How to Log In to Your Devices Without Passwords

How to Log In to Your Devices Without Passwords

Screenshot: Microsoft via David NieldWindows Hello is the name Microsoft gives you password-free access to your computer: It can include facial recognition via a webcam, fingerprint scanning via a sensor, and the use of a short PIN code.

Listen to an 18,000-Year-Old Instrument Sing Once More

Listen to an 18,000-Year-Old Instrument Sing Once More

Writing today in the journal Science Advances, researchers from several universities and museums in France describe how they used CT scans and other imaging wizardry to show that a person during the Upper Paleolithic age took great care to modify the shell, the oldest such instrument ever found.

Yes, Cyberpunk 2077 Is Buggy. But Mostly, It Has No Heart

Yes, Cyberpunk 2077 Is Buggy. But Mostly, It Has No Heart

My husband and I have been playing this preposterously frustrating game every evening because … well, we don’t have too much else to do right now.At its heart, it’s a Daddy Game .It’s funny that Geralt’s horse Roach keeps getting stuck in improbable places.

Wildfire Smoke Is Loaded With Microbes. Is That Dangerous?

Wildfire Smoke Is Loaded With Microbes. Is That Dangerous?

That led a pair of researchers to publish a new perspective piece in the journal Science today calling for a multidisciplinary push to better characterize these microbes and determine how they might be making wildfire smoke even worse for human lungs.

18 Great Deals From Walmart's ‘Big Save’ Sale

18 Great Deals From Walmart's ‘Big Save’ Sale

We expect to see deals from other retailers too, like Target and Best Buy. You don't have to pay for a Prime membership to get these perks or give to the Amazon Overlords if you'd prefer to spend your money elsewhere.

A China-Linked Group Repurposed Hacking Team’s Stealthy Spyware

A China-Linked Group Repurposed Hacking Team’s Stealthy Spyware

The malware the Kaspersky researchers discovered uses its UEFI foothold to plant a second, more traditional piece of spyware on the computer's hard drive, a unique piece of code Kaspersky has called MosaicRegressor.

How to Create a Home Meditation Space

How to Create a Home Meditation Space

We're all collectively going kooky as the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus traps us in our homes, but one of the best ways to clear your mind and haul yourself out of a rut is to practice meditation.

Amazon’s Upload Will Get a Second Season

Amazon’s Upload Will Get a Second Season

M. Night Shyamalan Is Working on a New Secret Movie.Night Shyamalan has wrapped up the casting on his next big movie.New Banksy Piece Dedicated to Health Care Workers.

The Disturbing Case of the Disappearing Sci-Fi Story

The Disturbing Case of the Disappearing Sci-Fi Story

At the beginning of this year, the science fiction and fantasy magazine Clarkesworld published a short story called “I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter” by Isabel Fall.

The Science Behind Why No Two Snowflakes Are Alike

The Science Behind Why No Two Snowflakes Are Alike

Ensconced in the elements, Libbrecht scans his board with an archaeologist’s patience, looking for perfect snowflakes and other snow crystals.Now, Libbrecht’s work on snow has crystallized in a new model that attempts to explain why snowflakes and other snow crystals form the way they do.

Iran’s APT33 Hackers Are Targeting Industrial Control Systems

Iran’s APT33 Hackers Are Targeting Industrial Control Systems

Threat intelligence firm FireEye has warned since 2017 that APT33 had links to another piece of destructive code known as Shapeshifter .Moran declined to name any of the specific industrial control system, or ICS, companies or products targeted by the APT33 hackers.

The Riddle, and Controversy, of All That Missing Plastic

The Riddle, and Controversy, of All That Missing Plastic

To complement these findings, Ocean Cleanup used data on winds and currents to show that when pieces of plastic come out of, say, rivers, they tend to stick around the coastline.Ocean Cleanup reckons that in total, just .06 percent of plastics from the shore and coastline make their way into gyres.

Strap on Your Exoskeleton and Dance, Dance, Dance

Strap on Your Exoskeleton and Dance, Dance, Dance

And of course, there were the dancing robots, which anyone attending the Gray Area Festival could sign up to physically merge with. "When humans first started making art, with the earliest examples we have in the caves of Chauvet and Lascaux—those were completely immersive and site-specific art experiences," says Threw.

This Artist Makes Kinetic 'Mirrors' That Echo Your Movements

This Artist Makes Kinetic 'Mirrors' That Echo Your Movements

Each piece is kinetic; a sensor picks up the image of the viewer, and the screen moves to "reflect" the form of the person standing in front.

Freitag's Latest Bags Have a Funky New Ingredient: Plastic

Freitag's Latest Bags Have a Funky New Ingredient: Plastic

Now Freitag is bringing a new design to market: a line of bags that are made partially of truck tarp, and partially of material spun from recycled plastic bottles.

Creative iPad Pro Apps: Procreate, SketchBook, Assembly, Comic Draw

Creative iPad Pro Apps: Procreate, SketchBook, Assembly, Comic Draw

Autodesk’s app converts the photo into a digital line drawing. Add layers using all the brushes, rulers, shapes, and curve tools you’d expect from the makers of AutoCAD. You get tools for drawing, inking, and coloring, and the app even helps with the tricky part: lettering.

Capturing the Aftermath of Wildfires in France

Capturing the Aftermath of Wildfires in France

"The forest stands its ground, fights back, and survives," he says.Related StoriesLaura MalloneeThe 'Liquidators' Who Risked It All to Clean Up ChernobylLaura MalloneeHow That Magical Jack Dorsey–Alex Jones Photo HappenedLaura MalloneeA Cross-Country Road Trip, Courtesy of Google Street ViewFrance lost 60,000 acres to wildfires last year, most in the southern Mediterranean rim.

How Los Angeles Is Helping Lead the Fight Against Climate Change

How Los Angeles Is Helping Lead the Fight Against Climate Change

Garcetti sat down with WIRED for two interviews, which we have combined and condensed, to talk about how to turn LA into a greentech testbed, why cities have to compete in order to save the world, and what the city can learn from its infamous water wars.Matt Simon: In what way are cities uniquely positioned to be leaders on climate change?Eric Garcetti: There's never been more people living in cities, and many of them control directly the most important national assets, like ports and airports and utilities.

Just a Few Pieces of Plastic Can Kill Sea Turtles

Just a Few Pieces of Plastic Can Kill Sea Turtles

In some areas with high levels of plastic pollution, like the Mediterranean and the southern Atlantic Ocean, turtles are unable to avoid the debris, while in other areas it is less of a problem.“We know individual turtles are dying, but we don’t know yet whether enough turtles are dying to cause population decline, and that’s where we’re heading to now,” Dr. Hamann said.Jennifer Lynch, a research biologist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Hawaii, took issue with the way the study measured vulnerability to plastic.In her own research, she has seen animals that aren’t harmed after swallowing 300 pieces of plastic, so she doesn’t believe that 14 pieces pose such a high risk of death.