What the World’s Largest Organism Reveals About Fires and Forests

What the World’s Largest Organism Reveals About Fires and Forests

“If there were no trees dying, I wouldn’t have a job,” says forest pathologist Mike McWilliams, who calls himself the unofficial tour guide of the massive fungus.McWilliams continues driving, following dirt roads deeper into the forest, where the trees become smaller and closer together.

This Recyclable Boat Is Made From Wool

This Recyclable Boat Is Made From Wool

Changing tastes and the popularity of man-made fibers means there’s a surfeit of strong wool in New Zealand—an estimated 1 million tons is stored waiting for the prices to improve—but 26-year-old inventor Logan Williams, and his company Shear Edge, is hoping to make the most of this increasingly ignored material by chopping it up and using it to make boats, knives, fencing, and just about anything that’s currently made using plastic.

How Much Will It Cost to Prevent Deaths by Climate-Driven Heat?

How Much Will It Cost to Prevent Deaths by Climate-Driven Heat?

To come up with this model, Bressler says he started with an existing one for the social cost of carbon developed by Yale University economist William Nordhaus, which originally pegged that figure at $37 per ton.

Fossils in a Forgotten Ice Core Rewrite Greenland’s Icy Past

Fossils in a Forgotten Ice Core Rewrite Greenland’s Icy Past

It shows the Greenland Ice Sheet can disappear with the kind of climate warming we’re projecting over the next century,” says William Colgan, a climatologist for the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland who was not involved in the research.

The Mystery of the World’s Loneliest Penguins

The Mystery of the World’s Loneliest Penguins

“We don’t know anything about king penguins at Martillo Island,” says Sami Dodino, a penguinologist at Argentinian scientific institute CADIC.Ushuaia, right at the southern tip of Argentina, is known fondly as “The End of the World.” Travel around 1,000 km south and the next place you reach is Antarctica (although not before passing through another settlement on the Chilean side of the Beagle Channel, Puerto Williams—“Beyond the End of the World”).

Not Even William Barr Buys Trump’s Election Nonsense

Not Even William Barr Buys Trump’s Election Nonsense

Even if the Justice Department had produced large-scale fraud allegations, that alone would not have been enough to change the results of the election.

Trump Broke the Internet. Can Joe Biden Fix It?

Trump Broke the Internet. Can Joe Biden Fix It?

This one is sort of cheating, because we already know Biden is defaulted into at least some antitrust action: Thanks to Attorney General William Barr’s somewhat controversial decision to file a suit against Google before the election, the incoming administration will inherit the highest-profile antitrust case in a generation.

The Wire Inspired a Fake Turtle Egg That Spies on Poachers

The Wire Inspired a Fake Turtle Egg That Spies on Poachers

Williams-Guillen and Pheasey found that while poachers tended to sell eggs locally door to door, the InvestEGGator was also able to track long-range transport—one trip was 137 kilometers long, from the beach to central Costa Rica.

The Furious Hunt for the MAGA Bomber

The Furious Hunt for the MAGA Bomber

But they quickly sent an update when they arrived on the scene: “Boss, we found some energetic material,” an agent on the ground reported by phone to William Sweeney, the FBI assistant director in charge of the New York office.

Hybrid Schooling May Be the Most Dangerous Option of All

Hybrid Schooling May Be the Most Dangerous Option of All

“The hybrid model is probably among the worst that we could be putting forward if our goal is to stop the virus getting into schools,” says William Hanage, an epidemiologist at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

An American Pickle Might Have Been Fresher in the 2010s

An American Pickle Might Have Been Fresher in the 2010s

Adapted from a serialized novella by Simon Rich called Sell Out, An American Pickle is first and foremost a goofy Rip Van Winkle update (or Encino Man update) with Seth Rogen as a cranky old-time Jewish man named Herschel Greenbaum, who comes to the United States around 1919, takes a job at a pickle factory in Williamsburg killing rats, and subsequently gets stuck in a pickle vat for a century.

Don't Be Fooled by Covid-19 Contact-Tracing Scams

Don't Be Fooled by Covid-19 Contact-Tracing Scams

"Because there hasn't been a lot of communication yet about what an 'official' contact-tracing notice would look like, users have few ways to ascertain whether what they received is a scam," says Jake Williams, a security consultant and founder of the firm Rendition Infosec.

Microsoft Is Taking Quantum Computers to the Cloud

Microsoft Is Taking Quantum Computers to the Cloud

Microsoft’s model is more like the existing computing industry, where cloud providers allow customers to choose processors from companies such as Intel and AMD, says William Hurley, CEO of startup Strangeworks, which offers a service for programmers to build and collaborate with quantum computing tools from IBM, Google, and others.

Depth of Field: Coco Gauff and the Future of Women's Tennis

Depth of Field: Coco Gauff and the Future of Women's Tennis

The US Open culminates Sunday—where Serena Williams again has a chance to seize tennis immortality—but the tournament's real crowning moment came last weekend, on Day 6, between Naomi Osaka, the No. 1 ranked women's player, and Cori "Coco" Gauff, a 15-year-old rising talent of unforgettable resolve.

Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA

Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA

And unlike the kinds of DNA technologies police have been using for decades to match crime scene samples to suspects, the genetic profiles generated for genealogy purposes hold a lot more information—including sensitive health information .Defense attorney Rachel Forde discusses evidence in the trial of William Talbott, who was found guilty Friday for the 1987 slayings of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg.

He Cyberstalked Teen Girls for Years—Then They Fought Back

He Cyberstalked Teen Girls for Years—Then They Fought Back

In the spring of 2012, after Moulton had been promoted to detective, a student from Belmont High walked into the police station and told Moulton that someone she hadn’t met and knew only as Seth Williams had been texting and hounding her for naked photos.

No, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams Aren't Married

No, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams Aren't Married

No, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams Aren't Married. The truth is they're not, but Turner understands why people think that. "People do think that we're a couple, sometimes," Turner says in the WIRED Autocomplete Interview above. But even so, Turner still thinks Williams is "that bitch."

Depth of Field: At the French Open, Serena Williams Is a Study in Motion

Depth of Field: At the French Open, Serena Williams Is a Study in Motion

Depth of Field: At the French Open, Serena Williams Is a Study in Motion. Serena Williams descended upon the clay courts of the French Open in Paris this week, where, the year prior, she had become a lodestar of ridiculous controversy.

Watch Robert Mueller’s Statement on the Russia Investigation

Watch Robert Mueller’s Statement on the Russia Investigation

The public response was made all the more muddy by Attorney General William Barr's initial four-page summary of the report, which appeared to downplay the special counsel's findings around obstruction of justice.

Scientists discover solar heat drives rapid melting of Ross Ice Shelf

Scientists discover solar heat drives rapid melting of Ross Ice Shelf

Marine physicists Drs Craig Stewart and Mike Williams and a team from the UK, studied the north-western corner of the Ross Ice Shelf over several years to build up a record of how it is melting, and the key processes driving it.

Today’s News: Read the Mueller Report; Change Your Instagram Password

Today’s News: Read the Mueller Report; Change Your Instagram Password

Today’s News: Read the Mueller Report; Change Your Instagram Password. It turns out Attorney general William Barr's original summary of the Mueller report left out some pretty important details. Last month, Facebook revealed they had accidentally saved millions of Facebook passwords in a way that allowed company employees to see them.

Cyberspies Hijacked the Internet Domains of Entire Countries

Cyberspies Hijacked the Internet Domains of Entire Countries

Cisco Talos researcher Craig Williams says the Sea Turtle campaign is disturbing not only because it represents a series of brazen cyberspying operations, but also because it calls into question that basic trust model of the internet.

William Barr Sends Troubling Signals Ahead of Mueller Report Release

William Barr Sends Troubling Signals Ahead of Mueller Report Release

He declined to explain Mueller’s reasoning for refusing to make a “traditional prosecutorial decision” on the question of whether Donald Trump obstructed justice, an important answer given how Barr stepped in to offer his own verdict—even as he quoted Mueller saying the report “does not exonerate” the president on obstruction.

The Mysterious Math of How Cells Determine Their Own Fate

The Mysterious Math of How Cells Determine Their Own Fate

That prompted a group at Princeton University, led by the biophysicists Thomas Gregor and William Bialek, to suspect something else: that the cells could instead get all the information they needed to define the positions of pair-rule stripes from the expression levels of the gap genes alone, even though those are not periodic and therefore not an obvious source for such precise instructions.

The Mueller Report Is Done. Now Comes the Hard Part

The Mueller Report Is Done. Now Comes the Hard Part

Continuing a now time-honored tradition of creating explosive news late on a Friday afternoon, special counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his final report to attorney general William Barr .

7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up'

7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up'

7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up' Elena Lacey; Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images The breaking news hit a snowy Washington on Wednesday: Newly installed attorney general William Barr appears to be preparing to announce the end of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

AG Nominee William Barr Is No Friend of Telecom Competition

AG Nominee William Barr Is No Friend of Telecom Competition

Second, close off consumer access to any other provider of services—forcing the consumer to do business only with companies affiliated with the owner of the pipeline into the home.” In other words, Barr opposed any rules that he believed amounted to allowing, as he put it in 1999, "the scam of taking a free ride on our [phone] network," but favored rules that would require rivals—ie, cable companies—to be burdened with that same kind of obligation.

How Amazon, Apple, and Google Played the Tax-Break Game

How Amazon, Apple, and Google Played the Tax-Break Game

How Amazon, Apple, and Google Played the Tax-Break GameApple's existing office in Austin, Texas, a few miles from where the company announced plans to build a new campus.SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty ImagesIt took about 30 minutes for Williamson County commissioners to unanimously approve a roughly $16 million incentive package for Apple Tuesday morning, bringing the total amount the tech giant is likely to receive in exchange for choosing Austin as the site for its newest campus to a cool $41 million.

The post-crash principle for banks: be moral or bust | Zoe Williams

The post-crash principle for banks: be moral or bust | Zoe Williams

Ten years on from the financial crisis, the sustainability of the planet is at stake – markets cannot survive without morality That post-crash principle should be this: in a century in which the sustainability of the planet is at stake, markets cannot survive without morality.

Cantina Talk: Star Wars: Episode IX Just Recruited a Doctor

Cantina Talk: Star Wars: Episode IX Just Recruited a Doctor

(There’s also a rumor that John Williams and Rogue One's Michael Giacchino will be writing original music for the attraction, which would be interesting…)Meet the Fireballs Behind the Next Animated SeriesThe Source: Whoever is responsible for uploading Disney material to YouTubeProbability of Accuracy: It's honest-to-goodness Disney promo material, so it's as accurate as any promotional material.The Real Deal: Wondering what to expect from the upcoming animated series Star Wars Resistance?

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