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.

Depth of Field: Coco Gauff and the Future of Women's Tennis

Depth of Field: Coco Gauff and the Future of Women's Tennis

The US Open culminates Sunday—where Serena Williams again has a chance to seize tennis immortality—but the tournament's real crowning moment came last weekend, on Day 6, between Naomi Osaka, the No. 1 ranked women's player, and Cori "Coco" Gauff, a 15-year-old rising talent of unforgettable resolve.

Ask the Know-It-Alls: How Do Machines Learn?

Ask the Know-It-Alls: How Do Machines Learn?

Truth is, most times you hear the term artificial intelligence, the specific technology at work is called machine learning.Around 2012 , the small community still working on the neural network approach to machine learning showed groundbreaking new results on speech and image recognition.

Space Photos of the Week: Sun Spotting

Space Photos of the Week: Sun Spotting

Launched in 2018, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will take years to swoop into orbit around the Sun, but once it’s there, its main goal is to figure out exactly what drives the solar wind, the constant stream of highly charged particles that are spit out from the openings in the surface.

WIRED Takes a Good Hard Look at Dick Pics

WIRED Takes a Good Hard Look at Dick Pics

According to Cory Pedersen, a psychologist and human sexuality researcher at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, about 50 percent of the dick pic senders she interviewed had no qualms sending an unsolicited photo of their genitals.

You Can't Photoshop This Mountain

You Can't Photoshop This Mountain

Rather than limiting himself to any single time or place, he began making art that would transcend both, culminating in his series Cyano-Collage in 2015.Wu uses acrylic gel to paste the cyanotypes onto a huge canvas in his studio.

Depth of Field: The Charged Uncertainty at the Tijuana Border

Depth of Field: The Charged Uncertainty at the Tijuana Border

Difficult because of what the photo intones—a persecuted people in search of a new home that may not want them—but beautiful in the way it tells their story.

The #IceBae Meme Captures the Worst of 2019 So Far

The #IceBae Meme Captures the Worst of 2019 So Far

A Twitter account purporting to belong to Cervantes, which was created the same day as the original #IceBae tweet, has been engaging with these supporters, thanking them and saying she is "in awe" of the attention her photo is receiving.

Should You Wear White or Black on Hot Days? Here's the Data

Should You Wear White or Black on Hot Days? Here's the Data

Perhaps the question should be: Does white reflect MORE thermal radiation than black clothing (I'm equating thermal radiation and infrared light—same thing). The T-shirts (both the black and the white) have an emissivity very close to 1—they don't really reflect much infrared radiation.

Depth of Field: The Quiet Force of YouTuber Etika's Gaze

Depth of Field: The Quiet Force of YouTuber Etika's Gaze

Depth of Field: The Quiet Force of YouTuber Etika's Gaze. We will never know for certain what more Desmond Amofah wanted to communicate—this week, the body of the popular YouTube gamer was found in Manhattan's East River—but we can hazard a guess.

This Artist Makes Kinetic 'Mirrors' That Echo Your Movements

This Artist Makes Kinetic 'Mirrors' That Echo Your Movements

Each piece is kinetic; a sensor picks up the image of the viewer, and the screen moves to "reflect" the form of the person standing in front.

Tame Your Picture Overload With These Google Photos Hacks

Tame Your Picture Overload With These Google Photos Hacks

A Tour of How We clean stuff .The advanced features inside Google Photos leverage Google's computer-vision and machine-learning algorithms to automatically organize your photos, bridling the never-ending torrent of images like Kahleesi taming the Dothraki horde.

The Spooky Symmetry of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

The Spooky Symmetry of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

Depth of Field: The Spooky Symmetry of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. This week, nothing brought that notion to light more starkly than the image of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner standing, uniformly framed, in a window at Buckingham Palace.

Depth of Field: Game of Thrones Was Always Doomed to Disappoint

Depth of Field: Game of Thrones Was Always Doomed to Disappoint

The image of Sansa taking her throne suggests a curious proposition: What is the value in continuing to look on when we can't see much, when things don't quite make sense?. Game of Thrones Recap: The Endings We Choose to Believe.

Thermal images reveal heat levels in New Zealand’s glaciers

Thermal images reveal heat levels in New Zealand’s glaciers

The surface temperature of debris on the glacier was 21.6ᵒC when the photo was taken, while the surface temperatures of the lake and surrounding rock ranged from 3.5ᵒC to 30.2ᵒC [Image: Andrew Lorrey, NIWA].

What the College Scandal Shallowfakes Reveal About the Rich

What the College Scandal Shallowfakes Reveal About the Rich

Rick Singer, the concierge to the stars who pleaded guilty in March to money laundering and racketeering in a scheme to get rich children into luxury-brand colleges, used the software to graft the heads of teens onto the muscled bodies of elite athletes.

In Alabama, 'The Handmaid's Tale' Is a Haunting Metaphor

In Alabama, 'The Handmaid's Tale' Is a Haunting Metaphor

Pro-choice advocates wore the attire of women in Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale novel while protesting Alabama's new abortion ban bill. Protesters flooded the streets outside the Alabama State House in Montgomery as news of the bill began to spread. It moves like time.

Space Photos of the Week: Hot Hubble Time Machine

Space Photos of the Week: Hot Hubble Time Machine

But now, researchers have released a new image called the Hubble Legacy Field, and it’s more awesome than any other photo the telescope has ever taken. Light from these objects has been shooting across space since about 500 million years after the Big Bang and just recently hit Hubble’s camera.

Thinking of Buying a New Camera? Go Mirrorless

Thinking of Buying a New Camera? Go Mirrorless

I took a hands-on look at some of the best full-frame mirrorless cameras on the market—the Sony a7III, Canon EOS R, and the Nikon Z6—to help you understand the full benefits of the upgrade.

The Power of Sandra Bland's Cellphone Video

The Power of Sandra Bland's Cellphone Video

Depth of Field: The Power of Sandra Bland's Cell Phone Video. An image from the 39-second video Sandra Bland recorded with her cell phone in 2015.

Instagram Can Find Misleading Posts—but Won’t Take Them Down

Instagram Can Find Misleading Posts—but Won’t Take Them Down

The spokesperson said Facebook’s and Instagram’s approaches to misleading posts differ in part because Instagram lacks a re-share button and the content users see in their Instagram feeds comes solely from accounts they have chosen to follow, unlike on Facebook.

Artificial Intelligence May Not 'Hallucinate' After All

Artificial Intelligence May Not 'Hallucinate' After All

Louise Matsakis covers cybersecurity, internet law, and online culture for WIRED.Now, a leading group of researchers from MIT have found a different answer, in a paper that was presented earlier this week: adversarial examples only look like hallucinations to people .

The Perplexing Physics of Imaging a Black Hole

The Perplexing Physics of Imaging a Black Hole

This image shows the material around a super massive black hole in the center of a galaxy some 55 million light-years away. For the stuff around the black hole, it's not a visible light image.

Scientists Reveal the First Picture of a Black Hole

Scientists Reveal the First Picture of a Black Hole

The picture, taken over 5 days of observations in April 2017 using eight telescopes around the world by a collaboration known as the Event Horizon Telescope, depicts luminous gas swirling around a supermassive black hole at the center of M87, a galaxy 54 million light years away.

Space Photos of the Week: The Moon Needs Sunscreen

Space Photos of the Week: The Moon Needs Sunscreen

This region on Mars, called Mawrth Vallis, is of extreme interest to scientists who want to study the rich clays and minerals that exist on the Martian surface.

Inside the ‘Black Box’ of a Neural Network

Inside the ‘Black Box’ of a Neural Network

By inserting a postage-stamp image of a baseball, they found they could confuse the neural network into thinking a whale was a shark.

Space Photos of the Week: Magnetic Fields May Slow Star Births

Space Photos of the Week: Magnetic Fields May Slow Star Births

(Working in clear skies avoids the problem of images being blurred by clouds.) Recently, scientists have been using SOFIA’s new instrument called High-Resolution Airborne Wideband Camera-Plus, or HAWC, to study the Orion Nebula’s magnetic fields.

Space Photos of the Week: The Galaxy Next Door

Space Photos of the Week: The Galaxy Next Door

If you’re able to divert your eyes from the big show in the upper right, take a look at the object in the center of the image: That blue cloud is LHA 120-N 180B, likely an active star-forming region.

Space Photos of the Week: Look, Ma, No Selfie Stick!

Space Photos of the Week: Look, Ma, No Selfie Stick!

A new study funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation used the distribution of dark matter in young galaxies to better understand what could have been feeding these dense objects so early on.

Finding Lena, the Patron Saint of JPEGs

Finding Lena, the Patron Saint of JPEGs

Every morning, Lena Forsen wakes up beneath a brass-trimmed wooden mantel clock dedicated to “The First Lady of the Internet.” It was presented to her more than two decades ago by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, in recognition of the pivotal—and altogether unexpected—role she played in shaping the digital world as we know it.