Covid-19's Toll on Prison Labor Doesn't Just Hurt Inmates

Covid-19's Toll on Prison Labor Doesn't Just Hurt Inmates

In at least 20 states, from Florida to Michigan to Texas to California, incarcerated workers are making hand sanitizer, face masks, and protective gowns at prison manufacturing facilities.Social distancing is hard in prison workplaces, and incarcerated people are unable to self-quarantine to avoid Covid-19 when they’re off the job.

Hurling Satellites Into Space Seems Crazy—but Might Just Work

Hurling Satellites Into Space Seems Crazy—but Might Just Work

Before I get to the calculations, let's look at the details of the system and the physics involved.

The World’s Most Traffic-Choked Cities, Ranked

The World’s Most Traffic-Choked Cities, Ranked

No easy trip, sure, but far quicker than most: Over the course of 2019, on average, congestion increased drive times by 71 percent.And that while Angelenos have the right to gripe about America’s worst traffic, the city’s 42 percent congestion level looks peachy compared to the megacities of India and southeast Asia.

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.

13 Great Deals on TVs, Games, Apple Watch, and More

13 Great Deals on TVs, Games, Apple Watch, and More

Read on for more discounts on some of our favorite gear.Photograph: Best Buy. TV Deals.LG 65-Inch 4K TV for $500 ($100 off): This extra-large TV is pretty basic, but a good deal given its size.

Big's Backyard Ultra and the Rise of Women Endurance Stars

Big's Backyard Ultra and the Rise of Women Endurance Stars

On Monday evening, Maggie Guterl and Will Hayward set out for the 60th time on a 4-mile loop through the hickory-covered hills of central Tennessee.It was dark and rainy on day three of the Big’s Backyard Ultra, a running race of fiendish design.

The Symmetry and Chaos of the World's Megacities

The Symmetry and Chaos of the World's Megacities

Even when shooting the more familiar cityscapes of Dubai, Hong Kong, or New York, Koopmans manages to create fresh-looking images by finding unique vantage points, often by scouting his locations on Google Earth.

Hurricane Dorian Science, a Vaping Mouse Experiment, and More News

Hurricane Dorian Science, a Vaping Mouse Experiment, and More News

The science behind Hurricane Dorian, why vaping is killing mice, and how a Bugatti became the first production car to surpass 300 miles per hour.That's the top speed of Bugatti's new Chiron, the first production car to top 300 mph .

Life at Huawei: Trains, European Design, and Lunch Naps

Life at Huawei: Trains, European Design, and Lunch Naps

On the surface, it wasn't: Huawei's new $1.4 billion Ox Horn production facility in Dongguan, where workers make smartphones and 5G equipment, looks more like medieval Europe than Silicon Valley. But at its core, the work culture at Huawei seemed the same to Frayer as at any massive tech company.

Facebook Bans Alex Jones, Other Extremists—but Not as Planned

Facebook Bans Alex Jones, Other Extremists—but Not as Planned

Alex Jones evaded an earlier Facebook ban through a network of unofficial sites sharing Infowars content. Jones and his allies were able to evade an earlier ban through a network of ostensibly unofficial pages sharing Infowars content.

John Legend Is Your New Google Assistant—Listen for Yourself

John Legend Is Your New Google Assistant—Listen for Yourself

DeepMind says blind listening tests found the new technology reduced the perceived gap between real and fake voices by more than half, compared with prior methods like synthesizing sentences piecemeal from a library of speech sounds.

The Stunning Loneliness of Megacities at Night

The Stunning Loneliness of Megacities at Night

Roufanis, who earned his undergraduate degree in civil engineering, came to believe that the way large metropolises like London are designed is partly responsible for why people feel so lonely in them.

The Insane Numbers Behind Cycling's Most Masochistic Race

The Insane Numbers Behind Cycling's Most Masochistic Race

"The whole point is to push your body and your mind to a place they've never been before," says Stevens, who recently visited WIRED's offices in San Francisco to give me a taste of what it's like to pedal one's ever-living brains out.

Watch Live as NASA's InSight Lander Descends to Mars

Watch Live as NASA's InSight Lander Descends to Mars

The 1500-pound robot will enter the planet's atmosphere around 12:00 PST in excess of 12,000 miles per hour, its protective aeroshell shielding it from heat-generating friction and treacherous sandstorms on its descent toward the Martian surface.

California Fire Survivors Brace for Debris-Filled Mudslides

California Fire Survivors Brace for Debris-Filled Mudslides

“Once it starts raining hard on a burn area, the things can get generated really fast, like five minutes,” says Kean.The debris flow can carry boulders and trees along with mud, making it more dangerous than a regular flood or a dry landslide.

Hurricane, Typhoon or Cyclone? Same Storm, Different Name

Hurricane, Typhoon or Cyclone? Same Storm, Different Name

This week, Southeast Asia and southern China are bracing for Super Typhoon Mangkhut.Cyclones in the Indian Ocean are classified according to two intensity scales depending on where they are, with names like “very intense tropical cyclone” and “super cyclonic storm.” Australia rates cyclones from categories 1 to 5.So why the three different words?