Solar Panels Could Be the Best Fad Ever

Solar Panels Could Be the Best Fad Ever

I was nursing a beer at his winter holiday party as he told me about the solar panels on his Brooklyn brownstone roof.It was a neighbor from around the corner who'd seen my solar array and, like me before him, was intrigued.

Tiger King Is Cruel and Appalling—Why Are We All Watching It?

Tiger King Is Cruel and Appalling—Why Are We All Watching It?

Like Joe, Carole keeps big cats and other wild animals in cages and charges visitors to see them while paying her support staff meager wages.Joe does not succeed in killing Carole.

Where Did Plants Come From? This Ancient Algae Offers Clues

Where Did Plants Come From? This Ancient Algae Offers Clues

But a few recent papers—two based on molecular biology, and one on rare, precious fossils from 1 billion years ago—are helping to fill in the gaps in our understanding of those ancient algae and what allowed them to eventually make the transition to land.

‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Is the Game We All Need Right Now

‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Is the Game We All Need Right Now

I proceeded to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons on my Nintendo Switch for the next 12 hours straight.In real life, your friends need to be at least 6 feet away, but in Animal Crossing, they can hang out on your island for hours at a time—no social distancing required.

Birth, Death, Weddings: An Oral History of Covid-19 Disruptions

Birth, Death, Weddings: An Oral History of Covid-19 Disruptions

Last Sunday afternoon, a friend of ours in New Jersey whose wife was also pregnant said he wasn’t going to be allowed in the delivery room because of the Coronavirus.On Thursday, March 5, I attended the meeting for my high school band’s annual spring trip.

Tell Us Your Pandemic Stories for Our Oral History

Tell Us Your Pandemic Stories for Our Oral History

Capturing the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, how this crisis unfolds and how our thinking about it changes, is critical both to understanding it now as well as to the stories we someday will tell about it.

As Clubs Shut Down, Performers Must Find New Ways to Get By

As Clubs Shut Down, Performers Must Find New Ways to Get By

As clubs, bars, and event spaces have shuttered across the US due to the coronavirus pandemic, artists from disciplines ranging from comedy to drag are dealing with lost wages and uncertainty in their careers by taking their shows online.

How Photojournalists Are Documenting the Coronavirus Crisis

How Photojournalists Are Documenting the Coronavirus Crisis

Despite these obstacles, Frayer has worked to create a moving record of life in Beijing as people deal with the virus, from residents just trying to get through the crisis to the brave volunteers with the humanitarian organization Blue Sky Rescue, who are donning protective suits and disinfection equipment to tackle it head on.

The US Box Office Just Had Its Worst Weekend in 20 Years

The US Box Office Just Had Its Worst Weekend in 20 Years

Speaking of families staying home to stay safe, Disney pushed up the digital release date of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker last week—dropping the movie on services like Vudu, Apple TV, and Google Play on Friday.

The Intricate, Unintended Beauty of Factories and Labs

The Intricate, Unintended Beauty of Factories and Labs

Like many people, Alastair Philip Wiper grew up thinking factories were ugly.Its white paper reels, roller ink, and metal cylinders provided enough photographic fuel to launch a career so prolific that Wiper himself has come to seem like a machine.

Ultra-Fast Genome Sequencing Could Save the Lives of Newborns

Ultra-Fast Genome Sequencing Could Save the Lives of Newborns

Blue Shield of California is the first insurer to cover rapid and ultra-rapid sequencing of babies and children who have life-threatening and unexplained medical conditions.

A Deft Robotic Hand That’d Make Luke Skywalker Proud

A Deft Robotic Hand That’d Make Luke Skywalker Proud

Up until this point, researchers have succeeded in giving amputees control over robotic hands by measuring nerve activity in the residual limb.“Patients get this big ball of nerves called a neuroma,” says University of Michigan plastic surgeon Paul Cederna, who co-developed this new system.

Is Our Love of Pets a Conservation Crisis?

Is Our Love of Pets a Conservation Crisis?

Christie documents a startling array of issues associated with pets: free-roaming dogs and cats killing wildlife, the pet trade depleting wild bird and reptile populations, pet food depleting wild fisheries and increasing meat production and much more.

Please, Please, Please Don't Mock Conspiracy Theories

Please, Please, Please Don't Mock Conspiracy Theories

The harder you try to disprove theories about Satanists or the Deep State to people already convinced that you’re in on the conspiracy—or are sympathetic to the evil them—the more likely believers are to respond to your debunk with obstinance.

Today's Cartoon: License to Whine

Today's Cartoon: License to Whine

This week, WIRED explores the ways technology has—and hasn’t—changed how we work .Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology.Plus, sign up for the Daily newsletter and never miss the best of WIRED.Algae caviar, anyone?

‘Environmental DNA’ Lets Scientists Probe Underwater Life

‘Environmental DNA’ Lets Scientists Probe Underwater Life

Stoeckle has been working with New Jersey state biologists to conduct DNA-based counts of commercial fish species by dropping one-liter bottles into the ocean at various depths and sampling the water inside.

Reducing the Speed Limit Won’t Make Roads Safer for Wildlife

Reducing the Speed Limit Won’t Make Roads Safer for Wildlife

And herein lies the premise: if drivers are moving slowly enough, they will have time to avoid hitting large animals, such as deer and pronghorn, on the road.

Camera Trap Chronicles: Cool Critters of New Hampshire

Camera Trap Chronicles: Cool Critters of New Hampshire

Photo © Eric Aldrich Camera trapping has become a common research and monitoring tool used at many Nature Conservancy projects and preserves.Photo © Eric Aldrich His camera trapping in New Hampshire has assisted several citizen science initiatives and inspires many online with the photos and video clips he’s captured.

'Baby Talk' Can Help Kids Learn Language (Oh Yes It Can !)

'Baby Talk' Can Help Kids Learn Language (Oh Yes It Can !)

But it’s not all about instinct: a paper published in PNAS this week suggests that parents can be trained to improve their parentese and that this training gives their babies’ language a boost.

Netflix Had a Disappointing Night at the Oscars

Netflix Had a Disappointing Night at the Oscars

No matter how great you feel, you’re likely not feeling any better than director Bong Joon Ho , whose movie Parasite won three Oscars last night, including Best Picture—the first foreign language film to win the award in the Academy’s 92-year history.

You Can’t Take This Photo: The Colossal Underbelly of an Iceberg

You Can’t Take This Photo: The Colossal Underbelly of an Iceberg

He plunges into dangerously cold waters to see—and photograph—it for himself.“I want to show people how beautiful it is down there,” Friedrich says.So Friedrich returned a third time last March, when the fjord was frozen over, immobilizing hundreds of icebergs.

A Weekend at Concours d'Lemons, the World's Worst Car Show

A Weekend at Concours d'Lemons, the World's Worst Car Show

There are oddities like the Yugo–the worst car ever made–so poorly engineered it’s had more of a life as a punchline than a vehicle.If you like cars that never should have never been made, then Concours d’Lemons is a feast for your trash-loving eyes.

Taylor Swift's Miss Americana Is Pointless in the Instagram Era

Taylor Swift's Miss Americana Is Pointless in the Instagram Era

The latest of these, Netflix’s Miss Americana, trains its camera on Taylor Swift, an artist known for both her social media prowess and her skill in controlling what, exactly, the world knows about her.

Windows 7 Gets One Last Update For the Road

Windows 7 Gets One Last Update For the Road

Avast Antivirus Shuts Down Its Shady Data-Selling BusinessKudos this week to Motherboard and PC Mag, who jointly further exposed the shady practices of security company Avast.By the end of the week, Avast had decided to stop collecting and selling user data, and to wind down Jumpshot altogether.

BoJack Horseman Made It Easier to Get Out of Bed

BoJack Horseman Made It Easier to Get Out of Bed

BoJack’s very first episode, from 2014, features the final scene of Horsin’ Around’s very last.The hospital joke also portends the bleak turn Bojack itself would take.

Twitch Is Slowly Losing Some Major Streamers

Twitch Is Slowly Losing Some Major Streamers

In the story, Grayson explores life in modern streamer culture—a world of agents, sponsorship deals, and money moves that seems to have a lot more in common with professional sports or Hollywood than gaming.

Kobe Bryant, an Unforgiving Innovator of the NBA

Kobe Bryant, an Unforgiving Innovator of the NBA

The former all-star shooting guard of the Los Angeles Lakers was among nine people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas, California.

Recovery: Zombie Mouse Apocalypse

Recovery: Zombie Mouse Apocalypse

In a National Geographic podcast, wildlife photographer Tom Peschak describes what he encountered on Marion Island, breeding habitat for 28 bird species including light-mantled, wandering, grey-headed and black-browed albatrosses:.

404: The City Left Behind by China's Nuclear Ambitions

404: The City Left Behind by China's Nuclear Ambitions

But despite the humdrum, 404 wasn’t exactly boring: It was once part of a massive nuclear weapons base in the People’s Republic of China.Yang’s grandparents and parents moved there in 1958, leaving their home in Beijing to forge a new one on a windy frontier a thousand miles away.

How Long Do We Have Before Arctic Ice Melts Away?

How Long Do We Have Before Arctic Ice Melts Away?

These changes are the prelude to summer, when the ice undergoes another radical change: It begins to melt .The icebreaker Polarstern the morning after a crack cleaved the ice floe in two, sending some experiments into the water.