CollegeHumor Helped Shape Online Comedy. What Went Wrong?

CollegeHumor Helped Shape Online Comedy. What Went Wrong?

The challenges faced by the online comedy ecosystem in the past decade are intertwined with the rise of social media, which fueled many outlets’ mainstream popularity but also ultimately complicated their existence.

ISIS Is Now Harder to Track Online—but That's Good News

ISIS Is Now Harder to Track Online—but That's Good News

Though you can still find many lingering rooms on Riot, the ISIS network as a whole looked elsewhere for a new home and quickly found one in TamTam, a messenger platform similar to Telegram (including a required phone number upon registering).

Police Shootings May Be Causing Black Infants Long-Term Harm

Police Shootings May Be Causing Black Infants Long-Term Harm

He focused on two markers of infant health—gestational age and birth weight—and compared them with the data on police shootings in California over the same nine-year period.White and Hispanic infants didn’t seem to be affected, and police shootings of unarmed victims of other races didn’t produce a strong effect either.

Iranian Americans Struggle to Reach Family Amid Internet Blackout

Iranian Americans Struggle to Reach Family Amid Internet Blackout

Mina is one of countless Iranians in the US who have tried to contact friends and family members in Iran amid a nationwide internet shutdown that has lasted six days so far.

The EPA's Anti-Science ‘Transparency’ Rule Has a Long History

The EPA's Anti-Science ‘Transparency’ Rule Has a Long History

Although Orme-Zavaleta has spent 38 years at the agency and is its top scientist, she isn’t reviewing the new rule and couldn’t answer many questions from the congressional panel.

Should Tech CEOs Go to Jail Over Data Misuse? Some Senators Say Yes

Should Tech CEOs Go to Jail Over Data Misuse? Some Senators Say Yes

As Mark Zuckerberg testified about all things Facebook on the House side of the Capitol last week, over on the Senate side some lawmakers were debating whether CEOs like Zuckerberg should face jail time if their companies misuse people’s personal data.“You know, my sense is that Mark Zuckerberg is not going to take American’s privacy seriously unless he and others in these positions face personal consequences,” senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) told WIRED in his Capitol Hill office.

4 College Admissions Essay Editing Services Reviewed

4 College Admissions Essay Editing Services Reviewed

The 150-plus members of the Coalition for College (which includes Harvard and Vanderbilt) requires a single 500-word essay selected from prompts such as "Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus.

How Meme Culture Changed the PSAT

How Meme Culture Changed the PSAT

The College Board has made it clear that it disapproves, sometimes posting stern messages warning test takers about the potential consequences and making frequent requests for students to delete tweets pertaining to the test.

Now It’s a Snap to Donate Your Old Lego Bricks

Now It’s a Snap to Donate Your Old Lego Bricks

Today, the Danish company announced Replay, a partnership venture with two nonprofits that will attempt to redistribute donated Lego pieces to classrooms and kids in need.The biggest challenge in the process, says Give Back Box founder Monika Wiela, will be sorting and cleaning all the pieces.

The Myth of Technophobia

The Myth of Technophobia

Written more than 2,300 years before the invention of the iPhone , Plato’s The Phaedrus includes what has become one of the most weaponized examples of reactionary techno-skepticism.

College, Calculus, and the Problem With the SAT

College, Calculus, and the Problem With the SAT

In his new book, The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us, Paul Tough explores this divide, and interrogates whether going to college has become a privilege of wealth and whether it can still lift people out of economic insecurity.

Concerning Consent, Chappelle, and Canceling Cancel Culture

Concerning Consent, Chappelle, and Canceling Cancel Culture

Antioch met the demand, and a sleepy Yellow Springs, Ohio, liberal arts school of 500 students became a national laughingstock.In 2004, Dave Chappelle released a sketch, “Love Contract,” whose subject was formalized consent policies like Antioch’s.

Winners of NIWA Wellington science fair

Winners of NIWA Wellington science fair

Top prizewinners: Blake Shepard, a Year 9 student from Rongotai College, won the $500 Royal Society of New Zealand Wellington Branch prize for the runner-up best overall exhibit with his project: “Is Cotton Rotten?”.

For Young Female Coders, Internship Interviews Can Be Toxic

For Young Female Coders, Internship Interviews Can Be Toxic

In interviews with WIRED, four Girls Who Code alumnae pursuing undergraduate degrees in computer science and one recent graduate described positive internship experiences including supportive work environments and mentorship from tech company executives, but also faced persistent messages that they did not belong and were not as suited to coding as men.

The Senate's Transportation Plan Reckons With Climate Change

The Senate's Transportation Plan Reckons With Climate Change

It would offer funding for electric vehicle charging stations, pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly street design , reducing diesel emissions in ports, infrastructure resilient to floods and heat waves , and more.

Security News This Week: Telegram Says China Is Behind DDoS

Security News This Week: Telegram Says China Is Behind DDoS

The secure messaging app Telegram was hit with a massive DDoS attack as protests erupted in Hong Kong this week. As protests erupted in the streets of Hong Kong this week, over a proposed law that would allow criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China, the secure messaging app Telegram was hit with a massive DDoS attack.

A Top Voting-Machine Firm Calls for Paper Ballots

A Top Voting-Machine Firm Calls for Paper Ballots

Legislation called the Secure Elections Act, cosponsored by senators James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) last year, aimed to shore up the nation's election security by providing states with new money to phase out paperless systems.

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 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.

What the College Scandal Shallowfakes Reveal About the Rich

What the College Scandal Shallowfakes Reveal About the Rich

Rick Singer, the concierge to the stars who pleaded guilty in March to money laundering and racketeering in a scheme to get rich children into luxury-brand colleges, used the software to graft the heads of teens onto the muscled bodies of elite athletes.

This Senator Wants to Ban Videogame Loot Boxes Aimed at Kids

This Senator Wants to Ban Videogame Loot Boxes Aimed at Kids

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) plans to introduce legislation targeted at videogames with pay-to-win and loot-box monetization mechanics. This week we have loot box legislation, labor walkouts, and the return of Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford.

Security Experts Unite Over the Right to Repair

Security Experts Unite Over the Right to Repair

Now, with right to repair legislation gaining traction across the country, a new nonprofit advocacy group called wants to push back against that kind of messaging, arguing instead that devices can be both easy to fix and secure.

Googlers Claim Retaliation, Samsung Delays Fold, and More News

Googlers Claim Retaliation, Samsung Delays Fold, and More News

Meanwhile, Google walkout organizers say they're facing retaliation from the company, a new Game of Thrones episode has come, and John Legend is putting Siri to shame. John Legend is your new Google Assistant.

John Legend Is Your New Google Assistant—Listen for Yourself

John Legend Is Your New Google Assistant—Listen for Yourself

DeepMind says blind listening tests found the new technology reduced the perceived gap between real and fake voices by more than half, compared with prior methods like synthesizing sentences piecemeal from a library of speech sounds.

House Endorses Net Neutrality, but the Outlook Remains Dim

House Endorses Net Neutrality, but the Outlook Remains Dim

"For two years, they [the Republican Party] could have brought their so-called version of light touch net neutrality to the body," Representative Mike Doyle (D-Pennsylvania), who introduced the bill approved Wednesday, said during the debate.

Facebook Rolls Out More Features for Dead People

Facebook Rolls Out More Features for Dead People

Facebook has to balance the interests of grieving loved ones with the privacy of someone who is now dead, says Alice Ely, a product manager at Facebook.“We have a hard stance against never allowing anybody to log into [someone else’s] account, but that’s exactly why we wanted to create a legacy contact to give [people] these controls to manage the profile after the person has passed away,” she explains.

Lego’s Break Dancing Robot, Best Email Apps, and More News

Lego’s Break Dancing Robot, Best Email Apps, and More News

Lego has introduced a new coding and robotics set called "Spike Prime" that will help kids gain valuable confidence in team building, STEM skills, and the power of persistence. The sets come with lesson plans for teachers, and kids can build anything from a breakdancing robot to a grasshopper-like racing module.

Lego's Newest Set Lets Kids Build Robots—and Confidence

Lego's Newest Set Lets Kids Build Robots—and Confidence

Think “robots with mohawks.” By contrast, the Spike Prime set aims for accessibility, opting for bright colors, friendly shapes, and drag-and-drop coding tools that gently nudge students towards learning.“We worked so hard on making it appealing to everybody, because we know that everybody will need this kind of skill in the future,” says Marianne Nytoft Bach, director of Lego’s secondary school team.

Utah Just Became a Leader in Digital Privacy

Utah Just Became a Leader in Digital Privacy

Rather than wait for court action, Utah legislators passed this latest privacy law, which requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant with probable cause in order to access any electronic data held by a third party, at least in most cases.

19 Great Deals on Cheap Earbuds, Apple Watches, and More

19 Great Deals on Cheap Earbuds, Apple Watches, and More

But if you're still lusting after Apple's fitness-focused wearable, we found a great deal on the Apple Watch Series 3 that almost puts it within the same price range ( almost ).