Facebook's Latest Purchase Gets Inside Users' Heads—Literally

Facebook's Latest Purchase Gets Inside Users' Heads—Literally

The startup it purchased is CTRL-Labs (pronounced “Control” labs), a four-year-old company that uses a mix of machine learning and neuroscience to allow people to manipulate computer interfaces simply by brainpower.“It captures your intention so you can share a photo with a friend using an imperceptible movement or just by, well, intending to,” says Facebook’s VP of AR/VR Andrew Bosworth in a statement about the company’s new toy.

Knives Made of Frozen Feces Are Kinda Crappy

Knives Made of Frozen Feces Are Kinda Crappy

That's the conclusion of a new study by experimental anthropologists at Kent State University, who fashioned their own blades out of frozen feces—for science!—and tested them on pig hide, muscle, and tendon under ideal conditions.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Unpacking Apple’s Big iPhone Launch Event

Gadget Lab Podcast: Unpacking Apple’s Big iPhone Launch Event

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A Molecule Designed By AI Exhibits 'Druglike' Qualities

A Molecule Designed By AI Exhibits 'Druglike' Qualities

The favorable results in cells and mice were a pleasant surprise; he’d expected the AI-generated molecules would require more tweaks and rounds of computations before they found one with potential.“It’s cool to see AI trained to think a little bit like how a medicinal chemist thinks,” says Adam Renslo, a professor of chemical biology at the University of California-San Francisco who also wasn’t involved in the research.

Gadget Lab Podcast: You’ve Got Microplastics

Gadget Lab Podcast: You’ve Got Microplastics

On this episode of the Gadget Lab podcast, WIRED science writer Matt Simon joins Mike, Lauren, and Arielle to talk about where microplastic comes from, how it gets into our bodies, and what, if anything, we can do about it.

Catch Rockets With a Helicopter? Yep, That's the Plan

Catch Rockets With a Helicopter? Yep, That's the Plan

Deel says the company plans to use HIAD technology and helicopter recovery to catch the powerful BE-4 engines from its next generation Vulcan Centaur rocket as soon as 2024.So far, SpaceX remains the only rocket company to have successfully recovered and reflown a booster from an orbital rocket.

8 Ways Overseas Drug Manufacturers Dupe the FDA

8 Ways Overseas Drug Manufacturers Dupe the FDA

At the plant’s quality-control laboratory, an investigator scrutinized the results of high-performance liquid chromatography tests, which measure the impurities in a drug sample and display them as a series of peaks in a record called a chromatogram.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Charting Our Robocar Future

Gadget Lab Podcast: Charting Our Robocar Future

This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED transportation writer Alex Davies joins Mike, Arielle, and Lauren to talk about why it’s so difficult to program a fully autonomous vehicle, and how the companies making them have adjusted to the challenge.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Why New York’s Revenge Porn Law is Flawed

Gadget Lab Podcast: Why New York’s Revenge Porn Law is Flawed

This week on the Gadget Lab podcast, WIRED’s Emma Grey Ellis joins Mike and Lauren to talk about what the law does, and what it still fails to address. Show Notes: Read Emma’s story about New York’s revenge porn law here .

Gadget Lab Podcast: Twitter’s Major Design Overhaul

Gadget Lab Podcast: Twitter’s Major Design Overhaul

Today on the Gadget Lab podcast, Arielle, Mike, and Lauren discuss the changes Twitter has made, and how the company continues to grapple with its ongoing existential crisis.

Former NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino’s Guide to Eating in Space

Former NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino’s Guide to Eating in Space

There’s an entire lab at the Johnson Space Center dedicated to the culinary arts, where NASA chefs—ahem, food tech­nologists —spend their days designing meals that strike the right balance between taste and nutrition.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Facebook's Libra and the Future of Money

Gadget Lab Podcast: Facebook's Libra and the Future of Money

On this episode of Gadget Lab, WIRED writer Gregory Barber explains the intricacies of Facebook’s ambitious plan and how Libra is poised to rattle the future of crypto.

Inside the Bulletproof Coffee Guy’s New Body-Hacking Gym

Inside the Bulletproof Coffee Guy’s New Body-Hacking Gym

About a week after I talk to Tobias and Asprey on the phone, I’m parking my 2007 Jeep Liberty among the hulking Mercedes G-Wagens at the Beverly Hilton for the sixth annual Biohacking Conference, hosted for the first time by Upgrade Labs.

This Neat Design Could Make a Plane’s Middle Seats Tolerable

This Neat Design Could Make a Plane’s Middle Seats Tolerable

The founder and CEO of Colorado-based Molon Labe, Scott is the designer of the S1 seat, which puts the middle seat two inches lower than the spots on either side, and pushes it back three inches.

How Remote Lakes Could Help Unravel the Mysteries of Microplastic

How Remote Lakes Could Help Unravel the Mysteries of Microplastic

The International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Experimental Lakes Area, or ELA, are testing grounds that allow researchers to isolate a pocket of water within a lake and add pollutants like hormones and flame retardants—and now potentially microplastics—and watch how the ecosystem responds.

Alphabet's Plan for Toronto Depends on Huge Amounts of Data

Alphabet's Plan for Toronto Depends on Huge Amounts of Data

On Monday, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs released more detailed plans for Toronto, the site of the Google sister company’s first attempt to bring its techified, digital-forward sensibility to a full-scale development project.

Telemedicine Makes It Safe to Get Abortion Drugs in the Mail

Telemedicine Makes It Safe to Get Abortion Drugs in the Mail

“We have six clinics providing the service in eight states, and one of them is Georgia. “And these also tend to be the most rural states with the fewest abortion providers.” Raymond’s TelAbortion work helps show that telemedicine is safe, and could provide support in lawsuits against that restriction.

How to Make a Less Toxic, More Sustainable Surfboard

How to Make a Less Toxic, More Sustainable Surfboard

Also on the show, the hosts cover the latest news about products from Amazon and Google, and also give a preview of what to expect from Apple’s WWDC developer conference that takes place next week.

California Lawmakers Move to Protect Gig-Economy Workers

California Lawmakers Move to Protect Gig-Economy Workers

The California Assembly passed legislation on Wednesday that could have a profound effect on hundreds of thousands of workers by requiring companies like Uber , Postmates, Amazon Flex, and others to recognize much of their workforce as employees entitled to labor protections and benefits.

A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture

A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture

Patel was the biochemist who led the development of blood tests for Theranos’s new device, which Beam knew only by its code name—“4S.” Patel let slip that his team was still developing its assays on lab plates on the bench.

This Crafty Robot Can Write in Languages It’s Never Seen Before

This Crafty Robot Can Write in Languages It’s Never Seen Before

Researchers at Brown University just got a robot to do something as linguistically improbable as it is beautiful: After training to hand-write Japanese characters, the robot then turned around and started to copy words in a slew of other languages it’d never written before, including Hindi, Greek, and English, just by looking at examples of that handwriting.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Samsung’s Innovation Dilemma

Gadget Lab Podcast: Samsung’s Innovation Dilemma

That’s what WIRED senior associate editor Arielle Pardes had the chance to ask Samsung’s David Eun this week at the Collision conference in Toronto. Lauren recommends this Ezra Klein podcast episode about work as identity and burnout as a lifestyle.

A Rocket Built by Students Reached Space for the First Time

A Rocket Built by Students Reached Space for the First Time

The USC team is one of several groups of college students across the United States and Europe that have been racing to send a rocket above the Kármán line, the imaginary boundary that separates Earth’s atmosphere and space.

Gadget Lab Podcast: YouTube’s Latest Makeup Drama, Explained

Gadget Lab Podcast: YouTube’s Latest Makeup Drama, Explained

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The Quest to Make a Bot That Can Smell as Well as a Dog

The Quest to Make a Bot That Can Smell as Well as a Dog

Over the past few years, Zhang has continued to tinker with the olfactory receptors he and Mershin use in their Nano-Nose. Mershin says these streams of data will help them select which receptors they need to put into the Nano-Nose.

How One Lab Builds Very Film-Like Smartphone Photo Filters

How One Lab Builds Very Film-Like Smartphone Photo Filters

We're measuring how film responds to light and making a physical model of that," says Zach Hodges, whose real-ish title at VSCO is "image science-ish."

Gadget Lab Podcast: Breaking Down Microsoft Build and Google I/O

Gadget Lab Podcast: Breaking Down Microsoft Build and Google I/O

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Genetically Tweaked Viruses Just Saved a Very Sick Teen

Genetically Tweaked Viruses Just Saved a Very Sick Teen

The girl, though, has been receiving a cocktail of three phages from Hatfull’s lab since June—including two that were genetically modified to better attack her bacteria. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation recently committed $100 million to better detect, prevent, and treat the chronic lung infections that often develop resistance as a result of antibiotic escalation.

Physicists Are Bewitched by Twisted Graphene's 'Magic Angle'

Physicists Are Bewitched by Twisted Graphene's 'Magic Angle'

Jarillo-Herrero has never been a slacker, but his activity has jumped several levels since his dramatic announcement in March 2018 that his lab at MIT had found superconductivity in twisted bilayer graphene—a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon crystal dropped on another one, and then rotated to leave the two layers slightly askew.

Adam Savage Tells Us How (and Why) He Makes Stuff

Adam Savage Tells Us How (and Why) He Makes Stuff

You might know Adam Savage as the co-host of the television show MythBusters , as the editor of , or as the host of countless web videos that show him building machines, sewing costumes for Comic-Con, and occasionally blowing something up in his San Francisco workshop.