Edward O. Wilson, Science Communicator

Edward O. Wilson, Science Communicator

But let’s be clear: as a science communicator, Wilson was none of this.Wilson hadn’t just communicated science.Perhaps just as important, while Wilson was a scientist through and through, he always very clearly articulated his values .

Audi's EV Dakar Rally Car Is Resurrecting the Range Extender

Audi's EV Dakar Rally Car Is Resurrecting the Range Extender

However, halfway through the event, all three cars are still in the running, and the team has even picked up a win in the 636 km third stage with rally veteran Carlos Sainz driving, at the age of 59.

Biomutant and Ratchet & Clank Epitomize the Gaming Budget Gap

Biomutant and Ratchet & Clank Epitomize the Gaming Budget Gap

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, the latest in a nearly two-decade-long video game series from American studio Insomniac Games, has done much better, commercially and critically—as is to be expected of a technologically impressive, major-publisher-backed release.

The Case for Video Game Tutorials

The Case for Video Game Tutorials

We start every game like a newborn giraffe struggling to stand; a well-designed tutorial mitigates the time wasted on unproductive stumbles.“The real story of a game is teaching how to play it,” says Désilets.

The Pandemic Nearly Shuttered My Church. Technology Saved It

The Pandemic Nearly Shuttered My Church. Technology Saved It

Long before the pandemic struck, Science Hill Friends Meeting in southwestern Randolph County, North Carolina, was slowly bleeding to death, like many small churches in rural America.Science Hill had to accept that our beloved meeting house, built by the original Friends in 1894, wasn’t the only place where members could gather.

Valheim Is Changing How We Play Survival Games

Valheim Is Changing How We Play Survival Games

When the survival game from Facepunch Studios was released on Steam Early Access in late 2013, the game only sold around 150,000 copies in the first two weeks, but the loyal audience continued to grow, and it retains an active player base to this day.

A Case Against the Peeping Tom Theory of Privacy

A Case Against the Peeping Tom Theory of Privacy

The data they gather is aggregated, fed to machine learning algorithms, and used to target advertisements to us based on our behavior.Conspiratorial garbage-peddlers like the Gateway Pundit would struggle to exist without an automated, user-targeting-based ad system that doesn’t require advertisers to consciously choose to spend money there.

Cheap Home Audio Gear and Tips (2021): How to Get Great Sound

Cheap Home Audio Gear and Tips (2021): How to Get Great Sound

We have an Ultimate Work-From-Home Gear Guide .Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-Year Subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off) .Enter your music streaming app's settings menu and make sure you set audio to high quality.

PlayStation 5 Tips: 15 Settings and Features You Should Try

PlayStation 5 Tips: 15 Settings and Features You Should Try

If you’re upgrading from a PS4, then you might want to transfer games, settings, and other files to your new console.When you’re done with it, you can free up almost 11 gigabytes of storage space by finding and deleting it in Settings > Storage > Console Storage > Games and Apps.

The 20 Most Underrated Movies of the Past 20 Years

The 20 Most Underrated Movies of the Past 20 Years

While The Assistant received great reviews nearly across the board, the film didn’t get much of a theatrical release (and made just $1 million).While Annihilation was fairly well received by critics, it was pretty polarizing among audiences, and it’s almost easy to see why.

The Future of Social Media Is All Talk

The Future of Social Media Is All Talk

Marshall was one of Clubhouse’s first 100 users, and she quickly got hooked on the app, which works like an audio chatroom.Now, the emergence of audio social networks makes it even easier for anyone to broadcast their conversations to the wider world.

Apple’s ‘One More Thing’ for 2020: A Pair of $549 Headphones

Apple’s ‘One More Thing’ for 2020: A Pair of $549 Headphones

The company, unsurprisingly, is emphasizing sound quality with these, bringing many of the current AirPods features to the larger AirPods Max: adaptive sound equalization, active noise canceling, transparency mode, and spatial audio.

The US Sanctions Russians For Potentially ‘Fatal’ Triton Malware

The US Sanctions Russians For Potentially ‘Fatal’ Triton Malware

Today the US Treasury imposed sanctions on Russia's Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics, the organization that exactly two years ago was revealed to have played a role in the hacking operation that used that malware known as Triton or Trisis, intended to sabotage the Petro Rabigh refinery's safety devices.

Claudia Conway's TikToks Can't Save Democracy

Claudia Conway's TikToks Can't Save Democracy

Last Friday, former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway sent out a tweet that seemed almost inevitable: “Tonight I tested positive for Covid-19.” As the latest in a cascade of positive tests from a White House outbreak that had already infected the president, her condition was newsworthy—but that news had already broken.

How the PlayStation 5 Improves on the PS4—and How It Doesn’t

How the PlayStation 5 Improves on the PS4—and How It Doesn’t

With the PlayStation 5, Sony put serious effort into upgrading the console's capabilities with Tempest, a proprietary 3D audio engine.We won’t know for sure until we test out some demanding games on the new console, but the focus on reducing noise can only be an improvement over the PS4.

How to Watch Google's Annual Hardware Event

How to Watch Google's Annual Hardware Event

Rumors indicate Google will not be using the best processor available but instead is sticking with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G (the same one in mid-priced phones like the LG Velvet and Motorola One 5G .

School in the Age of Covid: A Series of Impossible Decisions

School in the Age of Covid: A Series of Impossible Decisions

Sign up for our Podcasts newsletter and never miss an episode of Get WIRED, Gadget Lab, and Geek's Guide to the Galaxy.So for this episode of the Get WIRED podcast, we asked our listeners to share their back-to-school experiences and any solutions they’ve come up with so far.

Turns Out Late Night Talk Show Hosts Are Just Like Us

Turns Out Late Night Talk Show Hosts Are Just Like Us

Almost immediately after lockdowns hit Los Angeles and New York, the hosts of gabfests like The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon began taping their shows from home, trading in their desks and velvet chairs for Zoom calls with celebs trying desperately to find their best angles on a laptop screen.

Spree Is Nasty, Clever Satire for the Influencer Era

Spree Is Nasty, Clever Satire for the Influencer Era

(“What’s the point of doing anything if no one’s watching?” Suzanne wonders—a point Kurt echoes repeatedly on his spree.)Like Suzanne, Kurt sees violence as a means to an end, and cannot fathom the purpose of life without an audience.

Facebook Has More to Learn From the Ad Boycott

Facebook Has More to Learn From the Ad Boycott

Led by Rashad Robinson, Color of Change has engaged in previous struggles to defund the right-wing political group ALEC, make net neutrality a civil rights issue, and end Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox. But Facebook has been, pardon the expression, Robinson’s white whale—he believes that the biggest network the world has ever seen is a divisive force that spreads hate and racism.

Where Are the Adults in the Clubhouse?

Where Are the Adults in the Clubhouse?

Lorenz defended herself and called out what she characterized as previous harassment by Srinivasan and others on a variety of platforms, including Clubhouse.

Pokemon Go and Sleep No More Creators Are Teaming Up on AR

Pokemon Go and Sleep No More Creators Are Teaming Up on AR

The kind that Punchdrunk, the theater company behind immersive shows like Sleep No More, knows better than anyone.Now Punchdrunk and Niantic, the developer of Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite , are announcing a collaboration that will span multiple projects.

Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning

Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning

In posts online shared on Twitter and interviews with WIRED, several question what responsibility king-making platforms like Twitch have when top streamers, accused of inappropriate behavior, are no longer live on camera.

Anti-Quarantine Protests Are Dangerous and Weird

Anti-Quarantine Protests Are Dangerous and Weird

Our intended audience might get the point and understand that protesting stay-at-home orders and actually staying at home are not equally valid public health positions.

Reality TV Has Never Felt More Untethered From Real Life

Reality TV Has Never Felt More Untethered From Real Life

Producers wanted everyone to feel invested, to ultimately have those separate realities merge—theirs with the viewer's.It’s the need for what was, a reminder of how normal used to feel.

Sony PlayStation 5 Details: SSD and Backward Compatibility

Sony PlayStation 5 Details: SSD and Backward Compatibility

Sony had previously divulged some details exclusively with WIRED : The console will support 8K gaming resolutions, a custom AMD Ryzen chip, and ray tracing, a modern rendering technique that produces hyperrealistic graphics by tracking the movements of virtual light beams.

'1917' VFX Artists Had to Completely Rethink How Films Are Made

'1917' VFX Artists Had to Completely Rethink How Films Are Made

The task was made harder because the movie was produced in native Imax —a widescreen, incredibly high-resolution format, which meant the digital painting work of the VFX artists had to be even more precise and intricate.

Cats Is as Terrible as the Internet Guessed It Might Be

Cats Is as Terrible as the Internet Guessed It Might Be

As he did with 2012’s Les Misérables, Hooper has brought this international musical behemoth to the big screen, with the help of celebrated actors Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, and Idris Elba, plus pop stars like Taylor Swift and Jason Derulo.

Marvel Conquered Movies. Can It Do the Same With Audiobooks?

Marvel Conquered Movies. Can It Do the Same With Audiobooks?

"We’re focused on more of an audiobook experience, where it’s typically a single person telling you a story rather than actors reading from a script,” explains Molly Barton, Serial Box's cofounder and CEO.

Chrome Will Automatically Scan Your Passwords Against Data Breaches

Chrome Will Automatically Scan Your Passwords Against Data Breaches

Google figures that since it has a big (encrypted) database of all your passwords, it might as well compare them against a 4-billion-strong public list of compromised usernames and passwords that have been exposed in innumerable security breaches over the years.