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.

Why American Workers Need to Be Protected From Automation

Why American Workers Need to Be Protected From Automation

Secondly, by taking the revenues created by closing the automation loophole and the “robot tax” and investing them in new programs, it would facilitate the next generation of jobs—good-paying union jobs in green energy, early childhood education, home health care, and the like.

Netflix Re-Ups the Puppetry—and Perturbations—of Dark Crystal

Netflix Re-Ups the Puppetry—and Perturbations—of Dark Crystal

“Everybody who grew up at a certain time has a story of being really scared by something they saw in The Dark Crystal,” says Javier Grillo-Marxuach, a stalwart writer of genre television and executive coproducer on a new Netflix series premiering this week, based on that 1982 movie.

Ebola Is Now Curable. Here’s How the New Treatments Work

Ebola Is Now Curable. Here’s How the New Treatments Work

And all Ebola treatment units in the outbreak zone will now only administer the two most effective monoclonal antibody drugs, according to the WHO’s director of health emergencies, Mike Ryan.

‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘Picard,’ and More Awesome Trailers Hit Comic-Con

‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘Picard,’ and More Awesome Trailers Hit Comic-Con

Westworld , Star Trek: Picard , Watchmen , Snowpiercer , and so many more. For show co-creator Jonathan Nolan, Season 3 is all about “The New World.” On Saturday, fans got a glimpse into what that new world was: a sleek, beautiful place that looks more threatening than any bleak future ever presented in science fiction.

By Dying, MAD Gets Its Best Shot at a Second Life

By Dying, MAD Gets Its Best Shot at a Second Life

The first MAD Magazine I ever read flew so far over my seven-year-old head I'm surprised I could hold onto it. The Return of MAD Magazine and Its All-New Gang of Idiots.

Neon Genesis Evangelion Is Remarkably Relevant in 2019

Neon Genesis Evangelion Is Remarkably Relevant in 2019

Neon Genesis Evangelion is forcing a television culture that has largely ignored anime to actually pay attention. My hope, then, is that the sudden critical interest in Neon Genesis Evangelion , which had almost no Western critical attention outside of far niche publications as recently as a month ago, is a sign of publications rethinking and re-attenuating themselves to 2019's television atmosphere.

Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA

Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA

And unlike the kinds of DNA technologies police have been using for decades to match crime scene samples to suspects, the genetic profiles generated for genealogy purposes hold a lot more information—including sensitive health information .Defense attorney Rachel Forde discusses evidence in the trial of William Talbott, who was found guilty Friday for the 1987 slayings of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg.

Argentina's Blackout and the Storm-Battered Future of the Grid

Argentina's Blackout and the Storm-Battered Future of the Grid

Extreme weather events are a leading cause of blackouts around the world and the blackout in Argentina is a reminder that our electric grids aren’t ready to handle the increasing intensity of storms resulting from climate change.

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.

Lawyers in a Murder Trial Clash Over a DNA Forensics Method

Lawyers in a Murder Trial Clash Over a DNA Forensics Method

Deputy prosecutor Justin Harleman described the groundbreaking forensic technique to the jury Friday, including how a genetic profile of crime scene DNA was uploaded to a public genealogy database.

A Murder Trial Will Allow DNA Evidence From a Genealogy Site

A Murder Trial Will Allow DNA Evidence From a Genealogy Site

But new information in the stipulation agreement filed in court today reveals that the upload to GEDmatch occurred before the site changed its policy on May 20, 2018.According to the document, Detective Scharf asked Parabon to use genetic genealogy to help identify a possible source of the crime scene DNA on April 26, 2018, a day after authorities in California announced they’d used the technique in the arrest of the suspected Golden State Killer .

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.

Apple Is Finally Fixing the Keyboards on MacBook Pros

Apple Is Finally Fixing the Keyboards on MacBook Pros

More than a year and a half after some MacBook owners began vociferously complaining about broken MacBook keyboards, Apple is making what it says is a material change in the keyboards in its high-end MacBook Pro laptops.

The Physics of Mississippi Flood Control

The Physics of Mississippi Flood Control

The spillway is 7000 feet long (2134 meters for non-Imperials).There are 350 "bays" that can be opened with each bay 20 feet wide (6.1 meters).The maximum flow capacity is 250,000 cubic feet per second of water flow (you can convert this to m3/s as a homework question).The floodway (the part of land that becomes a temporary river) is 5.7 miles long.

Tamagotchi Have Returned to Bewitch a New Generation

Tamagotchi Have Returned to Bewitch a New Generation

And while the original Tamagotchi would wither after a day without attention (say, while its caretaker was in school or at work), the new Tamagotchi On comes with another thoughtful feature.

The Meteoric Rise of Family Tree Forensics to Fight Crimes

The Meteoric Rise of Family Tree Forensics to Fight Crimes

In the year since, the method has been used to solve more than 50 additional cold cases, spawning a lucrative new forensic science industry, spurring the creation of dedicated family tree-building police units, and raising a host of genetic privacy concerns.

Ramy Is an Essential Voice for Millennial TV

Ramy Is an Essential Voice for Millennial TV

From the outset of Ramy, Hulu's newest half-hour comedy about a first-gen Egyptian-American in North New Jersey, its millennial disposition is apparent. Played by 28-year-old comedian Ramy Youssef, its eponymous lead is locked in a state of moral unsteadiness much like the Devs and Hannahs before him.

Exclusive: What to Expect From Sony's Next-Gen PlayStation

Exclusive: What to Expect From Sony's Next-Gen PlayStation

It’s why we’re sitting here, secreted away in a conference room at Sony’s headquarters in Foster City, California, where Cerny is finally detailing the inner workings of the as-yet-unnamed console that will replace the PS4.Senior correspondent Peter Rubin covers culture and technology for WIRED.If history is any guide, it will eventually be dubbed the PlayStation 5.

Crispr Gene Editing Could One Day Cut Away Human Pain

Crispr Gene Editing Could One Day Cut Away Human Pain

James Cox, a molecular geneticist at University College London who identified Cameron’s genetic anomaly says his group is now using Crispr in human cell lines to try to mimic her microdeletion and better understand its effects.

Robot ‘Natural Selection’ Recombines Into Something Totally New

Robot ‘Natural Selection’ Recombines Into Something Totally New

“It gives you a lot of diversity and it gives you the power to explore areas of a design space that you wouldn't normally go into,” says research scientist David Howard, who developed the evolving leg system and recently published a framework for evolutionary robotics in Nature Machine Intelligence .

Apple Updates AirPods, Adding a New Custom Wireless Chip

Apple Updates AirPods, Adding a New Custom Wireless Chip

Apple Updates AirPods, Adding a New Custom Wireless Chip Apple Apple just revealed a new pair of wirefree AirPods, the first significant update to the product since its original introduction in late 2016.

A More Humane Livestock Industry, Brought to You By Crispr

A More Humane Livestock Industry, Brought to You By Crispr

Cow 401 and her herdmates were the product of two and a half years of research, Van Eenennaam’s attempt to create a strain of gene-edited cattle specially suited to the needs of the beef industry.

Beyond Cas9: 4 Ways to Edit DNA

Beyond Cas9: 4 Ways to Edit DNA

Seven years ago, the bug that causes strep throat, toxic shock syndrome, and flesh-­eating disease supplied researchers with their first gene-snipping nuclease, Cas9.

Preparing to Unleash Crispr on an Unprepared World

Preparing to Unleash Crispr on an Unprepared World

The following year, Charpentier teamed up with biochemist Jennifer Doudna, and the pair asked what proved to be the multibillion-dollar question: Could they exploit this system and use it to edit genes?

DNA Crime-Solving Is Still New, Yet It May Have Gone Too Far

DNA Crime-Solving Is Still New, Yet It May Have Gone Too Far

It came on the heels of news that investigators in South Dakota had arrested a woman Friday in connection with a 38-year-old infant abandonment case.

Why It's So Hard to Restart Venezuela's Power Grid

Why It's So Hard to Restart Venezuela's Power Grid

Government statements and reports indicate that the blackout stems from a problem at the enormous Guri dam hydropower plant in eastern Venezuela, which generates 80 percent of the country's electricity.

The Gene Mutation That Could Cure HIV Has a Checkered Past

The Gene Mutation That Could Cure HIV Has a Checkered Past

While the international science community condemned He’s experiment for a host of ethics violations, using Crispr and other gene-editing tools to recreate the protective effects of the CCR5 mutation might lead to treatments so widely available that we don’t have to refer to patients as the London this or the Berlin that any more.

Guild Wars Developer Layoffs Hit as Fortnite Launches Season 8

Guild Wars Developer Layoffs Hit as Fortnite Launches Season 8

Guild Wars Developer Layoffs Hit as Fortnite Launches Season 8 ArenaNet, the company behind Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns , suffered layoffs this week. Fortnite 's new season is here, y'all. It is a new season of Fortnite , and I'm ready to build.

5G? 5 Bars? What the Signal Icons on Your Phone Actually Mean

5G? 5 Bars? What the Signal Icons on Your Phone Actually Mean

In every other country there’s no difference,” says Brendan Gill, CEO of OpenSignal, a company that collects independent data on carrier signal quality.