The Myth of Technophobia

The Myth of Technophobia

Written more than 2,300 years before the invention of the iPhone , Plato’s The Phaedrus includes what has become one of the most weaponized examples of reactionary techno-skepticism.

The First Hurricane Relief Drone Was Ready to Fly—Then Dorian Hit

The First Hurricane Relief Drone Was Ready to Fly—Then Dorian Hit

As Hurricane Dorian whiplashed the Bahamas on September 1 with 185-mph winds, a drone with lifesaving potential was positioned at the Marsh Harbour airport on the island of Great Abaco.

Fiordland air samples revealing carbon secrets

Fiordland air samples revealing carbon secrets

As part of CarbonWatch NZ, NIWA atmospheric scientist Dr Peter Sperlich is sending specially designed glass flasks on fortnightly trips from Wellington to Fiordland to collect air samples that are then analysed in Wellington, Taiwan and the US.

Methane seep research bubbling along

Methane seep research bubbling along

Dr Mountjoy says there is a significant underground gas source which is suspected of causing underwater landslides and may be related to deeper fluids in the subduction zone that can in turn influence earthquake behaviour.

Is It OK to Change Hurricane Forecasts With a Sharpie Doodle?

Is It OK to Change Hurricane Forecasts With a Sharpie Doodle?

Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesTo do that, I’m going to use a much simpler problem—predicting the path of a tennis ball tossed into the air.In our model above, the ball lands between 7.93 and 8.06 meters.

NIWA UV research reinforces success of Montreal Protocol

NIWA UV research reinforces success of Montreal Protocol

On the eve of the 30th anniversary since the Montreal Protocol came into force, new research by NIWA scientists reinforces its reputation as the world’s most successful environmental treaty.

Feds Say Tesla Autopilot Is Partly to Blame for a 2018 Crash

Feds Say Tesla Autopilot Is Partly to Blame for a 2018 Crash

The panel asked automakers to “develop applications to more effectively sense the driver’s level of engagement and alert the driver when engagement is lacking” when using “automated vehicle control systems.” Tesla has changed how Autopilot works, requiring drivers to put pressure on the wheel more frequently while the feature is engaged.

With the Taycan, Porsche Launches Into the Electric Future

With the Taycan, Porsche Launches Into the Electric Future

“It's faster, it's smoother, and the performance is better,” Albers says.The Taycan will feel more nimble and agile than Porsche’s other sports sedan, the Panamera, Albers says.“The torque is there, and it can be distributed within milliseconds,” Albers says.

Why 'Zero Day' Android Hacking Now Costs More Than iOS Attacks

Why 'Zero Day' Android Hacking Now Costs More Than iOS Attacks

Shwartz says that a web-based attack that targets a high-end Android phone can now sell for more than $2 million non-exclusively, meaning that the researcher can sell it for that price to multiple buyers.

A Molecule Designed By AI Exhibits 'Druglike' Qualities

A Molecule Designed By AI Exhibits 'Druglike' Qualities

The favorable results in cells and mice were a pleasant surprise; he’d expected the AI-generated molecules would require more tweaks and rounds of computations before they found one with potential.“It’s cool to see AI trained to think a little bit like how a medicinal chemist thinks,” says Adam Renslo, a professor of chemical biology at the University of California-San Francisco who also wasn’t involved in the research.

BP Exits Alaska After 60 Years in $5.6 Billion Hilcorp Sale

BP Exits Alaska After 60 Years in $5.6 Billion Hilcorp Sale

The deal includes BP’s operating stake in Prudhoe Bay, the largest-producing oilfield in U.S. history, as well as all its Alaskan pipelines, London-based BP said Tuesday in a statement.

David Makes Man Invents a Doorway to a New Kind of TV

David Makes Man Invents a Doorway to a New Kind of TV

But the very nature of David Makes Man both invents a doorway into something new and rebels against a genre of TV-making that has historically cast out the stories of black teen boys.

Nintendo Switch Lite: Our Hands-On First Impressions

Nintendo Switch Lite: Our Hands-On First Impressions

The standard Switch is a hybrid game console that can work as a handheld machine, or can be slid into a dock so you can play games on your TV screen.

China Trade Spillover, LA’s Pollution by Block, and More News

China Trade Spillover, LA’s Pollution by Block, and More News

Worldwide spillover from US-China trade wars, block by block road emissions in LA, and America's history of wanting to nuke hurricanes.On Sunday, President Trump said he would use emergency powers to force private companies to relocate out of China.

Analysis: Hydrogen’s Plunging Price Boosts Role as Climate Solution

Analysis: Hydrogen’s Plunging Price Boosts Role as Climate Solution

“Once the industry scales up, renewable hydrogen could be produced from wind or solar power for the same price as natural gas in most of Europe and Asia,” Kobad Bhavnagri, BNEF’s head of special projects, said in the report on Wednesday.

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.

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.

Today's Cartoon: August 19, 2019

Today's Cartoon: August 19, 2019

Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology.And if that's still not enough, you can find all of WIRED's cartoons in one place, right here .Plus, sign up for the Daily newsletter and never miss the best of WIRED.

VW's ID Buggy Is an Electric Dune Dominator

VW's ID Buggy Is an Electric Dune Dominator

The idea is to that, like the old Beetles enthusiasts turned into dune buggies, today’s electrics can become just about anything.“In the 1960s people took the Beetle and built onto it, including most famously dune buggies like the Meyers Manx.”.

AI Algorithms Need FDA-Style Drug Trials

AI Algorithms Need FDA-Style Drug Trials

To protect the cognitive autonomy of individuals and the political health of society at large, we need to make the function and application of algorithms transparent, and the FDA provides a useful model.

Truckers Gain More Freedom, Thanks to Tech’s Watchful Eye

Truckers Gain More Freedom, Thanks to Tech’s Watchful Eye

The would-be rules don’t change how long drivers can stay on the road—still limited to 14 hours on duty, with at most 11 actually driving, followed by at least 10 hours off.One new rule would change that to a 30-minute break after eight hours of behind-the-wheel driving.

Ebola Is Now Curable. Here’s How the New Treatments Work

Ebola Is Now Curable. Here’s How the New Treatments Work

And all Ebola treatment units in the outbreak zone will now only administer the two most effective monoclonal antibody drugs, according to the WHO’s director of health emergencies, Mike Ryan.

Huawei's HarmonyOS Is No Android Replacement

Huawei's HarmonyOS Is No Android Replacement

Huawei's Richard Yu talked up HarmonyOS' wide-ranging potential at the company's recent developer conference in Dongguan, China.#Huawei #android #China #operating systems #smartphones.

8 Ways Overseas Drug Manufacturers Dupe the FDA

8 Ways Overseas Drug Manufacturers Dupe the FDA

At the plant’s quality-control laboratory, an investigator scrutinized the results of high-performance liquid chromatography tests, which measure the impurities in a drug sample and display them as a series of peaks in a record called a chromatogram.

In Praise of 'Euphoria,' the Perfect Anti-Binge TV Show

In Praise of 'Euphoria,' the Perfect Anti-Binge TV Show

Jason Parham writes about pop culture for WIRED.Across its mostly terrific eight-episode first season, which concluded Sunday, Levinson introduced explicitly hard-to-swallow themes—drug addiction, domestic abuse, the hazards of online hookups, pedophilia, depression—and didn't hold back with regard to the physical and psychological violence these issues havoced on his characters.

5G and NZ weather forecasting

5G and NZ weather forecasting

Dr Schmidt, who is also the New Zealand representative for the World Meteorological Organization’s Global Climate Observing System, said the international science community was working with governments to protect radio frequencies vital to earth observations.

Scientists study eels by moonlight

Scientists study eels by moonlight

Eel larvae face a long journey from their spawning grounds in unknown parts of the Western Pacific Ocean to the freshwater rivers and streams of New Zealand where they spend most of their lives.

UPS Wants to Unleash Drones, a Galaxy Fold Relaunch, and More News

UPS Wants to Unleash Drones, a Galaxy Fold Relaunch, and More News

UPS Wants to Unleash Drones, a Galaxy Fold Relaunch, and More News. After pulling the Galaxy Fold from the market due to a faulty display, Samsung now says it has fixed its foldable smart­phone and that the product is ready for relaunch.

How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer

How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer

The group of researchers considering this possibility were called cancer immunotherapists, and by the time Emily Whitehead showed up at the hospital, they had already spent decades on the problem.

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.