I’m Vaccinated. When Is It Safe to Take My Mask Off?

I’m Vaccinated. When Is It Safe to Take My Mask Off?

“It is a little bit confusing that the public is told at one point that the vaccine is effective enough that they can pretty much ditch their mask anywhere, and now, this is clearly a different recommendation because of the very high transmissibility of the Delta variant,” Dan Diekema, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, says.

Instagram Live Now Hosts More People With ‘Rooms’

Instagram Live Now Hosts More People With ‘Rooms’

When Diddy hosted a charity event on Instagram Live for health care workers in April, he had to rotate celebrities like Cardi B, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Michelle Obama in and out of the second spot.“The number one most requested feature was, ‘Can I go live with multiple people?’” says Kristin George, Instagram’s director of product for creators.

How to Double Mask

How to Double Mask

Now the CDC’s lab tests show that double masks can reduce the likelihood of coronavirus transmission between two people by up to 95 percent if both parties wear them correctly.All About That Fit. The report released by the CDC this week wasn’t just about double-masking.

Why This Year’s Super Bowl Will Look Like Madden IRL

Why This Year’s Super Bowl Will Look Like Madden IRL

Late last year, during the Fox broadcast of a matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Football Team, fans were treated to shots of end zone celebrations that felt ethereal, almost dreamlike.

The Strange Theater of Watching the Inauguration on Social Media

The Strange Theater of Watching the Inauguration on Social Media

What Americans saw on Wednesday was different from Inauguration Day four years ago in other ways.They saw musical performances by Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Garth Brooks—a lineup that would look strange on concert poster but felt unifying on the first day of a new presidency.

How to Find the Perfect Music and Podcasts, Faster

How to Find the Perfect Music and Podcasts, Faster

If a song doesn’t fit into an existing playlist, consider making a new one around how the song makes you feel or the time of day you would want to listen to it in the future.

Want to Start a Podcast or Livestream? Here's What You Need

Want to Start a Podcast or Livestream? Here's What You Need

Whether you've been thinking about starting a podcast or sharing your epic Mario speed runs with the world, here's the gear you'll need to share your story.We recommend a lot of gear below, but before buy anything, think hard about what it is you want to record or livestream.

Beautiful Yet Unnerving Photos of the Arctic Getting Greener

Beautiful Yet Unnerving Photos of the Arctic Getting Greener

Photograph: Jakob AssmannThat’s because perhaps a third of the carbon stored in the soils of the world is in the Arctic permafrost—essentially frozen dirt.

Ride-Hail Companies Are Making Life Harder for Scooters

Ride-Hail Companies Are Making Life Harder for Scooters

Allowing state agencies to make the calls on ride-hail “unempowered cities,” says Marla Westervelt, a transportation policy analyst who worked at both LA Metro and the scooter-share company Bird.

Chance find leads to first look at coral larvae

Chance find leads to first look at coral larvae

Small orange flecks spotted floating around in a respiration chamber at a NIWA laboratory have led to a discovery about the spawning habits of a deep-sea stony coral in New Zealand waters.

Dolly Parton Thinks Her New Album Title Is ‘Corny’

Dolly Parton Thinks Her New Album Title Is ‘Corny’

In the latest WIRED Autocomplete Interview, she took on a few of them, providing insight on everything from her songwriting process to her role as Miley Cyrus' fairy godmother.And, in other Parton news, she thinks the title of her new album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, is a little hokey.

Watch the Trailers for The Batman and Wonder Woman 1984

Watch the Trailers for The Batman and Wonder Woman 1984

Also, thanks to Pattinson's liberal use of eye makeup, it looks an awful lot like The Crow, right down to the 1990s soundtrack.

A Summer Camp Covid-19 Outbreak Offers Back-to-School Lessons

A Summer Camp Covid-19 Outbreak Offers Back-to-School Lessons

According to the report, High Harbour followed many of the CDC’s recommendations for summer camps, including enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures, staggering the use of communal spaces, and requiring physical distancing outside of cabins.

The Centuries-Long History of Racism in Surveillance Tech

The Centuries-Long History of Racism in Surveillance Tech

When Simone Browne wrote her book Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness in 2015, her goal was to position the invention of contemporary surveillance technologies “as not being outside of that of the social and historical formation of slavery.” Browne’s book helped inform our next episode of the Get WIRED podcast: Senior writer Sidney Fussell recently spoke to Brown for a WIRED interview about surveillance in the wake of the George Floyd protests.

Here’s Everything Apple Announced at WWDC

Here’s Everything Apple Announced at WWDC

Rumors that Apple would ditch Intel’s x86 chip architecture for its own ARM-based processors in Mac computers have persisted for years.

Georgia’s Failure Shows How Not to Run an Election in the Pandemic

Georgia’s Failure Shows How Not to Run an Election in the Pandemic

Here’s how in-person voting should look during the coronavirus pandemic: lots of polling places, fully staffed with well-protected election workers, each serving small numbers of voters who are able to quickly get in and out without having to congregate at length in close quarters.

Trump’s Fight With Twitter Finally Grew Teeth. Now What?

Trump’s Fight With Twitter Finally Grew Teeth. Now What?

GE : I think what Lauren is really saying is when they make a TV show out of this podcast, Michael, who do you want to play the Michael Calore character?I would love someone to say I look related to Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

How to Make a CDC-Approved Cloth Face Mask

How to Make a CDC-Approved Cloth Face Mask

As we reported April 3 , the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends all citizens voluntarily wear a cloth face mask for essential trips out of the house to the grocery store, doctor, or other public places where the 6-foot social distancing rules may be difficult to maintain.

What to Do If You (or a Loved One) Might Have Covid-19

What to Do If You (or a Loved One) Might Have Covid-19

The first thing you should do is check to make sure your symptoms match what we know about Covid-19.These symptoms are not commonly associated with Covid-19.Runny Nose (except in some children)Sneezing.

The CDC Now Recommends Americans Wear Face Masks

The CDC Now Recommends Americans Wear Face Masks

This week, cities like New York and Los Angeles have also recommended that all residents wear face coverings in public, whether they're showing signs of sickness or not.

More Companies Drop Out of GDC Over Coronavirus Fears

More Companies Drop Out of GDC Over Coronavirus Fears

Last week, we reported that a few companies, notably Sony and Facebook, were pulling out of this year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco out of an abundance of caution over coronavirus.

The US Has Its First ‘Community Spread’ Coronavirus Case

The US Has Its First ‘Community Spread’ Coronavirus Case

The CDC specified only that the patient was in California; the California Department of Public Health announced that the patient was a resident of Solano County—which, as other reports have pointed out, is the location of one of the Air Force bases being used for quarantines of people who’ve returned to the US from countries with the disease.

Smartphone Launch Events Are Silly

Smartphone Launch Events Are Silly

It did what most tech companies set out to do when they host a big event: Announce shiny new products (Galaxy S20!This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED senior associate editor Julian Chokkattu and WIRED contributor Boone Ashworth join co-host Lauren Goode to chat about all things Samsung and more.

The Coronavirus Is Now Officially a Global Emergency

The Coronavirus Is Now Officially a Global Emergency

The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global emergency Thursday after the number of cases spiked tenfold in a week, calling it an “extraordinary event” that endangers countries outside China and requires a coordinated international response.

Whales Help Explain the Evolutionary Mystery of Menopause

Whales Help Explain the Evolutionary Mystery of Menopause

A paper in PNAS reports evidence that supports this explanation, showing that killer whale grandmas who have stopped reproducing do a better job of helping their grandchildren to survive than grandmothers who are still having babies of their own.

The 10 Best Artists of a Decade That Atomized Music

The 10 Best Artists of a Decade That Atomized Music

Like a meteor rocketing toward Earth, Music Twitter had converged for its first real moment of the decade—a presaging of future times and trends.This decade, music streaming platforms merely archived culture; they didn’t shape it in the way that we like to believe.

The CW's Crisis on Infinite Earths Puts a Gen X Headlock on Superhero TV

The CW's Crisis on Infinite Earths Puts a Gen X Headlock on Superhero TV

But narrative aside, along with Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns (and to a somewhat lesser extent the Marvel crossover Secret Wars), Crisis was one of the late-1980s books that changed comic book storytelling.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Unpacking Apple’s Big iPhone Launch Event

Gadget Lab Podcast: Unpacking Apple’s Big iPhone Launch Event

Read about the new iPhones , Apple Watch , or follow all of WIRED’s Apple coverage here .You can also download an app like Pocket Casts or Google Podcasts, and search for Gadget Lab. And in case you really need it, here's the RSS feed .

Gadget Lab Podcast: You’ve Got Microplastics

Gadget Lab Podcast: You’ve Got Microplastics

On this episode of the Gadget Lab podcast, WIRED science writer Matt Simon joins Mike, Lauren, and Arielle to talk about where microplastic comes from, how it gets into our bodies, and what, if anything, we can do about it.

Watch a Drone Take Over a Nearby Smart TV

Watch a Drone Take Over a Nearby Smart TV

At the Defcon hacker conference today, independent security researcher Pedro Cabrera showed off in a series of hacking proofs-of-concept attacks how modern TVs—and particularly Smart TVs that use the internet-connected HbbTV standard implemented in his native Spain, across Europe, and much of the rest of the world—remain vulnerable to hackers.