Scary Video Games Help Me Cope With My Fears About Reality

Scary Video Games Help Me Cope With My Fears About Reality

“What you’re often doing in exposure therapy is watching yourself watch the world, because most of us, when we’re feeling anxious, only attend to threatening cues in our environment,” Isabel Granic, director of Games for Emotional & Mental Health Lab at Radboud University, tells me.

Despite Union Setback, Amazon Workers Fight for Dignity

Despite Union Setback, Amazon Workers Fight for Dignity

It wasn’t exactly political sabotage, says Alessandro Delfanti, a University of Toronto communications professor who heard the story while interviewing warehouse workers for a book about Amazon.

Variant Hunters Race to Find New Strains Where Testing Lags

Variant Hunters Race to Find New Strains Where Testing Lags

Even during the pandemic, the country, a hub for the oil industry, had seen plenty of passengers from Europe and South Africa, where two concerning variants of the virus that causes Covid-19 hold sway.

Who Won Amazon’s Union Election in Bessemer? The Results Could Take Time

Who Won Amazon’s Union Election in Bessemer? The Results Could Take Time

In an election that saw an unmarked ballot box of mysterious origin appear on company grounds, a website spread misleading information about dues-paying, and the timing change on a traffic light where organizers talked to workers, some observers believe the RWDSU has ample grist for a ULP charge or three against Amazon.

A New Snapshot of a Black Hole Reveals Its Mysterious Physics

A New Snapshot of a Black Hole Reveals Its Mysterious Physics

Two years ago, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) made headlines with its announcement of the first direct image of a black hole.Now the EHT collaboration is back with another groundbreaking result: a new image of the same black hole, this time showing how it looks in polarized light.

Scientists Finally Identify a Deadly Toxin That's Been Killing Birds

Scientists Finally Identify a Deadly Toxin That's Been Killing Birds

His team had Wilde send over a few samples of the colonized hydrilla leaves and they figured out a way to get the bacteria cultured in the lab.After waiting and waiting, Niedermeyer finally had enough bacteria to run an assay to see what toxins they were producing.

Covid Spilled From Animals to Humans. Now It’s Spilling Back

Covid Spilled From Animals to Humans. Now It’s Spilling Back

But within a few months, as the coronavirus spread rapidly through the world’s human population, it leapt from people back into an animal species: minks, being raised in confinement on fur farms.

How Far Should Humans Go to Help Species Adapt?

How Far Should Humans Go to Help Species Adapt?

Over the last several years, Moseby and her colleagues at Arid Recovery have experimented with two threatened marsupial species: the greater bilby, which looks like a small rabbit with a long nose, and the burrowing bettong, also known as the boodie, which has a squirrel-like face, skinny hind legs, and a long tail.

Hey, So These Sea Slugs Decapitate Themselves and Grow New Bodies

Hey, So These Sea Slugs Decapitate Themselves and Grow New Bodies

Imagine biologist Sayaka Mitoh’s surprise the day she found that a sea slug in her lab was suddenly missing its body.Somehow, they kept on living for days, and then weeks, even though the head was minus a heart and digestive system.

Border Disputes Threaten Climate Science in the Himalayas

Border Disputes Threaten Climate Science in the Himalayas

“Sometimes conflicts like that just make it harder for us to go and work,” says David Molden, former director general of the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), an intergovernmental institution based in Nepal that works with the eight countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region to protect its fragile ecosystem and tackle climate change.

Why France’s New Tech ‘Repairability Index’ Is a Big Deal

Why France’s New Tech ‘Repairability Index’ Is a Big Deal

Manufacturers selling these devices in France must give their products a score, or “repairability index,” based on a range of criteria, including how easy it is to take the product apart and the availability of spare parts and technical documents.

The UK Is the Latest Country to Tighten the Screws on Uber

The UK Is the Latest Country to Tighten the Screws on Uber

Lawmakers, jurists, labor unions, and organizers want the companies to treat their workers better, even as the companies remain unprofitable.“Over the past 12 months, there’s been a pendulum swing by the courts towards protecting worker rights in the gig economy,” says Ruwan Subasinghe, the legal director of the International Transport Workers’ Federation, which represents nearly 20 million workers in 150 countries.

WIRED's Bread Making Tips & Supplies Guide (2021): Yeast, Baking Accessories, and More

WIRED's Bread Making Tips & Supplies Guide (2021): Yeast, Baking Accessories, and More

The flour shortages that plagued us in the early months of the pandemic are probably over where you live, but it's worth hitting up local bakeries, pizza shops, or other bread-baking restaurants for their favorite flours.Photograph: Alex Lau/Conde Nast/Getty Images Now that you've got the ingredients and tools, find a great recipe and get to baking.

TV Characters Don’t Have Text History. This Is Not OK

TV Characters Don’t Have Text History. This Is Not OK

Emily, looking impossibly chic outside a real, bonafide café where people are actually eating croissants, gets a text from Doug, her brozo boyfriend back in Chicago.

How Did They Find the Secret Space Lab in Captain Marvel ?

How Did They Find the Secret Space Lab in Captain Marvel ?

You would need six coordinates to fully plot the state space for an orbiting object.So, it's pretty much impossible to know how the state vectors for an orbiting object will change over time.

Google’s New Union Is Already Addressing Political Issues

Google’s New Union Is Already Addressing Political Issues

“This model opens up a lot of possibilities, and it creates a dynamic where workers can leverage their power through an organization,” says Wes McEnany, the East Coast lead for CWA’s Campaign to Organize Digital Employees.

A Newfound Source of Cellular Order in the Chemistry of Life

A Newfound Source of Cellular Order in the Chemistry of Life

Recent experiments reveal that some proteins spontaneously gather into transient assemblies called condensates, in response to molecular forces that precisely balance transitions between the formation and dissolution of droplets inside the cell.

This Year I Found Pleasure in the Work of Looking

This Year I Found Pleasure in the Work of Looking

Today, our main access points to the people around us, and to the larger world, happen through screens—in the last 10 months, Zoom became the primary spillway for how we reconstructed IRL traditions digitally: birthdays, game nights, weddings, funerals, work meetings, therapy sessions, happy hours, group workouts, dance parties (and even sex parties ) took place through a fuzzy rectangular screen.

A Unique Alliance Could Help Warn Us of Toxic Algae

A Unique Alliance Could Help Warn Us of Toxic Algae

“The public didn’t know what the heck was going on,” says Vera Trainer, an oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who studies harmful algal blooms in the Pacific Northwest.Since then, toxic algal blooms that create domoic acid have continued to force the closure of state beaches.

Apple's App 'Privacy Labels' Are Here—and They're a Big Step Forward

Apple's App 'Privacy Labels' Are Here—and They're a Big Step Forward

And while providing data for the labels is now mandatory in the iOS and macOS App Stores, it's also the developer's job to provide factual information and revise it over time.

A Prominent AI Ethics Researcher Says Google Fired Her

A Prominent AI Ethics Researcher Says Google Fired Her

The paper discussed ethical issues raised by recent advances in AI technology that works with language , which Google has said is important to the future of its business .

Marissa Mayer’s Next Act Is Here

Marissa Mayer’s Next Act Is Here

She has chosen to make a better address book: an iPhone app for organizing your contacts, using AI.“It's crazy that we can have self-driving cars and global facial recognition, but still can't do simple things like remove duplicates in your contacts,” Mayer said, in an interview this week with WIRED.Word that Lumi Labs’ first product would focus on contacts was initially reported by The Information last July.

Social Media’s Dance With Donald Trump Is Getting Clumsier

Social Media’s Dance With Donald Trump Is Getting Clumsier

But it turns out that when Trump got into stuff that really violated policy—like Covid or election misinformation, or what might be interpreted as calls to violence—Facebook and Twitter began to place warning labels on his posts.

With $200 Million, Uber and Lyft Write Their Own Labor Law

With $200 Million, Uber and Lyft Write Their Own Labor Law

Fifty-eight percent of the state’s voters approved Proposition 22, which repudiated a recent state labor law that would have required the companies to hire their drivers and delivery people as employees—and pay them traditional benefits, including health care, sick pay, and workers’ compensation.

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.

Antarctic Glaciers Are Growing Unstable Above and Below Water

Antarctic Glaciers Are Growing Unstable Above and Below Water

Researchers operating special ship-mounted sonar gear found a series of 25-mile-wide channels in the seafloor that bring warm water to the base of the Thwaites and Pine Island Glaciers.Together, they revealed massive seafloor channels moving warm water to the base of the glacier.

How WeChat Censored the Coronavirus Pandemic

How WeChat Censored the Coronavirus Pandemic

Citizen Lab's latest report, published earlier this week, finds that between January and May this year, more than 2,000 keywords related to the pandemic were suppressed on the Chinese messaging platform WeChat, which has more than 1 billion users in the country.

Why Do Solar Farms Kill Birds? Call in the AI Bird Watcher

Why Do Solar Farms Kill Birds? Call in the AI Bird Watcher

So in 2013, a group of utilities, academics, and environmental organizations came together to form the Avian Solar Working Group to develop strategies to mitigate avian deaths at solar facilities around the US.“There was very little research about the impacts of solar on birds,” says Misti Sporer, the lead environmental scientist at Duke Energy, an electric utility in North Carolina, and member of the working group.

The Invasive Catfish That Walks Across Parking Lots

The Invasive Catfish That Walks Across Parking Lots

“Some might at first think that the walking catfish just wash out of the storm drain into the parking lot, but you never see peacock bass or other fish that live in drains,” Bressman says.

What Can Ants and Bees Teach Us About Containing Disease?

What Can Ants and Bees Teach Us About Containing Disease?

Given that she infects ant colonies with deadly pathogens and then studies how they respond, one might say that Nathalie Stroeymeyt, a senior lecturer in the school of biological sciences at the University of Bristol in the U.K., specializes in miniature pandemics.