A Wearable for Opioid Patients Gets Retooled for Covid-19

A Wearable for Opioid Patients Gets Retooled for Covid-19

Sick patients need their vitals recorded and their symptoms monitored, and staff needs to get updates if someone’s condition starts to worsen (from fever and cough to shortness of breath as blood oxygen levels fall).

Space Photos of the Week: There's Nothing Like the Sun

Space Photos of the Week: There's Nothing Like the Sun

Photograph: NSO/NSF/AURANASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory captured this photo in 2015, when a long strand of plasma shaped like the Eiffel Tower shot out from the sun.

Today's Cartoon: Airplane Mode

Today's Cartoon: Airplane Mode

This week WIRED is publishing a series on parenting —from surveilling our teens to helping our kids navigate fake news and misinformation.Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology.

Oscar Nominations 2020: Netflix Tops All Other Studios

Oscar Nominations 2020: Netflix Tops All Other Studios

One more bit of awards season news: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the next Golden Globes in 2021, though the exact date of the awards show hasn’t been determined yet.

The Dazzling Designs of Alpine Ice Formations

The Dazzling Designs of Alpine Ice Formations

“The structures in the ice fascinated me and the patterns changed all the time,” Hegen says.But Matti Leppäranta, who teaches geophysics at the University of Helsinki, says the gray and white areas result from air bubbles in the ice and “very shallow snow dunes” atop of it.

So You Think You Know Gravity? Let Us Drop Some Knowledge

So You Think You Know Gravity? Let Us Drop Some Knowledge

But maybe a better way to approach gravity is to think not about being stuck on Earth but about being weightless.“What you’re really doing when you’re experiencing gravity isn’t being heavy in your chair, it’s falling weightlessly in the gravitational field,” says astrophysicist Janna Levin.

Greta Thunberg Takes on the World

Greta Thunberg Takes on the World

Over the course of the last two weeks, at the 25th Conference of the Parties in Madrid—referred to as COP25, an annual United Nations summit that gathers global leaders, scientists, and activists on issues of environmental justice—16-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg has commanded an unusual pull.

Space Photos of the Week: Parker's Potential

Space Photos of the Week: Parker's Potential

Photograph: NASA GoddardThe European Space Agency’s PROBA2 satellite captured this unusually detailed photo of the corona—plasma that can be millions of degrees hotter than the star’s actual surface.Video: ESAThis sunspot, captured in ultraviolet by NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory in 2017, only looks small.

Kamala Harris' Opposing Truths

Kamala Harris' Opposing Truths

Case in point: Headlines this week reporting that California senator Kamala Harris was suspending her presidential campaign and, in doing so, ceding her chance to become the first black woman to win the Democratic Party’s nomination.

How Overexcited Neurons Might Affect How You Age

How Overexcited Neurons Might Affect How You Age

But recently in Nature, Bruce Yankner, a professor of genetics and neurology at Harvard Medical School, and his colleagues reported on a previously overlooked controller of life span: the activity level of neurons in the brain.

The Searing Colors of Santiago's Revolution

The Searing Colors of Santiago's Revolution

Whether it's Hong Kong or Cairo, across Lebanon or in Bolivia, people are fighting for lives that are more livable and feel less like prison sentences.Hernandez reveals a city spilling over with possibility, a people rising from the inferno of yesterday.

Review: What Fishing Books Can Be

Review: What Fishing Books Can Be

Fishing writer Chris Hunt takes one of the most well-known fishing destinations in the world, and covers it with new insights and approaches.Instead, he describes how he prepares for a new fishing situation, how he reads habitat, how he focuses during long days on the water.

Space Photos of the Week: The Jupiter Chronicles

Space Photos of the Week: The Jupiter Chronicles

The powerful Hubble Space Telescope in orbit around Earth takes an astoundingly detailed look at the same planet: You can see its telltale bands, the iconic Great Red Spot, and smaller individual storms.

Depth of Field: Zuckerberg in Twilight

Depth of Field: Zuckerberg in Twilight

On Wednesday, Zuckerberg appeared on Capitol Hill in a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee, where he faced deep criticism from lawmakers who worry that the social network now wields a difficult kind of influence—it's become too big even for itself.

Computers Are Learning to Read—But They're Still Not So Smart

Computers Are Learning to Read—But They're Still Not So Smart

In an April 2018 paper coauthored with collaborators from the University of Washington and DeepMind, the Google-owned artificial intelligence company, Bowman introduced a battery of nine reading-comprehension tasks for computers called GLUE (General Language Understanding Evaluation).

Is the Equal Sign Overrated? Mathematicians Hash It Out

Is the Equal Sign Overrated? Mathematicians Hash It Out

“I just think he felt this was the correct way to think about mathematics,” said Michael Hopkins, a mathematician at Harvard and Lurie’s graduate school adviser.

Stunning Mars Photos Show a Salty Landscape: Space Photos of the Week

Stunning Mars Photos Show a Salty Landscape: Space Photos of the Week

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSSThis group of rocks is called Squid Cove, and like Old Soaker, it has seen a lot of wet and dry spells.

Depth of Field: When Photographs Turn the Real Into the Surreal

Depth of Field: When Photographs Turn the Real Into the Surreal

Still, I find myself drawn to the photo because, just like that mind-expanding spring night in LA, it asks me to suspend reality and step into the surreal.

Feds Say Boeing 737s Need to Be Better Designed for Humans

Feds Say Boeing 737s Need to Be Better Designed for Humans

The two 737 MAX crashes that killed 346 people and led to what is, so far, a six-month grounding of the jet , stemmed in part from Boeing’s failure to accurately anticipate how pilots would respond to a malfunctioning feature that pointed the jets toward the ground.

How Cities Reshape the Evolutionary Path of Urban Wildlife

How Cities Reshape the Evolutionary Path of Urban Wildlife

But soon after Darwin's death in 1882, the first wave of biologists to have grown up on his teachings took note of a curious occurrence in the realm of insects : During the second half of the 19th century, the predominant color of England's peppered moths had steadily shifted from mostly white to almost entirely black.

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.

Depth of Field: Coco Gauff and the Future of Women's Tennis

Depth of Field: Coco Gauff and the Future of Women's Tennis

The US Open culminates Sunday—where Serena Williams again has a chance to seize tennis immortality—but the tournament's real crowning moment came last weekend, on Day 6, between Naomi Osaka, the No. 1 ranked women's player, and Cori "Coco" Gauff, a 15-year-old rising talent of unforgettable resolve.

The Jeopardy! Master is Making a Better Trivia Game

The Jeopardy! Master is Making a Better Trivia Game

Jennings recalled winning the first Half-Truth test game he played with Garfield, after a year of development, and thinking, "Yes, exactly, this is how the universe should work.

Depth of Field: The Movie Poster Brexit Deserves

Depth of Field: The Movie Poster Brexit Deserves

For me, the first parallel that shot to mind was the movie poster for John Woo’s 1997 identity-swap-thriller Face/Off .The beauty of MacDougall’s photo is its desire to furnish yet more room, even as memories and narratives stack up.

Why the NFL's Field Goal Record Is Waiting to Be Smashed

Why the NFL's Field Goal Record Is Waiting to Be Smashed

Based on his data, Pfeifer says that a record-breaking 70-yard field goal kicked at sea level, with no wind, would require a foot speed of around 49 miles per hour delivered right to the ball’s sweet spot, while an 80-yarder would take a foot speed of about 56 mph.

A Heroic Plane Landing, Instagram's New Fact Checkers, and More News

A Heroic Plane Landing, Instagram's New Fact Checkers, and More News

A gull strike forced a Russian airliner to land in a cornfield, Instagram is getting into the fact-checking game, and new technology is catching lightning from afar.

How to Land a Busted Airliner in a Russian Cornfield

How to Land a Busted Airliner in a Russian Cornfield

Ural's flight 178 has already been dubbed the “Miracle on the Ramenskoe,” for the part of Moscow where the plane came down—echoing the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson,” when a US Airways Airbus A320 lost both engines after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City and landed safely on the river nearby .Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles were at about 2,800 feet when a flock of geese wiped out their power.

A Boeing 737 MAX Test Flight Had Its Ups and Downs

A Boeing 737 MAX Test Flight Had Its Ups and Downs

The two MAX jet crashes—on Lion Air in October and Ethiopian Airlines in March, which together killed 346 people—happened just minutes into each flight, while the planes were climbing to their cruising altitude.

Get to Know Maxwell's Equations—You're Using Them Right Now

Get to Know Maxwell's Equations—You're Using Them Right Now

Get to Know Maxwell's Equations—You're Using Them Right Now. The behavior of magnets can be explained with Maxwell's equations, which also describe the behavior of light and everyday objects like electric motors.

The Otherworldliness of the Democratic Presidential Debates

The Otherworldliness of the Democratic Presidential Debates

What unfolds before us, to quote Susan Murray and Laura Ouelette in 2008's Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture, "is an unstable text that encourages viewers to test out their own notions of the real, the ordinary, and the intimate against the representation before them.".