Oscars Woes for Netflix, Money for Yahoo Users, and More News

Oscars Woes for Netflix, Money for Yahoo Users, and More News

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Netflix Had a Disappointing Night at the Oscars

Netflix Had a Disappointing Night at the Oscars

No matter how great you feel, you’re likely not feeling any better than director Bong Joon Ho , whose movie Parasite won three Oscars last night, including Best Picture—the first foreign language film to win the award in the Academy’s 92-year history.

A Weekend at Concours d'Lemons, the World's Worst Car Show

A Weekend at Concours d'Lemons, the World's Worst Car Show

There are oddities like the Yugo–the worst car ever made–so poorly engineered it’s had more of a life as a punchline than a vehicle.If you like cars that never should have never been made, then Concours d’Lemons is a feast for your trash-loving eyes.

How American Politics Became a Meme Theater

How American Politics Became a Meme Theater

The positive consequence of the political meme ecosystem is that average people at least seem to be more civically engaged.The downside of the new meme-conscious political world, of course, is that facial expressions and stunts have become as important as substance and policy, if not more.

How to Levitate Objects With Sound (and Break Your Mind)

How to Levitate Objects With Sound (and Break Your Mind)

But at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, physicist Chris Benmore and his colleagues are levitating objects with an unlikely tool: sound.Beyond the entertainment value, acoustic levitation is helping Benmore and his team do science: They're suspending pharmaceuticals and watching how molecules interact, by pointing the most intense X-ray source in the western hemisphere at the acoustic levitator.

The Doomsday Clock Moves Closer Than Ever to Midnight

The Doomsday Clock Moves Closer Than Ever to Midnight

These weapons "will severely limit response times available to targeted nations and create a dangerous degree of ambiguity and uncertainty, at least in part because of their likely ability to carry either nuclear or conventional warheads," the board members noted.

Valve Swears Half-Life: Alyx Is Actually, Legitimately Done

Valve Swears Half-Life: Alyx Is Actually, Legitimately Done

So as the release date for the new VR experience Half-Life: Alyx approaches, and other high-profile games face delays , it's understandable fans might be worried.Every year, the Game Developers Conference releases a survey on the state of videogames, tabulating results from all across the industry.

Athletic Authorities Must Reckon With Racing Tech Again

Athletic Authorities Must Reckon With Racing Tech Again

World Athletics (then called the IAAF) was acting on the certainty that “running blades,” engineered specifically for running fast, could perform better than regular legs.

A Facebook Bug Exposed Anonymous Admins of Pages

A Facebook Bug Exposed Anonymous Admins of Pages

All software has flaws, and Facebook quickly pushed a fix for this one—but not before word got around on message boards like 4chan, where people posted screenshots that doxed the accounts behind prominent pages.

The Decade That YouTube Changed TV

The Decade That YouTube Changed TV

Taking over TV is quite the coup for a platform that got its start just 15 years ago above a pizzeria in San Mateo, California, and it’s not just late-night television that’s ceding territory to the big red play button.

The Firefox Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right Now

The Firefox Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right Now

Open the Firefox menu and choose Customize ; from there, you can drag and drop shortcuts to certain features—including edit tools, your browsing history, and private browsing—into the toolbar, so they're always available to you.

The Safari Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right now

The Safari Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right now

From the Safari menu, choose Preferences then Tabs , and then tick the checkbox labeled Show website icons in tabs to apply the change to the browser.

How Crime Scene Analysts Collect and Preserve Fingerprints

How Crime Scene Analysts Collect and Preserve Fingerprints

He demonstrated how to lift fingerprints off different surfaces, so they can be viewed under a microscope.“The first thing we want to consider is the surface itself,” Steiner says.Steiner uses a special white powder to gently dust fingerprints, making them visible to the human eye.

For All Mankind Imagines an Alternate History for NASA

For All Mankind Imagines an Alternate History for NASA

In the team’s most recent creation, For All Mankind, Moore and company introduce audiences to a new history of the space program: One where the Russians made it to the moon first; where Ted Kennedy cancelled his party on Chappaquiddick; and where national heroes like Buzz Aldrin and Wernher von Braun become people, wracked with their own insecurities, flaws, and humanity.

Review: What Fishing Books Can Be

Review: What Fishing Books Can Be

Fishing writer Chris Hunt takes one of the most well-known fishing destinations in the world, and covers it with new insights and approaches.Instead, he describes how he prepares for a new fishing situation, how he reads habitat, how he focuses during long days on the water.

Cosmic Triangles Open a Window to the Origin of Time

Cosmic Triangles Open a Window to the Origin of Time

One curious pattern cosmologists have known about for decades is that space is filled with correlated pairs of objects: pairs of hot spots seen in telescopes’ maps of the early universe; pairs of galaxies or of galaxy clusters or superclusters in the universe today; pairs found at all distances apart.

Los Angeles, 'Blade Runner,' and the Theory of Relativity

Los Angeles, 'Blade Runner,' and the Theory of Relativity

That’s called rotational frame-dragging—a massive object carries its past and future with it while it spins forward.The reason people say it doesn’t have any history is that its timeline gets pulled along, not entirely consensually, as the city bumbles into the future.

The Quest to Get Photos of the USSR's First Space Shuttle

The Quest to Get Photos of the USSR's First Space Shuttle

On November 15, 1988, the Soviet Union's first space shuttle, the Buran, blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in present-day Kazakhstan.After bedding down in sleeping bags inside the hangar for a few hours, Jonk and his three-man team spent the next two days exploring and photographing the two shuttles.

Trump’s Emissions Fight, Amazon’s EVs, and Other Car News This Week

Trump’s Emissions Fight, Amazon’s EVs, and Other Car News This Week

We imagine President Donald Trump whistled something similar this week, when he officially announced that his administration would strip the Golden State of the 50-year-old waiver allowing it to set its own auto emission rules.

The Myth of Technophobia

The Myth of Technophobia

Written more than 2,300 years before the invention of the iPhone , Plato’s The Phaedrus includes what has become one of the most weaponized examples of reactionary techno-skepticism.

BP Exits Alaska After 60 Years in $5.6 Billion Hilcorp Sale

BP Exits Alaska After 60 Years in $5.6 Billion Hilcorp Sale

The deal includes BP’s operating stake in Prudhoe Bay, the largest-producing oilfield in U.S. history, as well as all its Alaskan pipelines, London-based BP said Tuesday in a statement.

A History of Plans to Nuke Hurricanes (and Other Stuff Too)

A History of Plans to Nuke Hurricanes (and Other Stuff Too)

In those heady early years of the atomic age, many scientists imagined a world where humans could routinely use nuclear weapons to cleave the earth and remake its climate.

China Trade Spillover, LA’s Pollution by Block, and More News

China Trade Spillover, LA’s Pollution by Block, and More News

Worldwide spillover from US-China trade wars, block by block road emissions in LA, and America's history of wanting to nuke hurricanes.On Sunday, President Trump said he would use emergency powers to force private companies to relocate out of China.

Facebook’s New Privacy Feature Comes With a Loophole

Facebook’s New Privacy Feature Comes With a Loophole

Erin Egan, Facebook’s chief privacy officer, and David Baser, the director of product management, noted in a blog post that the new tool “could have some impact” on Facebook’s business, but that “giving people control over their data is more important.”.

Today's Cartoon: August 19, 2019

Today's Cartoon: August 19, 2019

Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology.And if that's still not enough, you can find all of WIRED's cartoons in one place, right here .Plus, sign up for the Daily newsletter and never miss the best of WIRED.

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

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

For the last four years, the 34-year-old has been building a functioning replica of the custom Hasselblad camera that Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong used on the moon.The cameras that Aldrin and Armstrong used were left on the moon, so Rise had to rely on archival NASA photos to understand the camera’s design.

How White Nationalists Have Co-Opted Fan Fiction

How White Nationalists Have Co-Opted Fan Fiction

Though white nationalist fantasies are loosely based on real events, modern elaborations are often authored by people with no actual connection to the original place or people, and their fairy tales can be self-propagating.

The Extinct Birds Project

The Extinct Birds Project

Artwork © Alberto Rey, The Extinct Birds Project Even in crowded museums, I can usually count on having the bird specimen displays to myself. Rey began pursuing the project in 2015, when he gazed at a drawer of extinct birds at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.

Mapping Conservation & History on the Kokoda Track

Mapping Conservation & History on the Kokoda Track

Eighty years later, a Nature Conservancy scientist is creating a 3-D map of the Kokoda Track to help both preserve the site’s military history and protect the surrounding forest’s biodiversity and watershed services.

These Ancient Peoples Smoked the Chronic at Funerals

These Ancient Peoples Smoked the Chronic at Funerals

Researchers analyzed ancient incense burners (known as braziers) from burial grounds at the so-called Jirzankal Cemetery, nearly 10,000 feet up in the mountains of Central Asia, and found residue that tested positive for cannabis .