AbleGamers Just Got a Big Win for the Disabled Gaming Community

AbleGamers Just Got a Big Win for the Disabled Gaming Community

In November 2020, Twitch helped out by donating $1 million, money that Spohn says will go to hiring and distributing new controllers to disabled gamers like Thad.

At Last, Alchemy Arrives in a Burst of Light—From Lasers

At Last, Alchemy Arrives in a Burst of Light—From Lasers

However, to actually control such movements, in the early 1990s Herschel Rabitz, a chemist at Princeton University, and his co-workers pointed out that one would need shaped pulses: complex waveforms that might guide molecular behavior along particular paths.

The Attack That Broke Twitter Is Hitting Dozens of Companies

The Attack That Broke Twitter Is Hitting Dozens of Companies

Branching Out. As in the Twitter hack, the perpetrators don't appear to be state-sponsored hackers or foreign cybercrime organizations, but young, English-speaking hackers organizing on forums like the website and the chat service Discord, says Zack Allen, the director of threat intelligence at security firm ZeroFox, who has also worked with the industry group tracking the incidents.

Deepfakes Aren’t Very Good. Nor Are the Tools to Detect Them

Deepfakes Aren’t Very Good. Nor Are the Tools to Detect Them

“It’s all fine and good for helping human moderators, but it's obviously not even close to the level of accuracy that you need,” says Hany Farid, a professor at UC Berkeley and an authority on digital forensics, who is familiar with the Facebook-led project.

The Ocean-Sized Problem That Nobody Is Talking About

The Ocean-Sized Problem That Nobody Is Talking About

It might surprise you to know that in the United States there are several hundred cities that intentionally discharge untreated, raw sewage into their coastal waters whenever their sewer systems are overwhelmed with stormwater.

Should We Purposely Infect Healthy Volunteers With Covid-19?

Should We Purposely Infect Healthy Volunteers With Covid-19?

Challenge studies purposely infect healthy volunteers with a pathogen in order to study a disease or test a treatment or vaccine.After contacting some friends, Morrison set up 1 Day Sooner, a group that advocates on behalf of volunteers for Covid-19 human challenge studies.

Why Creating a Covid-19 Vaccine Is Taking So Long

Why Creating a Covid-19 Vaccine Is Taking So Long

In the US, this typically takes 10 months and is authorized through the Food and Drug Administration, though it’s virtually a given that regulators will speed up the approval of a Covid-19 vaccine.

That Fresh Sea Breeze You Breathe May Be Laced With Microplastic

That Fresh Sea Breeze You Breathe May Be Laced With Microplastic

“That bubble actually acts as like a sponge for tiny particles like sea salt, viruses, bacteria, and—potentially—plastics, as it comes up through the water column,” says University of Strathclyde microplastic researcher Deonie Allen, co-lead on the new research.

Uncanny Portraits of Perfectly Symmetrical Pets

Uncanny Portraits of Perfectly Symmetrical Pets

It all started in 2017, when Knudsen cast a sphinx cat as a co-model in a beauty editorial.Meet the Sulfur Miners Risking Their Lives Inside a Volcano.“The owner said, ‘Oh my god, fox pee never comes off!’” Knudsen says.

America Needs a Ministry of Truth

America Needs a Ministry of Truth

That day, representatives learned that a “high school kid with a good graphics card can make this stuff.” That the creators of malicious deepfakes (the bad guys) and those working to identify and intercept fake content (the good guys) are locked in an unending arms race.

Water Scarcity Around the World: It’s about You and Me

Water Scarcity Around the World: It’s about You and Me

Long before climate change became recognized as one of the world’s major problems, water scarcity was widely recognized as a challenge for humanity.Unfortunately, the rise of awareness about the challenges of climate change had a perverse result when it came to the world working collectively to reduce global water scarcity.

The Year Humanity Declared War on Microplastics

The Year Humanity Declared War on Microplastics

Scientists revealed that it’s blowing in the air and swirling in the seas and tainting our food and water, with as yet unknown effects on human health .Microplastic pollution isn’t particularly new to science—researchers have been monitoring the problem for decades.

Would You Rather? No More False Choices Between People and the Planet

Would You Rather? No More False Choices Between People and the Planet

Bigger Change Faster: Integrated Development, Health, and Environment Actions for a Sustainable Future is co-authored by the United Nations Development Programme and the Bridge Collaborative—a partnership led by The Nature Conservancy, PATH, the International Food Policy Research Institute, and Duke University.

Are We All Wrong About Black Holes?

Are We All Wrong About Black Holes?

In the early 1970s, people studying general relativity, our modern theory of gravity , noticed rough similarities between the properties of black holes and the laws of thermodynamics.

How Anthony Levandowski Put Himself at the Center of an Industry

How Anthony Levandowski Put Himself at the Center of an Industry

He dabbled in robotics while studying industrial engineering at UC Berkeley and made the move into autonomous vehicles when he entered the 2004 Darpa Grand Challenge —a seminal event that helped launch the self-driving industry we know today.

Microplastics Are Blowing Into the Pristine Arctic

Microplastics Are Blowing Into the Pristine Arctic

“Snow ‘scavenges’ the particles in the air and brings them down,” says marine ecologist Melanie Bergmann of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, lead author of a new paper in Science Advances .

Gadget Lab Podcast: Charting Our Robocar Future

Gadget Lab Podcast: Charting Our Robocar Future

This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED transportation writer Alex Davies joins Mike, Arielle, and Lauren to talk about why it’s so difficult to program a fully autonomous vehicle, and how the companies making them have adjusted to the challenge.

Kingdom Hearts III and the Value of Difficult Gaming Modes

Kingdom Hearts III and the Value of Difficult Gaming Modes

These games have always been accused of being button-mashers—games where you can just hit the attack button over and over again and win most encounters—but Kingdom Hearts III , being balanced primarily for new players in all of its difficulty settings, was a particularly glaring example for the vast majority of the game.

A Shocking Find Shows Just How Far Wind Can Carry Microplastics

A Shocking Find Shows Just How Far Wind Can Carry Microplastics

You might assume a film with more surface area would travel farther than a fragment, but that just hasn’t been tested.“That's one of the challenges moving forward is trying to actually model how these plastics move in 3D in the air, so we can figure out where they come from,” says environmental pollution scientist Deonie Allen of the EcoLab, part of the National Center of Scientific Research for France, coauthor on a new paper in Nature Geoscience.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Is All About the Fight

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Is All About the Fight

For developers From Software, who have spent much of their recent history designing games that reward avoiding enemies, that encourage never, ever getting hit by an opponent's attack, this is a distinctive adjustment.

China Is Catching Up to the US in AI Research–Fast

China Is Catching Up to the US in AI Research–Fast

Government-affiliated AI research papers increased 400 percent between 2007 and 2017, dwarfing the growth from Chinese corporate labs, although China’s state-funded academic institutions still produce most of the country’s research output.

Quantum Physics Could Protect the Grid From Hackers—Maybe

Quantum Physics Could Protect the Grid From Hackers—Maybe

“It’s like working on a car with its engine running.” Sungjin Kim/Getty Images Cybersecurity experts have sounded the alarm for years: Hackers are ogling the U.S. power grid. Peters’s group thinks that a utility company could use quantum-encrypted data to communicate with their hardware.

How to Not Fall for Viral Scares

How to Not Fall for Viral Scares

The Momo challenge, according to breathless news reports and posts from worried parents and law enforcement , is a game circulating on social media that encourages kids to engage in increasingly harmful behavior until, eventually, they’re supposed to commit suicide and upload the video to the internet.

Google Takes Its First Steps Toward Killing the URL

Google Takes Its First Steps Toward Killing the URL

It shouldn’t take advanced knowledge of how the internet works to figure that out." "A key challenge is avoiding flagging legitimate domains as suspicious." Emily Stark, Google Chrome The Chrome team's efforts so far focus on figuring out how to detect and warn users about URLs that seem to deviate in some way from standard practice.

Ford's Shelby GT500 Is the Most Powerful Mustang Ever

Ford's Shelby GT500 Is the Most Powerful Mustang Ever

Unlike so many hulking, entirely American pony cars, this Mustang will look as good in the turns as on the straights. Translation: Unlike so many hulking, entirely American pony cars, this Mustang will look as good in the turns as on the straights.

Lamborghini's Urus Makes the Supercar SUV Look Good

Lamborghini's Urus Makes the Supercar SUV Look Good

The idea of the Urus is to be just as fun while racing, but capable of rolling over speed bumps and holding the kids and shopping bags.“It was a difficult project,” according to Lambo's CTO, “when you come from super sport car experience, to face a car with a higher center of gravity, that’s much heavier, and where you need to guarantee roominess and comfort.”

Giving a Fresh Eye to a Classic—and Quivery—Dessert

Giving a Fresh Eye to a Classic—and Quivery—Dessert

I wrote it down with the rest of my personal work ideas and it sat on that list for a little while until I started assembling a team of stylists that I thought would be good for this.Michelle Gatton and I have worked on a number of different personal and commercial food projects and I knew she would be up for creating some funky Jell-O molds.

How Google and Amazon Got So Big Without Being Regulated

How Google and Amazon Got So Big Without Being Regulated

The new firms were instead devoted to spreading sweetness and light, goodwill toward all men—whether access to information (Google), good books for cheap (Amazon), or the building of a global community (Facebook).Not only did they not charge high prices, sometimes they didn’t even charge at all.

World ozone day: Taking stock of what it means to stay cool

World ozone day: Taking stock of what it means to stay cool

Data from Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All, a report by Sustainable Energy For All, says that heat waves kill 12,000 people annually around the world, with the potential to reach up to 250,000 by 2050.

Facebook's AI Can Analyze Memes, but Can It Understand Them?

Facebook's AI Can Analyze Memes, but Can It Understand Them?

Despite the challenges they bring, some social platforms are already using AI to analyze memes, including Facebook, which this week shared details about how it uses a tool called Rosetta to analyze photos and videos that contain text.Facebook says it already uses Rosetta to help automatically detect content that violates things like its hate speech policy.