How Do Retroreflectors Give You Super Vision at Night?

How Do Retroreflectors Give You Super Vision at Night?

When a beam of light hits a super-shiny object like a mirror, it reflects off it in a very particular way.Photograph: Rhett AllainFor both of them, their light hits the mirror at the same angle that their light also reflects from the mirror—but in the opposite direction.

Oh Look, LinkedIn Also Has a 500M User Data Leak

Oh Look, LinkedIn Also Has a 500M User Data Leak

A week into the revelation that Facebook leaked the data of 500 million users—including phone numbers and other potentially sensitive info—and the company still hasn't given a full account of what happened.Hackers Are Selling Scraped LinkedIn Data of 500 Million UsersRemember that Facebook leak?

Bill Gates Is Upbeat on Climate, Capitalism, and Even Politics

Bill Gates Is Upbeat on Climate, Capitalism, and Even Politics

Don't you think a giant political investment in the 2016 election that might have resulted in a different outcome would have helped the climate more than any of the things in your book?

How to Tell Which Emails Quietly Track You

How to Tell Which Emails Quietly Track You

For Mail on iOS, open the main Settings app then choose Mail and turn off the Load Remote Images option.If images aren't loaded up, then any embedded tracking pixels won't be accessed and won't report that they've been opened.

The Murder Hornets Nature Doc Disguised as a True-Crime Show

The Murder Hornets Nature Doc Disguised as a True-Crime Show

Attack of the Murder Hornets follows McFall as he joins a loose alliance of beekeepers and scientists in the Pacific Northwest who hunt for the nests of these invasive insects, racing to remove them from the local ecosystem before they wreak havoc.

How to Find a Better Cell Phone Carrier

How to Find a Better Cell Phone Carrier

Opensignal covers those bases if you tap Network Stats and swipe through its results for a given location, but you can also look at things like PCMag's yearly coverage of the fastest mobile networks for an idea of how speeds might vary from one city to another.

Bliss Is the Worst Kind of Open-Ended Sci-Fi Movie

Bliss Is the Worst Kind of Open-Ended Sci-Fi Movie

Released in 2014, it’s about vision scientists searching for the origin of the human eye—look, a pun—which, if you didn’t know, is “the window,” as one character literally says, “to the soul.” They find it in the genes of a sightless worm, but not before Karen, played by Brit Marling, warns her lab partner that she, at least, has no interest in getting famous, in being seen: “Recognition makes me nauseous,” she says.

The Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction—and Other Stuff in the Night Sky

The Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction—and Other Stuff in the Night Sky

If you look at the moon with binoculars, you can see much more detail in the craters than with just your naked eye.With a pair of binoculars, you can see things that are otherwise too faint to detect with the naked eye in the dark sky.

5 New Features to Explore in MacOS Big Sur

5 New Features to Explore in MacOS Big Sur

For several years, Apple has been naming its annual software releases after California locales, and this year we're treated to Big Sur. If you want to be technical, it's macOS 11.You get a fresh look, widgets, and a whole lot more.

The CMAs Were a Good Reminder to Stick to Zoom Award Shows

The CMAs Were a Good Reminder to Stick to Zoom Award Shows

Watching Reba McEntire's and Darius Rucker’s opening remarks at the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night, it was hard not to be reminded of a different performance entirely: Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga at the MTV VMAs this summer.

See Earth Transform Like You're a Time-Traveling Astronaut

See Earth Transform Like You're a Time-Traveling Astronaut

Satellites have been capturing all the ways we’ve been transforming this planet, images that authors Benjamin Grant and Timothy Dougherty have compiled into the fascinating new book Overview Timelapse: How We Change the Earth.

How to Preorder the Xbox Series X and Series S: Pricing, Release Date, and More

How to Preorder the Xbox Series X and Series S: Pricing, Release Date, and More

The Xbox Series X is $500, which is about what most next-gen consoles start at.There's no Blu-ray disc drive, so you can only play digital games from the Microsoft Store.

A Bluetooth Flaw Leaves Billions of Devices Vulnerable

A Bluetooth Flaw Leaves Billions of Devices Vulnerable

The October issue of WIRED took a close , in-depth look at the state of election security.

From Ellen DeGeneres to Tom Hanks, QAnon Has Infiltrated the Hollywood Rumor Mill

From Ellen DeGeneres to Tom Hanks, QAnon Has Infiltrated the Hollywood Rumor Mill

Meanwhile, Ellen’s wife, Portia de Rossi, posted a text image on Instagram that said “I Stand With Ellen.” As a caption, she hashtagged: #StopBotAttacks.OK, a few major questions: Does Portia de Rossi believe that the criticism DeGeneres is facing is the result of disinformation-sowing automatons?

Microsoft's Dual-Screen Duo Is Here. The Timing's Not Great

Microsoft's Dual-Screen Duo Is Here. The Timing's Not Great

Last October, during a long day of closed-door sessions and windowless-lab meetings with executives and product managers, the kind of closeness that would now make me shudder in the context of a pandemic, Microsoft revealed its dual-screened phone.

Foodies and Factory Farmers Have Formed an Unholy Alliance

Foodies and Factory Farmers Have Formed an Unholy Alliance

Despite this important opportunity, most food movement leaders have rejected plant-based meat imitations.Some food movement leaders complain about plant-based imitation meats because they are new and not yet time-tested.

3 Black Photographers on Capturing the George Floyd Protests

3 Black Photographers on Capturing the George Floyd Protests

And, I mean, I'm not saying that other photographers can't cover it, but I feel that as a black photographer, you can then control the narrative and show a different side.

The Webs of Covid-Related Caution Tape Across London

The Webs of Covid-Related Caution Tape Across London

London-based freelance photographer Peter Dench spent the first few weeks of the coronavirus pandemic shooting now-familiar scenes: empty supermarket shelves, shuttered storefronts, mask-wearing pedestrians, and fenced-off parks.“It doesn’t look very biodegradable.” But for Dench, the tape provided an opportunity to see familiar landmarks and streets in a new way.

Meet This Museum's All-Star Arachnids and Insects

Meet This Museum's All-Star Arachnids and Insects

Last week, we livestreamed the first in a series of chats with their scientists, which you can check out above.And stay tuned to our Facebook channel for more livestreams with California Academy scientists in the coming weeks.

Look Out for This Covid-19 Excel Phishing Scam

Look Out for This Covid-19 Excel Phishing Scam

Wishbone is a site that lets you make an online poll; this week a hacker put 40 million of its user records for sale on the dark web.

OK, This Watchmen Hand-Washing PSA Is Pretty Good

OK, This Watchmen Hand-Washing PSA Is Pretty Good

There is also some good news for fans of Killing Eve, though.Ryan Reynolds Might Star in a Live-Action Dragon’s Lair.Actual Good News: Killing Eve Is Coming Back Early.

The Stranger Things Season 4 Trailer Is Full of Surprises

The Stranger Things Season 4 Trailer Is Full of Surprises

Today might be a holiday in the US, but that doesn't mean there's not plenty of news to get through, including some updates on Stranger Things and The Batman.Here’s the First Stranger Things Season 4 Trailer.

A First Look at Nike's Gear for the Tokyo Olympics

A First Look at Nike's Gear for the Tokyo Olympics

The 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro ended on August 21 of that year; in September, a chunk of Nike’s design team was in Japan, meeting with the Tokyo Olympic Committee to see where its members’ collective heads were.

The Biggest Apple Maps Change Is One You Can't See

The Biggest Apple Maps Change Is One You Can't See

Apple yesterday touted a “new” version of Apple Maps, one that includes faster navigation, more detailed roads, real-time transit updates, lists of favorite places, and access to Look Around, street-level 3-D imagery that’s similar to Google’s Street View .

Defying Vertigo to Capture Aerials From an Ultralight Plane

Defying Vertigo to Capture Aerials From an Ultralight Plane

From above, Chesnel discovered, the seaside landscapes of southern France look like abstract paintings, with vibrant bands of color bleeding into each other.“I like pushing the boundary between paintings and photographs,” says Chesnel, who trained as a painter and only recently transitioned into photography.

Today's Cartoon: Christmas Clippy

Today's Cartoon: Christmas Clippy

Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology.Plus, the latest news on artificial intelligence 🏃🏽‍♀️ Want the best tools to get healthy?

Why the iPhone 11 Tracks Your Location Even When You Tell It Not To

Why the iPhone 11 Tracks Your Location Even When You Tell It Not To

For alleged Evil Corp leader Maksim Yakubets, it came this week, as US and UK authorities charged him and an associate with hacking thefts that totaled over $100 million.Security journalist Brian Krebs noted that the iPhone 11 and 11 Plus check in on your location even when you turn off all location-related settings.

Space Photos of the Week: Parker's Potential

Space Photos of the Week: Parker's Potential

Photograph: NASA GoddardThe European Space Agency’s PROBA2 satellite captured this unusually detailed photo of the corona—plasma that can be millions of degrees hotter than the star’s actual surface.Video: ESAThis sunspot, captured in ultraviolet by NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory in 2017, only looks small.

The 10 Best Movies to Stream This Thanksgiving

The 10 Best Movies to Stream This Thanksgiving

Ike Barinholtz writes, directs, and stars in The Oath, a timely satire that plays upon the idea of never talking politics at Thanksgiving.But as the Black Friday deadline for signing looms, Chris and Kai will have to deal with government interrogations, family arguments, and one very tense Thanksgiving holiday to make it through.

Why the Tesla Cybertruck Looks So Weird

Why the Tesla Cybertruck Looks So Weird

Zammit says he and other automotive designers teach students to add a little extra something to make the vehicle look stable, to look strong—even if it doesn’t add much to the engineering.