, tall tales and snake safety rules and applied real science to them in his wildly entertaining Secrets of Snakes: The Science Beyond the Myths (Texas A&M University Press).A lot of our wildlife myths are about creatures that we believe we know.

So Much for the Deep State Plot Against Donald Trump

So Much for the Deep State Plot Against Donald Trump

On Monday, inspector general Michael Horowitz released the nearly 500-page “Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation,” referring to the agency’s probe of potential links between Russia and the Trump campaign.

What Makes an Element? The Frankenstein of Sodium Holds Clues

What Makes an Element? The Frankenstein of Sodium Holds Clues

Publishing this Monday in Physical Review Letters, the Riken physicists and their team confirmed that the limit for a fluorine nucleus is 22 neutrons, and a neon nucleus can contain up to 24.

The EPA's Anti-Science ‘Transparency’ Rule Has a Long History

The EPA's Anti-Science ‘Transparency’ Rule Has a Long History

Although Orme-Zavaleta has spent 38 years at the agency and is its top scientist, she isn’t reviewing the new rule and couldn’t answer many questions from the congressional panel.

A New Smoking Gadget Says It's Safe. Should You Trust It?

A New Smoking Gadget Says It's Safe. Should You Trust It?

After reviewing the device and reams of data presented by Philip Morris, the agency decided that although Iqos isn’t risk-free, it was “appropriate for the protection of the public health” because the devices had “fewer or lower levels of some toxins.” The authorization doesn’t mean the regulator approves of the device or thinks it’s safe; it just means the FDA believes Iqos isn’t more dangerous than regular cigarettes.

Review: What Fishing Books Can Be

Review: What Fishing Books Can Be

Fishing writer Chris Hunt takes one of the most well-known fishing destinations in the world, and covers it with new insights and approaches.Instead, he describes how he prepares for a new fishing situation, how he reads habitat, how he focuses during long days on the water.

Anti-Deepfake Law in California Is Far Too Feeble

Anti-Deepfake Law in California Is Far Too Feeble

Because of the high burden of proof to determine actual malice, a lengthy review process will likely ensue and allow the deepfake to continue to spread.

4 College Admissions Essay Editing Services Reviewed

4 College Admissions Essay Editing Services Reviewed

The 150-plus members of the Coalition for College (which includes Harvard and Vanderbilt) requires a single 500-word essay selected from prompts such as "Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus.

MacOS 10.15 Catalina Review: More Mobile, More Security, no More iTunes

MacOS 10.15 Catalina Review: More Mobile, More Security, no More iTunes

That said, it's still the most complex of the three new apps, handling your local music library, a music store (which is still called the "iTunes Store"), and Apple Music, Apple's streaming music service.These subscription services within the Apple TV app have some great features.

Turkish ISP Blocks Social Media Sites Near Syrian Border

Turkish ISP Blocks Social Media Sites Near Syrian Border

Turkey restricted access to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and WhatsApp in at least three cities in the southern part of the country for about 48 hours earlier this week as it launched an attack on northern Syria, according to data collected by civil society group NetBlocks and reviewed by WIRED.

An Open Source License That Requires Users to Do No Harm

An Open Source License That Requires Users to Do No Harm

Whether human rights violations qualify as a "specific field of endeavor" under that definition is something of an open question, because Ehmke hasn't formally submitted the Hippocratic License to the OSI for review.

The First Drone Airline, a Critical Device Vulnerability, and More News

The First Drone Airline, a Critical Device Vulnerability, and More News

An old industry standard is putting millions of critical devices at risk, UPS lays claim to the first official drone airline, and our reviewers have a trail-running jacket recommendation.UPS now runs the first official drone airline.

An Apple iOS 13 Review, Spying Streaming Devices, and More News

An Apple iOS 13 Review, Spying Streaming Devices, and More News

Apple's latest iPhone OS is here, you're being watched by your streaming devices, and you could soon get your DNA sequenced anonymously.The streaming apps are watching you: New research shows that over 2,000 of them are tracking information about your devices—even when you tell them not to .

Cops Take Over a Botnet to Clear Malware Off Nearly a Million PCs

Cops Take Over a Botnet to Clear Malware Off Nearly a Million PCs

But with tensions between the US and China continuing to escalate , The Wall Street Journal reported this week that the effort might not survive a national security review.

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