Mass Shootings May Be Contagious. Can We Contain Them?

Mass Shootings May Be Contagious. Can We Contain Them?

For school shootings and mass killings, the contagion model explained the data better than simply assuming the events were random.

A Newfound Neuron Might Help Keep the Brain's Cells in Sync

A Newfound Neuron Might Help Keep the Brain's Cells in Sync

For Vikaas Sohal, a neuroscientist at UC San Francisco, who was not involved in the work, the discovery of these cells might help the field move away from conflicts about gamma rhythms. If they really are clock-like cells, he says, then signs of their timekeeping should show up in the rhythm of the local field potential.

The Radical Transformation of the Textbook

The Radical Transformation of the Textbook

For several decades, textbook publishers followed the same basic model: Pitch a hefty tome of knowledge to faculty for inclusion in lesson plans; charge students an equally hefty sum; revise and update its content as needed every few years.

Let's Break Down the Physics of a Wickedly Curving Baseball

Let's Break Down the Physics of a Wickedly Curving Baseball

This change in momentum of the air produces a force on the ball in the other direction. The magnitude of the force depends on the velocity, the angular velocity, the area of the ball, the density of air and a Magnus coefficient (CM).

Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

Amazon is so new, and so dramatic in its speed and scale and aggression, that we can easily forget how many of the things it’s doing are actually very old. Amazon is systematically going through every branch of the idea tree around what retail is, and doing it without any pride.

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.

Scientists Are Getting Better at Predicting Killer Heat Waves

Scientists Are Getting Better at Predicting Killer Heat Waves

For now, they’re looking back in time, working to see how accurately their model captures heat waves globally and in the various seasons, and whether it accurately represents the high and low pressure systems created by the MJO.In North America, says Julie Caron, an associate scientist at the center’s Climate and Global Dynamics Lab, the oscillation causes high-pressure systems that block the movement of cooler air from the Arctic or the Pacific Ocean.

Ford Will Make an Electric F-150 Pickup, but Won't Say When

Ford Will Make an Electric F-150 Pickup, but Won't Say When

Ford’s prototype all-electric F-150 (built into the current model’s body), towed its 1.3-million-pound payload for 1,000 feet, and will likely enter production in the next few years.

Our Favorite Kindle Is Only $60 for Prime Day

Our Favorite Kindle Is Only $60 for Prime Day

We highlighted our favorites below, but you can see the full list in our guide to the best Prime Day device deals . Absolute Best Amazon Prime Day Deals.

Amazon Is Making a Lord of the Rings MMO Game

Amazon Is Making a Lord of the Rings MMO Game

Famously, it had a major foray into the massively multiplayer world with The Lord of the Rings Online , a game that launched in 2007 and remains a cult favorite to this day for its expansive, detailed approach to living inside Middle-earth.

Vintage Muscle Cars Take Flight in an Homage to Chase Scenes

Vintage Muscle Cars Take Flight in an Homage to Chase Scenes

He requires only a camera, model cars, and a bit of Photoshop to send muscle cars flying in his new book, The Heights . In the final images, the muscle cars careen above the streets so high they look like they're taking off—or coming in for an impossible landing.

Magnetic Materials Help Explain How Arctic Ice Melts

Magnetic Materials Help Explain How Arctic Ice Melts

"Somehow by hanging out with those people in melt ponds, seeing all these images, it struck me that they look like pictures I'd seen of the Ising model," says Golden.

Tesla Model 3 Crash Results, Europe's Record Heat, and More News

Tesla Model 3 Crash Results, Europe's Record Heat, and More News

Tesla Model 3 Crash Results, Europe's Record Heat, and More News. The Tesla Model 3 impressed in its crash results; climate change gave Europe some record-breaking heat; and WIRED's got some tips and deals for your holiday weekend.

Tesla Model 3 Can Survive a Crash—and Avoid One Too

Tesla Model 3 Can Survive a Crash—and Avoid One Too

In crash testing, which Thatcham administers according to standards set by the European New Car Assessment Programme, the Model 3 posted a 96 percent score for how it protects adults.

YouTube's 'Shitty Robot' Queen Made Her Own Tesla Pickup Truck

YouTube's 'Shitty Robot' Queen Made Her Own Tesla Pickup Truck

It marks a kind of turning point for Giertz, who says she’d like to focus more on building cars, and not the shitty kind. Around this time last year, Giertz partnered with a friend, engineer Marcos Ramirez, to start sketching out what a Model 3-turned-pickup-truck would look like.

Apple's New Mac Pro Is Powerful, Pretty, and Expensive

Apple's New Mac Pro Is Powerful, Pretty, and Expensive

Even the most powerful video-editing workstation is nothing without a display that can best represent the machine's output, and for that Apple has delivered something that might be more impressive than the Mac Pro. The Pro Display XDR is a 32-inch Retina 6K monitor.

Apple's MacBook Pro Keyboard Fix Comes Down to Tiny Tweaks

Apple's MacBook Pro Keyboard Fix Comes Down to Tiny Tweaks

According to iFixit, the company that publishes online repair guides, sells parts, and shares information on consumer products after it has torn them apart, the new MacBook Pro keyboard does appear to have some different materials in it. Wiens says he's skeptical these material changes will fix all of the issues with the newer keyboards.

Tesla’s Latest Autopilot Death Looks Just Like a Prior Crash

Tesla’s Latest Autopilot Death Looks Just Like a Prior Crash

A Tesla Model 3 sedan that crashed into a truck on a Florida highway in March, killing its driver, had its Autopilot semi-autonomous feature engaged, according to a new report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Calculating the Ecological Impact of Game of Thrones' Dragons

Calculating the Ecological Impact of Game of Thrones' Dragons

On the bright side, that means a smaller cottage industry will be needed to ensure that Drogon is fed and cared for without laying waste to the rest of Westeros—or so determined a trio of Maryland high school students on their way to outdueling thousands of other teams in the prestigious Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM).

An AI Pioneer Explains the Evolution of Neural Networks

An AI Pioneer Explains the Evolution of Neural Networks

Everybody says, “This is a smart idea, but we're not actually going to be able to design computers this way.” Explain why you persisted and why you were so confident that you had found something important. And on small data sets, other methods, like things called support vector machines worked a little bit better.

Tesla Is Losing Money Again As Deliveries Decline

Tesla Is Losing Money Again As Deliveries Decline

The company will work on rethinking and refining its delivery strategies throughout the quarter, Musk said, but he advised shareholders not to expect another profit until the second half of the year.

Tesla Shifts Gears, Again, and Some Fans Are Losing Patience

Tesla Shifts Gears, Again, and Some Fans Are Losing Patience

So when CEO Elon Musk announced in late February that the carmaker would finally start delivering its more affordable Standard and Standard Plus Model 3 options, O’Roak at first ordered a Standard Plus, paying $3,000 extra for the electric carmaker’s semi-automated Autopilot feature.

Why a New Crop of Electric SUV Batteries Are Coming Up Short

Why a New Crop of Electric SUV Batteries Are Coming Up Short

The E-tron’s numbers are particularly unfortunate for Audi when compared with the current electric vehicle king, Tesla , which the EPA rates up to 295 miles on its comparable Model X SUV.

The Math of How Crickets, Starlings and Neurons Sync Up

The Math of How Crickets, Starlings and Neurons Sync Up

Yoshiki Kuramoto, a professor of physics at Kyoto University, developed the famous Kuramoto model of synchronization in the 1970s and co-discovered the chimera state in 2001, again revolutionizing the understanding of sync.

‘Change My View’ Reddit Community Launches Its Own Website

‘Change My View’ Reddit Community Launches Its Own Website

Turnbull sees a world where Change A View helps internet commenters see eye-to-eye, where the platform breaks us out of our online filter bubbles, and where we re-learn how to talk to each other online. Elena Musi, a researcher who has studied argumentation on r/changemyview, says the rules make the community conversation different than other platforms online.

Tesla Is Better at Making Cars. Delivering Them? Not So Much.

Tesla Is Better at Making Cars. Delivering Them? Not So Much.

During a February call with reporters, Musk said, “I really have as my top priority this year making service amazing at Tesla.” The company also backtracked last month on a plan to shut down all of its showrooms in an attempt to bring down its vehicle prices.

India Goes Electric With Battery-Swapping Rickshaws

India Goes Electric With Battery-Swapping Rickshaws

A not quite two-year-old joint venture between electric car maker Virya Mobility 5.0 and solar power company SUN New Energy Systems, SUN Mobility is working with EV makers, providing the batteries for those vehicles.

Researchers Built an "Online Lie Detector." Honestly, That Could Be a Problem

Researchers Built an "Online Lie Detector." Honestly, That Could Be a Problem

Not only does the study not necessarily serve as the basis of any kind of reliable truth-telling algorithm, but it makes potentially dangerous claims: A text-based "online polygraph" that's faulty, they warn, could have far worse social and ethical implications if adopted than leaving those determinations up to human judgment.

Boeing’s 737 Crash, Tesla’s Model Y, and More News This Week

Boeing’s 737 Crash, Tesla’s Model Y, and More News This Week

Boeing’s 737 Crash, Tesla’s Model Y, and More News This Week The crash of Ethiopian Flight 302 outside Addis Ababa has focused the aviation world's attention on the safety of Boeing's 737 MAX jets.

AI Algorithms Are Now Shockingly Good at Doing Science

AI Algorithms Are Now Shockingly Good at Doing Science

(The software they used treats the latent space somewhat differently from the way a generative adversarial network treats it, so it is not technically a GAN, though similar.) Their model created artificial data sets as a way of testing hypotheses about physical processes.

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