Knives Made of Frozen Feces Are Kinda Crappy

Knives Made of Frozen Feces Are Kinda Crappy

That's the conclusion of a new study by experimental anthropologists at Kent State University, who fashioned their own blades out of frozen feces—for science!—and tested them on pig hide, muscle, and tendon under ideal conditions.

Richard Stallman’s Exit Heralds a New Era in Tech

Richard Stallman’s Exit Heralds a New Era in Tech

So much of life is about girding oneself against disappointment and adversity, but must those lessons begin freshman year at MIT?Most of the testimony against Stallman is from women who opted out of the free-software movement but stayed in tech, even though the sensible decision upon meeting Stallman and his enablers may well have been to leave the field entirely.

Space Photos of the Week: Cassini's Sojourn Around Saturn

Space Photos of the Week: Cassini's Sojourn Around Saturn

And while this image is incredibly detailed, Cassini was a whopping 870,000 miles above the plane of the rings when it took this photo in 2014.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteThis maelstrom on Saturn is one of the biggest storms ever observed on the planet.

WeWork's Wi-Fi Is Woefully Insecure

WeWork's Wi-Fi Is Woefully Insecure

Add to the pile its Wi-Fi security practices, which recent scans have shown leave documents potentially exposed to anyone else who shares the space.Plus, read the latest news on artificial intelligence 🏃🏽‍♀️ Want the best tools to get healthy?

Extreme-Risk Laws Reduce Gun Violence

Extreme-Risk Laws Reduce Gun Violence

But in this case, the threats made the news because local law enforcement officials took preventative action, including obtaining a court order that allowed them to temporarily remove 12 guns from the man's possession.

The Area 51 Raid Was the Worst Way to Spot an Alien or UFO

The Area 51 Raid Was the Worst Way to Spot an Alien or UFO

To visit when speakers drown out aerospace-y sounds, when stage lights blind you to the aircraft that might be hovering above, when there are so many eyes that the Air Force would be crazy to test anything actually advanced—it kind of makes a trip to Area 51 not very much like a trip to Area 51.When my alarm goes off in the middle of the night, I can see headlights on Back Gate Road.

A Developer Deletes His Code to Protest Its Use by ICE

A Developer Deletes His Code to Protest Its Use by ICE

Discouraged by the company’s silence, former Chef employee Seth Vargo removed several Chef-related open source tools that he had hosted on two code repositories.In a Thursday night to Chef employees that the company posted online, CEO Barry Crist called Chef’s work with ICE, which he said began under the Obama administration, a "principled decision.".

What to Expect From a Pooch on a Paddleboard

What to Expect From a Pooch on a Paddleboard

First, there is the frictional force that the board exerts on the dog.And that means the dog pushes back on the board with an equal force in the opposite direction (Fdb).

An Apple iOS 13 Review, Spying Streaming Devices, and More News

An Apple iOS 13 Review, Spying Streaming Devices, and More News

Apple's latest iPhone OS is here, you're being watched by your streaming devices, and you could soon get your DNA sequenced anonymously.The streaming apps are watching you: New research shows that over 2,000 of them are tracking information about your devices—even when you tell them not to .

50 Fish, 50 States: Trout at 11,000 Feet

50 Fish, 50 States: Trout at 11,000 Feet

The quest rewarded: Greenback cutthroat trout at 11,000 feet © Matt Miller I’m on a quest to catch a fish in each of the 50 U.S. states – and to use each adventure as a means to explore conservation, the latest fisheries research and our complicated connections to the natural world.

How Painter Alexa Meade Creates Dimension-Collapsing Art

How Painter Alexa Meade Creates Dimension-Collapsing Art

Because when I photographed it, my friend looked like he was a two-dimensional painting," says Meade.Then, because Meade loves to play with layers of perception, she's painting her version of the depth map back onto the installation.Watch the video above to learn more about Meade's meta work.

Trump Threatens California's Role as a Clean-Air Pioneer

Trump Threatens California's Role as a Clean-Air Pioneer

In 1990, the state tightened its standards again, and added a new component: Its Low-Emission Vehicle program required that automakers sell some zero-emission vehicles, as in battery and fuel-cell electric cars.

On Roku and Amazon Fire TV, Channels Are Watching You

On Roku and Amazon Fire TV, Channels Are Watching You

They found that 89 percent of Amazon Fire TV channels and 69 percent of Roku channels contained easily spottable trackers that collected information about a viewing habits and preferences, along with unique identifiers like device serial numbers and IDs, Wi-Fi network names, and the Wi-Fi identifiers known as MAC addresses.

An Area 51 Warning, Trump Takes on California, and More News

An Area 51 Warning, Trump Takes on California, and More News

An Area 51 aficionado gives a warning, Trump is fighting with California over vehicle emissions, and the FDA is struggling to regulate vaping.That's the estimated number of people who use vapes, or e-cigarettes, up from 7 million in 2011.

California Vows Fight as Trump Takes Aim at Clean-Car Authority

California Vows Fight as Trump Takes Aim at Clean-Car Authority

Under Trump’s plan, the Environmental Protection Agency will revoke the so-called waiver underpinning the state’s ability to set tailpipe greenhouse-gas emissions standards that are more stringent, as well as the state’s electric vehicle sales mandate.

Amazon Cracks Down on Third-Party Apps Over Privacy Violations

Amazon Cracks Down on Third-Party Apps Over Privacy Violations

To streamline their operations, many sellers rely on specialized business apps that tap into the Amazon Marketplace Web Service APIs, which can integrate data including sensitive customer information like names, emails, and delivery addresses.

Covering Climate Now

Covering Climate Now

Expect to hear a lot more about climate change in the news next week – and a lot about NIWA’s work underpinning the science that is signalling a warmer world right now and its effects in the future.

A Massive GM Strike, a LastPass Vulnerability, and More News

A Massive GM Strike, a LastPass Vulnerability, and More News

Thousands of GM workers are on strike, a bug exposed the popular password manager LastPass, and the Air Force is daring hackers to take down an orbiting satellite.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

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.

One Very Specific Reason Rami Malek Deserved His Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar

One Very Specific Reason Rami Malek Deserved His Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar

It wasn’t just the accent that Malek got right.In playing the Queen front man, Malek not only nailed Mercury’s s sounds, he also did wonders incorporating his teeth prosthetics into his performance.

Mighty Mustelids: Meet the World’s Most Epic Weasels

Mighty Mustelids: Meet the World’s Most Epic Weasels

Included in the family are such charismatic critters as badgers, otters, ferrets and martens.Marbled polecat © ZooFanatic/Flickr under a creative commons license This may be the most beautiful of the mustelids, with striking color and spotting patterns.

James Gunn Tweeted The Suicide Squad Cast and It's Insane

James Gunn Tweeted The Suicide Squad Cast and It's Insane

J.J. Abrams and his production company, Bad Robot, have entered into a massive new deal with WarnerMedia under which Bad Robot will make shows, movies, games, and other content for Warner's many properties.

After Six Years in Exile, Edward Snowden Explains Himself

After Six Years in Exile, Edward Snowden Explains Himself

But for the former NSA contractor and many of his generation, that idea of the internet is a foundational myth, enshrined in Neal Stephenson novels and in “The Hacker Manifesto”—both of which Snowden describes reading as a teenager in a mononucleosis haze—and John Perry Barlow’s “Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace ,” which he writes that he holds in his memory next to the preamble to the Constitution.

New Electrics, New Laws, and Other Car News This Week

New Electrics, New Laws, and Other Car News This Week

But we saw stages set for two huge shifts this week: One was in Frankfurt, where automakers gathered to show off their latest and greatest concept cars, a melange of hybrid and electric shinies.

15 Great Deals on Phones, Tablets, TVs, and Dongles

15 Great Deals on Phones, Tablets, TVs, and Dongles

We put out an explainer and preorder guide , but there's another benefit of a new iPhone: It brings price cuts, discounts, and deals on all kinds of semi-related devices as retailers prepare their mobile goods for the holiday season.

What Are Zero-Knowledge Proofs?

What Are Zero-Knowledge Proofs?

For example, zero-knowledge proofs can be used to validate cryptocurrency transactions managed on a blockchain and combat fraud without revealing data about which wallet a payment came from, where it was sent, or how much currency changed hands.

The Fight Over Fuel Economy Rules Gets Messy

The Fight Over Fuel Economy Rules Gets Messy

That’s why the Obama administration decided in 2012 to (slowly) strengthen regulations governing vehicles’ tailpipe emissions and fuel economy standards, requiring each automaker’s fleet to average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 and boosting the penalty for missing that target.

Mass Graves in Russia Tell the Grim Story of Mongol Invasion

Mass Graves in Russia Tell the Grim Story of Mongol Invasion

Several of the people buried in the pit had much more tooth decay than the rest of the Yaroslavl dead, which actually suggests that they were pretty well-off.

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.