The Rumored Apple Car Is Bad News for Elon

The Rumored Apple Car Is Bad News for Elon

A few years ago, the company reportedly pulled back on an effort to develop an autonomous vehicle, but multiple sources are now reporting that Apple has put the project back in gear.

When the Grid Goes Down, Can a Fleet of Batteries Replace It?

When the Grid Goes Down, Can a Fleet of Batteries Replace It?

How many cars like Littlejohn’s would it take to replace the energy that was missing last week from the Texas power grid?

Sites Have a Sneaky New Way to Track You Across the Web

Sites Have a Sneaky New Way to Track You Across the Web

This week saw the first known appearance of malware written specifically for Apple's M1 processors , in inevitable but still somewhat concerning development, especially given how little time it took the bad guys to adjust to the new ARM-based architecture.

A New Vaccine, Protection Against Strains, and More Coronavirus News

A New Vaccine, Protection Against Strains, and More Coronavirus News

Oxford releases new data on vaccine efficacy against UK strain, Johnson & Johnson seeks FDA approval, and the US Senate passes a key resolution for coronavirus aid.The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine protects against the UK variant, while the FDA drafts new plans for dealing with mutations.

How Law Enforcement Gets Around Your Smartphone's Encryption

How Law Enforcement Gets Around Your Smartphone's Encryption

“It just really shocked me, because I came into this project thinking that these phones are really protecting user data well,” says Johns Hopkins cryptographer Matthew Green, who oversaw the research.

What a Victorian Disease Detective Proved About Urban Health

What a Victorian Disease Detective Proved About Urban Health

More than 150 years ago, a renowned physician named John Snow walked the gritty streets of London’s working-class Golden Square neighborhood, not far from his office in the city’s Soho district, knocking on the doors of residents felled by the cholera epidemic.

This Guy Is Taking Viewers Along for His Driverless Rides

This Guy Is Taking Viewers Along for His Driverless Rides

He says he has taken more than 60 driverless rides in the two months since Waymo opened driverless service up to the public.I watched three hours of videos of customers testing out Tesla's technology.

The Last of Us Is Getting a TV Show, Which Seems Redundant

The Last of Us Is Getting a TV Show, Which Seems Redundant

That, at least, is the case for one Valve employee, who, as explained by Rock Paper Shotgun, abuseD his power over the game DOTA 2 in order to, uh, ban someone who made him mad.

It's Hard to Escape Facebook's Vortex of Polarization

It's Hard to Escape Facebook's Vortex of Polarization

While there’s little evidence to support that Facebook is biased against conservative users, University of Virginia professors Brent Kitchens and Steven Johnson found that, by maximizing for engagement and attention, Facebook’s algorithms actively push conservatives toward more radical content than liberal users.

How to Build a Spacecraft to Save the World

How to Build a Spacecraft to Save the World

There are more than a thousand asteroids with diameters larger than Didymos and Dimorphos combined, and if any of those were to strike Earth, it could lead to mass extinction and the collapse of civilization.“Everyone knows it’s possible to hit an asteroid,” says Justin Atchison, a DART mission designer at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

My Country's Leader Got Covid, Too. It Sucked

My Country's Leader Got Covid, Too. It Sucked

Two days after morbid Sunday, Johnson was transferred to intensive care.His former communications director Will Walden assured the British public that Johnson was “far fitter than he looks.” Try not to become too much of a BMI know-it-all.

Who Did Trump Infect? Tracing His Contacts Is a Big Task

Who Did Trump Infect? Tracing His Contacts Is a Big Task

President Trump is isolating himself in the White House, having tested positive for the coronavirus last night.Emily Gurley, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, says the first step is to work out when Trump likely became infectious.

Peloton Is Betting You’ll Never Go Back to the Gym

Peloton Is Betting You’ll Never Go Back to the Gym

At one point John Mills and his wife, Erica, were members at three different gyms, where John could lift weights and Erica could take indoor cycling classes.Mills quickly figured out how to cast Peloton classes from the bike’s tablet to the playroom’s giant projector screen, using a native Android streaming option.

How Animal Activists Exposed the Brutality of Factory Farming

How Animal Activists Exposed the Brutality of Factory Farming

Last week’s episode of the Get WIRED podcast introduced listeners to Direct Action Everywhere—one of the most radical animal-rights organizations around—and the group’s leader, Wayne Hsiung.Sign up for our Podcasts newsletter and never miss an episode of Get WIRED, Gadget Lab, and Geek's Guide to the Galaxy.

Ever Seen Inside a Mummified Cat? Well Now You Have

Ever Seen Inside a Mummified Cat? Well Now You Have

“But then there's a resolution limit to that technology,” says Swansea University materials scientist Rich Johnston, lead author on the new paper.“You can't really make out features, you can't do accurate measurements” at human-scale resolution, Johnston says.

There's No Such Thing as Family Secrets in the Age of 23andMe

There's No Such Thing as Family Secrets in the Age of 23andMe

The clinic, Idant, had opened three years earlier, one of the country’s first commercial sperm banks.

The New Tenet Trailer Dropped in Fortnite

The New Tenet Trailer Dropped in Fortnite

In this special Memorial Day edition, we have a new Tenet trailer, Tyler Perry's "Camp Quarantine" (no, that's not a new TV show), and some good news.John Krasinski’s Some Good News Is Going to ViacomCBS.

The Legacy of Math Luminary John Conway, Lost to Covid-19

The Legacy of Math Luminary John Conway, Lost to Covid-19

In 1966, at McKay’s urging, Conway decided that he would discover the symmetry group of the Leech lattice, no matter how long it took.“He sort of shut himself up in this room and said goodbye to his wife, and was [planning] to work all day every day for a year,” said Richard Borcherds, a mathematician at the University of California, Berkeley, and a former student of Conway’s.

Most Kids Only Get Mildly Sick From Covid-19—but Not All

Most Kids Only Get Mildly Sick From Covid-19—but Not All

The study, released on March 4 by researchers at the Harbin Institute of Technology in Shenzhen and Johns Hopkins University, used Chinese CDC data on about 1,200 people exposed to Covid-19 patients to determine if the virus infected different age groups at different rates.

Trump Bans Travel From Europe—but Covid-19 Is Already Here

Trump Bans Travel From Europe—but Covid-19 Is Already Here

Now, some public health experts say they are skeptical that Trump’s European travel ban will contain the spread of the novel coronavirus here in the United States.

Katherine Johnson’s Math Will Steer NASA Back to the Moon

Katherine Johnson’s Math Will Steer NASA Back to the Moon

The retired NASA mathematician, who died Monday at the age of 101, calculated the trajectories of the agency’s first space missions, including John Glenn ’s 1962 spaceflight in which he became the first American to orbit the planet, and the first moon landing in 1969.

How a Hacker's Mom Broke Into a Prison—and the Warden's Computer

How a Hacker's Mom Broke Into a Prison—and the Warden's Computer

Normally, Strand embarks on these missions himself, or deploys one of his experienced colleagues at Black Hills Information Security.John Strand, Black Hills Information Security.

These Photos Bend Time and Space. Literally

These Photos Bend Time and Space. Literally

In 2005, multidisciplinary artist Jay Mark Johnson flew to Germany to purchase a very special, very expensive new gadget—a hand-made digital camera capable of capturing 360-degree panoramic images at resolutions as high as 500 megapixels.

Scientists Made a Nearly Invincible Lithium-Ion Battery

Scientists Made a Nearly Invincible Lithium-Ion Battery

Their reliance on toxic, flammable materials means the smallest defect can result in exploding gadgets .A team of researchers led by physicists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory believed a safer battery was possible, and for the past five years they have been developing a lithium-ion battery that’s seemingly immune to failure.

Rian Johnson to Star Wars Diversity Haters: 'Fuck 'Em'

Rian Johnson to Star Wars Diversity Haters: 'Fuck 'Em'

During a Q&A with actor Chris Evans following a screening of their new film Knives Out at the WIRED25 conference Saturday night in San Francisco, Johnson said that while he’s mostly had positive interactions with Star Wars fans, “if someone is responding to diversity negatively, fuck ‘em.”.

Is the Equal Sign Overrated? Mathematicians Hash It Out

Is the Equal Sign Overrated? Mathematicians Hash It Out

“I just think he felt this was the correct way to think about mathematics,” said Michael Hopkins, a mathematician at Harvard and Lurie’s graduate school adviser.

The Making of Doom Is Getting a TV Show

The Making of Doom Is Getting a TV Show

This time, we've got TV, reality and otherwise, publisher disputes, and Magic: the Gathering.The Creators of Several Sherlock Holmes Games Are Having Serious Publisher Troubles.A new mystery for fans of the old detective: Where have all the Sherlock Holmes games gone?

Depth of Field: The Movie Poster Brexit Deserves

Depth of Field: The Movie Poster Brexit Deserves

For me, the first parallel that shot to mind was the movie poster for John Woo’s 1997 identity-swap-thriller Face/Off .The beauty of MacDougall’s photo is its desire to furnish yet more room, even as memories and narratives stack up.

This Food-Delivery Robot Wants to Share the Bike Lane

This Food-Delivery Robot Wants to Share the Bike Lane

Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.Johnson-Roberson and Vasudevan, who jointly direct the University of Michigan and Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles, cofounded Refraction AI, the latest self-driving outfit to announce plans to change the way people and their things move about the planet.

The Clever Cryptography Behind Apple's 'Find My' Feature

The Clever Cryptography Behind Apple's 'Find My' Feature

In a background phone call with WIRED following that keynote, Apple broke down that privacy element, explaining how its "encrypted and anonymous" system avoids leaking your location data willy nilly, even as your devices broadcast a Bluetooth signal explicitly designed to let you track your device.