India Isn’t Ready for a Deadly Combination of Heat and Humidity

India Isn’t Ready for a Deadly Combination of Heat and Humidity

When heat and humidity combine to push wet-bulb temperatures past 32 degrees Celsius, physical exertion becomes dangerous.On May 1, 2022, the wet-bulb temperature in Lakshmanan’s home city of Chennai hit 31 degrees Celsius.

A Pandemic Tragedy on Brazil’s Lago Verde

A Pandemic Tragedy on Brazil’s Lago Verde

The Indigenous leader, whose life story is inextricably linked with the struggle for the rights and recognition of the Borari people, was beloved in her village, Alter do Chão, Brazil, along the banks of the Tapajós River in the western state of Pará.Dona Lusia died from Covid-19 , which generated trepidation and fear.

Should You Provide Birds Water in Winter?

Should You Provide Birds Water in Winter?

© Sjensen~ / Flickr Throughout the summer months, we supply birds with water, which they use for drinking, bathing, or simply cooling off.Going back to heated birdbaths, if managed properly, we can use these to allow birds to drink from it, and not bathe.

Could Being Cold Actually Be Good for You?

Could Being Cold Actually Be Good for You?

“You're not going to attract too many people,” says Haman, who studies thermal physiology at the University of Ottawa, Canada.Before industrialization, says Haman, “these extremes were actually part of life.” Bodies dealt with cold in the winter and heat in the summer.

How Body Farms and Human Composting Can Help Communities

How Body Farms and Human Composting Can Help Communities

The body farm in Western North Carolina was one stop on my yearlong journey to explore human composting, conservation cemeteries, green burial, water cremation, end-of-life doulas, and home funerals.

How Parents Can Deal With Climate Anxiety

How Parents Can Deal With Climate Anxiety

But if you’re staring at a screen reading a scary headline about climate change, or lying in bed at night wondering about your child’s future, this animalistic stress response isn’t so helpful.

People Should Drink Way More Recycled Wastewater

People Should Drink Way More Recycled Wastewater

Here at the North City Water Reclamation Plant, very not-drinkable wastewater is turned into a liquid so pure it would actually wreak havoc on your body if you imbibed it without further treatment.

Urchin Slayers Are Trying to Save the Underwater Rainforest

Urchin Slayers Are Trying to Save the Underwater Rainforest

The resulting “urchin barrens,” as divers call them, can stretch hundreds of miles, with scientists reporting earlier this year that some Northern California kelp forests have suffered 95 percent loss since 2012.Kelp are key to much of the West Coast’s marine biodiversity.

A Stroke Study Reveals the Future of Human Augmentation

A Stroke Study Reveals the Future of Human Augmentation

As seen in the trial, when the vagus nerve receives extra stimulation, it causes the brain to release neuromodulators, which regulate the body’s responses.

So … What If Aliens’ Quantum Computers Explain Dark Energy?

So … What If Aliens’ Quantum Computers Explain Dark Energy?

Let’s assume that, just like us, plenty of alien civilizations will want the best possible computers for some purpose or other.That’s one reason we guess that discerning aliens would seek the power of quantum computers to run their virtual worlds.

An Experimental Birth Control Attacks Sperm Like a Virus

An Experimental Birth Control Attacks Sperm Like a Virus

Other studies have investigated whether these antibodies could be used to fight off HIV or the virus that causes herpes, and whether they are safe to apply as a topical contraceptive or as an insert like a vaginal ring.“The timing is right,” says Anderson, a coauthor on the EBioMedicine paper, which showed that manufactured antibodies were effective at binding to sperm.

Shrinking Birds with Longer Wings?

Shrinking Birds with Longer Wings?

Her most recent research, published this summer in the Journal of Animal Ecology , focuses on a unique data set: A collection from the Chicago Field Museum that goes back four decades and includes more than 70,000 birds killed during migration in collisions with the Windy City’s skyscrapers.

Watch a Shape-Shifting Robot Prowl the Big, Bad World

Watch a Shape-Shifting Robot Prowl the Big, Bad World

Writing today in the journal Nature Machine Intelligence, researchers in Norway and Australia describe how they got DyRET to learn how to lengthen or shorten its limbs to tackle different kinds of terrains.

Hey, So These Sea Slugs Decapitate Themselves and Grow New Bodies

Hey, So These Sea Slugs Decapitate Themselves and Grow New Bodies

Imagine biologist Sayaka Mitoh’s surprise the day she found that a sea slug in her lab was suddenly missing its body.Somehow, they kept on living for days, and then weeks, even though the head was minus a heart and digestive system.

If You Transplant a Human Head, Does Its Consciousness Follow?

If You Transplant a Human Head, Does Its Consciousness Follow?

Why do you want to perfect transplanting a human head?” White had lots of reasons for why he wanted to do it, but no one was really sufficiently convinced by any of them to say this is worth risking someone's life.

Cheese Actually Isn’t Bad for You

Cheese Actually Isn’t Bad for You

“There’s almost no evidence that cheese causes weight gain—and in fact, there’s evidence that it’s neutral at worst,” says Dariush Mozaffarian, the lead author of the 2011 paper and dean of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

GameStop Makes This a Good Time to Rewatch The Big Short

GameStop Makes This a Good Time to Rewatch The Big Short

The gag was good; he was basically a floating head on the body of Margot Robbie recreating the scene in Adam McKay’s 2015 film The Big Short where the actress describes mortgage bonds and how to “short” them.

9 Russian Adventurers Mysteriously Froze to Death. A New Theory Explains Why

9 Russian Adventurers Mysteriously Froze to Death. A New Theory Explains Why

The researchers modeled how such winds could have built up snow above the tent, and how long it would have taken to reach a critical load that would cause the top slab to slip off the weaker layer below, now that its structural integrity was compromised by the cut.

White Nationalism Is Far Worse Than a 'Disease'

White Nationalism Is Far Worse Than a 'Disease'

Other versions of white nationalism function like parasitic infections (e.g., the disease caused by tapeworms), spreading less quickly, but involve machinery more intimately linked with human biology.This is an important connection, because one might erroneously analogize white nationalism to cancers caused by somatic mutations.

Your Body, Your Self, Your Surgeon, His Instagram

Your Body, Your Self, Your Surgeon, His Instagram

On Instagram, Laura had scrolled by posts extolling the mastery of a plastic surgeon named Martin Jugenburg, whose clinic, the Toronto Cosmetic Surgery Institute, was located on two floors of the Royal York.

How a Decade-Old Game Helped Me Cope with Seasonal Depression

How a Decade-Old Game Helped Me Cope with Seasonal Depression

Sign up for our Games newsletter and never miss our latest gaming tips, reviews, and features .Then, the unexpected happened: My husband Zach got me an Xbox One as a Christmas gift.“Y’all this winter has me depressed AF, but Zach got me an Xbox for Christmas, any suggestions on what games I should play?”.

Which Google Pixel Phone (and Gear) Should You Buy?

Which Google Pixel Phone (and Gear) Should You Buy?

Google's Pixel phones are our favorite Android phones here at WIRED, and they have been for a few years.The Best Pixel for Most of Us. Pixel 4A ($350)Photograph: Google The Pixel 4A (9/10, WIRED Recommends ) is our favorite Android phone at the moment.

Ghostery’s Making a Privacy Browser—and Ad-Free Search Engine

Ghostery’s Making a Privacy Browser—and Ad-Free Search Engine

Which is why using Ghostery’s new ad-free search engine and desktop browser, even in their pre-beta form, feels at once like a throwback to a simpler internet and a glimpse of a future where browsing that puts results ahead of revenue is once again possible.

‘Godzilla’ Wasp Swims—So Its Young Can Burst Out of Caterpillars

‘Godzilla’ Wasp Swims—So Its Young Can Burst Out of Caterpillars

The wasp strolls along the vegetation that Elophila turbata frequents, searching for an aquatic caterpillar in its case.Fleeing for its life, the caterpillar surfaces into the vegetation above its home, only for the wasp to emerge from the water, Godzilla-style.

A Global Data Effort Probes Whether Covid Causes Diabetes

A Global Data Effort Probes Whether Covid Causes Diabetes

The weird thing was that people were showing up in Covid-19 wards, after having tested positive for the virus, with lots of sugar in their blood.Rubin and his colleagues were seeing blended features of both types showing up spontaneously in people who’d recently been diagnosed with Covid-19.

How VR—and Marvel Superheroes—Might Elicit Empathy

How VR—and Marvel Superheroes—Might Elicit Empathy

After watching up close as a woman is sexually harassed in her place of work, you might gain more understanding of the power imbalance between genders.The goal of Messy Truth is to immerse viewers in situations where they normally would not find themselves because of their gender, their race, or where they live.

If You've Just Had Covid, Exercise Can Cause Serious Complications, Including Heart Disease

If You've Just Had Covid, Exercise Can Cause Serious Complications, Including Heart Disease

Just last month, former Florida State basketball player Michael Ojo died of apparent heart complications while playing in a pro league in Serbia, shortly after the 27-year-old had recovered from Covid-19.To prevent the pandemic from leading to similarly tragic heart injuries among student athletes, doctors at Ohio State University developed a new protocol, says Saurabh Rajpal, a cardiologist and assistant professor of internal medicine at OSU.

Could a Tree Help Find a Decaying Corpse Nearby?

Could a Tree Help Find a Decaying Corpse Nearby?

But next year, they plan to take soil exposed to decomposing human bodies and apply it to plants in a greenhouse to see whether it changes the appearance of their leaves.

Police Want Your Smart Speaker—Here's Why

Police Want Your Smart Speaker—Here's Why

As Orr explains, officers are getting more savvy about smart home devices, creating templates that simplify requesting data.Orr has studied the types of data police can pull from smart speakers like the Amazon Echo.

How to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

How to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

Heat exhaustion is a culmination of overheating, dehydration, and other factors overloading the body's cooling system, which causes a lot of problems.As a Wilderness First Responder, dealing with people suffering from heat exhaustion is one of the toughest parts of the role, because they often don't want to be helped.