What Does a 120-Hz Refresh Rate Mean, Anyway?

What Does a 120-Hz Refresh Rate Mean, Anyway?

Many of our favorite TVs and monitors today boast displays with a high refresh rate that promise smoother on-screen action and a sharper picture.A 120 Hz refresh rate showing 24 FPS content, for example, can display each frame five times.

FAO - News Article: FAO is “working against time” on climate change, Director-General emphasizes

FAO - News Article: FAO is “working against time” on climate change, Director-General emphasizes

8 September 2021, Rome - Sustainable agri-food systems are a "critical part of the actions and solutions" to the climate crisis, food insecurity and biodiversity loss, which are global crises the world is facing today, Director-General QU Dongyu told Members of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today.

A Field Guide for Nature-Resistant Nerds

A Field Guide for Nature-Resistant Nerds

In the natural world, bodies are inescapable.I don't like dirt.But as I read more about the physics of chips, I started to have a kind of acceptance of assembly language.You know, something like that.

FAO - News Article: FAO Director-General QU Dongyu designates European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet FAO Goodwill Ambassador

FAO - News Article: FAO Director-General QU Dongyu designates European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet FAO Goodwill Ambassador

12 April 2021, Rome - European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet was named Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Goodwill Ambassador today, the International Day of Human Space Flight.

The Stealthy Mathematics of Hearthstone

The Stealthy Mathematics of Hearthstone

That’s a lot of math in a short amount of time, yet the game pulls it off without ever feeling like you’re doing work.

If You Liked Simple, Try These Online Banks Instead

If You Liked Simple, Try These Online Banks Instead

In general, before you jump ship and move all your money out, it might be worth taking a little while to see if the BBVA account you’re going to get anyway is similar enough to the experience you’re used to.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Is All Wrong for TV

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Is All Wrong for TV

At the end of the film, Captain America passes on his iconic shield to Sam Wilson, an airman turned Avenger known as the Falcon, who takes to the skies with the aid of a pair of mechanical wings.

5 Ways 'Assassin's Creed Valhalla' Falls Short of Greatness

5 Ways 'Assassin's Creed Valhalla' Falls Short of Greatness

It’s an enormous open-world action RPG that casts you as Eivor of the Raven Clan, on a mission to conquer England during the Dark Ages.Like most open-world games today, Valhalla tries to do far too much, and in the process stretches itself too thin.

Apple Fixes One of the iPhone's Most Pressing Security Risks

Apple Fixes One of the iPhone's Most Pressing Security Risks

In response to Citizen Lab's research, Apple said in December that “iOS 14 is a major leap forward in security and delivered new protections against these kinds of attacks.”.

Update Your iPhone and iPad Now If You Haven't Recently

Update Your iPhone and iPad Now If You Haven't Recently

The DoJ this week took action against one of the many groups responsible for that scourge, arresting a Canadian man it alleges used Netwalker ransomware to shake down victims for a combined $27.6 million.

Why Do Exploding Barrels Make Video Games So Much More Fun?

Why Do Exploding Barrels Make Video Games So Much More Fun?

If games are big iterations of cause and effect, then elemental reactions give very clear and logical feedback to players about exactly what their footprint on the world is.

There’s No Excuse to Ignore Warnings of Domestic Terrorism

There’s No Excuse to Ignore Warnings of Domestic Terrorism

The rioters present had talked extensively on publicly accessible social media about their plans to storm the Capitol and commit violence, and private citizens and law enforcement agencies had raised concerns with Capitol and DC police.Fortunately, social media still holds plenty of information about plans for more violence, and this time we can be more prepared.

The Video Games WIRED Loved Most in 2020

The Video Games WIRED Loved Most in 2020

We want to dissociate on the couch with a free-to-play mobile game .Courtesy of Supergiant GamesI was a little late to the Hades appreciation train, but after buying it in November, I just can’t stop playing.

The Ascent of Elliot Page

The Ascent of Elliot Page

Not because I don’t want to honor the Umbrella Academy star, who came out earlier this week as trans, but because it means talking about the fact that people—celebrities or otherwise—still have to come out at all.

Global No Net Loss of Natural Ecosystems

Global No Net Loss of Natural Ecosystems

As currently implemented, offsetting typically requires an outcome of ‘no net loss’ of biodiversity, but that’s only relative to a baseline trajectory of general biodiversity decline.

Physicists Pin Down the Nuclear Reaction Just After the Big Bang

Physicists Pin Down the Nuclear Reaction Just After the Big Bang

Their measurement of the reaction rate, published on November 11 in Nature, nails down the most uncertain factor in a sequence of steps known as Big Bang nucleosynthesis that forged the universe’s first atomic nuclei.

Biophilic Cities For An Urban Century

Biophilic Cities For An Urban Century

My colleague Tim Beatley and I argue in a new book, Biophilic Cities for an Urban Century, that at their moment of triumph and fastest growth, cities need nature more than ever.

FAO - News Article: FAO, WMO and partners call for early warning and early action to avoid disasters

FAO - News Article: FAO, WMO and partners call for early warning and early action to avoid disasters

13 October 2020, Geneva/Rome - As extreme weather and climate events have increased in frequency, intensity and severity, particularly due to climate change, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and its partners have warned that early warning systems, followed by early action, are critical to prevent disasters and save lives.

How We Came to Live in a Split-Screen Reality

How We Came to Live in a Split-Screen Reality

“When I saw the split screen,” O’Donnell said later in a video on her website, “I knew it was over.”.While reaction videos cleave an artwork into its substance and its effects, the split screen is also being used on social media for the purposes of political activism.

Robot Dogs Can Help Seniors Cope—Especially During Covid

Robot Dogs Can Help Seniors Cope—Especially During Covid

Joy for All’s Companion Pet comes in two varieties: the Golden Pup and the newly announced (but not yet for sale) Freckled Pup. Fischer notes that these robotic dogs “provide a similar type of warmth and love that real pets offer their owners, all without the mess or time-consuming responsibilities.” They have doglike fur, make realistic puppy sounds, and are somewhat responsive to people near them.

Direct Action Everywhere Uses VR to Take Viewers Inside Factory Farms

Direct Action Everywhere Uses VR to Take Viewers Inside Factory Farms

Hsiung wanted Greenberg to experience, in 360 degrees, “Operation Deathstar"—the name Hsiung and his animal rights group, Direct Action Everywhere, assigned one of their most ambitious projects to date.

What If the Big Bang Was Actually a Big Bounce?

What If the Big Bang Was Actually a Big Bounce?

In a brief moment of rapid expansion, that burst of energy inflated the cosmos like a balloon.They analyzed how a collapsing universe would change its own structure, and they ultimately discovered that contraction can beat inflation at its own game.

TED’s Idea Worth Spreading: Stay Home

TED’s Idea Worth Spreading: Stay Home

Anderson says that over the course of the eight-week conference, even skeptics came around to the idea that the event was TED-like, and even worth the hefty tariff to attend.

'The Old Guard' Director Gina Prince-Bythewood on Avoiding 'Sexy Catfights'

'The Old Guard' Director Gina Prince-Bythewood on Avoiding 'Sexy Catfights'

Credit for the movie’s surprises—it’s inclusivity, it’s thoughtfulness, it’s diversity—goes in large part to two people: Greg Rucka, who wrote the original comic The Old Guard, and to Gina Prince-Bythewood, who directed the Netflix adaptation.

Trump’s New Space Force Missile Might Be Too ‘Super-Duper’

Trump’s New Space Force Missile Might Be Too ‘Super-Duper’

That means a super-duper missile would have a velocity of 137 kilometers per second.So if we want a super-duper fast missile, it's going to have to be in space.If you want a missile to go faster, you need more fuel, which will increase the mass.

Amazon’s Upload Will Get a Second Season

Amazon’s Upload Will Get a Second Season

M. Night Shyamalan Is Working on a New Secret Movie.Night Shyamalan has wrapped up the casting on his next big movie.New Banksy Piece Dedicated to Health Care Workers.

The Eerie Stillness of Empty Schoolyards

The Eerie Stillness of Empty Schoolyards

Before Covid-19 hit the Bay Area, photojournalist Justin Sullivan could upload a raw file to Getty Images in a few seconds.WIRED is providing free access to stories about public health and how to protect yourself during the coronavirus pandemic .More From WIRED on Covid-19.

The Covid-19 Rent Crisis Is Here

The Covid-19 Rent Crisis Is Here

“We were initially encouraged that states and localities were taking action to try and keep people housed amid the pandemic,” Alieza Durana, a strategist at Princeton’s Eviction Lab, says.

How to Whirl a Squirrel off of a Bird Feeder

How to Whirl a Squirrel off of a Bird Feeder

Now usually, a squirrel will jump off a bird feeder that starts to spin—but not the one in this viral video.But what is the force-paired object pushing on the squirrel?When you drop that apple, the gravitational force increases its speed as it falls, thus increasing its momentum.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Is a Lot of Filler, Mostly Killer

Final Fantasy VII Remake Is a Lot of Filler, Mostly Killer

First released in 1997 on the Sony PlayStation, it ushered in a new era of Japanese role-playing games, and in the process, its story—begrudging hero Cloud Strife and a ragtag band of idealists and hangers-on fight the captivatingly evil Sephiroth for the sake of the planet—became larger than life for a lot of players.