The First Hurricane Relief Drone Was Ready to Fly—Then Dorian Hit

The First Hurricane Relief Drone Was Ready to Fly—Then Dorian Hit

As Hurricane Dorian whiplashed the Bahamas on September 1 with 185-mph winds, a drone with lifesaving potential was positioned at the Marsh Harbour airport on the island of Great Abaco.

Flirty or Friendzone? New AI Scans Your Texts for True Love

Flirty or Friendzone? New AI Scans Your Texts for True Love

"Based on the data, people who have romantic intent use the words 'night' and 'dream' a lot more," says Lee. Other apps have used similar models to juice up sales pitches, advise employees on messaging the boss, or generate context-specific email replies.

Shipping’s Great Fuel Switch Is Starting to Drive Up Freight Costs

Shipping’s Great Fuel Switch Is Starting to Drive Up Freight Costs

The cost of shipping commodities by sea surged to the highest in almost nine years as vessel owners start taking carriers off hire to prepare them for sweeping new fuel rules.

The Surprisingly Cozy Truths of Sleeping in Space

The Surprisingly Cozy Truths of Sleeping in Space

It’s a far cry from the spacious beds we have on Earth, but it’s still better than the shared sleeping compartment on the space shuttle, which Mike Massimino , a former NASA astronaut, describes as “a big slumber party.” The trick, Massimino says, was to remember to strap your sleeping bag to the wall so your body wouldn’t drift around during the night.

To Compete With Mattress Startups, Tempur Sealy Plugs Into Data

To Compete With Mattress Startups, Tempur Sealy Plugs Into Data

Murray, who admits to being a snorer himself, says Sleeptracker uses technology to help people in two ways: “through information, at a time when people are craving that, and by helping them to automatically sleep better when they’re in bed.” He hopes that it will earn the company a new cohort of snore-free, easy-sleeping customers.

Why Big Banks Could Soon Jump on the Quantum Bandwagon

Why Big Banks Could Soon Jump on the Quantum Bandwagon

The experiment was too simplistic to be useful for banks, but it’s a promising proof of concept; once bigger and smoother-running quantum computers are available, the researchers say, they hope to execute the algorithm faster than conventional machines.

Good News! It Just Got Easier for You to Suggest New Emoji

Good News! It Just Got Easier for You to Suggest New Emoji

Lee's group has been instrumental in helping people get emoji representation by guiding them through the daunting process of preparing a proposal for the Unicode Consortium. The new is meant to make the basic requirements more clear, and hopefully encourage more people to get involved in the emoji proposal process.

The Democratic Debates Will Be About Climate—Disguised as Other Issues

The Democratic Debates Will Be About Climate—Disguised as Other Issues

Don’t tell anyone, but Jay Inslee is going to get a presidential debate focused on climate change .Inslee, the governor of Washington state and one of two dozen candidates vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, has been agitating for such a single-topic debate for months.

BMW Steps Up E-Car Target to 700,000 by 2025 as Fines Loom

BMW Steps Up E-Car Target to 700,000 by 2025 as Fines Loom

BMW AG plans to increase sales of electric and plug-in hybrids by 30% every year until 2025 to help meet incoming stringent emission regulation in the European Union, prompting the carmaker to accelerate the rollout of battery models.

He Cyberstalked Teen Girls for Years—Then They Fought Back

He Cyberstalked Teen Girls for Years—Then They Fought Back

In the spring of 2012, after Moulton had been promoted to detective, a student from Belmont High walked into the police station and told Moulton that someone she hadn’t met and knew only as Seth Williams had been texting and hounding her for naked photos.

Inside the Crypto World's Biggest Scandal

Inside the Crypto World's Biggest Scandal

Arthur hadn’t thought it was such a bad idea; the intention was to make the foundation more nimble and efficient, and the Breitmans’ major concern about Gevers was that his responsibilities at Monetas would leave little time for Tezos Foundation work.

Why Electric Buses Haven't Taken Over the World—Yet

Why Electric Buses Haven't Taken Over the World—Yet

“You look across the electrification of cars, trucks—it’s buses that are leading this revolution,” says David Warren, the director of sustainable transportation at the bus manufacturer New Flyer.

Don’t See Yourself on Your Emoji Keyboard? She Can Help

Don’t See Yourself on Your Emoji Keyboard? She Can Help

Until then, Lee will be on Slack with her people and in the Unicode meetings with the bureaucrats, shepherding new emoji proposals through committee and onto keyboards.

Supporting Vietnam’s economic success through greener, cheaper, and more efficient trucking

Supporting Vietnam’s economic success through greener, cheaper, and more efficient trucking

The results of our analysis and associated policy recommendations have been compiled in a new report: Strengthening Vietnam’s Trucking Sector- Towards Lower Logistics Costs and Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Strengthening Vietnam’s Trucking Sector: Towards Lower Logistics Costs and Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

An ‘Insane’ Jeopardy! Run, How to Prep for 4/20, and More

An ‘Insane’ Jeopardy! Run, How to Prep for 4/20, and More

record-holder Ken Jennings has been waiting to be toppled, and soon he might actually be. legend Ken Jennings on James Holzhauer's record run: 'It's absolutely insane'. Last week, James Holzhauer set a new record on 'Jeopardy!'

You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep—and It’s Killing You

You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep—and It’s Killing You

After Walker’s talk, he was mobbed by acolytes in the conference center desperate to tell him how much his book—which covers the same topic as his TED talk—changed their lives, how they’d given up caffeine and alcohol and stopped feeling bad for leaving parties early to get sleep or refusing to look at work emails in bed.

How An Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar

How An Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar

From that foothold, it appeared, the hackers had spread through the power companies’ networks and eventually compromised a VPN the companies had used for remote access to their network—including the highly specialized industrial control software that gives operators remote command over equipment like circuit breakers.

Having Sleep Troubles? There's a Gadget for That

Having Sleep Troubles? There's a Gadget for That

Matteo Franceschetti began optimizing his life long before he started a tech company dedicated to sleep: heart rate monitored on an Apple Watch , a ketogenic diet, Peloton exercise bikes —one at home, one in the office.

Boeing's Grounded 737s Won't Cause Massive Flight Delays

Boeing's Grounded 737s Won't Cause Massive Flight Delays

That may sound like a lot of airplanes—but American Airlines alone operates almost 1,000 passenger jets. And unlike what happens when there is, say, a freak snowstorm or computer outage, most airlines should have time to reach out to customers scheduled to fly on the Boeing 737 MAX in the coming days and weeks.

Did Captain Marvel Save Stan Lee's Best Cameo for Last?

Did Captain Marvel Save Stan Lee's Best Cameo for Last?

Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images Long before he did one of his now-famous cameos in a Marvel movie, Stan Lee appeared as himself in a film about a bunch of slackers killing time in suburbia.

What Should Actually Win at the Oscars

What Should Actually Win at the Oscars

What Should Actually Win at the Oscars Alfonso Cuarón's Roma could have a big night at the Academy Awards on Sunday. But at a time when even big Oscar upsets are predictable, a few of these wins would say a lot about how the appreciation of movies is changing and evolving.

The Devastating Allure of Medical Miracles

The Devastating Allure of Medical Miracles

Dan Winters Eighteen months later, Sheila Advento, having become the fifth patient in Lee’s trial on September 18, 2010, woke groggily in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center recovery area to find her new hands.

In Pursuit of the Perfect Snooze, Casper Shifts to Gadgets

In Pursuit of the Perfect Snooze, Casper Shifts to Gadgets

It projects a warm, soft glow that gradually dims as you fall asleep, and then brightens like a sunrise when it's time to wake up. For Casper, the Glow is just the beginning of a new kind of multi-sensory sleep experience.

Meth, Murder, and Pirates: The Coder Who Became a Crime Boss

Meth, Murder, and Pirates: The Coder Who Became a Crime Boss

Rivera had picked up the Catherine Lee case after her husband contacted the NBI and requested that it look into her murder, the day after the body was discovered.

Angry Nerd: Smart Replies Make Us All Dumber

Angry Nerd: Smart Replies Make Us All Dumber

And it’s no Lee Israel—she’d balk at all the fast-­flying verbal inanities. I speak of Smart Reply, Google’s answer, in the form of a triad of autogenerated responses, to the problem of email. It’s always been Google’s internet; we’re just living in it.

VW’s Robo-Cars Get a Boost From Luminar’s Lidar

VW’s Robo-Cars Get a Boost From Luminar’s Lidar

Resolution is what lets the computer identify that obstacle as another vehicle, pedestrian, or cyclist.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to Self-Driving CarsSince this summer, AID has been running its Munich-based fleet of autonomous E-golfs (about a dozen strong, and soon to be replaced with Audi E-trons) with two roof-mounted forward-facing Luminar lidars.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Reveals the Hero's Future

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Reveals the Hero's Future

Into the Spider-Verse is that movie.Related StoriesAdam RogersStan Lee Unleashed the Heroic Power of the OutcastBrian RafterySpider-Man: Homecoming Is as Light and Powerful as Spidey's WebGraeme McMillanFinally, Miles Morales Will Get to Be a Big Screen Spider-ManSpearheaded by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo that managed to wring actual hilarity out of both 21 Jump Street and Legos, Into the Spider-Verse removes Peter Parker as the focus of the story and instead offers up Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore), the Afro-Latino teenager who became Spider-Man in the Marvel comics in 2011.

Stan Lee Unleashed the Heroic Power of the Outcast

Stan Lee Unleashed the Heroic Power of the Outcast

Lee didn’t invent the comic book superhero; that’s usually credited to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, a couple of Jewish kids from Cleveland who alchemized religious imagery, science fiction, and urban crime-busting into a hero who, rocketed to Earth as an infant, gained powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men to fight a never-ending battle for truth and justice.That was Superman, of course, who came first in 1938.

Tech’s New Harassment Policies Are Too Late for Some Women

Tech’s New Harassment Policies Are Too Late for Some Women

Lee also claimed gender discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation, interference, and wrongful termination.Even under Google’s new policy, announced a week after 20,000 Google employees walked out of work to protest the company’s handling of harassment cases, Lee would have been required to go to arbitration, rather than pursue a lawsuit, where claims can be resolved in public, often before a jury.

RIP Stan Lee, the Man Who Made Comics Cool

RIP Stan Lee, the Man Who Made Comics Cool

And they appealed to people who felt the same, even before Lee and the other Marvel creators published the first African American heroes, the first Asian-American heroes, and strong, leading-character women in numbers large enough to populate a dozen summer crossovers.As Marvel Comics grew in popularity and sophistication through the 1960s, Lee realized that his stories never had to end.