14 Apps and Tools to Stave Off Cabin Fever

14 Apps and Tools to Stave Off Cabin Fever

$13 a month (7-day free trial), Android and iOS.It's packed with curated music and spoken word tracks to help you take life a little more easily, as well as guided meditations of various durations so you can pick them out based on how much time you can spare.

Science voyage cut short for researchers, crew to be with family

Science voyage cut short for researchers, crew to be with family

While the ship could have remained at sea until its intended return, NIWA vessels manager Greg Foothead said the decision was made to bring the ship back early so those on board could be reunited with families in the nationwide lockdown.

‘Star Trek: Picard,’ Fancy Sheets, and the Meaning of Home

‘Star Trek: Picard,’ Fancy Sheets, and the Meaning of Home

Star Trek: Picard, the new reloading of the Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) universe, explores contemporary disasters—refugees denied havens, racist paranoia, travel bans, genocide—but, if I may, I’d like to land into this world on its soft furnishings.

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.

It's Time to Do the Things You Keep Putting Off. Here's How

It's Time to Do the Things You Keep Putting Off. Here's How

There are apps that offer to unsubscribe you from emails in bulk, but I’ve found the best way to tackle this is to just do it one-by-one.

YouTube Slashes Video Quality to Save Bandwidth

YouTube Slashes Video Quality to Save Bandwidth

Nokia's network analytics business Deepfield told WIRED earlier this month that it has seen internet traffic peaks at 20 percent to 40 percent higher than usual over the past four weeks in areas highly impacted by Covid-19.

With Kids Stuck at Home, Authors Bring Stories to Instagram

With Kids Stuck at Home, Authors Bring Stories to Instagram

Jeffers is a part of a small fleet of children’s book authors who have taken to Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube in the past few days to entertain and bridge the social distances for kids who are cooped up at home.

Space Photos of the Week: Earth Looks Peaceful From Up Here

Space Photos of the Week: Earth Looks Peaceful From Up Here

Humans saw the Earth from space for the first time in 1946 from a V-2 rocket, and subsequent images of the planet can make people feel a little, well, protective.Photograph: NASA/JPLEach of NASA’s Apollo missions had a shot list of photos to take, but this image, Earthrise, was not one of them.

What's a ‘Shelter in Place’ Order, and Who’s Affected?

What's a ‘Shelter in Place’ Order, and Who’s Affected?

Blaine County residents are ordered to stay home “unless they need to perform essential activities or go to work to provide essential business and government services.” The county says that individuals may go to grocery stores and gas stations, pick up food to go from restaurants, and recreate outside so long as they follow social distancing.

Go Ahead, Stream All You Want. The Internet Is Fine—for Now

Go Ahead, Stream All You Want. The Internet Is Fine—for Now

But early data shows that most US broadband providers, and many elsewhere, are standing up to the surge in internet traffic generated by the many people stuck at home amid the Covid-19 pandemic.Dane Jasper, CEO of the San Francisco area broadband provider Sonic, says the company has seen a traffic increase of around 25 percent.

Videogame Stores Risk Staying Open for Huge Animal Crossing Weekend

Videogame Stores Risk Staying Open for Huge Animal Crossing Weekend

Supply chains will be tested in the coming weeks and months, yet game distributors interviewed by WIRED said they’ve already received their shipments of Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Doom Eternal and are sending them out to stores.

A Travel Ban, Gig Economy Risks, and More Car News This Week

A Travel Ban, Gig Economy Risks, and More Car News This Week

For plenty of Americans, this week began with the regular, old commute to school or work, and ended with canceled semesters, robust “work from home policies,” fears about making rent next month, and canceled events—everything from weddings to concerts to—it hurts!—baseball’s opening day.

How to Upgrade Your Home Wi-Fi and Get Faster Internet

How to Upgrade Your Home Wi-Fi and Get Faster Internet

While a router upgrade doesn't make any difference to the speed of the internet coming into your home, it can certainly have an impact on the speeds and stability you see on your devices.

What Is a Quarantine?

What Is a Quarantine?

“I have grave doubts about that,” says Lawrence Gostin, director of Georgetown’s World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law. Yes, new cases have gone down in China, but they’ve also gone down in South Korea, which didn't lock down whole cities.

What's Social Distancing? Flattening the Curve? Your Covid-19 Questions, Answered.

What's Social Distancing? Flattening the Curve? Your Covid-19 Questions, Answered.

According to early research published in the New England Journal of Medicine that looked at more than 1,000 Wuhan residents who contracted the coronavirus, it’s not just older adults that are susceptible to severe illness; people with chronic health conditions are also at a higher risk.

The US’ Health Depends on How It Cares for Healthcare Workers

The US’ Health Depends on How It Cares for Healthcare Workers

The alternative to risking a maybe-avoidable loss of hospital staff is to put patients and the workers who treat them into infection-prevention gear.

Despite Coronavirus, Washington Isn't Worried About Its Primary

Despite Coronavirus, Washington Isn't Worried About Its Primary

An election plus a budding epidemic could be an equation for disaster: thousands of people crowded together in polling places, waiting in lines, touching the same door handles and voting machines—or, fearing the prospect of germs, bailing on the whole thing, driving down turnout.

Hate Birding Lists? Try A Yard List

Hate Birding Lists? Try A Yard List

It’s a list of all of the bird species you have seen from a very specific, small site, like your yard.More relaxed birders often keep a running list of new species seen in the yard.

Canceled Flights, New Waymo Sensors, and More Car News This Week

Canceled Flights, New Waymo Sensors, and More Car News This Week

As coronavirus worries spread throughout the country, we get it: Some of you won’t be moving at all.The share of incorrectly parked motor vehicles observed by a team of Cornell University researchers as they hung out in five major US cities for three days each.

The US Has a ‘Plan’ to Fight Coronavirus: You

The US Has a ‘Plan’ to Fight Coronavirus: You

For now, advice from public health officials at places like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still focuses on personal measures—the things you can do, yourself, to try to avoid getting infected.

SETI@Home Is Over. But the Search for Alien Life Continues

[email protected] Is Over. But the Search for Alien Life Continues

[email protected] quickly grew into what its collaborator, the nonprofit Planetary Society, has called its “most successful public participation project ever undertaken.” As WIRED reported in 2000, within months of [email protected]’s launch, more than 2.6 million people in 226 countries were volunteering their spare processing power to parse the mounds of data generated by alien-hunting radio telescopes.

How to Work From Home Without Losing Your Mind

How to Work From Home Without Losing Your Mind

Companies like Twitter and Square—which share Jack Dorsey as CEO—have now taken the next logical step of asking employees to work from home whenever possible, and more could potentially follow their lead.

A Fast Walker Gets Stuck in the Slow Lane

A Fast Walker Gets Stuck in the Slow Lane

Life was too slow back home, and walking like a native New Yorker—briskly, with confidence—was something I was going to have to do if I was going to fit in.In those first weeks, I wasn’t walking enough to nudge the bar graph in the Health app up anywhere close to a mile.

How the Pink Princess and the Pink Congo Scam Flourished Online

How the Pink Princess and the Pink Congo Scam Flourished Online

Plant enthusiasts like Nguyen will pay hundreds of dollars for a single pink princess, and wait lists from growers can form months in advance.The pink congo is not a variegated plant, like the striking pink princess philodendron, but a Cinderella plant—one that would return to an ordinary philodendron in a matter of time.

Wildfire Photographs Are Constant Reminders of Chaos

Wildfire Photographs Are Constant Reminders of Chaos

“They’ll say, ‘Oh I thought it was wrapping up and suddenly the wind shifted and three hours later it’s burning 500,000 acres,’” McCulloh says.

The Stranger Things Season 4 Trailer Is Full of Surprises

The Stranger Things Season 4 Trailer Is Full of Surprises

Today might be a holiday in the US, but that doesn't mean there's not plenty of news to get through, including some updates on Stranger Things and The Batman.Here’s the First Stranger Things Season 4 Trailer.

What Is the Internet of Things? A WIRED Guide

What Is the Internet of Things? A WIRED Guide

Amazon introduces the Echo speaker, along with the Alexa voice assistant—a new way to control the smart home.Apple had introduced Siri, its own voice assistant, four years prior—but Siri lived on your phone, while Alexa lived inside the speaker and could control all of the “smart” devices in your house.

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.

Maps Are Biased Against Animals

Maps Are Biased Against Animals

Many complex nonhuman animal societies are concentrated in biological hotspots like the Serengeti.Humans are not knowledgeable or sophisticated enough to depict every individual creature on our maps, but surely we can display the animal habitats of which we are aware.

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.