What You Lose When You Turn Into an Animal

What You Lose When You Turn Into an Animal

It’s not until Greg body-swaps with his pet dog, via a bit of nonconsensual rainbow spirit magic, that mother and son can have a real, honest moment together.

The Crooked, Complex Geometry of Round Trips

The Crooked, Complex Geometry of Round Trips

You might not spend much time imagining life on a cube, but mathematicians do: They study what travel looks like on all kinds of different shapes.On a sphere, straight paths follow “great circles,” which are geodesics like the equator.

The DC Insurrection Lays Bare the Fiction of America

The DC Insurrection Lays Bare the Fiction of America

That fiction was on grand display Wednesday when a mob of President Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol as lawmakers were voting to confirm the presidential election results.It was photographed by Saul Loeb and depicts three rioters in repose.

Do I Have a Moral Obligation to Be On TikTok?

Do I Have a Moral Obligation to Be On TikTok?

While it may be true that we all have an instinctive, evolutionary investment in seeing the next generation flourish (regardless of whether it includes any children of our own), I imagine that your more immediate concern is for your long-term viability in an economy that regards cultural capital and technological fluency as assets to one’s personal brand.

The Milky Way Gets a New Origin Story

The Milky Way Gets a New Origin Story

In the simplest telling, it held that our Milky Way galaxy came together nearly 14 billion years ago when enormous clouds of gas and dust coalesced under the force of gravity.

How Tech Could Help Us Contemplate Our Own Mortality

How Tech Could Help Us Contemplate Our Own Mortality

This grim notification on my phone is WeCroak, an app that reminds you five times a day that, well, you’re going to die.And of course, WeCroak, a simple but elegant app that reminds you five times a day that you’re going to die and displays a quote on death.

All the Stuff Humans Make Now Outweighs Earth’s Organisms

All the Stuff Humans Make Now Outweighs Earth’s Organisms

“They produce this, I think, very eye-catching and also strong message that these two types of stocks—the biomass stock and anthropogenic mass—they are actually at a crossover point more or less in 2020, plus or minus a couple of years,” says social ecologist Fridolin Krausmann of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, who wasn’t involved in the research but was a peer reviewer for the paper.

A Letter to My Pandemic Baby

A Letter to My Pandemic Baby

As World War II may seem to baby boomers and 9/11 to Gen Z, children born during and after 2020 may view memories of the pandemic, the smoke-choked orange skies over Australia and the American West, protests in the streets, an endless election, and a hologram of a deceased father wishing his daughter a happy birthday as a bizarre fairytale.

When Sex Toys Get the Tech-Startup Treatment

When Sex Toys Get the Tech-Startup Treatment

Lora DiCarlo, who runs the eponymous startup that won the award, quickly became a kind of spokesperson for both her own company and the broader category of sex-toy entrepreneurs trying to create better, smarter, well-designed products.

Who Will We Be When This Is All Over?

Who Will We Be When This Is All Over?

The people who may have the toughest recovery are those living through pandemic-related trauma.But some survivors of trauma end up embarking on what Canevello and other psychologists call post-traumatic growth.

Underground Brine Could Be a Source of Oxygen on Mars

Underground Brine Could Be a Source of Oxygen on Mars

When powered up, brine flowed through the device, splitting into pure oxygen gas captured on the anode side and pure hydrogen gas on the cathode side.DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2008613117 (About DOIs).This story originally appeared on Ars Technica.📩 Want the latest on tech, science, and more?

The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2020

The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2020

This book tells stories of restoration at all scales, “from a small plot between sidewalk and curb to areas large enough to be labeled on a world map.” She spends time with people who, faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges, look to nature for solutions.

Google Is Testing End-to-End Encryption in Android Messages

Google Is Testing End-to-End Encryption in Android Messages

Google has begun rolling out end-to-end encryption for Rich Communication Service , the text-messaging standard the industry giant is pushing as an alternative to SMS.As Ars reviews editor Ron Amadeo noted last year, RCS interest from carriers has been tepid, so Google has been rolling it out with limited support.

Putting Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max Is a Smart Move

Putting Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max Is a Smart Move

Now, with theater attendance plummeting as Americans quarantine, services like Disney+, Peacock, and HBO Max allow their corporate owners to test whether going straight to consumers with major movie releases the same day they hit the big screen is a viable option.

The OS Big Sur Launch Might Have Slowed Down Macs Everywhere

The OS Big Sur Launch Might Have Slowed Down Macs Everywhere

It didn't take long for some Mac users to note that trustd—a macOS process responsible for checking with Apple's servers to confirm that an app is notarized—was attempting to contact a host named but failing repeatedly.

A Ransomware Gang Bought Facebook Ads to Troll Its Victim

A Ransomware Gang Bought Facebook Ads to Troll Its Victim

Russian and North Korean Hackers Hit Covid-19 Vaccine FirmsAuthorities have warned for months that public health organizations and vaccine developers would be high-value targets for state-sponsored hacking groups .

Move Over, Zoom—Voice Memos Are the Real Way to Stay in Touch

Move Over, Zoom—Voice Memos Are the Real Way to Stay in Touch

I’m easily distracted by noise from multiple directions and because I was in Mexico to work on a book, stepping away from the noise of constant connectivity felt like freedom.

I've Played RimWorld for 700 Hours. I May Never Escape

I've Played RimWorld for 700 Hours. I May Never Escape

It has base-building, survival elements (if you die, you start over), an open world, strategy, and a space-western feel like Firefly.I’ve spent more than 700 hours of my life playing it in the last couple years.

Free, Unlimited Google Photos Storage Will End Next Year

Free, Unlimited Google Photos Storage Will End Next Year

The good news: This means your existing “high-quality” photos and videos won’t apply to the 15-GB limit, nor will any that you upload through next May. In a blog post announcing the change, Google Photos vice president Shimrit Ben-Yair said that 80 percent of users should stay under their quota for roughly three years before they hit that limit, although obviously your mileage will vary.

‘Godzilla’ Wasp Swims—So Its Young Can Burst Out of Caterpillars

‘Godzilla’ Wasp Swims—So Its Young Can Burst Out of Caterpillars

The wasp strolls along the vegetation that Elophila turbata frequents, searching for an aquatic caterpillar in its case.Fleeing for its life, the caterpillar surfaces into the vegetation above its home, only for the wasp to emerge from the water, Godzilla-style.

How Humanity Spent Its First 20 Years in Orbit Aboard the ISS

How Humanity Spent Its First 20 Years in Orbit Aboard the ISS

Over the next few years, Gatens and her team ran experiments on different life-support concepts and did their best to keep up with the constant design changes for the station.

Upon My Death, Play the Following Messages

Upon My Death, Play the Following Messages

Memories also hosts digital “vaults” for living people to store things like precious photos, videos, and life stories, which can be shared after their passing.Though death is hard to control, people like Ainsworth are determined to create a future where you at least have some say in what comes next.

My Twitter Addiction Got So Bad, I Had to Block Myself

My Twitter Addiction Got So Bad, I Had to Block Myself

The solutions that satisfy others strike them as false and inauthentic, and “their lives are one long drama of repentance and of effort to repair misdemeanors and mistakes.” Most people find it easy to diagnose themselves as one of these two types, and I hope I won’t offend you in saying that you strike me, unmistakably, as a divided soul.

The Election Will Bring a Hurricane of Misinformation

The Election Will Bring a Hurricane of Misinformation

When people feel crushed by the everything-all-the-time of the moment, when they’re a bundle of nerves and reactivity, they can generate all kinds of stormy energies of their own.To minimize information fatigue on Twitter, I’ve organized everything into lists: left- and right-leaning sources, news organizations, Fox News, and so on.

Next-Gen Gaming Is an Environmental Nightmare

Next-Gen Gaming Is an Environmental Nightmare

“If people are going to choose to play games, we want to be as efficient as we possibly can in delivering that experience, either via a console or a data center in a streamed environment,” said Microsoft’s vice president of cloud gaming, Kareem Choudhry in a March interview with WIRED.

FIFA 21 Is Limping Toward Retirement

FIFA 21 Is Limping Toward Retirement

As always, some routes to goal seem particularly overpowered—the deft chip seems to be a dangerous weapon this year (or maybe I’m just too eager to bring the keeper out), for instance, and the developers have tried to make headed goals a thing again after they were almost impossible to score from in the last edition.

Is Dark Matter Just Black Holes Made During the Big Bang?

Is Dark Matter Just Black Holes Made During the Big Bang?

Illustration: Samuel Velasco/Quanta Magazine, Virgo/Frank Elavsky, Aaron Geller/NorthwesternAlas, the flirtation with primordial black holes soured in 2017, after a paper by Yacine Ali-Haïmoud, an astrophysicist at New York University who had previously been on the optimistic Kamionkowski team, examined how this type of black hole should affect LIGO’s detection rate.

Raised by Wolves Questions Whether Humanity Can Be Saved

Raised by Wolves Questions Whether Humanity Can Be Saved

First, there are Mother and Father, two androids dispatched by their creator to raise human children to be pacifist atheists after religious wars destroyed Earth.Campion, a boy raised by Mother and Father on Kepler-22b on a vegan mono diet of tubers (scurvy who?

The NIH Launches a Global Hunt for Animal-to-Human Diseases

The NIH Launches a Global Hunt for Animal-to-Human Diseases

What was not at at all normal: The group was launching an international network to detect pathogens that can jump from wildlife to the human population, a field of inquiry that’s become politicized since the coronavirus pandemic began—and they were doing it with federal money, even though the United States government has been the source of the politicization.

A Field Guide to Freshwater Fish Watching

A Field Guide to Freshwater Fish Watching

But the southeastern United States has the diversity of freshwater fish species (and other wildlife) to make a trip comparable to saltwater snorkeling.In the Northwest, there is a fish viewing window at Bonneville Dam. Salmon can be watched, from a distance, spawning in a number of rivers.