Norway Is Running Out of Gas-Guzzling Cars to Tax

Norway Is Running Out of Gas-Guzzling Cars to Tax

In Norway, the most progressive electric vehicle policies in the world started with a pop group, an environmentalist, and a small red Fiat Panda.The Fiat became the centerpiece of a nine-year campaign in which Hauge and members of A-ha drove the car on Norway’s toll roads without paying.

Inside the Negotiations to Decide the Fate of Our Planet

Inside the Negotiations to Decide the Fate of Our Planet

“It is a lot of work,” says Agripina Jenkins Rojas, a Costa Rican negotiator who is representing the group of Latin American and Caribbean countries together known as AILAC in talks on transparency at COP26.

Satellites Can Spy a Menace in West Africa: Invasive Flowers

Satellites Can Spy a Menace in West Africa: Invasive Flowers

Today Wood is the director of the Space Enabled research group at MIT’s Media Lab, and she was part of a team that just published their findings in the journal Frontiers in Climate, showing how Earth observation technologies can map and monitor hard-to-reach areas to inform local decisionmaking—specifically on how Beninese groups are tackling the hyacinth problem with data from satellites, drones, and sensors in the lake.

What If Getting a Kids’ Vaccine Approved Is the Easy Part?

What If Getting a Kids’ Vaccine Approved Is the Easy Part?

This morning, Pfizer/BioNTech submitted data to the Food and Drug Administration from its clinical trial of a Covid vaccine for children, launching a process that could deliver doses to kids between 5 and 11 within the next month or two.

It’s a Good Day to Update All Your Devices. Trust Us

It’s a Good Day to Update All Your Devices. Trust Us

But if you haven’t, today is an especially good day to be on top of it, because Apple, Google, and Microsoft have all pushed security fixes in the past two days for vulnerabilities that hackers are actively exploiting.

This Tiny Robot Mimics the Mantis Shrimp's Mighty Punch

This Tiny Robot Mimics the Mantis Shrimp's Mighty Punch

Now, a team of Harvard University researchers has come up with a new biomechanical model for the mantis shrimp's mighty appendage , and it built a tiny robot to mimic that movement, according to a recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

New biodiversity memoir on the primnoid corals of New Zealand

New biodiversity memoir on the primnoid corals of New Zealand

A group of gorgonian octocorals that provide shelter for fish and invertebrates in the deep sea is the subject of NIWA’s latest Biodiversity Memoir.The NIWA Biodiversity Memoir series describe the taxonomy of New Zealand marine life, mostly for invertebrates such as sponges, corals, marine worms, molluscs, crustaceans and sea stars.

Cops Take Down the ‘World’s Biggest' Video Game Cheating Ring

Cops Take Down the ‘World’s Biggest' Video Game Cheating Ring

Ubiquiti Appears to Have Downplayed a 'Catastrophic' BreachA whistleblower tells independent security journalist Brian Krebs that a recent breach of networking equipment company Ubiquiti was much worse than initially reported.

Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown Is an Act of ‘Vast Self-Harm’

Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown Is an Act of ‘Vast Self-Harm’

Over the past two months the military junta has continued to use the mechanisms for digital control put in place by Myanmar's previous regimes, escalating platform-blocking and digital censorship across Myanmar and initiating different combinations of mobile data and wireless broadband outages, including various overnight connectivity blackouts for 46 consecutive days.

Hackers Hosed by Google Were a Counterterrorism Operation

Hackers Hosed by Google Were a Counterterrorism Operation

In an attempt to cut down on the threat posed by browser-related attacks, companies like the internet infrastructure firm Cloudflare are developing a new generation of “browser isolation” tools that keep malicious code from running directly on your computer, while being faster and more usable than past iterations.

Intel Wants to Revive US Chipmaking—but It Has to Catch Up First

Intel Wants to Revive US Chipmaking—but It Has to Catch Up First

But at the same time, Intel said it would outsource production of some of its most advanced chips to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.“It's a pretty deep hole for Intel,” says Linley Gwennap, president of the Linley Group, a chip industry analyst firm.

Facebook's ‘Red Team X’ Hunts Bugs Beyond the Social Network's Walls

Facebook's ‘Red Team X’ Hunts Bugs Beyond the Social Network's Walls

"Covid for us was really an opportunity to take a step back and evaluate how we’re all working, how things are going, and what might be next for the red team," Ionescu says.

People Who Text While Walking Actually Do Ruin Everything

People Who Text While Walking Actually Do Ruin Everything

In a control experiment in which no one was distracted, the researchers observed a previously described phenomenon known as lane formation: As the two groups made contact, people arranged themselves in two or three columns.

Microdosing's Feel-Good Benefits Might Just Be Placebo Effect

Microdosing's Feel-Good Benefits Might Just Be Placebo Effect

After the month-long testing period, they found that all psychological outcomes had improved since the start of the experiment for those in the microdosing group, including “in the domains of well-being, mindfulness, life satisfaction, and paranoia.” However, the same was true for the placebo group—with no significant differences between the two.

Far-Right Platform Gab Has Been Hacked—Including Private Data

Far-Right Platform Gab Has Been Hacked—Including Private Data

DDoSecrets cofounder Emma Best says that the hacked data includes not only all of Gab's public posts and profiles—with the exception of any photos or videos uploaded to the site—but also private group and private individual account posts and messages, as well as user passwords and group passwords.

A Decades-Long Quest Reveals New Details of Antimatter

A Decades-Long Quest Reveals New Details of Antimatter

But whichever model is right, SeaQuest’s hard data about the proton’s inner antimatter will be immediately useful, especially for physicists who smash protons together at nearly light speed in Europe’s Large Hadron Collider.

The SolarWinds Body Count Now Includes NASA and the FAA

The SolarWinds Body Count Now Includes NASA and the FAA

Last week, TechCrunch found that Amber Group, the contractor that developed the platform, had an exposed Amazon Web Services cloud server that contained more than 70,000 negative Covid-19 test results and more than 425,000 immigration documents from travelers entering Jamaica.📩 The latest on tech, science, and more: Get our newsletters !How to remember a disaster without being shattered by it A trippy visualization charts the internet's growth since 1997 TV characters don’t have text history.

China Hijacked an NSA Hacking Tool in 2014—and Used It for Years

China Hijacked an NSA Hacking Tool in 2014—and Used It for Years

More than four years after a mysterious group of hackers known as the Shadow Brokers began wantonly leaking secret NSA hacking tools onto the internet, the question that debacle raised—whether any intelligence agency can prevent its "zero-day" stockpile from falling into the wrong hands —still haunts the security community.

Million-Year-Old DNA Rewrites Mammoths' Evolutionary Tree

Million-Year-Old DNA Rewrites Mammoths' Evolutionary Tree

DNA from three ancient molars, one likely to be over a million years old, has revealed that there is a ghost lineage of mammoths that interbred with distant relatives to produce the North American mammoth population.

A Second AI Researcher Says She Was Fired by Google

A Second AI Researcher Says She Was Fired by Google

On Friday, researcher Margaret Mitchell said she had been fired from the company’s AI lab, Google Brain, where she previously co-led a group working on ethical approaches to artificial intelligence.

We Need a Global Outbreak Investigation Team—Now

We Need a Global Outbreak Investigation Team—Now

The most significant detail the group added was its apparent dismissal of the controversial laboratory release hypothesis , which Ben Embarek called “extremely unlikely.” The declaration was a boost to Beijing’s version of events, which has peddled unsubstantiated claims that SARS-CoV-2 could have originated outside of China, and kicked off a new round of geopolitical bickering over who should shoulder the blame for Covid-19 becoming a global pandemic.

A Billion-Dollar Dark Web Crime Lord Calls It Quits

A Billion-Dollar Dark Web Crime Lord Calls It Quits

This week it disclosed that ransomware was recently added to its list of woes, as a hacker group claimed to have stolen internal documents as well as source code for its most popular games.

Sad QAnon Followers Are at a Precarious Pivot Point

Sad QAnon Followers Are at a Precarious Pivot Point

The QAnon conspiracy theory, spread in large part through social media, was recently supported by a majority of Republican voters.Research into similar groups tells us that, if QAnon followers are to leave the world of conspiracy theories, they need a dignity-preserving path forward.

The Lion, the Polygamist, and the Biofuel Scam

The Lion, the Polygamist, and the Biofuel Scam

At the time he met Dermen, he was living with Sally and their children in a cabin where, as he later said, “the heat didn’t work, the water didn’t work, and it had rats and snakes.” Dermen’s lifestyle looked mightily appealing.

Among Us Taps Into Our Obsession With Betrayal

Among Us Taps Into Our Obsession With Betrayal

In September, a small group of friends convinced me to join them in my first few rounds of Among Us. Developer Innersloth’s game had been virtually inescapable at that point, clogging up every newsfeed on all of my social media apps with fan art, memes, and jokes about the cute little space beans.

Update Your iPhone and iPad Now If You Haven't Recently

Update Your iPhone and iPad Now If You Haven't Recently

The DoJ this week took action against one of the many groups responsible for that scourge, arresting a Canadian man it alleges used Netwalker ransomware to shake down victims for a combined $27.6 million.

Fleeing WhatsApp for Better Privacy? Don't Turn to Telegram

Fleeing WhatsApp for Better Privacy? Don't Turn to Telegram

Mimoun, the founder of the digital security nonprofit Horizontal, asked the participants to list messaging platforms that they'd heard of or used, and they quickly rattled off Facebook Messenger , WhatsApp , Signal , and Telegram .

The Wilds Is Lost With Whip-Smart Teen Drama

The Wilds Is Lost With Whip-Smart Teen Drama

Like its spiritual predecessor Lost, The Wilds follows a group of apparent plane crash survivors struggling to stay alive on a deserted island full of secrets.But the castaways of The Wilds have something extra in common: They’re all teenage girls.

An Absurdly Basic Bug Let Anyone Grab All of Parler's Data

An Absurdly Basic Bug Let Anyone Grab All of Parler's Data

By Monday, rumors were circulating on Reddit and across social media that the mass disemboweling of Parler's data had been carried out by exploiting a security vulnerability in the site's two-factor authentication that allowed hackers to create "millions of accounts" with administrator privileges.

The Unsettling Truth About the ‘Mostly Harmless’ Hiker

The Unsettling Truth About the ‘Mostly Harmless’ Hiker

A WIRED reader sent a note to my tip line: The body of a hiker had been found in a tent in Florida in the summer of 2018, but scores of amateur detectives, and a few professional ones too, couldn’t figure out who he was.