We Are The Caretakers Puts Afrofuturism Front and Center

We Are The Caretakers Puts Afrofuturism Front and Center

Scott Brodie, founder of Heart Shaped Games and lead developer on the game, told WIRED, “I look at Afrofuturism as a way to center stories around Black people and the broader diaspora and not being so Western-centric.

The Case for Launching an Easy Mode for Difficult Games

The Case for Launching an Easy Mode for Difficult Games

That’s not to say that the intention of the studio or developer doesn’t matter if they want to create a very difficult game—just that it’s one piece of a larger puzzle.

Underwater robot getting close-up look at Kaikōura Canyon

Underwater robot getting close-up look at Kaikōura Canyon

Voyage leader and NIWA marine geologist Dr Joshu Mountjoy says this is the first time this technology has been used to survey submarine canyons in New Zealand waters and information collected will lead to new understanding relevant to many of the world’s continental margins.

A Dangerous Year in America Enters Its Most Dangerous Month

A Dangerous Year in America Enters Its Most Dangerous Month

That was true even before Thursday night, when a virus that should have been easy to keep away from a responsible White House sidelined entire ranks of West Wing staff, senior Republican leaders, and hospitalized the president himself .Now, instead of a country focused on successfully defending and executing a rapidly approaching and logistically complex election, the United States is as splintered and distracted as it has been in modern history.

Robot Dogs Can Help Seniors Cope—Especially During Covid

Robot Dogs Can Help Seniors Cope—Especially During Covid

Joy for All’s Companion Pet comes in two varieties: the Golden Pup and the newly announced (but not yet for sale) Freckled Pup. Fischer notes that these robotic dogs “provide a similar type of warmth and love that real pets offer their owners, all without the mess or time-consuming responsibilities.” They have doglike fur, make realistic puppy sounds, and are somewhat responsive to people near them.

TikTok and the Evolution of Digital Blackface

TikTok and the Evolution of Digital Blackface

TikTok may very well be the future of the image.Sign up for our Longreads newsletter for the best features, ideas, and investigations from WIRED.And they're built, by design, on a kind of appropriation—the original lip-syncing app required users to mime existing audio.

NIWA mapping seafloor around Whakaari/White Island

NIWA mapping seafloor around Whakaari/White Island

NIWA scientists are heading to the waters around Whakaari/White Island in the Bay of Plenty next week to survey changes to the seafloor.No-one has collected water column imaging close to Whakaari so this is an incredible opportunity to discover new areas of volcanic activity.”.

Trials of Plasma From Recovered Covid-19 Patients Have Begun

Trials of Plasma From Recovered Covid-19 Patients Have Begun

Part of what the FDA approved was expanded access, so that places with a lot of blood donors could collect that plasma and send it to hospitals around the country—perhaps hundreds—where doctors want to use it on people who are just starting to decline from Covid-19, but before they need a ventilator.

Large freshwater find off Canterbury coast

Large freshwater find off Canterbury coast

NIWA marine geologist Dr Joshu Mountjoy says the discovery is one of the few times a significant offshore aquifer has been located around the world and may lead to a new freshwater resource for the region.

Pokémon Home Is Reuniting Joyful Fans With Long-Lost Squirtles

Pokémon Home Is Reuniting Joyful Fans With Long-Lost Squirtles

Marsteller was sure that her pocket monster menagerie was gone forever until Wednesday, when she signed up for Pokémon Home, a cloud service that consolidates Pokémon from a dozen games across several Nintendo consoles.

Now Entering Orbit: Tiny Lego-like Modular Satellites

Now Entering Orbit: Tiny Lego-like Modular Satellites

Excite was flung into space courtesy of a company called NovaWurks, which makes “satlets.” The suffix—like that of “piglets”—implies littleness, and indeed these 14 satlets are smaller than a standard piece of paper and only a few inches thick.

The New Port of Halo: Reach Is a Renaissance for the Series

The New Port of Halo: Reach Is a Renaissance for the Series

Placing this game here, and now, on PC feels like a Renaissance for it, and for the aging Halo series.Halo: Reach on PC contains one of my favorite settings to play with, which is almost exclusively found on PC games: field of view.

Electric Cars—and Irrationality—Just Might Save the Stick Shift

Electric Cars—and Irrationality—Just Might Save the Stick Shift

“In a world where everyone is talking about autonomous driving, I think what you’re seeing is, those people that can afford, and those people that have a passion for cars, want to go in the opposite direction,” says Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.

Methane seep research bubbling along

Methane seep research bubbling along

Dr Mountjoy says there is a significant underground gas source which is suspected of causing underwater landslides and may be related to deeper fluids in the subduction zone that can in turn influence earthquake behaviour.

Imagine the Views From This Italian-Designed Swiss Train

Imagine the Views From This Italian-Designed Swiss Train

But starting in December 2020, visitors to the Swiss Alps will be able to enjoy the best of both by taking a ride on the Goldenpass Express, in a panoramic train designed by Pininfarina .The Italian design firm is best known for its work in the automotive realm, collaborating most famously with Ferrari on the F40, Testarossa, GTO, Daytona, and more.

Radiohead Dropped 18 Hours of Unreleased Music to Screw Pirates

Radiohead Dropped 18 Hours of Unreleased Music to Screw Pirates

On Tuesday, Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood made an announcement on Twitter and Facebook: The band had been "hacked," and the perpetrator attempted a $150,000 shakedown to prevent the public release of the files.

NIWA mapping Whakatipu lake floor

NIWA mapping Whakatipu lake floor

For the first time the Whakatipu lake floor will be mapped to build a picture of the potential for local tsunami hazards in the future.

The NSA Makes Ghidra, a Powerful Cybersecurity Tool, Open Source

The NSA Makes Ghidra, a Powerful Cybersecurity Tool, Open Source

(Like other open source code, though, expect it to have some bugs.) Joyce also noted that the NSA views the release of Ghidra as a sort of recruiting strategy, making it easier for new hires to enter the NSA at a higher level, or for cleared contractors to lend their expertise without needing to first come up to speed on the tool.

Opportunity Rover Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Opportunity Rover Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

(They were, however, very poetic.) What Really Happened: A 15-year space mission finally came to an end last week when NASA announced that it had given up attempts to re-establish contact with Mars rover Opportunity after it fell silent last summer following a dust storm.

Tidy Up Your Cluttered Twitter Feed With This KonMari Tool

Tidy Up Your Cluttered Twitter Feed With This KonMari Tool

The tool asks: “Do the tweets still spark joy or feel important to you?” You get three options: keep following the account, unfollow it, or add the account to a Twitter list.

This Battery Breakthrough Could Change Everything

This Battery Breakthrough Could Change Everything

But earlier this month came news of a potential game changer, from no less a tech luminary than Bill Joy. A long-time investor in clean tech—for years he was involved in venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins’ ill-fated foray into “green” funding—Joy is now serving on the board of Ionic Materials , a battery-tech company in which he has invested.

CES 2019 Liveblog: The Gadget Future Is Here

CES 2019 Liveblog: The Gadget Future Is Here

You've made it to the fourth and final day of our CES 2019 liveblog. Switch It Up There's nothing particularly life changing about this Nintendo Switch Joy-Con charger by HyperX, except that it's built a lot sturdier and more thoughtfully than many Switch accessories.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Is a Massive Monument to Itself

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Is a Massive Monument to Itself

Ultimate Is a Massive Monument to ItselfThe latest in the fighting-game franchise is Nintendo doing what Nintendo does best—but at times its deference to history threatens to overwhelm it.NintendoThe greatest thing about the Super Smash Bros.

Kaikōura earthquake provides world-first insight into submarine canyons

Kaikōura earthquake provides world-first insight into submarine canyons

“This study unequivocally demonstrates that earthquake-triggered canyon flushing is the primary process that carves out submarine canyons and delivers coastal sediment to the deep ocean,” says NIWA marine geologist Dr Joshu Mountjoy.

Luxuriate in This Mechanic's Teardown of a 1974 Harley Davidson

Luxuriate in This Mechanic's Teardown of a 1974 Harley Davidson

Luxuriate in This Mechanic's Teardown of a 1974 Harley DavidsonIf you want to get to know something, tear it down.