You’ve Been Drinking Microplastics, But Don’t Worry—Yet

You’ve Been Drinking Microplastics, But Don’t Worry—Yet

That makes things difficult for the World Health Organization, which today released an exhaustive report on the state of research on microplastics in drinking water. Meanwhile, people the world over will continue to drink and eat and breathe microplastics, as scientists work frantically to better understand the potential impacts on human health.

NASA's Next Martian Rover Is Almost Ready to Rock

NASA's Next Martian Rover Is Almost Ready to Rock

Once consumed, the samples are hermetically sealed inside tubes, which the rover will then deposit in one place to be retrieved by a future mission. Jet Propulsion Lab technicians evaluating the Mars rover wear white “bunny suits,” which dissipate static electricity so they don't accidentally zap sensitive electronics.

Microplastics Are Blowing Into the Pristine Arctic

Microplastics Are Blowing Into the Pristine Arctic

“Snow ‘scavenges’ the particles in the air and brings them down,” says marine ecologist Melanie Bergmann of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, lead author of a new paper in Science Advances .

3 Animals Hurt By the New Endangered Species Act

3 Animals Hurt By the New Endangered Species Act

Several unique animals, including the North American wolverine, the northern spotted owl and the American burying beetle, demonstrate how the changes could hamper species protection.

Penn Jillette Performed a Séance at a Steven Spielberg Party

Penn Jillette Performed a Séance at a Steven Spielberg Party

This should have ruined the whole trick, except Spielberg actually picked the photo the magician needed him to. Find out more about Spielberg's bachelor party, and a few other of Jillette's magician secrets, in the video above.

Why Lightning Strikes in an Arctic Gone Bizarro

Why Lightning Strikes in an Arctic Gone Bizarro

Matt Simon covers cannabis, robots, and climate science for WIRED.Weirder still, on top of there typically being not enough heat to form deep convective clouds in the Arctic, there’s also a limit to how high these things can build up into the atmosphere. Sea ice provides less heat and moisture to feed a deep convective cloud as it rises ever higher.

A Photographer Made a Working Replica of NASA’s Moon Camera

A Photographer Made a Working Replica of NASA’s Moon Camera

The cameras that Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong used were left on the moon, so Rise had to rely on archival NASA photos to understand the camera’s design.

Uber’s Big Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News This Week

Uber’s Big Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News This Week

Maybe that’s how the folks at Boeing felt when a security researcher revealed he had found flaws in the code for the 787 Dreamliner .Limited regulations, good weather, and a whole lot of freight to move: Why Kodiak and other AV trucking companies have flocked to Texas .Electric cars still make up a tiny percentage of new car sales, but they’ve now been around long enough to start appearing on used car lots —and the deals are pretty good.

Watch a Drone Take Over a Nearby Smart TV

Watch a Drone Take Over a Nearby Smart TV

At the Defcon hacker conference today, independent security researcher Pedro Cabrera showed off in a series of hacking proofs-of-concept attacks how modern TVs—and particularly Smart TVs that use the internet-connected HbbTV standard implemented in his native Spain, across Europe, and much of the rest of the world—remain vulnerable to hackers.

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter’s Big Storm Is Blowing Over

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter’s Big Storm Is Blowing Over

This 300-year-old storm used to be huge—so big it could hold nearly four Earths, although over the past few decades it has been shrinking and no one knows why.

Election Systems Are Even More Vulnerable Than We Thought

Election Systems Are Even More Vulnerable Than We Thought

But a group of security researchers told Motherboard this week they found what look like election infrastructure online in 10 states, including swing states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Florida.

How a 10-Year-Old Desk Phone Bug Came Back From the Dead

How a 10-Year-Old Desk Phone Bug Came Back From the Dead

Povolny says that with the Avaya desk phones, it took only basic hacking skills to gain access to the device's systems and firmware (the foundational code that coordinates a device's hardware and software) and analyze them for flaws.

Hidden Algorithm Flaws Expose Websites to DoS Attacks

Hidden Algorithm Flaws Expose Websites to DoS Attacks

Lily Hay Newman covers information security, digital privacy, and hacking for WIRED.Nathan Hauke and David Renardy of the security firm Two Six Labs started looking for these "algorithmic complexity" issues in mainstream services, and quickly found them in PDF readers, remote desktop servers, and a popular password strength evaluation tool.

Wu Assassins Gives Netflix New Footing in Streaming's Battle Royale

Wu Assassins Gives Netflix New Footing in Streaming's Battle Royale

Enter Wu Assassins , which launches on the streaming service today—an unprecedented vehicle for star Iko Uwais, and a telling glimpse of the fighting technique Netflix intends to deploy in its own upcoming battle royale. Faced with that void and that competition, it's little wonder that Netflix sees a future in martial-arts action shows.

The Surprisingly Cozy Truths of Sleeping in Space

The Surprisingly Cozy Truths of Sleeping in Space

It’s a far cry from the spacious beds we have on Earth, but it’s still better than the shared sleeping compartment on the space shuttle, which Mike Massimino , a former NASA astronaut, describes as “a big slumber party.” The trick, Massimino says, was to remember to strap your sleeping bag to the wall so your body wouldn’t drift around during the night.

Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo Team Up to Demystify Loot Boxes

Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo Team Up to Demystify Loot Boxes

Entertainment Software Association chief counsel Michael Warnecke said that the three major console makers "have indicated to ESA a commitment to new platform policies with respect to the use of paid loot boxes in games that are developed for their platforms.".

Andy Serkis Will Direct Venom 2

Andy Serkis Will Direct Venom 2

In what is probably a smart business decision, but another fracturing of the streaming market, Disney revealed this week that it will be offering a bundle package for its Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ streaming services.

Cloudflare Ditches 8chan. What Happens Now?

Cloudflare Ditches 8chan. What Happens Now?

What Happens Now. Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince announced Sunday that his company would stop providing protection for internet for 8chan, after a series of mass shooting manifestos were posted on the forum.

The Wrong Way to Talk About a Shooter's Manifesto

The Wrong Way to Talk About a Shooter's Manifesto

“Those manifestos are specifically designed to be objects of media manipulation,” says Whitney Phillips, who researches troll culture and online extremism at Syracuse University.

Apple Contractors Will Stop Listening to Your Siri Recordings—For Now

Apple Contractors Will Stop Listening to Your Siri Recordings—For Now

Security News This Week: Apple Contractors Will Stop Listening to Your Siri Recordings—For Now. Justin Sullivan. After a report in The Guardian detailed Apple's use of contractors to "grade" the recordings of Siri users, the company has said it will suspend the program.

Facebook Puts Its Stamp—and Name—on Instagram and WhatsApp

Facebook Puts Its Stamp—and Name—on Instagram and WhatsApp

Also, much as WhatsApp and Instagram employees and users might not like it, merging the three brands also allows Zuckerberg to say that he’s doing what the world is asking of him.

Hey, Apple! 'Opt Out' Is Useless. Let People Opt In

Hey, Apple! 'Opt Out' Is Useless. Let People Opt In

Right now it’s unclear what form Apple’s Siri opt-out will take; the company has suspended its voice data collection temporarily and says only that once it resumes, “users will have the ability to choose to participate.” Apple didn’t respond to a request for more specific information.

Ninja Is Leaving Twitch. What's Next?

Ninja Is Leaving Twitch. What's Next?

In a video, Ninja explained the move, saying, "It's the same me, just a different platform," and pointing out that his first game as a professional player was Halo , so returning to the Microsoft fold is, maybe, a little like coming home.

Don't Ask How to Pay for Climate Change. Ask Who

Don't Ask How to Pay for Climate Change. Ask Who

Any serious policy response to global warming needs to transfer some of the costs from voters to the fossil fuel interests, where they belong. To fight global warming, we need to organize a broad public counterweight against the sectoral interests that are trying to block action.

Finally, a Robot That Moves Kind of Like a Tongue

Finally, a Robot That Moves Kind of Like a Tongue

Two stickers with fibers running lengthwise constrain the balloon to make it turn as it inflates (such an actuator could also use hydraulics instead of air, by the way), while a third sticker with fibers running at a 45 degree angle make the balloon twist at the end.

Jakarta's Doomed Sea Wall, Russia Takes Aim at 2020, and More News

Jakarta's Doomed Sea Wall, Russia Takes Aim at 2020, and More News

Jakarta's Doomed Sea Wall, Russia Takes Aim at 2020, and More News. Jakarta is sinking and its potential solution will too, Russia is gearing up for 2020, and we outline the best gear that came out in July. Jakarta's giant sea wall is useless if the city keeps sinking.

Whitney Cummings—and Her Sex Robot—Take on Modern Womanhood

Whitney Cummings—and Her Sex Robot—Take on Modern Womanhood

In her new Netflix special, comedian Whitney Cummings shares the stage with an ultra-modern version of one of the most outdated comedy props imaginable, the ventriloquist dummy: a laughing, talking sex robot that looks just like her.

Jakarta’s Giant Sea Wall Is Useless if the City Keeps Sinking

Jakarta’s Giant Sea Wall Is Useless if the City Keeps Sinking

But deploying a sea wall is a massive political and engineering problem in any country, to say nothing of Indonesia’s struggles with a literal underlying crisis: Jakarta’s people are pumping too much groundwater, and consequently the land is collapsing underneath them.

Having Broadband Issues? This Tool Helps You Learn Local Laws

Having Broadband Issues? This Tool Helps You Learn Local Laws

The tool grew out of Pew’s Broadband Research Initiative, which researches policy issues like the economic impact of broadband access and expanding broadband in rural and low-income communities.

An Electric Pickup Truck Really Could Pull a Freight Train—Here's How

An Electric Pickup Truck Really Could Pull a Freight Train—Here's How

Here is a force diagram for a tiny object pulling a massive object with no friction. For the train (object B), a frictional force is pulling to the right.

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