A Fungus Could Wipe Out the Banana Forever

A Fungus Could Wipe Out the Banana Forever

Now 99 percent of all exported bananas are Cavendish—with almost all of them grown in Latin America.“What we’re having is an almost apocalyptic scenario where we’ll probably lose Cavendish as well,” says Sarah Gurr, Exeter University’s chair in food security.

Alt-Meat Trounces Animal Meat's Massive Inefficiencies

Alt-Meat Trounces Animal Meat's Massive Inefficiencies

Compare this years-long lead time with that for plant-based or clean meat , where a manufacturing facility can have finished product rolling off the line in hours or days.

When Influencers Switch Platforms—and Bare It All

When Influencers Switch Platforms—and Bare It All

Last year, he decided to develop his own platform, JustFor. Fans, which includes features like a store where creators can hawk merchandise, personalized phone numbers to text with followers, and the ability to sell videos (which OnlyFans now offers too).

A Tax Credit Fueled the Solar Energy Boom. Now It's in Limbo

A Tax Credit Fueled the Solar Energy Boom. Now It's in Limbo

But some experts now argue that this subsidy is not the most effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change—arguably the main reason for investing in renewable energy in the first place. Fenster says there is still good reason to support an investment tax credit for solar energy rather than a production credit.

Big Tech Needs to Use Hazardous Materials Warnings

Big Tech Needs to Use Hazardous Materials Warnings

Material Safety Data Sheets, the chemical equivalent of technology user terms and conditions, have offered descriptions of those hazards since the early 1900s. Even if users don’t read the safety data sheet, they are greeted by this bright, unavoidable summary of material hazards every time they look at the container.

Want to Know the Real Future of AR/VR? Ask Their Devs

Want to Know the Real Future of AR/VR? Ask Their Devs

"Our main goal is to get a sense of the temperature of the industry, which spans from hobbyists and students to professionals working on big-budget projects," says Alex Wawro, an editor at XRDC and Gamasutra who has been involved with the annual survey since it began in 2016.While the pool of respondents is larger this year than ever before, the status quo remains unchanged in some ways.

A Voracious Vineyard-Killer, Apple's Siri Snoopers, and More News

A Voracious Vineyard-Killer, Apple's Siri Snoopers, and More News

A Voracious Vineyard-Killer, Apple's Siri Snoopers, and More News. An invasive bug is destroying vineyards at an alarming rate, Apple contractors are listening to your Siri conver­sations, and we've got the earbuds for your next workout.

GM’s Cruise Rolls Back Its Target for Self-Driving Cars

GM’s Cruise Rolls Back Its Target for Self-Driving Cars

Cruise, the startup General Motors acquired to develop its self-driving car , will launch an autonomous taxi service on the gnarly, crowded streets of San Francisco, CEO Dan Ammann said Wednesday.

Why 'Moon Shot' Has No Place in the 21st Century

Why 'Moon Shot' Has No Place in the 21st Century

Like the original moon shot, these are big, hard problems that demand significant investments of time and money, along with innovative technology and thinking. The very term moon shot may not have originated with the Apollo missions, but in the Los Angeles Coliseum, in the 1950s.

No More Deals: San Francisco Considers Raising Taxes on Tech

No More Deals: San Francisco Considers Raising Taxes on Tech

“A lot of these problems have been exacerbated by the tech boom, from affordability and gentrification to homelessness and gridlock on our streets,” says Supervisor Gordon Mar, sponsor of the IPO tax proposal.

Seaweed as Sustainable Livelihood

Seaweed as Sustainable Livelihood

Photo © Kevin Arnold / TNC Our three-part Indonesia Guide: Coastal Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods through Seaweed Aquaculture in Indonesia provides information and recommendations for how seaweed buyers can increase the sustainability of their supply chains, conservation organizations can work within seaweed aquaculture for environmental and social gains, and farmers can improve their environmental and production practices.

Ransomware Hits Georgia Courts As Municipal Attacks Spread

Ransomware Hits Georgia Courts As Municipal Attacks Spread

And whether a local government is going to rebuild from an attack on its own or pay the ransom, money to respond comes from public funds or through a municipality's cybersecurity insurance.

Senators Try—Again—to Solve the Nuclear Waste Debacle

Senators Try—Again—to Solve the Nuclear Waste Debacle

Instead, spent fuel rods are sitting at 95 nuclear plants around the country in either “fuel pools,” where the waste cools down for a few years after the rods finish producing energy, or in special steel-and-concrete casks that sit above ground like nuclear garbage cans.

Subscriptions Are About to Swallow Gaming

Subscriptions Are About to Swallow Gaming

This trend was on full display at industry conference E3 last week, where developer Ubisoft revealed its UPlay Plus subscription, Google detailed its streaming Stadia platform , and Microsoft announced pricing for using Xbox Game Pass on a PC.

JD Power Says Korean Cars Beat US and Europe in Quality

JD Power Says Korean Cars Beat US and Europe in Quality

The change in fortunes rides largely on how automakers have handled two big technological trends: proliferating infotainment screens and advanced driver assistance features .Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.The ranking, based on the number of problems owners of new vehicles report in the first three months, puts Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury brand, in the number one spot, with 63 problems per 100 vehicles.

Female Representation in Videogames Isn't Getting Any Better

Female Representation in Videogames Isn't Getting Any Better

Of the 126 games we tallied from the E3 events held by Microsoft, Nintendo, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Square Enix, and EA, as well as the annual PC Gaming Show, a paltry six centered exclusively female protagonists, while almost five times as many, 28, centered male characters.

The Strange Mating Rituals of Self-Driving Car Companies

The Strange Mating Rituals of Self-Driving Car Companies

Even a few years ago, when General Motors acquired Cruise and Ford poured money into Argo, self-driving tech companies and more traditional automotive giants understood that they needed to work together to get passengers into robocars.

Google Leaks the Pixel 4 Itself—and It Won’t Matter a Bit

Google Leaks the Pixel 4 Itself—and It Won’t Matter a Bit

The point of a Pixel device has never been how it looks, but the features it packs in.“What they’re doing is leaking a design,” says Tuong Nguyen, a tech industry analyst for the research firm Gartner.

The Future of 'Destiny 2' Looks Pretty Swell

The Future of 'Destiny 2' Looks Pretty Swell

Earlier this week, Bungie ran a stream detailing the future of Destiny 2 and revealing the first major moves of the game and the company since they both split from Activision a few months back.

Black Mirror Isn't Surprising Anymore. We're Screwed

Black Mirror Isn't Surprising Anymore. We're Screwed

When you first lay eyes on Billy Bauer, it's more than 40 minutes into "Smithereens," the first episode of Black Mirror 's new season. Most seasons of Black Mirror have, if not an outright clunker, at least one episode that falls short.

New York's Privacy Bill Is Even Bolder Than California's

New York's Privacy Bill Is Even Bolder Than California's

“The NY Privacy Act, in its current form, is unworkable for businesses that want to comply and fails to provide New York residents meaningful control over how their data is collected, used, and protected,” said John Olsen, a director for the Internet Association, which represents the likes of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Another Ripple From the Huawei Ban: Scientific Peer Review

Another Ripple From the Huawei Ban: Scientific Peer Review

But this week the Chinese technology news publication Pandaily published an email sent by IEEE to the editors of its publications, instructing them to stop using Huawei employees as peer reviewers for articles they're considering for publication.

Why Women Are Called 'Influencers' and Men 'Creators'

Why Women Are Called 'Influencers' and Men 'Creators'

While at a streaming and gaming conference, Crystal Abidin, a digital anthropologist studying internet celebrity, and a few other women presenters referred to people who think of themselves as "gamers" as "influencers" or "internet celebrities.

The Military Is Locked in a Power Struggle With Wind Farms

The Military Is Locked in a Power Struggle With Wind Farms

“The greatest threat to the viability of military facilities in eastern North Carolina is not wind farms, it’s the encroachment of houses and homes on the training area,” Castellaw says.

How Tech Companies Are Shaping the Rules Governing AI

How Tech Companies Are Shaping the Rules Governing AI

Tom Simonite covers artificial intelligence for WIRED.One of the 52 experts who worked on the guidelines argues that foundation is flawed—thanks to the tech industry. Benkler says the program is an example of how the tech industry is becoming too influential over how society governs and scrutinizes the effects of AI.

SpaceX Is Banking on Satellite Internet. Maybe It Shouldn't

SpaceX Is Banking on Satellite Internet. Maybe It Shouldn't

As a satellite internet operator, one of SpaceX’s biggest challenges will be differentiating itself from other broadband constellations that will be operating in low Earth orbit, says Roger Rusch, president of TelAstra, a consulting firm that advises investors in the satellite industry.

Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry

Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry

Being tall, white, enthusiastic, and good at computers, I’ve ended up the CEO of a software services company, working for various large enterprises to build their digital dreams—which you’d figure would be like being a kid in a candy store for me, sculpting software experiences all day until they ship to the web or into app stores.

New to Blockchain: Turning In-Game Virtual Goods into Assets

New to Blockchain: Turning In-Game Virtual Goods into Assets

The company also invested last year in Dapper Labs, the makers of CryptoKitties, which CEO Roham Gharegozlou says is focused on building new experiences for your cat, like racing games, directly on Ethereum.

Security Experts Unite Over the Right to Repair

Security Experts Unite Over the Right to Repair

Now, with right to repair legislation gaining traction across the country, a new nonprofit advocacy group called wants to push back against that kind of messaging, arguing instead that devices can be both easy to fix and secure.

Inside the Weird, and Booming, Industry of Online Influence

Inside the Weird, and Booming, Industry of Online Influence

The Federal Trade Commission says that if influencers have received money, gifts, or anything else that could affect how users view their mention of a brand or product, they should disclose it prominently in the post.

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