Twitch Will Act on ‘Serious’ Offenses That Happen Off-Platform

Twitch Will Act on ‘Serious’ Offenses That Happen Off-Platform

In the course of investigating those problem users, Twitch COO Sara Clemens tells WIRED, Twitch’s moderation and law enforcement teams learned how challenging it is to review and make decisions based on users’ behavior IRL or on other platforms like Discord.

These Adorable Fish Robots Form Schools Like the Real Thing

These Adorable Fish Robots Form Schools Like the Real Thing

6, eabd8668 (2021)Once the robots are aware of the positions of their peers, Berlinger and his colleagues can then feed this positional information into simple algorithms to guide the behavior of the seven Bluebots dropped into a tank.

The Power of Kawaii: How Cute, Squishy Things Influence Us

The Power of Kawaii: How Cute, Squishy Things Influence Us

A timeline cleanse is meant to interrupt that cycle with a reprieve from the chaos.“I think kawaii, or cute feelings, reminds us of human connection that we sometimes forget,” says Hiroshi Nittono, director of the Cognitive Psychophysiology Laboratory at Osaka University.

Yes, Accept the Flaws of Election and Epidemic Models

Yes, Accept the Flaws of Election and Epidemic Models

The work of poll wonks like Silver, and the idea of predictions in elections, has been criticized for valid reasons, some offering insightful takes as to why they got things wrong in 2020.

The Science That Spans #MeToo, Memes, and Covid-19

The Science That Spans #MeToo, Memes, and Covid-19

Foucault Welles, an associate professor at Northeastern, says that network science “lets us distill vast, chaotic online communication data down to its essence” and “pull out important themes, people, and events for close reading.” This intersection with big data is critical: that it can extract patterns from terabytes of social media interactions strengthens the reach of its conclusions—the findings aren’t about how a small set of users behave, but about aggregate behavior.

Want Some Eco-Friendly Tips? A New Study Says No, You Don’t

Want Some Eco-Friendly Tips? A New Study Says No, You Don’t

While the advice about personal behavior spurred a negative response from people across the political spectrum, the effect was much stronger among Republicans than Democrats, said Risa Palm, a professor of urban geography at Georgia State and the lead author of the study.

Covering Comments Is Instagram’s Newest Anti-Bullying Tool

Covering Comments Is Instagram’s Newest Anti-Bullying Tool

Cyberbullying is hard to define and even harder to measure; even Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, can’t estimate how prevalent the behavior is on its platform, or whether it’s worsened as Instagram replaces school cafeterias and shopping malls as the main place where teenagers interact.

Is the Internet Conscious? If It Were, How Would We Know?

Is the Internet Conscious? If It Were, How Would We Know?

There’s a lot of discussion about artificial consciousness and the possibility of machines gaining self-awareness once they become sufficiently complex.As it happens, one of the most convincing cases for internet consciousness stems from a theory of mind that was developed to account for precisely this kind of unified experience.

Steve Bannon, a $25M Border Wall Campaign, and a GoFundMe Gone Bad

Steve Bannon, a $25M Border Wall Campaign, and a GoFundMe Gone Bad

In December 2018, a US veteran named Brian Kolfage launched a campaign on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe called “We The People Will Fund The Wall.” The purpose was self-explanatory: It aimed to raise one billion dollars to help finance a wall on the US-Mexico border, in support of a central election promise of President Donald Trump.

What Can Ants and Bees Teach Us About Containing Disease?

What Can Ants and Bees Teach Us About Containing Disease?

Given that she infects ant colonies with deadly pathogens and then studies how they respond, one might say that Nathalie Stroeymeyt, a senior lecturer in the school of biological sciences at the University of Bristol in the U.K., specializes in miniature pandemics.

How to Know If You’ve Been Hacked, and What to Do About It

How to Know If You’ve Been Hacked, and What to Do About It

For instance, Facebook and Google will send notifications and emails alerting you to attempts to access your account.These breaches can include phone numbers, passwords, credit card details, and other personal information that would let criminals steal your identity, among other threats.

The Anthropause: How the Pandemic Gives Scientists a New Way to Study Wildlife

The Anthropause: How the Pandemic Gives Scientists a New Way to Study Wildlife

Some cities may have restricted driving, while others didn’t—researchers can look at both traffic and animal data to see how species in different areas adapted.

How Albert Einstein's Son Tamed the Mississippi River

How Albert Einstein's Son Tamed the Mississippi River

The Old River Control Structure, when eventually built, was the creation of many, but, primus inter pares, Hans Albert Einstein was the man who decided where it should go and what it should look like and how exactly it needed to be made.

Enjoy the Red-Winged Blackbird Show

Enjoy the Red-Winged Blackbird Show

Back at its display ground, a red-winged blackbird will fend off rivals of its own species at its territory, but like many birds, will also drive away just about anything that gets near.

Solar Panels Could Be the Best Fad Ever

Solar Panels Could Be the Best Fad Ever

I was nursing a beer at his winter holiday party as he told me about the solar panels on his Brooklyn brownstone roof.It was a neighbor from around the corner who'd seen my solar array and, like me before him, was intrigued.

Squids' Gene-Editing Superpowers May Unlock Human Cures

Squids' Gene-Editing Superpowers May Unlock Human Cures

Scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and their colleagues reported on Monday in the journal Nucleic Acids Research that longfin inshore squid (Doryteuthis pealeii) are the first known animals that can edit messenger RNA outside the cell nucleus.

Will Your Cat Eat Your Corpse?

Will Your Cat Eat Your Corpse?

While conducting a study on body decomposition, in separate incidents, forensic researchers unintentionally captured footage of two feral cats feasting on human corpses.

Meet Xenobot, an Eerie New Kind of Programmable Organism

Meet Xenobot, an Eerie New Kind of Programmable Organism

They hope that this new kind of organism—contracting cells and passive cells stuck together—and its eerily advanced behavior can help scientists unlock the mysteries of cellular communication.

Researchers Want Guardrails to Help Prevent Bias in AI

Researchers Want Guardrails to Help Prevent Bias in AI

“We need to make sure that it's easy to use a machine learning algorithm responsibly, to avoid unsafe or unfair behavior,” says Philip Thomas, an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who also worked on the project.

States Are Turning Up the Heat on Google and Facebook

States Are Turning Up the Heat on Google and Facebook

Monday, the attorneys general of 48 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, said they had begun an investigation of whether Google is abusing its power as the dominant provider of internet search.

From 'Us' to 'The Favourite,' Rabbits Are Now Hollywood's Creepiest Creatures

From 'Us' to 'The Favourite,' Rabbits Are Now Hollywood's Creepiest Creatures

That post, written by Kathy Benjamin for the pop culture and politics website Pajiba, suggested that screenwriters behind films like Night of the Lepus and Donnie Darko were, consciously and unconsciously, taking a stand against "Big Cuteness" by exposing rabbits for their true nature.

How Would NYC's Anti-AirDrop Dick Pic Law Even Work?

How Would NYC's Anti-AirDrop Dick Pic Law Even Work?

"Cyber flashing," a type of digital harassment where creeps use Apple's AirDrop feature to send dick pics and other lewd images straight to the home screens of unsuspecting strangers via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.The bill’s co-sponsors, council members Joseph Borelli and Donovan Richards, say it's about time cyber flashers faced the same consequences as their offline counterparts.

Three Lizards in a Beer Can

Three Lizards in a Beer Can

There are two species of alligator lizard in Oregon, the northern and southern. Both species of alligator lizard regularly seek out shelter under rocks and logs, and in crevices. The three alligator lizards popping out of the beer can is undoubtedly a funny and surprising find.

3 Ways Science is Making Climate-Friendly Behavior a No-Brainer

3 Ways Science is Making Climate-Friendly Behavior a No-Brainer

Around the world, people are developing creative solutions to fight climate change. According to Rare’s Center for Behavior & the Environment, which helped craft this contest, there are three powerful methods that can get us there: choice architecture, social incentives, and emotional appeals.