The Profound Loneliness of New York Subway Platforms

The Profound Loneliness of New York Subway Platforms

In the first months after moving to New York City in 2008, Israeli-born photographer Natan Dvir liked to time how long he could stare at fellow subway passengers before one of them made eye contact.

HTC Has 4 New VR Headsets, All of Them Modular

HTC Has 4 New VR Headsets, All of Them Modular

HTC unveiled a new slate of virtual reality headsets today: the Cosmos, Cosmos Play, Cosmos Elite, and Cosmos XR.The four new devices are the successors to last year's PC-driven Vive Cosmos headset, and they share much of the same technology found in the original Cosmos.

Reducing the Speed Limit Won’t Make Roads Safer for Wildlife

Reducing the Speed Limit Won’t Make Roads Safer for Wildlife

And herein lies the premise: if drivers are moving slowly enough, they will have time to avoid hitting large animals, such as deer and pronghorn, on the road.

Camera Trap Chronicles: Cool Critters of New Hampshire

Camera Trap Chronicles: Cool Critters of New Hampshire

Photo © Eric Aldrich Camera trapping has become a common research and monitoring tool used at many Nature Conservancy projects and preserves.Photo © Eric Aldrich His camera trapping in New Hampshire has assisted several citizen science initiatives and inspires many online with the photos and video clips he’s captured.

Meet the Sulfur Miners Risking Their Lives Inside a Volcano

Meet the Sulfur Miners Risking Their Lives Inside a Volcano

Louie learned from his guide that workers spend 12-hour shifts dodging plumes of poisonous smoke (with many protected only by rags tied around their mouths) while carrying up to 180 pounds of sulfur on their backs.

Christina Koch and Jessica Weir: The Stellar Women of the ISS

Christina Koch and Jessica Weir: The Stellar Women of the ISS

Photograph: NASAThis accidental artistic photo shows two astronauts: Weir is working on battery replacement, and Koch, who took the photo, is captured in the shiny reflection on Weir’s visor.

Do Elk Fear Wolves? Maybe Not

Do Elk Fear Wolves? Maybe Not

Animals like elk in North America and vicunas in the Andes also share those same priorities, and what new research shows is how they respond to those fears depends mostly on what’s trying to eat them.

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra Hands On: New Cameras, 8K, and 5G

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra Hands On: New Cameras, 8K, and 5G

Etched on the back of Samsung’s new phone, the Galaxy S20 Ultra, are the following words: “Space Zoom 100X.”.Samsung has two other new phones, the Galaxy S20 ($1,000) and S20+ ($1,100), but you don't get the same level of zoom on those.

From Drones to Data at Little Jerusalem

From Drones to Data at Little Jerusalem

“It was like looking at a mini-Grand Canyon,” said Sikorsky, a Kansas State University graduate research assistant in the Park Management and Conservation Departments of Horticulture and Natural Resources.

50 Fish, 50 States: Razorback Sucker Nursery

50 Fish, 50 States: Razorback Sucker Nursery

“The razorback sucker has been in the Colorado River for millions of years, but recently the river has changed significantly,” says Zach Ahrens, native aquatics biologist for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Space Photos of the Week: There's Nothing Like the Sun

Space Photos of the Week: There's Nothing Like the Sun

Photograph: NSO/NSF/AURANASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory captured this photo in 2015, when a long strand of plasma shaped like the Eiffel Tower shot out from the sun.

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.

How to Be Humane to a Lab-Grown Brain

How to Be Humane to a Lab-Grown Brain

“In order for it to be a good model, you want it to be as human as possible,” said Hank Greely, a law professor at Stanford University who specializes in ethical and legal issues in the biosciences.

Space Photos of the Week: An Ode to Infrared

Space Photos of the Week: An Ode to Infrared

In the last sixteen years Spitzer has revealed the universe to us, including helping scientists understand how galaxies form by revealing cold and impossible to see clumps of gas.Photograph: NASA/JPL-CaltechThis image of M82, also known as the cigar galaxy, is 12 million light years away.

Recovery: Zombie Mouse Apocalypse

Recovery: Zombie Mouse Apocalypse

In a National Geographic podcast, wildlife photographer Tom Peschak describes what he encountered on Marion Island, breeding habitat for 28 bird species including light-mantled, wandering, grey-headed and black-browed albatrosses:.

Sun Bear: World’s Smallest Bear Has Surprisingly Human Traits

Sun Bear: World’s Smallest Bear Has Surprisingly Human Traits

Photo © Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre The first time Wong Siew Te saw the bear, his hairs stood on end and he shivered.Photo © Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre They eat fruit then distribute seeds from trees into far flung parts of the forest through their digestive system.

These Photos Bend Time and Space. Literally

These Photos Bend Time and Space. Literally

In 2005, multidisciplinary artist Jay Mark Johnson flew to Germany to purchase a very special, very expensive new gadget—a hand-made digital camera capable of capturing 360-degree panoramic images at resolutions as high as 500 megapixels.

Space Photos of the Week: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

Space Photos of the Week: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

The star on the right shoulder of the Orion constellation is a red supergiant called Betelgeuse.Photograph: ESOThis image, taken by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, shows how huge and lopsided Betelgeuse really is.

Space Photos of the Week: Swooning for the Swan Nebula

Space Photos of the Week: Swooning for the Swan Nebula

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Penn State/DSSThis infrared view from NASA’s Spitzer telescope reveals even more texture and activity in this busy region.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of WisconsinIn this image from the Hubble Space Telescope, the center of the Swan Nebula appears shrouded in a cloud of hydrogen gas.

Bored with Sunday Service? Maybe Nudist Church Is Your Thing

Bored with Sunday Service? Maybe Nudist Church Is Your Thing

These unaffiliated worshippers are the ones targeted by the proliferating number of alternative churches and Christian recreational sites captured by Abad.Abad sees these churches as a distinctly American phenomenon; there is no comparable phenomenon in France, he says.

Today's Cartoon: Canceled

Today's Cartoon: Canceled

Tuesday, January 7, 2020.Problem (partly) solved: outsource your passwords to another app, which can keep your login data synced and secure across all devices.Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology.

Recovery: A Plague of Bullfrogs

Recovery: A Plague of Bullfrogs

In the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area Hall and partners, including the Arizona Fish and Game Department, Bureau of Land Management, Cienega Watershed Partnership and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have built a robust Chiricahua leopard frog “metapopulation” — i.e., a group of populations separated by space.

South Jersey's Mid-Century Modern Motels, in All Their Neon Glory

South Jersey's Mid-Century Modern Motels, in All Their Neon Glory

The area first developed into a major summer tourism destination in the 1950s when brothers Lou and Will Morey, inspired by a visit to Miami’s South Beach, started building motels on the island.

Space Photos of the Week: Postcards From a Martian Winter

Space Photos of the Week: Postcards From a Martian Winter

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of ArizonaThe scale of this photo makes it’s hard to tell how massive these sand dunes are.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of ArizonaThis image looks like something seen through a microscope, but no, this is a large swath of Martian terrain.

Sustainable Swordfish: Fishing Deep for Conservation Solutions

Sustainable Swordfish: Fishing Deep for Conservation Solutions

“The Nature Conservancy needed a conservation solution that could tackle bycatch challenges while still providing economic opportunities for sustainable fishing in coastal fishing communities,” said Dr. Alexis Jackson, Fishery Project Director with TNC’s California Oceans Program.

Space Photos of the Decade: Bright Objects and a Blurry Black Hole

Space Photos of the Decade: Bright Objects and a Blurry Black Hole

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSSOne of the decade’s most thrilling moments in space happened in 2015 when NASA’s New Horizon’s spacecraft flew past Pluto, making it the first and only mission to ever visit this gorgeous dwarf planet.

Got some Holiday Cash? Check Out These After-Christmas Deals

Got some Holiday Cash? Check Out These After-Christmas Deals

If the savings don't work, we recommend picking it up for $144 ($56 off) at Amazon—still a good deal.It's one of our favorite Google Assistant-powered smart displays, but its small screen is particularly suited to the bedroom.

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.”.

A New Life for Old Bird Data

A New Life for Old Bird Data

Photo © Kelly Colgan Azar / Flickr On June 7, 1982, researcher Donna Compton stood out on The Nature Conservancy’s Regal Meadows preserve in Minnesota, setting up bird survey stations.

Space Photos of the Week: 2I/Borisov and Its Comet Buddies

Space Photos of the Week: 2I/Borisov and Its Comet Buddies

The Rosetta mission, which collected this photo, discovered a lot of water on 67/P.Photograph: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS TeamThe European Space Agency dispatched a spacecraft called Rosetta to orbit this celestial snowball, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, for many years.