The Political Promise of Carbon Taxes

The Political Promise of Carbon Taxes

In the past couple of years, some Republicans have broken ranks with their party to support a tax on carbon emissions —perhaps because the climate is becoming more salient with voters, perhaps as a foil to the more radical Green New Deal, or perhaps to, you know, do something to stop global warming .

Chloroquine May Fight Covid-19—and Silicon Valley’s Into It

Chloroquine May Fight Covid-19—and Silicon Valley’s Into It

A blockchain investor named James Todaro tweeted that an 85-year-old malaria drug called chloroquine was a potential treatment and preventative against the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

How to Clean Your Smartphone and Keyboard the Right Way

How to Clean Your Smartphone and Keyboard the Right Way

Anything that's soft and that won't scratch your phone will do, though Apple specifically recommends a camera lens cloth, if you want to follow its advice.Google says it's OK to use cleaning wipes on Pixel handsets, but use them sparingly, well away from the ports and buttons.

Inside SpinLaunch, the Space Industry’s Best Kept Secret

Inside SpinLaunch, the Space Industry’s Best Kept Secret

Across the street a retro McDonnell Douglas sign perches above the aerospace giant’s former factory, and just around the corner Virgin Orbit is developing air-launched rockets .It’s a fitting headquarters for SpinLaunch, a company breathing new life into the decades-old idea of using giant mechanical slings to hurl rockets into orbit.

Could You Bungee-Jump Using Only Magnets?

Could You Bungee-Jump Using Only Magnets?

That’s the premise behind this video of the supposed “first wireless bungee jump.” Let me be real clear: It’s a fake.As the cord stretches, it exerts an upward force on the jumper in the same direction that the ground would push.

Deepfake Porn Harms Adult Performers, Too

Deepfake Porn Harms Adult Performers, Too

Sex worker Sydney Leathers hasn’t come across any deepfakes based on her porn scenes, but she is intimately familiar with what it feels like to have her work used to harass and debase another woman.

Science Explains Why We Should All Work Shorter Hours in Winter

Science Explains Why We Should All Work Shorter Hours in Winter

If our body clocks are out of sync with our waking—and working—hours, shouldn’t we be tweaking our office hours to help improve our mood?“If our body clock is saying it wants us to wake up at 9:00, because it's a dark winter's day, but we're getting ourselves up at 7:00—then we are missing out on a complete sleep phase,” says Greg Murray, professor of psychology at Swinburne University, Australia.

Nature Deserves Legal Rights—and the Power to Fight Back

Nature Deserves Legal Rights—and the Power to Fight Back

One Ohio farm has sued to have the Lake Erie Bill of Rights struck down, claiming, among other things, that cities legally aren't allowed to create new types of felonies and that the bill reaches beyond Toledo's purview.

Disparity in Tech Jobs, Green Monday Deals, and More News

Disparity in Tech Jobs, Green Monday Deals, and More News

Disparity in tech jobs is still a thing, and holiday deals are in full swing, but first: a cartoon about how video conferences spiral out of control .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

Star Wars: The Complete WIRED Guide

Star Wars: The Complete WIRED Guide

A long time ago, in a small town far, far away, a young man named George Lucas had an idea for a story:A simple young farmboy gets a magic sword from an old wizard so he can defeat an evil knight, rescue a princess, and save the world.

The 8-Hour Workday Is a Counterproductive Lie

The 8-Hour Workday Is a Counterproductive Lie

Like most people writing hot takes and think pieces about productivity, I’m focusing on knowledge workers here—those of us who work at desks, mostly in front of computers, in offices or from home.

The Real ID Is Nearly Here, and You Can’t Fly Home Without It

The Real ID Is Nearly Here, and You Can’t Fly Home Without It

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation decried the Real ID as a subversive way to create a national ID, because the original plan called for creating a database of licenses across the 50 states.

How to Watch Mark Zuckerberg’s Libra Testimony in Congress

How to Watch Mark Zuckerberg’s Libra Testimony in Congress

But, unless grandstanding on other Facebook issues gets in the way, Wednesday’s hearing featuring Mark Zuckerberg at the House Financial Services Committee is mostly about Libra.What to Watch For. Zuckerberg’s defense starts with the company line on Libra so far, pitching the digital token as a tool for financial inclusion.

A Bug in Popular Android Phones Gives Hackers Full Control

A Bug in Popular Android Phones Gives Hackers Full Control

And we explained how the new Incognito Mode for Google Maps helps cover your tracks—and more importantly, all the ways in which it doesn't.For one thing, the affected devices are mostly older, although in many cases still widely in use.

Uncertainty Isn't Always a Problem—It Can Be the Solution

Uncertainty Isn't Always a Problem—It Can Be the Solution

We had eight suitcases plus carry-on bags, and were flying from Hartford to New York on TWA, connecting to a flight to Toronto on Air Canada.Not wanting to wait three days for a standby flight, we piled into a cab and headed to the Greyhound Terminal in downtown Manhattan.

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.

At Twitter, It Seems No One Can Hear the Screams

At Twitter, It Seems No One Can Hear the Screams

Should I delete my tweets ?If those ideas find their way onto the main platform, we might see a version of Twitter that's a little less about viral rage and a little more about talking to people you like.

Free Bus Rides in Salt Lake City Might Not Be So Far-Fetched

Free Bus Rides in Salt Lake City Might Not Be So Far-Fetched

If a leading candidate for mayor gets his way, residents of Salt Lake City may soon be able to drop their transit cards from their wallets, purses, and pockets, Former state senator Jim Dabakis wants to eliminate fares on the six-county Utah Transit Authority network of buses and light rail.

Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

Amazon is so new, and so dramatic in its speed and scale and aggression, that we can easily forget how many of the things it’s doing are actually very old. Amazon is systematically going through every branch of the idea tree around what retail is, and doing it without any pride.

What Is Blockchain? The Complete WIRED Guide

What Is Blockchain? The Complete WIRED Guide

Big financial services companies, including JP Morgan and the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, are experimenting with blockchains and blockchain-like technologies to improve the efficiency of trading stocks and other assets.

Google's Push to Close a Major Encrypted Web Loophole

Google's Push to Close a Major Encrypted Web Loophole

Which means that today, when you register a site through Google that uses ".app," ".dev," or ".page," that page and any you build off of it are automatically added to a list that all mainstream browsers, including Chrome, Safari, Edge, Firefox, and Opera, check when they're setting up encrypted web connections.

What to Do About CO2? Try Stuffing It Into the Gulf of Mexico

What to Do About CO2? Try Stuffing It Into the Gulf of Mexico

“These offshore CO2 storage facilities are probably a reasonable idea because the benefits of storing 1 million tons per year of carbon are larger than the effects of the leakage that may occur,” says Klaus Wallmann, professor of marine biogeochemistry at the GEOMAR Center for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany, and an author of the report.

Netflix's Rim of the World Shows Where Sci-Fi Is Headed

Netflix's Rim of the World Shows Where Sci-Fi Is Headed

If the movie Rim of the World , premiering on Netflix today, looks a little familiar to you, that's on purpose. Like, Rim of the World is the kind of perfectly fun mid-list movie that, as Stentz says, used to get made all the time.

Central Asia's Wild Soviet Architecture

Central Asia's Wild Soviet Architecture

Through their photos, Conte and Perego want to puncture the idea that there is a single, monolithic Soviet architectural style. Designed mostly by Moscow-trained architects, the buildings Conte and Perego photographed are all executed with a recognizably Soviet aesthetic, although many include touches inspired by local traditions.

The False Promise of “Lawful Access” to Private Data

The False Promise of “Lawful Access” to Private Data

Terrorists should not feel free to upload terrible images of slaughter, but neither should they be empowered to empty people’s bank accounts or to tap the phones of presidents and prime ministers.“But,” people say, “What if only legitimate requests can get into the protected communications?” Weaknesses in computer systems are discovered by attackers all the time.

An AI Pioneer Explains the Evolution of Neural Networks

An AI Pioneer Explains the Evolution of Neural Networks

Everybody says, “This is a smart idea, but we're not actually going to be able to design computers this way.” Explain why you persisted and why you were so confident that you had found something important. And on small data sets, other methods, like things called support vector machines worked a little bit better.

How to Build, and Keep Building, a Cathedral Like Notre-Dame

How to Build, and Keep Building, a Cathedral Like Notre-Dame

“There is a subtlety to heritage architecture that is quite elegant, and there is a danger with contemporary materials and methods that you could do something outrageous,” says Douglas Pritchard, an architect at Johns Hopkins University who has made detailed 3D scans of Cologne Cathedral, begun in 1284.

We Launched a Paywall. It Worked! Mostly.

We Launched a Paywall. It Worked! Mostly.

About half the stories are the kinds of pieces I would expect to lead to subscriptions: meaty features that got lots of traffic.

Brain-Machine Interfaces Could Give Us All Superpowers

Brain-Machine Interfaces Could Give Us All Superpowers

Taryn Southern, the co-director of the film, says she began thinking about the brain just as shows like Black Mirror and Westworld , which play on the relationship between humans and technology, began their ascendency.

Kickstarter Celebrates 10 Years of Funding Your Crazy Ideas

Kickstarter Celebrates 10 Years of Funding Your Crazy Ideas

To cover the travel and material expenses for such a project, they turned to the internet, where they found a few dozen strangers willing to fund their little scheme thanks to a brand-new platform called Kickstarter.