The Science Museum Wants Their Plastic Samples. They Refused

The Science Museum Wants Their Plastic Samples. They Refused

When a curator from the Science Museum in London asked Deonie and Steve Allen whether they would like their work to be added to the museum’s permanent collection of artifacts, they jumped at the chance.

Content Creators are Re-Creating Homelessness in The Sims

Content Creators are Re-Creating Homelessness in The Sims

The challenge, which goes by the moniker of the “homeless” or “rags-to-riches” challenge, sees players dress their Sims characters so that they appear homeless and then set out to acquire 5,000 Simoleons—enough in-game currency to build a modest multiroom house—without any shelter or a job, according to the challenge’s community page.

Sleuths Read Old Booby-Trapped Letters Without Opening Them

Sleuths Read Old Booby-Trapped Letters Without Opening Them

Writing today in the journal Nature Communications, researchers describe how they used an advanced 3D imaging technique—originally designed to map the mineral content of teeth—to scan four old letters from the Brienne Collection to unfold them virtually, no tearing required.

Sick and Tired of Meal Prep? Let a Newsletter Decide for You

Sick and Tired of Meal Prep? Let a Newsletter Decide for You

Five Weeknight Dishes started in late 2018 as a newsletter run by Emily Weinstein, deputy food editor at The New York Times and editor of NYT Cooking.

The Zodiac Killer's Cipher Is Finally Cracked After 51 Years

The Zodiac Killer's Cipher Is Finally Cracked After 51 Years

In August 1969, following the murders of three of the five known victims, the Zodiac Killer sent three almost identical letters to three Bay Area newspapers.In November 1969, after killing the remaining two known victims, the Zodiac Killer sent a letter to The San Francisco Chronicle that included a new puzzle.

The Tenuous Promise of the Substack Dream

The Tenuous Promise of the Substack Dream

Substack CEO Chris Best tells me that while he’s not out to kill what’s left of big media, the ad-free newsletter model has advantages over what traditional journalism has become—a chase for clicks where “most people’s media diets get determined by social media,” he says.

Americans Took Prevagen for Years—as the FDA Questioned Its Safety

Americans Took Prevagen for Years—as the FDA Questioned Its Safety

While the existence of adverse event reports alone don’t prove a product is the cause, the nature and pattern of complaints about Prevagen worried FDA officials, according to agency records.

One Woman’s High-Touch Bid to Upend the Sex-Toy Industry

One Woman’s High-Touch Bid to Upend the Sex-Toy Industry

By the time she rolled back into Vegas nine months ago, with her truck of robot dildos on the Strip, DiCarlo was more than a CEO: She was a conference-hopping activist, an icon on a mission to erase the shame around women's sexuality.

Peak Newsletter? That Was 80 Years Ago

Peak Newsletter? That Was 80 Years Ago

If that sounds familiar, it's because we’ve lately seen the rise of staff-journalists-turned-newsletter-writers, such as Emily Atkin (formerly of The New Republic, now Heated), Judd Legum (formerly of ThinkProgress, now Popular Information ), and, most recently, Casey Newton (formerly of the Verge, now Platformer).

The Biblical Flood That Will Drown California

The Biblical Flood That Will Drown California

The cataclysm cut off telegraph communication with the East Coast, swamped the state’s new capital, and submerged the entire Central Valley under as much as 15 feet of water.

The Future of American Industry Depends on Open Source Tech

The Future of American Industry Depends on Open Source Tech

Open source is a technology development and distribution methodology, where the codebase and all development—from setting a roadmap to building new features, fixing bugs, and writing documentation—is done in public.

A Dogfight Renews Concerns About AI's Lethal Potential

A Dogfight Renews Concerns About AI's Lethal Potential

Supersmart algorithms won't take all the jobs, But they are learning faster than ever, doing everything from medical diagnostics to serving up ads.“The technology is developing much faster than the military-political discussion is going,” says Max Tegmark, a professor at MIT and cofounder of the Future of Life Institute, the organization behind the 2015 letter opposing AI weapons.

Decades-Old Email Flaws Could Let Attackers Mask Their Identities

Decades-Old Email Flaws Could Let Attackers Mask Their Identities

The study looked at the big three protocols used in email sender authentication—Sender Policy Framework (SPF), Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM), and Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC)—and found 18 instances of what the researchers call "evasion exploits."

Rite Aid Used Facial Recognition in Stores for Nearly a Decade

Rite Aid Used Facial Recognition in Stores for Nearly a Decade

There are still plenty of details outstanding about how they might have pulled it off, but court documents show how a trail of bitcoin and IP addresses led investigators to the alleged hackers .A Garmin ransomware hack disrupted more than just workouts during a days-long outage; security researchers see it as part of a troubling trend of "big game hunting" among ransomware groups .

Lockdown Has Taken Us From Internet Time to Groundhog Time

Lockdown Has Taken Us From Internet Time to Groundhog Time

For the past couple of decades, we’ve had a shorthand to describe the speed of our wacky wired world: internet time.In internet time, generations were measured not in human life spans but in years—and then months, and then weeks—as new ideas and disruptions pulsed into the digital mindstream.

The Covid-19 Newsletter That's by Doctors for Doctors

The Covid-19 Newsletter That's by Doctors for Doctors

When they’re not treating Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit, the eight doctors on the FLARE team work a second job: updating fellow physicians on the latest novel coronavirus research and debunking the freshest unproven theories floating around on social media.

Biden's Path to Victory Does Not Bode Well for Voters

Biden's Path to Victory Does Not Bode Well for Voters

That’s true even in the modern era of microtargeted advertising and social-media-enabled disinformation; and it’s particularly relevant as we begin to imagine what electoral campaigns will look like in the midst of (or, hopefully, the aftermath of) the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Ibuprofen Debate Reveals the Danger of Covid-19 Rumors

The Ibuprofen Debate Reveals the Danger of Covid-19 Rumors

But, three days after it was published, the French Ministry of Health circulated a warning against using ibuprofen for Covid-19 fevers, citing “serious adverse events” occurring in “possible or confirmed cases.” The same day, the French minister of health, a physician, tweeted advice to avoid ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatories because they could be “an aggravating factor” in Covid-19 infections.

The Social Network Becomes a Social Science Subject

The Social Network Becomes a Social Science Subject

In the Foo Camp session, Stanford Law School’s Nate Persily, cohead of Social Science One, said that after 20 months of negotiations, Facebook was finally releasing the data to researchers.

How to Die—and Grieve—in 2020

How to Die—and Grieve—in 2020

As soon as TMZ broke the news of Kobe’s death, the entire internet madly ululated.But others were swift to bring up the 2003 incident when he was accused of raping a 19-year-old hotel worker; he ended up settling the court case.

'Trump's Notes' Photographer Explains How He Got the Shot

'Trump's Notes' Photographer Explains How He Got the Shot

But then the press conference took a turn, as the president began reading from his notes and waving his arms, giving a clear view of the black lettering.“I quickly noticed that the pad contained large handwritten notes in Sharpie and focused my camera to capture what was on the page,” Wilson said.

Why Is Google Slow-Walking Its Breakthroughs in AI?

Why Is Google Slow-Walking Its Breakthroughs in AI?

Late last year Google’s cloud division announced that it would not offer a facial-recognition service that customers could adapt for their own uses due to concerns about its potential for abuse.

Today’s Cartoon: WebMD

Today’s Cartoon: WebMD

Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology.And if that's still not enough, you can find all of WIRED's cartoons in one place, right here .

TikTok, Under Scrutiny, Distances Itself From China

TikTok, Under Scrutiny, Distances Itself From China

It wasn’t the first time this month that lawmakers have questioned the security and content moderation practices of TikTok. Two weeks ago, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) called for the Committee on Foreign Investment to investigate ByteDance’s 2017 acquisition of , a lip-syncing app popular in the US that was later merged with TikTok. On Twitter, Rubio said he was concerned TikTok is “censoring content in line with #China’s communist government directives.”.

A New Crispr Technique Could Fix Almost All Genetic Diseases

A New Crispr Technique Could Fix Almost All Genetic Diseases

But if you want to replace a faulty gene with a healthy one, things get more complicated .In addition to programming a piece of guide RNA to tell Crispr where to cut, you have to provide a copy of the new DNA and then hope the cell’s repair machinery installs it correctly.

Twitter's Speech Policies Shouldn't Be a Campaign Issue

Twitter's Speech Policies Shouldn't Be a Campaign Issue

Senator Kamala Harris has a message for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: It’s past time to eject President Trump, America’s Tweeter in Chief, from the platform.

Mass Graves in Russia Tell the Grim Story of Mongol Invasion

Mass Graves in Russia Tell the Grim Story of Mongol Invasion

Several of the people buried in the pit had much more tooth decay than the rest of the Yaroslavl dead, which actually suggests that they were pretty well-off.

Trump Administration Says Carmakers’ California Pact Is Illegal

Trump Administration Says Carmakers’ California Pact Is Illegal

Separately, the Justice Department has opened an antitrust probe into the deal, in which four automakers reached a pact on compromise tailpipe emissions with California, defying federal regulators, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Planned Eric Schmidt Talk at AI Conference Draws Protest

Planned Eric Schmidt Talk at AI Conference Draws Protest

Stanford's Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, host of the conference, defended Schmidt's role in the event in a statement.The letter opposing Schmidt's appearance points to public statements in which he was dismissive of employee complaints over a now canceled Google project that tested a search engine designed to comply with Chinese internet censorship .

Tesla Delivers More Cars—and More Losses

Tesla Delivers More Cars—and More Losses

Wednesday, the company said it had delivered 95,356 vehicles in the second quarter of 2019, beating its own record of 90,966, from the end of 2018.