Depth of Field: The Shared Memory of One World Trade Center

Depth of Field: The Shared Memory of One World Trade Center

The 104-floor building, the tallest in the US (1,776 feet not including its antenna), is, too, a story of despair and resilience and glamour.WIRED's New York offices are located in the building, which is home to Conde Nast's headquarters.

College, Calculus, and the Problem With the SAT

College, Calculus, and the Problem With the SAT

In his new book, The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us, Paul Tough explores this divide, and interrogates whether going to college has become a privilege of wealth and whether it can still lift people out of economic insecurity.

Cities Are Trying—Again—to Plan for Autonomous Vehicles

Cities Are Trying—Again—to Plan for Autonomous Vehicles

Two years ago, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, representing 81 North American cities, published its first planning guide to self-driving vehicles , highlighting the possibilities.

The Unbuilt Streets of California's Ghost Metropolis

The Unbuilt Streets of California's Ghost Metropolis

"It was promoted as this extravagant development, but in many ways it failed spectacularly," says Chicago-based photographer Noritaka Minami, who first learned about California City while attending graduate school at UC Irvine.

London Is Changing Its Skyscraper Designs—to Favor Cyclists

London Is Changing Its Skyscraper Designs—to Favor Cyclists

Ozkan’s team also created a new category called “frequent sitting,” with outdoor cafés and restaurants in mind, where wind shouldn’t exceed 5.6 mph.

See How LA Belches Emissions, Block by Block

See How LA Belches Emissions, Block by Block

So instead of relying on satellites alone, a group of researchers combed through data from a dizzying number of publicly available sources, looking at everything from traffic patterns to utilities data to air pollution reporting, to quantify the emissions from not just every road but every building in the nearly 5,000 square miles of the Los Angeles megacity.

Why the NFL's Field Goal Record Is Waiting to Be Smashed

Why the NFL's Field Goal Record Is Waiting to Be Smashed

Based on his data, Pfeifer says that a record-breaking 70-yard field goal kicked at sea level, with no wind, would require a foot speed of around 49 miles per hour delivered right to the ball’s sweet spot, while an 80-yarder would take a foot speed of about 56 mph.

The Cost of Rising Seas: More Than $400 Billion (and Lots of Angst)

The Cost of Rising Seas: More Than $400 Billion (and Lots of Angst)

In Boston, where many neighborhoods have been built and recently expanded in low-lying areas, an estimated $2.4 billion will be needed over the next several decades to protect the city from flooding, one study says.

Netflix's Hyperdrive Is American Ninja Warrior for Cars

Netflix's Hyperdrive Is American Ninja Warrior for Cars

Netflix took over 100 acres of an old Kodak plant to make a wild obstacle course that includes a six-story seesaw called the Leveler.None are full-time professional drivers, and each brings their own car, creating a mix that includes a Lamborghini Huracán, several drift-happy Nissans, a Ford Mustang and other American muscle, and more.

How to Land a Busted Airliner in a Russian Cornfield

How to Land a Busted Airliner in a Russian Cornfield

Ural's flight 178 has already been dubbed the “Miracle on the Ramenskoe,” for the part of Moscow where the plane came down—echoing the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson,” when a US Airways Airbus A320 lost both engines after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City and landed safely on the river nearby .Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles were at about 2,800 feet when a flock of geese wiped out their power.

The Twisty Physics of Simone Biles' Historic Triple-Double

The Twisty Physics of Simone Biles' Historic Triple-Double

Once she's in the air, Simone's center of mass will move along with a constant speed—with the same horizontal velocity at which she was running before the jump.A twist is a rotation of the human body about an axis that runs from head to feet.

Free Bus Rides in Salt Lake City Might Not Be So Far-Fetched

Free Bus Rides in Salt Lake City Might Not Be So Far-Fetched

If a leading candidate for mayor gets his way, residents of Salt Lake City may soon be able to drop their transit cards from their wallets, purses, and pockets, Former state senator Jim Dabakis wants to eliminate fares on the six-county Utah Transit Authority network of buses and light rail.

Ugly or Beautiful? The Housing Blocks Communism Left Behind

Ugly or Beautiful? The Housing Blocks Communism Left Behind

Their new book Eastern Blocks features 100 images of modernist housing estates and other unusual Soviet-era structures.The duo began photographing modernist and brutalist architecture in central and eastern Europe after founding Zupagrafika as a design studio and publishing house in 2012.

The Notre Dame Fire Spread Toxic Lead Dust Over Paris

The Notre Dame Fire Spread Toxic Lead Dust Over Paris

On May 13—almost a month after the fire—the city of Paris first tested lead levels at schools and kindergartens near the cathedral, apparently informing principals in the affected area that there was no significant health risk.

Jakarta's Doomed Sea Wall, Russia Takes Aim at 2020, and More News

Jakarta's Doomed Sea Wall, Russia Takes Aim at 2020, and More News

Jakarta's Doomed Sea Wall, Russia Takes Aim at 2020, and More News. Jakarta is sinking and its potential solution will too, Russia is gearing up for 2020, and we outline the best gear that came out in July. Jakarta's giant sea wall is useless if the city keeps sinking.

Let's Break Down the Physics of a Wickedly Curving Baseball

Let's Break Down the Physics of a Wickedly Curving Baseball

This change in momentum of the air produces a force on the ball in the other direction. The magnitude of the force depends on the velocity, the angular velocity, the area of the ball, the density of air and a Magnus coefficient (CM).

Jakarta’s Giant Sea Wall Is Useless if the City Keeps Sinking

Jakarta’s Giant Sea Wall Is Useless if the City Keeps Sinking

But deploying a sea wall is a massive political and engineering problem in any country, to say nothing of Indonesia’s struggles with a literal underlying crisis: Jakarta’s people are pumping too much groundwater, and consequently the land is collapsing underneath them.

A Biodiversity Analysis in Los Angeles

A Biodiversity Analysis in Los Angeles

Understanding basic patterns in the biogeography of an urban area is the focus of a partnership between The Nature Conservancy and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Great Stunt, Spider-Man! Now Let's Fine-Tune the Physics

Great Stunt, Spider-Man! Now Let's Fine-Tune the Physics

Now, if we put this vertical acceleration together with the fixed horizontal velocity , we get something special, called projectile motion. On the next jump, I get a vertical acceleration of –6.074, which is closer, but you can see that the fit is pretty janky.

Drag Queen vs. David Duke: Whose Tweets Are More 'Toxic'?

Drag Queen vs. David Duke: Whose Tweets Are More 'Toxic'?

If such AI tools are entrusted with the power to police content online, they have the potential to suppress legitimate speech and censor the use of specific words, particularly by vulnerable groups.

No More Deals: San Francisco Considers Raising Taxes on Tech

No More Deals: San Francisco Considers Raising Taxes on Tech

“A lot of these problems have been exacerbated by the tech boom, from affordability and gentrification to homelessness and gridlock on our streets,” says Supervisor Gordon Mar, sponsor of the IPO tax proposal.

The UN Operation to Disarm Mosul's IEDs and Unexploded Bombs

The UN Operation to Disarm Mosul's IEDs and Unexploded Bombs

Two years ago this month, a US-led military coalition declared victory against ISIS in Mosul, liberating one of Iraq's largest cities after three years of occupation by the radical Islamist group. Like the rest of Iraq, Mosul suffers from mines and unexploded bombs left behind from decades of war.

Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

Or that after breaking up with self-driving developer Aurora earlier this year, Volkswagen on Friday invested $2.6 billion in Argo AI , with plans to use its tech to launch an autonomous service (likely meaning robo-taxis or trucking, somewhere, sometime).

Tropical Storm Barry Pits New Orleans Against Water—Again

Tropical Storm Barry Pits New Orleans Against Water—Again

More than two centuries of trying to control the Mississippi with engineering and trying to protect New Orleans from floods and storms has made the city more vulnerable to severe weather—which is exactly what gets more likely with climate change .Levees along the Mississippi and its intersecting rivers, as well as channels for navigation and all kinds of other engineering, make the river as important to North America’s economy as it is to the continent’s hydrology.

The Awesome Bowling Robot Is Surely Fake. Here's How to Tell

The Awesome Bowling Robot Is Surely Fake. Here's How to Tell

Motion of the Spinning Arm. I already have an estimate for the launch speed of the ball from the time it takes to get down the lane.

Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes and Cut Response Time

Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes and Cut Response Time

In May, a team of medical researchers with UCLA and University of California, Irvine published a paper in the journal Jama Surgery suggesting that places in California might be able to use data from the crowdsourced traffic app Waze to cut emergency response times.

Cuphead Update Is Being Delayed for a Very Good Reason

Cuphead Update Is Being Delayed for a Very Good Reason

In more encouraging news, the developers of Cuphead just announced a delay to that game's downloadable content, Delicious Last Course , for a very good reason.

SpaceX Recovered Its First Rocket Fairing. Let’s Crunch the Numbers!

SpaceX Recovered Its First Rocket Fairing. Let’s Crunch the Numbers!

So, if the boat can travel at 30 mph and it has 41 minutes to get to the rendezvous spot for the fairing, how big of a target area do you need.

Ransomware Hits Georgia Courts As Municipal Attacks Spread

Ransomware Hits Georgia Courts As Municipal Attacks Spread

And whether a local government is going to rebuild from an attack on its own or pay the ransom, money to respond comes from public funds or through a municipality's cybersecurity insurance.

How the iPhone Helped Save the Planet

How the iPhone Helped Save the Planet

The more than 2 billion iPhones sold since Apple first launched it exactly 12 years ago have done a lot of good for their owners, but it seems like they’ve been bad news for the planet.