The WIRED Guide to Influencers

The WIRED Guide to Influencers

Influencers like Luka Sabbat, a model-turned-actor with two million followers on Instagram, can charge upwards of $40,000 to promote products in story and feed posts.

Police Shootings May Be Causing Black Infants Long-Term Harm

Police Shootings May Be Causing Black Infants Long-Term Harm

He focused on two markers of infant health—gestational age and birth weight—and compared them with the data on police shootings in California over the same nine-year period.White and Hispanic infants didn’t seem to be affected, and police shootings of unarmed victims of other races didn’t produce a strong effect either.

Larry, Sergey, and the Mixed Legacy of Google-Turned-Alphabet

Larry, Sergey, and the Mixed Legacy of Google-Turned-Alphabet

On August 10, 2015, Google CEO Larry Page shocked the business world by announcing he was restructuring the company he cofounded into a holding company called Alphabet.

Watchmen Is Finally Being Called a Hit

Watchmen Is Finally Being Called a Hit

To start, people are showing up in big numbers to watch Watchmen .Also, Taylor Swift is (maybe) going to the Sundance Film Festival, and there’s a new Mulan trailer.Taylor Swift Is Going to Sundance.

No One Knows Why Rocks Are Exploding From Asteroid Bennu

No One Knows Why Rocks Are Exploding From Asteroid Bennu

“No one has ever seen an active asteroid up close like this,” says Carl Hergenrother, an astronomer at the University of Arizona and the scientist who proposed Bennu as the target for OSIRIS-REx.

The Irishman Gets De-Aging Right—No Tracking Dots Necessary

The Irishman Gets De-Aging Right—No Tracking Dots Necessary

At the time, he had been prepping a Frank Sinatra biopic, and he and Helman were talking shop about how to have one actor play a person at many phases of their life.

A Once-a-Month Birth Control Pill Is Coming—Here's How It Works

A Once-a-Month Birth Control Pill Is Coming—Here's How It Works

But in a scientific first, they’ve now demonstrated that the same invention can also deliver a steady drip of contraceptive hormones in the body of a pig for up to 29 days.“From an engineering aspect, the key novelty is the ability to deliver a drug for a month after a single ingestion event,” says Giovanni Traverso , a gastroenterologist and biomedical engineer at Brigham and Women’s and MIT, who co-authored the new study, published today in Science Translational Medicine.

Facebook's Head of AI Says the Field Will Soon ‘Hit the Wall’

Facebook's Head of AI Says the Field Will Soon ‘Hit the Wall’

Jerome Pesenti: Moderating automatically, or even with humans and computers working together, at the scale of Facebook is a super challenging problem.Recently there’s been a lot of progress in the field of language , allowing us a much more refined understanding of interactions through the language that people use.

Hotspot Watch 5 December 2019

Hotspot Watch 5 December 2019

The driest soils across the North Island compared to normal for this time of the year are now found in southern Northland, northern Auckland, much of the Coromandel Peninsula, the Hauraki District, and coastal Wairarapa.

Cheap at Last, Batteries Are Making a Solar Dream Come True

Cheap at Last, Batteries Are Making a Solar Dream Come True

“It’s a pretty big deal for us,” says Chad Raley, who manages technology and renewables at Ameren, a Missouri utility that is building three rural solar-plus-storage projects to better manage the flow of electricity across the local grid.

WIRED Book of the Month: Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer

WIRED Book of the Month: Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer

The author of the Southern Reach Trilogy and Borne, he’s worth reading because his visions of humans and the world they inhabit are less Hopper than Dali, or really, Hiernomymous Bosch, who in Dead Astronauts lends his name to a leviathan charged with gobbling up failed biological experiments cast out of laboratories.Fans of Vandermeer will notice bits of his older work echoing through Dead Astronauts.

We Need to Protect Antarctic ‘Blue Carbon’

We Need to Protect Antarctic ‘Blue Carbon’

So as ice shelves retreat, so does the natural reserve status, precisely at the time blue-carbon zones need strong legal protections.But many have already opposed agreements on Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Oceans, areas much smaller than predicted blue-carbon sites.

Blockchain Developer Gets Busted After Talk in North Korea

Blockchain Developer Gets Busted After Talk in North Korea

The prominent hacker and Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith was arrested by the US government Friday after he spoke at an April conference on blockchain technologies in North Korea.He has been a research scientist at the Ethereum Foundation since 2016.This story originally appeared on Ars Technica.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin Hand Over Alphabet’s Reins

Larry Page and Sergey Brin Hand Over Alphabet’s Reins

As the company faces a series of antitrust investigations and mounting employee unrest, its two cofounders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, announced on Tuesday they were stepping down from their leadership roles at the company.

It's Now Easy to Shift Facebook Pics to Google (in Europe Anyway)

It's Now Easy to Shift Facebook Pics to Google (in Europe Anyway)

The data-moving tool has been created as a result of the Data Transfer Project (DTP), which was set up in 2018 and is a collaboration between the world's biggest tech companies: Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft , and are the group's key members.

Elon Musk to Testify as Diver's Slander Trial Gets Under Way

Elon Musk to Testify as Diver's Slander Trial Gets Under Way

Musk later said that Howard-Higgins told that employee that Unsworth had married a girl when she was as young as 12, though Unsworth’s lawyers say, based on emails, that Howard-Higgins only said that the the diver met his wife when she was 18 or 19.

24 Best Cyber Monday 2019 Headphone Deals: Sonos, Sony, Beats, and More

24 Best Cyber Monday 2019 Headphone Deals: Sonos, Sony, Beats, and More

Amazon (Ships December 7), Best Buy. This home speaker has Alexa built in and has never sold for less.If you're after a pretty and great-sounding set of computer speakers to complete your recent office rennovation, now's a good time to snag these Audioengline HD3s.

Do Hawks Eat Pets?

Do Hawks Eat Pets?

The comments often feature stories of beloved cats and small dogs being carried off by hawks and owls.In any case, if a large bird is going to take your small pet, a great-horned owl is probably the most likely culprit.

The Best Cyber Monday Deals on Outdoor and Fitness Gear

The Best Cyber Monday Deals on Outdoor and Fitness Gear

The kit includes a poker to manipulate logs while the fire is burning, a heat-reflecting mat so you can use the FirePit on a deck or patio without scorching them, and a carrying case with a built-in solar charger for recharging the airflow unit that eats up the smoke.The Pieps DSP Sport is an affordable, easy-to-use model with a 50-meter range.

If You Want a Sonos Speaker, Today Is the Day

If You Want a Sonos Speaker, Today Is the Day

If you're just starting your system, the Sonos One SL is also on sale today ($129, $50 off).Photograph: SonosThe Sonos Beam (8/10, WIRED Recommends ) is also on sale.It's one of three soundbars that Sonos offers, and the best one to buy right now.

NYC Has an Old-Timey Plan to Fix Its Traffic Future

NYC Has an Old-Timey Plan to Fix Its Traffic Future

New York City is still more than a year away from becoming the first American metropolis to implement a congestion charge , but its plan to ease Manhattan traffic is starting to take shape.

How Airports Are Protecting Themselves Against Rising Seas

How Airports Are Protecting Themselves Against Rising Seas

It will also be the centerpiece of SFO’s plan to protect itself from the steady rise of San Francisco Bay. Since the 1980s, SFO has installed a variety of features to protect itself from the risk of flood associated with rising waters, including berms, concrete walls, and the kind of sheet piling construction projects use to keep water out of building sites.

The Best Laptop and Tablet Deals for Cyber Monday

The Best Laptop and Tablet Deals for Cyber Monday

Apple's iPads really set the standard here, with excellent battery life and a vast app ecosystem behind them, but the price of Amazon Fire HD devices is so low the software limitations may not bother you.

I Ditched Google for DuckDuckGo. Here's Why You Should Too

I Ditched Google for DuckDuckGo. Here's Why You Should Too

While I continue to use Google at work (more out of necessity, as my employer runs on G-Suite), on my phone I’m all about DuckDuckGo. I had, based on zero evidence, convinced myself that finding things on the internet was hard and, inevitably, involved a fair amount of tracking.

How Overexcited Neurons Might Affect How You Age

How Overexcited Neurons Might Affect How You Age

But recently in Nature, Bruce Yankner, a professor of genetics and neurology at Harvard Medical School, and his colleagues reported on a previously overlooked controller of life span: the activity level of neurons in the brain.

Apple's Latest iPad Is on Sale for $229—$100 off

Apple's Latest iPad Is on Sale for $229—$100 off

WIRED: It would have been nice if Apple had bumped the processing power a little for the 2019 release (it still uses the A10 Fusion processor), but we do like the small .5-inch bump in screen size from 9.7 inches to 10.2 (this one is half an inch taller).

The 25 Most Dangerous Vulnerabilities, According to DHS

The 25 Most Dangerous Vulnerabilities, According to DHS

Security researcher Oliver Hough found a database with information related to 51,000 customer service interactions, which included some personally identifiable information and full online chats.

SUVs Are Worse for the Climate Than You Ever Imagined

SUVs Are Worse for the Climate Than You Ever Imagined

Some people feel safer in a vehicle where they sit high above the road, but the raised center of gravity makes SUVs more prone to rollovers than cars, said Consumer Reports.

Here's Every Great Black Friday Deal on Google Devices

Here's Every Great Black Friday Deal on Google Devices

Google has a veritable hardware ecosystem up and running with its ever-expanding line of Nest smart speakers, routers, Pixel phones, not to mention its new Stadia game-streaming service .Google Pixel 3A for $300 ($100 off) at Best Buy or Amazon: Our favorite phone of the year was already affordable.

Scientist pieces together details of underwater landslides

Scientist pieces together details of underwater landslides

New information about landslides that occur on the seafloor off New Zealand’s east coast will help scientists better understand why and where they happen, and the types of threats they pose.