BMW's i4 Electric Concept Comes With a Hans Zimmer Score

BMW's i4 Electric Concept Comes With a Hans Zimmer Score

Now, though, the Oscar-winning composer has turned his talents away from the silver screen and toward the windscreen, where he’s found a new vehicle that could use a touch of emotional direction: the electric car .Along with more than 500 horsepower and a range of 370 miles, BMW’s all-electric Concept i4 comes with music by Zimmer.

What Coronavirus Isolation Could Do to Your Mind (and Body)

What Coronavirus Isolation Could Do to Your Mind (and Body)

“We can expect depression to kick in, and depression and anxiety are kissing cousins.” These symptoms are likely to be particularly intense during coronavirus-related isolation, according to Lawrence Palinkas, who researches psychosocial adaptation to extreme environments at the University of Southern California.

The Magic of Teaching Science Labs Isn't Lost Online

The Magic of Teaching Science Labs Isn't Lost Online

To help flatten the curve of Covid-19 cases, universities across the nation have closed, and many professors are scrambling to transition to teaching online.Both of us have experience teaching lab courses in person, which often already involve an online interface for sharing syllabi, files, grades, and to foster student discussion.

7 New Songs to Help You Feel Less Socially Distant

7 New Songs to Help You Feel Less Socially Distant

The best music is built on community, and what truly gives any particular song staying power is how it’s regarded among the masses.

Greta Thunberg's Online Attackers Reveal a Grim Pattern

Greta Thunberg's Online Attackers Reveal a Grim Pattern

However, as the degrading sexualization of Thunberg and others demonstrates, the criticism and harassment women politicians and activists experience is different in kind than that experienced by their male counterparts.

How a Hacker's Mom Broke Into a Prison—and the Warden's Computer

How a Hacker's Mom Broke Into a Prison—and the Warden's Computer

Normally, Strand embarks on these missions himself, or deploys one of his experienced colleagues at Black Hills Information Security.John Strand, Black Hills Information Security.

Defying Vertigo to Capture Aerials From an Ultralight Plane

Defying Vertigo to Capture Aerials From an Ultralight Plane

From above, Chesnel discovered, the seaside landscapes of southern France look like abstract paintings, with vibrant bands of color bleeding into each other.“I like pushing the boundary between paintings and photographs,” says Chesnel, who trained as a painter and only recently transitioned into photography.

Here's What Directing a Star Wars Movie Is Really Like

Here's What Directing a Star Wars Movie Is Really Like

Star Wars films contain few easy shots, but the hardest ones to capture are likely the images fans will remember best.“When you have just enough time in the day to go once more and it finally comes together, there’s no better feeling in the world,” Mahoney says.

3D TV Tells You Everything About This Decade’s Tech

3D TV Tells You Everything About This Decade’s Tech

What I remember most from those press conferences in 2010 was the assuredness that millions of people somehow actively wanted to have to put glasses on their faces in order to watch television.

‘Randomizers’ Are Breathing New Life Into Old Games

‘Randomizers’ Are Breathing New Life Into Old Games

At their most basic level, randomizer mods shuffle the data in a game's ROM so that each run becomes a new and unpredictable experience.

Fish snack on microplastics

Fish snack on microplastics

Microplastics are being fed to snapper, New Zealand’s most popular recreational fish species, at NIWA’s aquaculture research facility near Whangarei in a bid to establish some baseline data about how fish are being affected.

Avengers: Damage Control Pushes VR to New Heights

Avengers: Damage Control Pushes VR to New Heights

Hickman: I'll never forget the first time I saw those early videos from ILMxLab of the different things they were trying out.

Welcome to the Age of ‘Airbnb for Everything’

Welcome to the Age of ‘Airbnb for Everything’

Baumgarten turned her brothers’ headaches into Boatsetter, “the Airbnb for boats.” Boat owners can list their vessels on the platform, and people who want a day on the water can rent one for a few hundred dollars.

Microsoft's Surface Pro X Is a New, Improved Surface RT

Microsoft's Surface Pro X Is a New, Improved Surface RT

It’s just 0.28 of an inch thick and weighs 1.7 pounds (the same weight as the other new Surface device announced Wednesday, the Surface Pro 7; more on that below).Microsoft is claiming this “pro” tablet running on Qualcomm’s ARM-based processor should be three times as powerful as the Surface Pro 6 and get about 13 hours of battery life on a single charge.

Beware the Epiphany-Industrial Complex

Beware the Epiphany-Industrial Complex

The Stanford Prison Experiment has burrowed its way into the culture, inspiring an epiphany-industrial complex that deploys social science research in support of facile claims about human nature, public policy, and interpersonal relationships.

Quantum Darwinism Could Explain What Makes Reality Real

Quantum Darwinism Could Explain What Makes Reality Real

One of the most remarkable ideas in this theoretical framework is that the definite properties of objects that we associate with classical physics—position and speed, say—are selected from a menu of quantum possibilities in a process loosely analogous to natural selection in evolution: The properties that survive are in some sense the “fittest.” As in natural selection, the survivors are those that make the most copies of themselves.

Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

Amazon is so new, and so dramatic in its speed and scale and aggression, that we can easily forget how many of the things it’s doing are actually very old. Amazon is systematically going through every branch of the idea tree around what retail is, and doing it without any pride.

Depression and the Solace of 'Grinding' in Online Games

Depression and the Solace of 'Grinding' in Online Games

The imitation of forward movement in games like Destiny 2 is catnip to a mind stuck in neutral. It's about what videogame players call "grinding"—the act of repetitiously getting resources, experience points, or anything else you might need in a game to achieve your goals.

Feeling Stressed Out? Pinterest Wants to Help

Feeling Stressed Out? Pinterest Wants to Help

“For a number of years, we’ve worked with emotional health experts to address pinners in distress,” says Ta. If someone searches for terms related to suicide, the platform nudges them toward the appropriate resources, like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Isn't Cinematic

Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Isn't Cinematic

That means that, in addition to huge highly anticipated movies like Eternals and a new Thor flick—now with the great subtitle Love and Thunder —the next phase of the MCU will have WandaVision , an original series where Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprise their roles as Scarlet Witch and Vision, and Loki , about, well, Loki.

Comic-Con's Batman VR Experience Soars—While Others Fall Flat

Comic-Con's Batman VR Experience Soars—While Others Fall Flat

Virtual reality has been a mainstay at the convention for some time now, but AR hasn't—and with new mixed-reality wearables coming to market since the last Comic-Con, I could think of a dozen ways that the anticipated show could leverage the technology.

A Drone, a $12,000 Lens, and the Magic of a Total Solar Eclipse

A Drone, a $12,000 Lens, and the Magic of a Total Solar Eclipse

Teams of scientists develop game plans for capturing data months or years in advance of each one—as do amateur astronomers, working to create their own stellar images or execute their own studies—and it all comes down to a few precious seconds under the Moon’s shadow.

My Day at the Reality of Climate Change Hackathon

My Day at the Reality of Climate Change Hackathon

In fact, it was a whole new twist on the concept of “reality” and the ways technology could transform how people experience and therefore respond – and take action – to confront the global reality check of all reality checks: climate change.

Zuckerberg Defends Free Speech, Even When the Speech is False

Zuckerberg Defends Free Speech, Even When the Speech is False

“We exist in a society where people value and cherish free expression, and the ability to say things including satire,” Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday. It wasn’t long after Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at the Aspen Ideas Festival Wednesday that he was heckled by the audience.

JD Power Says Korean Cars Beat US and Europe in Quality

JD Power Says Korean Cars Beat US and Europe in Quality

The change in fortunes rides largely on how automakers have handled two big technological trends: proliferating infotainment screens and advanced driver assistance features .Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.The ranking, based on the number of problems owners of new vehicles report in the first three months, puts Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury brand, in the number one spot, with 63 problems per 100 vehicles.

Aurora's Latest Deal Will Be a Heavy-Duty Test With Chrysler

Aurora's Latest Deal Will Be a Heavy-Duty Test With Chrysler

Aurora, the developer of self-driving technology run by a trio of industry veterans, has signed a partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles , to figure out how to build its “Driver” into FCA’s commercial vehicles.

How a Google Cloud Catch-22 Broke the Internet

How a Google Cloud Catch-22 Broke the Internet

In those moments, Google has to triage among not just user traffic but also the network’s control plane, which tells the network where to route traffic, and management traffic, which encompasses the sort of administrative tools that Google engineers would need to correct, say, a configuration problem that knocks a bunch of the internet offline.

Minecraft Earth Wants to Be the Next Pokémon Go—But Bigger

Minecraft Earth Wants to Be the Next Pokémon Go—But Bigger

Back in the Minecraft offices in Redmond, Washington, where they shared a building with Halo studio 343 Industries, the team would put people in the HoloLens and then send AR sheep walking down the hallway toward them—“slowly, certainly not threateningly,” Persson says now, sitting in a conference room right next to that hallway.

The Open World of 'Rage 2' Is More Barren Than It Should Be

The Open World of 'Rage 2' Is More Barren Than It Should Be

It's also easy, seeing the structures of an open world in place, to assume that following the story missions will grant more power and variety as the game goes on, and to rush through the entire narrative in a matter of hours.

Last Day of Spring Is a Powerful Exercise in Trans Visibility

Last Day of Spring Is a Powerful Exercise in Trans Visibility

Last Day of Spring is a visual novel that shows a trans person's struggle to find safety in a society built to exclude her from the very concept. Last Day of Spring feels like an honest look at Haru's struggle to find safety in a society built to exclude her from the very concept.