Stop Obsessing Over Sleep—Your Brain Will Thank You

Stop Obsessing Over Sleep—Your Brain Will Thank You

Fitbit kicked off this trend when it released the first tracker in 2009.Little more than a glorified pedometer at the time, the Fitbit couldn’t monitor your heart rate, pay for anything, or even tell you the time.Fears over bad sleep are getting the TED treatment and topping best-seller lists.

Sleepwalkers Podcast: Artificial Intelligence Is Watching Us and Judging Us

Sleepwalkers Podcast: Artificial Intelligence Is Watching Us and Judging Us

Artificial intelligence has tremendous power to enhance spying, and both authoritarian governments and democracies are adopting the technology as a tool of political and social control.No country has embraced facial recognition and AI surveillance as keenly as China.

The Science Is Extremely Clear: You Need to Prioritize Sleep

The Science Is Extremely Clear: You Need to Prioritize Sleep

“Sleep is like the dishwasher of the brain,” Prather explains in WIRED’s latest “Five Levels ” video.But Prather says all phases, from the lightest slumber to the deepest unconsciousness, are important processes that allow our brains and bodies to recover from the previous day and can help us learn and remember information better.

Your Brain Cleans Itself, This Jet Lands Itself, and More News

Your Brain Cleans Itself, This Jet Lands Itself, and More News

Brains are cleaning and planes are intervening, but first: a deadly Halloween cartoon .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Scientists now know how sleep cleans toxins from the brain.

Scientists Now Know How Sleep Cleans Toxins From the Brain

Scientists Now Know How Sleep Cleans Toxins From the Brain

Lewis outfitted the participants with an EEG cap so she could look at the electrical currents flowing through their brains.“It’s a fantastic paper,” says Maiken Nedergaard, a neuroscientist at the University of Rochester who led the 2013 study that first described how sleep can clear out toxins in mice.

The Quest to Get Photos of the USSR's First Space Shuttle

The Quest to Get Photos of the USSR's First Space Shuttle

On November 15, 1988, the Soviet Union's first space shuttle, the Buran, blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in present-day Kazakhstan.After bedding down in sleeping bags inside the hangar for a few hours, Jonk and his three-man team spent the next two days exploring and photographing the two shuttles.

A New Gene Helps Explain Why Some People Need Less Sleep

A New Gene Helps Explain Why Some People Need Less Sleep

Fu and her colleague and spouse Louis Ptáček, both at the University of California, San Francisco, had just identified a gene mutation that significantly decreased how many hours someone needs to sleep .

Concerning Consent, Chappelle, and Canceling Cancel Culture

Concerning Consent, Chappelle, and Canceling Cancel Culture

Antioch met the demand, and a sleepy Yellow Springs, Ohio, liberal arts school of 500 students became a national laughingstock.In 2004, Dave Chappelle released a sketch, “Love Contract,” whose subject was formalized consent policies like Antioch’s.

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.

To Compete With Mattress Startups, Tempur Sealy Plugs Into Data

To Compete With Mattress Startups, Tempur Sealy Plugs Into Data

Murray, who admits to being a snorer himself, says Sleeptracker uses technology to help people in two ways: “through information, at a time when people are craving that, and by helping them to automatically sleep better when they’re in bed.” He hopes that it will earn the company a new cohort of snore-free, easy-sleeping customers.

Call of Duty Is Back—and It's Grim as Heck

Call of Duty Is Back—and It's Grim as Heck

It's Pokémon Sleep , the new game/device/thing announced by Nintendo at a recent Poké-centric Nintendo Direct. Xbox Games Pass Is Coming to PC, Rendering Its Name Mildly Confusing.

REI Anniversary Sale: 26 Best Summer Outdoor Deals for 2019

REI Anniversary Sale: 26 Best Summer Outdoor Deals for 2019

Whether you've been eying a big-ticket item like a paddleboard, or need to pick up another knife or replace a popped sleeping pad, it's the best time of the year to pick up outdoor equipment at a huge discount.

Facebook Wants to Know Who You Want to Sleep With, and More News

Facebook Wants to Know Who You Want to Sleep With, and More News

Facebook wants to know which of your friends you'd like to date, there's a new wireless VR headset, and we're teaching you how to land a plane in an emergency. At Facebook's developer conference, the company announced a new feature: Secret Crush .

The Nintendo Switch Is Finally Coming to China

The Nintendo Switch Is Finally Coming to China

For years, one of the great mysteries of Nintendo has been the fate of their so-called "quality-of-life" technology, which was said to use their expertise (and their affinity, in the pre-Switch days, for weird peripherals) to create a series of personal health devices that would do things like monitor your sleep and provide useful information on it.

You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep—and It’s Killing You

You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep—and It’s Killing You

After Walker’s talk, he was mobbed by acolytes in the conference center desperate to tell him how much his book—which covers the same topic as his TED talk—changed their lives, how they’d given up caffeine and alcohol and stopped feeling bad for leaving parties early to get sleep or refusing to look at work emails in bed.

The Mueller Report Is Here, Apple's Big Event, and More News

The Mueller Report Is Here, Apple's Big Event, and More News

The Mueller Report Is Here, Apple's Big Event, and More News. Getting a good night's sleep is the latest hot trend, and of course there are gadgets for that .

Having Sleep Troubles? There's a Gadget for That

Having Sleep Troubles? There's a Gadget for That

Matteo Franceschetti began optimizing his life long before he started a tech company dedicated to sleep: heart rate monitored on an Apple Watch , a ketogenic diet, Peloton exercise bikes —one at home, one in the office.

The Arctic's ‘Carbon Bomb’ Could Screw the Climate Even More

The Arctic's ‘Carbon Bomb’ Could Screw the Climate Even More

So here’s even worse news: The Arctic contains much of the world’s permafrost, which holds what the report calls a “sleeping giant” made of greenhouse gases.

In Pursuit of the Perfect Snooze, Casper Shifts to Gadgets

In Pursuit of the Perfect Snooze, Casper Shifts to Gadgets

It projects a warm, soft glow that gradually dims as you fall asleep, and then brightens like a sunrise when it's time to wake up. For Casper, the Glow is just the beginning of a new kind of multi-sensory sleep experience.

The Unwearable Lightness of Being: My Week Without a Smartwatch

The Unwearable Lightness of Being: My Week Without a Smartwatch

An editor assigned me a story about Jawbone, and I became obsessed with this new class of products.I felt like the future was pulsing on my wrist.Could these elastomer wrist dongles eventually do more than track steps and offer shoddy estimations of your sleep?

A Sleeping Tesla Driver Highlights Autopilot's Biggest Flaw

A Sleeping Tesla Driver Highlights Autopilot's Biggest Flaw

The officers arrested the driver, identified in a police report as 45-year-old Alexander Joseph Samek of Los Altos, for driving under the influence of alcohol.Neither the cops nor Tesla has confirmed whether the Model S had Autopilot engaged at the time.

Bump-Canceling Bunk Beds Promise Supersmooth Bus Rides

Bump-Canceling Bunk Beds Promise Supersmooth Bus Rides

Someday, it could even be more soothing than sleeping in, say, a house.“We can isolate a passenger’s body, and input frequencies that help people relax and fall asleep” in the same way that a hammock or rocking chair can help people chill out, Currier says.Cabin used off-the-shelf components, like a cheap Raspberry Pi computer and the electric motor from a hoverboard scooter, to move the bed up and down quickly enough to cancel out the lumps and thumps in the road.