The Triumphant Return of the Good Small Phone

The Triumphant Return of the Good Small Phone

“With its amazing size, it fits in the palm of your hand,” said Apple vice-president of marketing Kaiann Drance in Tuesday’s promotional video.It’s even a good bit smaller than the iPhone SE—which has a 4.7 inch display.

Deformed Beaks: What We Know About An Alarming Bird Disease

Deformed Beaks: What We Know About An Alarming Bird Disease

Dr. Colleen Handel, Research Wildlife Biologist and founder of the Landbird Ecology Program at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Alaska Science Center, was the first to discover and connect prior curiosity and observations to these emerging deformities.

The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart

The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart

The September 21, 2019, game, which Stones was broadcasting to audiences via YouTube and Twitch , had attracted several top players to the casino's card room, a gaudily lit space done up like an Old West saloon.

CBP Seized OnePlus Buds as ‘Counterfeit’ AirPods. Now It's Doubling Down

CBP Seized OnePlus Buds as ‘Counterfeit’ AirPods. Now It's Doubling Down

“Upon examining the shipment in question, a CBP Import Specialist determined that the subject earbuds appeared to violate Apple’s configuration trademark,” the agency said in a statement shared with WIRED.

The Blurred Lines and Closed Loops of Google Search

The Blurred Lines and Closed Loops of Google Search

In May of this year, Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich sued Google under the state’s Consumer Fraud Act, alleging "widespread and systemic use of deceptive and unfair business practices to obtain information about the location of its users.” Even a privacy-focused Google software engineer didn’t understand how location controls worked, according to recently unsealed court documents from the case first reported by the Arizona Mirror.

Students do the science on COVID protection

Students do the science on COVID protection

As the world battles a deadly pandemic, New Zealand school students have been beavering away at science fair projects researching the effectiveness of our own COVID-19 protection measures.NIWA freshwater ecologist and science fair coordinator Tracey Burton says that there is a strong focus on COVID-19 related projects entered in the fair.

Want to Slow Down Time? Use a Really Slow Clock

Want to Slow Down Time? Use a Really Slow Clock

Now, Thrift is back with Moon, a clock that measures one lunar cycle with each revolution.Scott Thrift's new Moon clock indicates the current phase of the lunar cycle.“We already have timepieces that show us how to be on time,” Thrift says.

Whoooaaa Duuuuude: Why We Stretch Words in Tweets and Texts

Whoooaaa Duuuuude: Why We Stretch Words in Tweets and Texts

“That can convey basically anything, like ‘Duuuuude, that's awful,’” says University of Vermont applied mathematician Peter Sheridan Dodds, one of the study’s coauthors.Gray wrote a program that searched the data for stretched words, specifically looking for repeated letters.

What’s the Strange Ailment Affecting Kids With Covid-19?

What’s the Strange Ailment Affecting Kids With Covid-19?

Many of the cases have evoked a rare, but treatable, ailment called Kawasaki disease, an inflammatory illness that affects young children.Still, Burns says the cluster of cases is unusual—unprecedented, even, in her 30 years studying Kawasaki disease and other immune conditions in kids.

Let’s Say There’s a Covid-19 Vaccine—Who Gets It First?

Let’s Say There’s a Covid-19 Vaccine—Who Gets It First?

“It could be groups with underlying health conditions, or people who, because of the kind of work they’re doing, can’t avoid contact—like health care workers, police officers, grocery store workers,” Handel says.The vaccine against seasonal influenza, for example, isn’t as effective in older people.

Wildfires Already Threaten the West. Then Came Covid-19

Wildfires Already Threaten the West. Then Came Covid-19

“If you look at a fire engine going down the street, there's four personnel inside who technically are not socially distanced,” says Mike Mohler, deputy director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.

Delivery Companies Hand Out Safety Gear—With Mixed Results

Delivery Companies Hand Out Safety Gear—With Mixed Results

The grocery delivery company had pledged to outfit more than 100,000 of its shoppers with “health and safety kits,” each containing a reusable face mask, a forehead thermometer, and hand sanitizer.“The mask is a joke,” says Amy V., an Instacart worker who received her safety kit this week.

A Cheap Gaming Mouse Will Do Wonders for Your Wrist

A Cheap Gaming Mouse Will Do Wonders for Your Wrist

But gamers, willing to spend money on peripherals they feel will improve their performance, were buying things like mechanical keyboards and gaming mice .

These Ferrofluid Sculptures Will Melt Your Mind

These Ferrofluid Sculptures Will Melt Your Mind

As Mesplé pushed his experiments with ferrofluids further, he found himself wanting the stuff to jump distances, as it does by flowing into the Killing Time skull’s mouth.Like that one time Mesplé tested a particularly powerful magnet with a crescent wrench.

How to Clean and Disinfect Yourself, Your Home, and Your Stuff

How to Clean and Disinfect Yourself, Your Home, and Your Stuff

It might seem more productive to read our Coronavirus Gear and Supplies Guide and start filling your pantry with canned goods and essentials, but cleaning and sanitizing surfaces in your home can help lower the chances you or a loved one will contract Covid-19 and lower the chances you might spread it to someone else.

Amazon Sellers ‘Hijack’ Listings to Sell Face Masks Despite New Rules

Amazon Sellers ‘Hijack’ Listings to Sell Face Masks Despite New Rules

Last week, Amazon confirmed to CNBC that it would no longer accept new offers for face masks, hand sanitizer, and other products related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Covid-19 Can't Stop People From Looking for Love (or Hookups)

Covid-19 Can't Stop People From Looking for Love (or Hookups)

Stories about concerned and confused daters are everywhere, and people’s reactions to the outbreak range from seeking a hookup for the end of the world (and saying so in their dating app profiles) to instantly unmatching with people once they find out that their prospective mate has been on a plane recently.

The Invisible Lives of Hand Dryers

The Invisible Lives of Hand Dryers

Contentious and often seemingly ineffective, hand dryers have become a virtually invisible part of everyday life.“They’re something you rely on and expect, but don’t ever recall,” says English photographer Samuel Ryde.“I realized that the hand dryer represented the bar,” Ryde says.

The Coronavirus Could Put an End to Handshakes

The Coronavirus Could Put an End to Handshakes

In her joint research with anthropologist Neil Gerlach, Hamilton argues that we’re now living in an era of heightened disease awareness she calls ‘pandemic culture,’ and that it’s changing the way we hold ourselves in public and interact with each other in subtle ways.

Wash Your Hands—but Beware the Electric Hand Dryer

Wash Your Hands—but Beware the Electric Hand Dryer

There’s been understandable blowback from the hand-dryer industry, which notes that certain studies pegging hand dryers as disease vectors were carried out by researchers who had worked as consultants for paper-towel manufacturers.

A Deft Robotic Hand That’d Make Luke Skywalker Proud

A Deft Robotic Hand That’d Make Luke Skywalker Proud

Up until this point, researchers have succeeded in giving amputees control over robotic hands by measuring nerve activity in the residual limb.“Patients get this big ball of nerves called a neuroma,” says University of Michigan plastic surgeon Paul Cederna, who co-developed this new system.

AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet

AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet

And as the damage caused by climate change becomes more apparent, AI experts are increasingly troubled by those energy demands.“The concern is that machine-learning algorithms in general are consuming more and more energy, using more data, training for longer and longer,” says Sasha Luccioni, a postdoctoral researcher at Mila, an AI research institute in Canada.

404: The City Left Behind by China's Nuclear Ambitions

404: The City Left Behind by China's Nuclear Ambitions

But despite the humdrum, 404 wasn’t exactly boring: It was once part of a massive nuclear weapons base in the People’s Republic of China.Yang’s grandparents and parents moved there in 1958, leaving their home in Beijing to forge a new one on a windy frontier a thousand miles away.

Cybertruck Swag Has Flooded Amazon and Etsy

Cybertruck Swag Has Flooded Amazon and Etsy

It’s the same graffiti font used by many of the Cybertruck swag sellers on Amazon and Etsy, both of which forbid trademark infringement on their platforms but have sometimes struggled to remove it .

The Bizarre Aye-Aye Isn’t Giving Us the Finger After All

The Bizarre Aye-Aye Isn’t Giving Us the Finger After All

It would seem, then, that the aye-aye (so named because of its cries) wanders the forests of Madagascar giving the world the highly elongated finger .But now, a discovery that really ruins that gag: While exploring the anatomy of the aye-aye’s forearm and hand, a group of researchers discovered the critter has tiny pseudothumbs that likely help it grip branches.

Star Wars News: 'The Rise of Skywalker' Won't Retcon 'Last Jedi'

Star Wars News: 'The Rise of Skywalker' Won't Retcon 'Last Jedi'

With just a few months until the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and a couple of weeks until the debut of The Mandalorian on Disney+, there has clearly been an awakening in the Force.

Margaret Atwood's The Testaments Is Done With Handmaids

Margaret Atwood's The Testaments Is Done With Handmaids

It’s a shrewd move that allows Atwood to return to themes of subjugation, sexual crimes, and sisterhood without getting boxed in by her original protagonist Offred, the Handmaids, and all the protests and parodies stored within those red robes and white bonnets.

Nintendo Switch Lite: Our Hands-On First Impressions

Nintendo Switch Lite: Our Hands-On First Impressions

The standard Switch is a hybrid game console that can work as a handheld machine, or can be slid into a dock so you can play games on your TV screen.

PrEP Made HIV Prevention Easier—and It’s Getting Even Simpler

PrEP Made HIV Prevention Easier—and It’s Getting Even Simpler

Right now, men and women who want to protect themselves against HIV are advised to take PrEP in the form of a pill once every day.

The World Cup Was a Prime Target for Amazon Counterfeiters

The World Cup Was a Prime Target for Amazon Counterfeiters

And last summer, CBP caught four shipments of fake World Cup soccer jerseys headed to Texas that were worth an estimated $66,000.At least for now, Amazon likely can’t catch every sports-related knockoff that third-party sellers try to list on its site.