Build Cities for Bikes, Buses, and Feet—Not Cars

Build Cities for Bikes, Buses, and Feet—Not Cars

After building miles of bike lanes and turning huge swaths of the city car-free, Mayor Anne Hidalgo has reduced car traffic by 22 percent.

A Wearable for Opioid Patients Gets Retooled for Covid-19

A Wearable for Opioid Patients Gets Retooled for Covid-19

Sick patients need their vitals recorded and their symptoms monitored, and staff needs to get updates if someone’s condition starts to worsen (from fever and cough to shortness of breath as blood oxygen levels fall).

The US Army Corps of Engineers Deploys Against Coronavirus

The US Army Corps of Engineers Deploys Against Coronavirus

New York governor Andrew Cuomo estimated Tuesday that the state would need 140,000 hospital beds to care for the incoming wave of Covid-19 patients, with an apex coming within 14 to 21 days.Enter the USACE.New York governor Andrew Cuomo toured construction of temporary hospital space at the Javitz Center this week.

The Navy Deploys 2 Hospital Ships as the Coronavirus Spreads

The Navy Deploys 2 Hospital Ships as the Coronavirus Spreads

A spokesperson did not respond to questions about how the Navy might limit the risk of Covid-19 spreading aboard the ships, and a statement from the service said it’s preparing to deploy them.

Startup Guesty Under Investigation for Illegal Airbnb Bookings in NYC

Startup Guesty Under Investigation for Illegal Airbnb Bookings in NYC

Soto was right, NYC’s short-term rental market was booming—but what he failed to mention was that it was also largely illegal .On Monday, just four days after Soto’s presentation, the mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement formally announced it had opened an investigation into Guesty, saying that the bulk of the company’s business in New York has likely been unlawful.

A Fast Walker Gets Stuck in the Slow Lane

A Fast Walker Gets Stuck in the Slow Lane

Life was too slow back home, and walking like a native New Yorker—briskly, with confidence—was something I was going to have to do if I was going to fit in.In those first weeks, I wasn’t walking enough to nudge the bar graph in the Health app up anywhere close to a mile.

Covid-19 Will Mark the End of Affluence Politics

Covid-19 Will Mark the End of Affluence Politics

Within the Republican establishment, President Herbert Hoover worked 18-hour days, exhorting confidence while refusing to take even basic steps such as having the government guarantee bank deposits.

Airbnb Has Devoured London. Here’s the Data to Prove It

Airbnb Has Devoured London. Here’s the Data to Prove It

Data compiled by Camden council reveals that of the 7,100 whole properties listed on platforms such as Airbnb and in 2019, a staggering 48 percent exceeded the 90-day legal limit.

Want Unlimited Clean Energy? Just Drill the World's Hottest Well

Want Unlimited Clean Energy? Just Drill the World's Hottest Well

In 2017, researchers from the Iceland Deep Drilling Project, run by the Icelandic government and a consortium of national energy companies, reported they had reached supercritical fluids 3 miles beneath the surface.

Not to Ruin the Super Bowl, but the Sea Is Consuming Miami

Not to Ruin the Super Bowl, but the Sea Is Consuming Miami

Thus the Super Bowl is perfectly timed, because it means that all those football fans don’t need to worry about king tides flooding their hotels.“You can have an extreme high tide associated with king tide,” says University of Miami climate scientist Ben Kirtman, “plus sea level, plus a hurricane, plus excessive rainfall.

The World’s Most Traffic-Choked Cities, Ranked

The World’s Most Traffic-Choked Cities, Ranked

No easy trip, sure, but far quicker than most: Over the course of 2019, on average, congestion increased drive times by 71 percent.And that while Angelenos have the right to gripe about America’s worst traffic, the city’s 42 percent congestion level looks peachy compared to the megacities of India and southeast Asia.

Kobe Bryant, an Unforgiving Innovator of the NBA

Kobe Bryant, an Unforgiving Innovator of the NBA

The former all-star shooting guard of the Los Angeles Lakers was among nine people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas, California.

A Robot Dog With a Job, a Noise-Canceling Car, and More News

A Robot Dog With a Job, a Noise-Canceling Car, and More News

New software updates released today will allow companies to further customize Spot to their needs, but the robots still needs a lot of paw-holding in the unpredictable outside world.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

Would the Coronavirus Quarantine of Wuhan Even Work?

Would the Coronavirus Quarantine of Wuhan Even Work?

The Chinese government announced Wednesday that it would quarantine the city of Wuhan, the center of an outbreak of a new viral disease that has (officially) killed 17 people and infected more than 500.

AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet

AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet

And as the damage caused by climate change becomes more apparent, AI experts are increasingly troubled by those energy demands.“The concern is that machine-learning algorithms in general are consuming more and more energy, using more data, training for longer and longer,” says Sasha Luccioni, a postdoctoral researcher at Mila, an AI research institute in Canada.

404: The City Left Behind by China's Nuclear Ambitions

404: The City Left Behind by China's Nuclear Ambitions

But despite the humdrum, 404 wasn’t exactly boring: It was once part of a massive nuclear weapons base in the People’s Republic of China.Yang’s grandparents and parents moved there in 1958, leaving their home in Beijing to forge a new one on a windy frontier a thousand miles away.

In Paris, Ecommerce Warehouses Get a Chic Makeover

In Paris, Ecommerce Warehouses Get a Chic Makeover

So since 2013, Paris has been developing “logistics hotels”—smaller mixed-use developments used for delivery logistics, located in residential neighborhoods instead of the industrial urban fringe.Because logistics facilities usually bring in lower rents than other sorts of urban real estate, the mixed-use development gives Sogaris other revenue.

Can This Notorious Troll Turn People Away From Extremism?

Can This Notorious Troll Turn People Away From Extremism?

It’s less than a year into Donald Trump’s presidency and Bonnell is hosting a debate on his Twitch stream with Masterson, a chippy, mustached “Rand Paul Republican” who helms a weekly podcast called The Dick Show.

This Company Hires Gig Workers—as Employees

This Company Hires Gig Workers—as Employees

Roston candidly compares his business to gig economy apps, offering algorithmic job matching and work-when-you-want flexibility.Three of the four companies selected by the city—Lime , Uber, and Bird-owned Scoot—told WIRED they still use staffing agencies to hire W-2 employees.

Personal Data Is Valuable. Give Pricing Power to the People

Personal Data Is Valuable. Give Pricing Power to the People

So, for a data market to succeed, individual data creators—whether enterprises or consumers—will need tools to set their own privacy terms and conditions.

Mandalorian vs. TIE Fighter: Who Would Win?

Mandalorian vs. TIE Fighter: Who Would Win?

It's fairly linear, which means the TIE fighter is moving at a roughly steady speed of 117.3 meters per second (262 mph for the Imperials).He's already up to his maximum vertical speed by the time he gets 10 meters off the ground.

Cities Race to Slow Climate Change—and Improve Life for All

Cities Race to Slow Climate Change—and Improve Life for All

These mayors are members of C40, a network of 94 large cities—Paris, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Lagos, to name a few—committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius over preindustrial levels and reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030.That declaration didn’t just reaffirm these cities’ efforts to fight climate change .

Water Scarcity Around the World: It’s about You and Me

Water Scarcity Around the World: It’s about You and Me

Long before climate change became recognized as one of the world’s major problems, water scarcity was widely recognized as a challenge for humanity.Unfortunately, the rise of awareness about the challenges of climate change had a perverse result when it came to the world working collectively to reduce global water scarcity.

The 14 Best Movies of 2019

The 14 Best Movies of 2019

It’s a smart, heartfelt hoot, and a movie that actually gets at all the bittersweet endings that happened at the conclusion of high school.Writer-director Lulu Wang’s movie about a young woman (played to perfection by Awkwafina) going back to China to visit her ill grandmother is easily 2019’s best weep-in-the-theater film.

Nature Deserves Legal Rights—and the Power to Fight Back

Nature Deserves Legal Rights—and the Power to Fight Back

One Ohio farm has sued to have the Lake Erie Bill of Rights struck down, claiming, among other things, that cities legally aren't allowed to create new types of felonies and that the bill reaches beyond Toledo's purview.

An Early Flu Season, a Flight Simulator Revival, and More News

An Early Flu Season, a Flight Simulator Revival, and More News

Flight Simulator is back and influenza's on the attack, but first: a cartoon about trend revival .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

Voltage Hacking, Big Tech's 'Green' Data Score Card, and More News

Voltage Hacking, Big Tech's 'Green' Data Score Card, and More News

Hackers are surging and cloud providers are splurging, but first: a cartoon about eyewear from the future .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

What We Know (And Don’t Know) About Cities & Biodiversity

What We Know (And Don’t Know) About Cities & Biodiversity

In other words, the food urban dwellers eat turns out to be more important for global biodiversity than the direct environmental impact of the urban areas in which they live.

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.

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.