How Safari and iMessage Have Made iPhones Less Secure

How Safari and iMessage Have Made iPhones Less Secure

"If you want to compromise an iPhone, these are the best ways to do it," says independent security researcher Linus Henze of the two apps.

An Electric Pickup Truck Really Could Pull a Freight Train—Here's How

An Electric Pickup Truck Really Could Pull a Freight Train—Here's How

Here is a force diagram for a tiny object pulling a massive object with no friction. For the train (object B), a frictional force is pulling to the right.

You Can Play With Escape Velocity—Without Leaving the Planet

You Can Play With Escape Velocity—Without Leaving the Planet

In this case, the force depends on the mass of the ball (m) and the local gravitational field (g) with a value of around 9.8 Newtons per kilogram.

Space Photos of the Week: Magnetic Fields May Slow Star Births

Space Photos of the Week: Magnetic Fields May Slow Star Births

(Working in clear skies avoids the problem of images being blurred by clouds.) Recently, scientists have been using SOFIA’s new instrument called High-Resolution Airborne Wideband Camera-Plus, or HAWC, to study the Orion Nebula’s magnetic fields.

How I Became a Robot in London—From 5,000 Miles Away

How I Became a Robot in London—From 5,000 Miles Away

On each of its fingertips is a sensor that allows the robot to feel , a sensation that’s piped across the world into my haptic glove.

Journalism Isn't Dying. It's Returning to Its Roots

Journalism Isn't Dying. It's Returning to Its Roots

In one scene, the Times ’ CEO asks Abramson to cook up new revenue ideas, to which she indignantly responds, “If that’s what you expect, you have the wrong executive editor.” Our reborn Founding Father journalist would find this disconnect between editorial and business absolutely inconceivable.

How to Figure Out a Drone's Angular Field of View

How to Figure Out a Drone's Angular Field of View

How to Figure Out a Drone's Angular Field of View DJI; Wired You know what happens when I get a new toy? But with this new toy, I am going to determine the angular field of view for the Spark camera.

Space Photos of the Week: Look, Ma, No Selfie Stick!

Space Photos of the Week: Look, Ma, No Selfie Stick!

A new study funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation used the distribution of dark matter in young galaxies to better understand what could have been feeding these dense objects so early on.

Is ’Oumuamua an Alien Spaceship? Sure! Except, No

Is ’Oumuamua an Alien Spaceship? Sure! Except, No

Is it possible that ‘Oumuamua, the nominally cigar-shaped, somewhat mysterious visitor that a Hawaiian telescope spotted leaving our solar system in 2017, might be neither comet nor asteroid but an alien spacecraft?

Finally, New Horizons' First Photos of Ultima Thule

Finally, New Horizons' First Photos of Ultima Thule

NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI On Thursday, January 3, New Horizons mission scientists revealed their best images of Ultima Thule to date—and they're in stereo vision!

Was a Star Wars Escape Pod Really Just a KFC Bucket?

Was a Star Wars Escape Pod Really Just a KFC Bucket?

If I had a view of the "falling" model from the side, I could easily get position-time data using video analysis by looking at each frame in the scene.Alas, I don't have that view.

Fall Is Here! Time to Learn the Physics of... Falling

Fall Is Here! Time to Learn the Physics of... Falling

However, I want to start with the simplest case of an object falling near the surface of the Earth that has a negligible air resistance force.