‘Hope You’re Well’: Emailing Through a Time of Pandemic

‘Hope You’re Well’: Emailing Through a Time of Pandemic

Most people are still not very emotionally invested in email.“When I think of all of the things that are going to change in the world after coronavirus, culturally and politically, I don’t think email is in the top 100,” says Randy Malamud, author of Email (Object Lessons).

Reddit’s Wedding Planners Pivot to Covid-19 Crisis Comms

Reddit’s Wedding Planners Pivot to Covid-19 Crisis Comms

“I would say nonstop we’re moderating recently trying to contain posts and keep subscribers as calm as possible,” says Ashley, writing in a joint response from multiple people behind the shared "wedditmoderator" account (she and the other moderators who replied asked not to be identified by their real names or individual Reddit usernames owing to previous experiences of harassment).

It's Time to Do the Things You Keep Putting Off. Here's How

It's Time to Do the Things You Keep Putting Off. Here's How

There are apps that offer to unsubscribe you from emails in bulk, but I’ve found the best way to tackle this is to just do it one-by-one.

Wildfire Photographs Are Constant Reminders of Chaos

Wildfire Photographs Are Constant Reminders of Chaos

“They’ll say, ‘Oh I thought it was wrapping up and suddenly the wind shifted and three hours later it’s burning 500,000 acres,’” McCulloh says.

Climate Change Is Netflix's Ragnarok

Climate Change Is Netflix's Ragnarok

Netflix’s newest superhero coming-of-age drama, Ragnarok, de-Marvelizes the viking myths for our climate-crisis age of Scandinavian child heroes.It follows Magne, an awkward Norweigan teen who moves to a town called Edda with his mother and brother.

Real or Fake: New NBC Peacock Shows

Real or Fake: New NBC Peacock Shows

And, of course, as there are now roughly six streaming television services per adult in the continental United States, NBC is also planning to roll out an ambitious line-up of originals in order to compete with rivals like Disney+, CBS All Access, and Quibi .To that end, it has ordered dozens of pilots and several full seasons of new shows to lure viewers into adding yet another paid subscription into their monthly budget.

How The Dodo Became the Warmest, Fuzziest Corner of the Web

How The Dodo Became the Warmest, Fuzziest Corner of the Web

For the last two years, Frog has never missed his chance to greet Savannah, the family’s teenage daughter, at her bus stop.

12 Science Books You Should Read Right Now

12 Science Books You Should Read Right Now

Courtesy of Penguin Random HouseWhen novelist Dani Shapiro’s husband hits middle age and gets curious about his family history, he sends away for a DNA test .This is probably the only calculus book ever written that can truthfully be called a page-turner, which speaks to Strogatz’s strength as a writer and teacher.

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.

Watching Wildlife on Skis

Watching Wildlife on Skis

Photo © Ben Herndon Gliding down a forest trail, fresh snow falling as the sun sets, may be one of the most peaceful ways to enjoy the great outdoors.Since grouse don’t dig their snow cave, you can’t really track the bird.

A Racing Champ Critiques Cinema’s Greatest Driving Scenes

A Racing Champ Critiques Cinema’s Greatest Driving Scenes

If you want to learn how to properly spin your ride around, it’s best to tap Knox for a real-life lesson.Plus, the latest news on artificial intelligence 🏃🏽‍♀️ Want the best tools to get healthy?

Elon Musk Wins in Defamation Suit by British Diver

Elon Musk Wins in Defamation Suit by British Diver

After less than an hour of deliberation, a Los Angeles jury Friday found that Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk did not defame a British diver by calling him a “pedo guy” and “sus,” or suspicious, in a series of July 2018 tweets.

Photo Gallery: Wild Juxtapositions of Saudi Arabia Modern and Ancient

Photo Gallery: Wild Juxtapositions of Saudi Arabia Modern and Ancient

“Development happened so fast that they haven’t really had a chance to keep up with it the way other societies have,” says Peter Bogaczewicz a Canadian architect and photographer who has lived in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh for the past five years.

Climate Change Is Brutal for Everyone, But Worse for Women

Climate Change Is Brutal for Everyone, But Worse for Women

“We've been looking for more technical solutions, whether in terms of better varieties of seeds or breeds of cattle, but we're not really looking at the way social institutions are affecting people's abilities to adapt,” says University of East Anglia gender analyst Nitya Rao, lead author on the study.

Iranian Americans Struggle to Reach Family Amid Internet Blackout

Iranian Americans Struggle to Reach Family Amid Internet Blackout

Mina is one of countless Iranians in the US who have tried to contact friends and family members in Iran amid a nationwide internet shutdown that has lasted six days so far.

Facebook's Logo Gets a Face-Lift

Facebook's Logo Gets a Face-Lift

Another blog post on the company’s design hub goes into more detail about how the team used “custom typography, rounded corners, open tracking and capitalization to create visual distinction between the company and the app.” This apparent faith in the world-changing power of a good font will be familiar to anyone who has ever read a design brief.

It's Time to Outsource Your Passwords to an App

It's Time to Outsource Your Passwords to an App

Features like Travel Mode, which automatically deletes sensitive data from devices before you go on a trip, and Watchtower, which identifies weak or reused passwords, help justify the cost: $36 a year for one user, $60 for the whole family.

Everything You Need to Enjoy One Tech-Free Day a Week

Everything You Need to Enjoy One Tech-Free Day a Week

My family and I started going completely screen-free one day a week for what we called our Technology Shabbat.It makes days with tech feel fast, but lets you linger on the best parts of life on your screen-free day.

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.

How Companies Like JPay Are Making Millions Charging Prisoners to Send An Email

How Companies Like JPay Are Making Millions Charging Prisoners to Send An Email

If she wanted to send a card, a prison official told her, Jones would have to pass along her greeting electronically using JPay , a company bringing email into prison systems across the nation.

I Replaced My Oven With a Waffle Maker, and You Should Too

I Replaced My Oven With a Waffle Maker, and You Should Too

But it's as good a time as any to tell you how I feel about my waffle maker, which can make everything from burgers to hash browns to chocolate chip cookies.If you want to upgrade your waffling experience, Shumski likes the very fancy Breville BWM620XL Waffle Maker ($199).

Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful

Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful

Gary Richards, founder of OneRoom, a company that offers livestreaming services to funeral directors in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the US, says he’s noticed that many of the families that use his service are recent immigrants from the Philippines, Vietnam, or India, who are looking for a way to connect with family and friends from back home.

What Happens When Reproductive Tech Like IVF Goes Awry?

What Happens When Reproductive Tech Like IVF Goes Awry?

DNA testing confirmed that Baby A and Baby B (as court documents called them) weren’t genetically related to either of the birth parents, or to each other—they were related to two other couples who had been seeking fertility treatments at the same clinic.

HBO's Years and Years Unlocks Sci-Fi's Ultimate Potential

HBO's Years and Years Unlocks Sci-Fi's Ultimate Potential

Davies has been making television in the United Kingdom for a long time, and his résumé caroms among family melodrama, multiply-gendered sex stories, and science fiction.

Everything You Should Binge Over the July 4th Weekend

Everything You Should Binge Over the July 4th Weekend

If you thought it couldn't get any bleaker for Jared Harris than a turn as a doomed nuclear scientist on HBO's Chernobyl , you clearly haven't watched the first season of AMC's fantasy history anthology series The Terror .

The First Murder Case to Use Family Tree Forensics Goes to Trial

The First Murder Case to Use Family Tree Forensics Goes to Trial

To crack a 32-year-old murder case, police used genetic genealogy, which involves searching family tree sites and the DNA that people add to them.

How All of the Surviving Game of Thrones Heroes Got Here

How All of the Surviving Game of Thrones Heroes Got Here

What to look for in the series finale: Many fans now point to George R.R. Martin's series title, A Song of Ice and Fire , as proof that Jon Snow, the physical manifestation of the wintery Stark clan and the dragon-rearing Targaryen family, is the prince that was promised.

Inside China's Massive Surveillance Operation

Inside China's Massive Surveillance Operation

On the few occasions she was able to speak with relatives, she said “it sounded like their soul had been taken out of them.” A string of pomegranate images were a common theme: the Party’s symbol of ethnic cohesion, the idea that all minorities and Han Chinese people should live harmoniously alongside one another, “like the seeds of a pomegranate.” By late 2017, most Uyghurs in Turkey had lost contact with their families completely.

How to Teach Kids to Be Independent Thinkers

How to Teach Kids to Be Independent Thinkers

When teachers answer these questions, it prompts kids to think more deeply about the implications of what they’re learning.

How DNA Testing at the US-Mexico Border Will Actually Work

How DNA Testing at the US-Mexico Border Will Actually Work

Megan Molteni covers biotechnology, medicine, and genetic privacy for WIRED.DHS officials say the pilot is just a small-scale evaluation to see if the technology can help root out cases of criminal fraud, including human trafficking and “child recycling.” Last month, former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a congressional committee that the agency had discovered multiple incidences of young people being passed around, or “recycled,” to help migrants gain illegal entry.