10 Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

10 Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

We hope that you enjoy this selection of the winning entries, with stories on everything from cassowary excrement to native trout conservation, from mothing as a hobby to essays on our childhood love of campground critters and The Crocodile Hunter.

Everything Amazon Announced—Including a Cute Security Robot

Everything Amazon Announced—Including a Cute Security Robot

You’ll get professional monitoring, backup internet on all Ring devices, access to the Alexa Guard Plus helpline, and more robust online security using Eero Secure.Photograph: AmazonWorking with The Home Depot, Ring's new JobSite Security bundle aims to make it easier to monitor job sites.

Hiking 101: Everything You Need to Head for the Hills

Hiking 101: Everything You Need to Head for the Hills

Shoes, Socks, and Base Layers.Check out our guides to the Best Trail Running Shoes and How to Layer for more info.Wicking Undershirts for $75+ : This guide has a few or our favorite base layer tops .

Microsoft Surface Event September 2021: Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Duo 2

Microsoft Surface Event September 2021: Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Duo 2

From a wacky folding laptop to the new and improved Surface Duo 2, there's plenty to choose from if you've been holding out for an upgrade .The Surface Laptop Studio starts at $1,600.

Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2 Is a Lovable Weirdo

Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2 Is a Lovable Weirdo

Two Octobers ago, Microsoft revealed its long-in-the-works dual-screened device, named the Surface Duo .When the Surface Duo 2 ships it will be running on Android 11 , and like the last time around, some key Microsoft Office apps have been optimized for the split screens.

September 2021 Apple Event Roundup: iPhone 13, iPad Mini, Apple Watch 7

September 2021 Apple Event Roundup: iPhone 13, iPad Mini, Apple Watch 7

Preorders open up on Friday, and all phones will be available on September 24.Apple only briefly touched on the privacy features of the new iPhones during today’s event, perhaps because it was eager to avoid wading into the recent photo-scanning controversy it’s found itself in.

Tips for Learning to Type With One Hand

Tips for Learning to Type With One Hand

Because of this, I didn't feel like I had enough time to teach myself how to use an entirely different keyboard.That's why I started by looking for a standard Bluetooth-compatible one that was more accessible for one-handed use.

Our Favorite Mattresses on Sale for Labor Day

Our Favorite Mattresses on Sale for Labor Day

A lot of the base prices of our favorite mattresses have gone up in the last few months, but we still think these deals are solid.Hybrid mattresses are supportive, with hundreds of individually wrapped springs sandwiched between layers of foam.

How to Save Money on Your Digital Subscriptions

How to Save Money on Your Digital Subscriptions

This perhaps works best for music and video streaming subscriptions, where you know you won't be using them for an extended period of time: Maybe you're going to give an alternative service a try, or you've finally watched everything there is to watch on Hulu.

Social Media Algorithms Are Controlling How I Grieve

Social Media Algorithms Are Controlling How I Grieve

She’s talked to more than 80 research participants, sometimes for hours, about how they interact with profiles of the deceased.“What we’re finding is that there are a bunch of really steep misalignments in what people need from this system and how it's actually working,” she says regarding Facebook.

The Humble Shrub That’s Predicting a Terrible Fire Season

The Humble Shrub That’s Predicting a Terrible Fire Season

“It's a really pretty and kind of understated shrub,” says Bryant Baker, conservation director of the Los Padres ForestWatch, which advocates for the protection of California’s habitats.

How to Use Smart Lighting to Transform Your Kid’s Bedroom

How to Use Smart Lighting to Transform Your Kid’s Bedroom

Internet-connected smart lights are more affordable than ever and easy to use via remote controls or smartphone apps.Options range from simple bulbs that slot into regular fixtures to smart light strips that can be installed in unlikely spots.

AI Comes to Car Repair, and Body Shop Owners Aren’t Happy

AI Comes to Car Repair, and Body Shop Owners Aren’t Happy

From his perspective, appraisers and claims adjusters, paid by insurance companies, generally want to pay less for repairs than he thinks his shop deserves.“I'd say 99.9 percent of the estimates are incorrect,” says Jeff McDowell, who owns Leslie's Auto Body in Fords, New Jersey.

Master & Dynamic Is Having a Big Sale on Audio Gear Now

Master & Dynamic Is Having a Big Sale on Audio Gear Now

New York–based, fashion-forward company Master & Dynamic makes headphones that make audiophiles drool.Master & Dynamic MW07 Go. Photograph: Master & DynamicWIRED audio reviewer Parker Hall and I have tried these beautiful wireless workout buds (9/10, WIRED Recommends ).

The 17 Best Weekend Deals on Stand Mixers, PC Gear, and More

The 17 Best Weekend Deals on Stand Mixers, PC Gear, and More

Photograph: Motorola Make sure to check out our Best Android Phones and Best Wireless Headphones guides for more.Motorola One 5G for $350 ($50 off) : This Android phone will give you not only four rear cameras but also two days of battery life on a single charge.

I Called Off My Wedding. The Internet Will Never Forget

I Called Off My Wedding. The Internet Will Never Forget

In my job as a technology journalist, I’ve spent the past dozen years tweeting, checking in, joining online groups, experimenting with digital payments, wearing multiple activity trackers, trying every “story” app and applying every gauzy photo filter.

The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Games, Tablets, and More

The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Games, Tablets, and More

No matter what your plans are, our hebdomadal deals roundup (aka the second-best part of the weekend) will help.The discount matches the best deal we've ever seen for it.

Physicists Learn to Superfreeze Antimatter (Hint: Pew Pew!)

Physicists Learn to Superfreeze Antimatter (Hint: Pew Pew!)

A big group of scientists centered at CERN, the Swiss particle physics lab, was already the best in the world at making antihydrogen, the antimatter version of hydrogen.

Away's Suitcases and Carry-On Bags Are on Sale Now

Away's Suitcases and Carry-On Bags Are on Sale Now

We've tested and liked them on trips to CES in Las Vegas (in the Before Times), and the company's aluminum Bigger Carry-On—that is, one sized for US airline carry-on regulations but not most international airlines—is my favorite ultra-luxurious hard-side suitcase and is in our guide to the Best Travel Bags .The sale runs through March 30 (online and at brick-and-mortar stores), and we've highlighted our favorite deals below.

Games Like Umurangi Generation Bring the Moment Into Focus

Games Like Umurangi Generation Bring the Moment Into Focus

However, it’s not only these characters and the player asserting their presence but the game’s 28-year-old designer Tali Faulkner, whose Māori heritage is suffused throughout the world with visual cues like tāniko and raranga patterns.

Lululemon's New Yoga Mat Uses 3-D Ridges to Perfect Your Poses

Lululemon's New Yoga Mat Uses 3-D Ridges to Perfect Your Poses

“The central circle is a reference point,” says Lululemon senior designer Stephen Morris.While most other alignment mats have indicators that are purely visual, the Take Form mat’s ripples are slightly raised so that users can feel them during their practice.

The 21 Best Weekend Deals on TVs, Cameras, and Outdoor Gear

The 21 Best Weekend Deals on TVs, Cameras, and Outdoor Gear

We like the Galaxy Buds Live for their good battery life (six hours per charge), sweatproof design, and comfy fit.

Easy Nature Adventures to Enjoy Near You

Easy Nature Adventures to Enjoy Near You

Over the years, Cool Green Science has covered many wildlife activities that can be enjoyed in a backyard, a city park or a vacant lot.While scavenger hunts don’t have to involve nature, the challenge of finding plants and animals makes for a more rewarding quest.

The Best Home Emergency Kit Gear (2021): Flashlights, Stoves, Chargers, and More

The Best Home Emergency Kit Gear (2021): Flashlights, Stoves, Chargers, and More

Photograph: FenixThe Fenix E20 V2 is my top pick for an affordable emergency flashlight, but the ThruNite Archer 2A V3 ($30) is another solid choice.If you're using alkaline batteries, remove them from the flashlight if it's going to sit unused for a long time, otherwise they'll leak and cause problems.

WIRED's Bread Making Tips & Supplies Guide (2021): Yeast, Baking Accessories, and More

WIRED's Bread Making Tips & Supplies Guide (2021): Yeast, Baking Accessories, and More

The flour shortages that plagued us in the early months of the pandemic are probably over where you live, but it's worth hitting up local bakeries, pizza shops, or other bread-baking restaurants for their favorite flours.Photograph: Alex Lau/Conde Nast/Getty Images Now that you've got the ingredients and tools, find a great recipe and get to baking.

How to Level Up Your At-Home Recording Studio

How to Level Up Your At-Home Recording Studio

Which means that you can usually find used versions of most gear you want on sites like eBay that still work great and are compatible with each other.If you’re recording from farther away, you might want a shotgun mic like the Audio-Technica AT875R.

20 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

20 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off) .Garmin Forerunner 735XT Run-Bundle for $240 ($160 off) : WIRED writer Adrienne So, who tests fitness trackers among other things, says this is a great deal.

Artists Reimagine How Covid-19 Will Shape the Art World

Artists Reimagine How Covid-19 Will Shape the Art World

By having a version that lived in Minecraft Simon Denny’s Mine reached a lot more people than it would have if it just existed in a gallery space.

The 13 Best Weekend Deals on Laptops, Smartwatches, and More

The 13 Best Weekend Deals on Laptops, Smartwatches, and More

If this is still too pricey, read our Best Apple Watch guide to see more options.Garmin Fenix 6X Pro for $695 ($55 off) : If you want a sports watch that can do anything—seriously, just about anything—the Garmin Fenix 6X Pro (8/10, WIRED Recommends ) is the way to go.

He Made a Viral Bernie Meme Site. Now He Has to Keep It Going

He Made a Viral Bernie Meme Site. Now He Has to Keep It Going

Just a half hour earlier, still steeped in the afterglow of Joe Biden’s inauguration, Sawhney had pushed live a website that lets you put a viral image of Bernie Sanders—seated, mittened, alone—atop any Google Street View image.