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.

6 Apps to Help You Trim Down Subscriptions—and Save Money

6 Apps to Help You Trim Down Subscriptions—and Save Money

Photograph: DoNotPay via David NieldGet the app set up on iOS, and it'll need connections to your banking and email accounts to start working its magic.

Archaeologists Have Found the Source of Stonehenge’s Boulders

Archaeologists Have Found the Source of Stonehenge’s Boulders

Since the 1500s, most Stonehenge scholars have assumed the 6- to 7-meter-tall, 20-metric-ton sarsen stones came from nearby Marlborough Downs, and a recent study by University of Brighton archaeologist David Nash and his colleagues has now confirmed that.

Archaeologists Have Found the Source of Stonehenge's Boulders

Archaeologists Have Found the Source of Stonehenge's Boulders

Since the 1500s, most Stonehenge scholars have assumed the 6- to 7-meter tall, 20-metric-ton sarsen stones came from nearby Marlborough Downs, and a recent study by University of Brighton archaeologist David Nash and his colleagues has now confirmed that.

To Navigate Risk In a Pandemic, You Need a Color-Coded Chart

To Navigate Risk In a Pandemic, You Need a Color-Coded Chart

Giving people permission to do things that seem likely to be safe was an important part of formulating the next guide to be published, which was drawn up by the Covid-19 Task Force of the Texas Medical Association and released July 8.

The Twitter Hack Could Have Been Much Worse—and Maybe Was

The Twitter Hack Could Have Been Much Worse—and Maybe Was

While the internal Twitter tool does not appear to let admins tweet on behalf of users, it does seemingly let them change the associated email account, which would make it relatively easy to take over a handle.

That Fresh Sea Breeze You Breathe May Be Laced With Microplastic

That Fresh Sea Breeze You Breathe May Be Laced With Microplastic

“That bubble actually acts as like a sponge for tiny particles like sea salt, viruses, bacteria, and—potentially—plastics, as it comes up through the water column,” says University of Strathclyde microplastic researcher Deonie Allen, co-lead on the new research.

Americans Are Split On Online Dating—but Swipe More Than Ever

Americans Are Split On Online Dating—but Swipe More Than Ever

“Fully 56% of LGB users say someone on a dating site or app has sent them a sexually explicit message or image they didn’t ask for, compared with about one-third of straight users,” the survey reports.

Even Ultra-Tough Water Bears May Be Vulnerable to Climate Change

Even Ultra-Tough Water Bears May Be Vulnerable to Climate Change

Courtesy of Ricardo NevesFor the desiccated water bears in the tun state, you could dial up the heat to an impressive 180.86 degrees F for an hour, and about half of them would survive.

The Physics Nobel Goes to the Big Bang and Exoplanets

The Physics Nobel Goes to the Big Bang and Exoplanets

This year’s award goes to a Canadian physicist, James Peebles, whose theoretical work underpins the current understanding of the universe’s beginnings, and to two Swiss astronomers, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, who discovered the first planet orbiting a Sun-like star .

An Electric Porsche, a Tesla Probe, and More Car News This Week

An Electric Porsche, a Tesla Probe, and More Car News This Week

Read all about the car , and about how its first-of-its-kind two-speed gearbox will help it move faster, right here .Sure, other things happened this week, too.

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.

Spider-Man: Far From Home Just Made Half a Billion Dollars

Spider-Man: Far From Home Just Made Half a Billion Dollars

No matter how good your Fourth of July was, we venture it wasn't as great as Peter Parker's holiday weekend. Spidey's latest flick, Spider-Man: Far From Home , brought in more than half a billion dollars globally in just a few days, netting the web-slinger the biggest six-day opening weekend ever for a movie released on Tuesday.

What Could Possibly Be Cooler Than RoboBee? RoboBee X-Wing

What Could Possibly Be Cooler Than RoboBee? RoboBee X-Wing

Now, though, RoboBee becomes RoboBee X-Wing, as Harvard researchers have added solar cells and an extra pair of wings, freeing the robot to blast off to a galaxy far, far away.

A Dying Scientist's Rogue Vaccine Trial

A Dying Scientist's Rogue Vaccine Trial

Halford confided to Fernandez that he’d secretly tested the vaccine in humans and that a participant named Carolyn had not experienced herpes outbreaks since the injections and had even stopped taking antiviral medications.

Prep for Your Toughest Races Like a Master Marathoner

Prep for Your Toughest Races Like a Master Marathoner

Personally, I’m thinking, “Hey, I won New York; I won a silver medal; you’re making a mistake.” And then I just said, you know what, I need to control my destiny here.

The Side Effects of Solar Geoengineering Could Be Minimal

The Side Effects of Solar Geoengineering Could Be Minimal

The Side Effects of Solar Geoengineering Could Be Minimal JPL/NASA It sounds like a drastic course of action: inject stuff high into Earth’s atmosphere to reflect a little sunlight and help counteract global warming.

What Is an Atmospheric River?

What Is an Atmospheric River?

Don’t know why it’s raining this way All this water and skies are so gray Pack an umbrella; wear some Gore-Tex You haven’t seen the worst of it yet I wanna knoooooow you won’t tell me This rain’s gonna stay Atmospheric river, drops on us the water Atmospheric river, pours even more water Washing us down, washing us down Has this song been stuck in the heads of every Californian for a month?

Inside the Creation of Zero's All-New Electric Motorcycle

Inside the Creation of Zero's All-New Electric Motorcycle

“This [new] generation allows us to create a gap again.” Rather than trying to disguise the SR/F as a conventional motorcycle, Zero's design team left the 14.4-kWh battery exposed, emphasizing the bike's electric nature.

Resilient housing joins the machine learning revolution

Resilient housing joins the machine learning revolution

Today, machine learning algorithms can detect over 100 types of cancerous tumors more reliably than a trained human eye. In Guatemala City, images and algorithms were used to locate “soft-story” buildings – buildings at least two stories high that have a structurally weak first floor.

Forage Wild Nuts for Your Holiday Feast

Forage Wild Nuts for Your Holiday Feast

Also called American filberts (Corylus americana), wild, native hazelnuts taste like the cultivated kind, but are half the size. They taste good, especially roasted, and they’re plentiful, usually producing an annual crop of nuts.