What the Data Really Says About Women Leaders and the Pandemic

What the Data Really Says About Women Leaders and the Pandemic

While they didn’t find a significant difference in Covid-19 cases and deaths based on leaders’ gender, they did find an effect after using modeling to match pairs of male- and female-led countries with similarly-sized elderly populations, healthcare expenditures, and openness to tourism, among other factors.

Which Microsoft Surface Device Should You Buy?

Which Microsoft Surface Device Should You Buy?

Best known for innovative, tablet-like hardware designs, Microsoft has expanded its Surface line over the years and now offers a full family of computers, from a standard laptop to a giant desktop.Last year, Microsoft added a 15-inch model to its Surface Laptop line.

An Ohio City's Campaign Got More People to Buy Electric Cars

An Ohio City's Campaign Got More People to Buy Electric Cars

The electrification program, which Ars wrote about last year, involved several different approaches to getting more local residents to switch to BEVs. The city assembled a fleet of 12 BEVs and PHEVs for a "ride and drive" roadshow, visiting communities and places of work to give people an opportunity to try out an EV—something that just under 12,000 people did over the course of two years.

The Internet Needs a New Architecture that Puts Users First

The Internet Needs a New Architecture that Puts Users First

This competitive architecture would deliver an experience that values real-time connectivity over one-way advertising and puts control with the user, not with big tech platforms.

14 Best Weekend Deals on Tablets, Smartwatches, and More

14 Best Weekend Deals on Tablets, Smartwatches, and More

We on the Gear team have put together several guides that might help, from ways you can ace an online job interview to tips on how to protest safely .Every Saturday, we round up our favorite deals on tech, games, home goods, and more.

Netflix’s Plan to Auto-Cancel Subscriptions Is Radically Sane

Netflix’s Plan to Auto-Cancel Subscriptions Is Radically Sane

It’s not like you don’t have other options—including plenty that don't charge anything in the first place .There’s a small caveat here, which is that services that grandfather in pricing for longtime users could use auto-cancelations as a way to get them to resubscribe on more expensive plans.

NIWA staffer eyeballs COVID-19 modelling

NIWA staffer eyeballs COVID-19 modelling

Before Samik came to work at NIWA he spent five and a half years as a post-doctoral researcher in the epidemiological modelling group at the University of Warwick.

Some of Our Favorite Amazon Devices Are on Sale Right Now

Some of Our Favorite Amazon Devices Are on Sale Right Now

Right now, Amazon's Fire Tablets, Echo speakers, and even Kindle e-readers are seeing some steep discounts, and these prices are some of the best we've seen recently.This model uses a 6-inch E Ink capacitive touchscreen for reading, and it lights up so you can read in the dark.

Everything You Need to Work From Home Like a Pro

Everything You Need to Work From Home Like a Pro

I built a PC back in college (with the help of some friends), and ever since then I've continued perfecting my home office setup—switching desks, keyboards, monitors, and more.For more details check out our review (8/10, WIRED Recommends ).

‘Common Sense’ Is No Substitute for Science in a Pandemic

‘Common Sense’ Is No Substitute for Science in a Pandemic

I mean, if you look back historically, common sense does not have a great track record against science.Science is just the process of building and refining models.

Turns Out, Traffic Spreads Like the Coronavirus

Turns Out, Traffic Spreads Like the Coronavirus

One way to characterize the spread of a disease like Covid-19 is known as a susceptible-infected-recovered model.

Why Do Matter Particles Come in Threes?

Why Do Matter Particles Come in Threes?

In the 1970s, when physicists first worked out the standard model of particle physics—the still reigning set of equations describing the known elementary particles and their interactions—they sought some deep principle that would explain why three generations of each type of matter particle exist.

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.

Australia's Bushfires Completely Blasted Through the Models

Australia's Bushfires Completely Blasted Through the Models

“This is perhaps one of the first really big cases where we've seen the real world do something before we've been able to have the capacity to model it properly,” says climate scientist Benjamin Sanderson of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, who cowrote a piece in the Nature Climate Change package.

Wait, Is That Backpack … Floating?

Wait, Is That Backpack … Floating?

I mean, it’s a cool invention—the idea of the HoverGlide pack is to reduce the awkward bouncing and jolting you get with ordinary backpacks.After all, once you leave the ground, there is a gravitational force on both you and the pack.

The Fractured Future of Browser Privacy

The Fractured Future of Browser Privacy

That existing model allows companies and advertisers at least some access to marketing data; one argument for preserving it is that if browsers become too restrictive, those parties will pull content from the open web and move it to mobile apps instead.

Tesla Reports Strong Results, but Challenges Loom Ahead

Tesla Reports Strong Results, but Challenges Loom Ahead

Earlier this month, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk appeared on stage in Shanghai to celebrate the opening of Tesla’s new 9.3 million-square-foot factory there, and the start of production for the Model 3 , the company's affordable sedan, in Asia.

How to Secure Your Wi-Fi Router and Protect Your Home Network

How to Secure Your Wi-Fi Router and Protect Your Home Network

If you're not sure how to find these settings, check the documentation that came with the router, or run a quick web search using your router's make and model.You should be using WPA2 security to guard access to your router, which essentially requires every new device to submit a password to connect.

The 8 Things We Expect to See at CES 2020

The 8 Things We Expect to See at CES 2020

CES 2020, then, will be an opportunity for tech makers to demonstrate that 5G will be an actual thing this year, and they’re not going to hold back.

Looking Back at 2019's Weirdest and WIRED-est Photo Projects

Looking Back at 2019's Weirdest and WIRED-est Photo Projects

When photographers show their work to us WIRED photo editors, common responses as to why they’re reluctant to show off some of their most interesting projects include “I wasn’t sure if this is WIRED's style,” or “I didn’t think you cover this.”.

Amazon Device Christmas Sale (2019): Fire Tablets, Kindles, Echos

Amazon Device Christmas Sale (2019): Fire Tablets, Kindles, Echos

Amazon has afforded a few opportunities in the past few weeks to nab its own devices at steep discounts, and—good news fellow last-minute deal seeker—there are still some surprisingly good deals going on.

The Perils and Promise of Artificial Conscientiousness

The Perils and Promise of Artificial Conscientiousness

One of the founders of DeepMind cofounded the Partnership on AI, which aims to direct “attention and effort on harnessing AI to contribute to solutions for some of humanity’s most challenging problems.” On December 4, PAI announced the release of SafeLife, a proof-of-concept reinforcement-learning model that can avoid unintended side effects of its optimization activity in a simple game.

The Best Laptop and Tablet Deals for Cyber Monday

The Best Laptop and Tablet Deals for Cyber Monday

Apple's iPads really set the standard here, with excellent battery life and a vast app ecosystem behind them, but the price of Amazon Fire HD devices is so low the software limitations may not bother you.

Apple's Latest iPad Is on Sale for $229—$100 off

Apple's Latest iPad Is on Sale for $229—$100 off

WIRED: It would have been nice if Apple had bumped the processing power a little for the 2019 release (it still uses the A10 Fusion processor), but we do like the small .5-inch bump in screen size from 9.7 inches to 10.2 (this one is half an inch taller).

Tesla Cybertruck Vs. a Ford F-150: It's All About Friction

Tesla Cybertruck Vs. a Ford F-150: It's All About Friction

Now it's this video of a tug-of-war between the Cybertruck and a Ford F-150 .It's all about friction and the interaction between the tires and the road.The Tesla Cybertruck, with its steel outer shell, is probably more massive than a Ford F-150.Let's be clear.

13 Great Tech Deals: Cameras, Laptops, Watches, and More

13 Great Tech Deals: Cameras, Laptops, Watches, and More

Whether you're looking to step up from your phone to a still-pocketable point-and-shoot or want to go full-frame DSLR, there are deals for you.The camera's 1-inch sensor is on par with some of the best compact cameras and features 4K video and a great touchscreen interface.

Tesla Turns a Profit—and Builds a Chinese Factory Very Fast

Tesla Turns a Profit—and Builds a Chinese Factory Very Fast

CEO Elon Musk said the company was still on track to sell 360,000 vehicles by the end of the year, which would see Tesla grind out a record 105,000 cars in 2019’s last three months.

How Apple Arcade Will Reshape the App Store

How Apple Arcade Will Reshape the App Store

Only 5.5 percent of games released in the App Store this August were paid, versus nearly 25 percent that same month five years ago.And revenue from paid games made up only 1.4 percent of overall App Store game revenue last month.

Super Planetary-Motion Smackdown: Kepler v. Newton

Super Planetary-Motion Smackdown: Kepler v. Newton

The ancient Greeks studied the earth and the sky, but their basic model had all the objects (sun, moon, and planets) moving in circles around us.Is there a more fundamental model that could explain both the motion of a planet orbiting the sun and the motion of the moon orbiting Earth?

An Electric Porsche, a Tesla Probe, and More Car News This Week

An Electric Porsche, a Tesla Probe, and More Car News This Week

Read all about the car , and about how its first-of-its-kind two-speed gearbox will help it move faster, right here .Sure, other things happened this week, too.