How a Street-Smart Supercar Got Ready for the Racetrack

How a Street-Smart Supercar Got Ready for the Racetrack

Team Penske and Meyer Shank Racing, driving machines based on Acura street cars, enjoyed a mood lacking in the frantic energy typical of previous decades in racing.

Today's Cartoon: Comparison Shopping

Today's Cartoon: Comparison Shopping

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Cisco Flaws Put Millions of Workplace Devices at Risk

Cisco Flaws Put Millions of Workplace Devices at Risk

Attackers could use related flaws, also disclosed by Armis, to attack batches of Cisco devices at once—like all the desk phones or all the webcams—to shut them down or turn them into eyes and ears inside a target organization.

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.

A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet

A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet

The World Economic Forum predicts plastic production will double in the next 20 years.“In the context of a world trying to shift off of fossil fuels as an energy source, this is where [oil and gas companies] see the growth,” said Steven Feit, a staff attorney at the Center for International Environmental Law, an advocacy group.

A Practical Guide for Building Ethical Tech

A Practical Guide for Building Ethical Tech

Some ethics executives experimented with creating a new process for these “ethics checkpoints,” but quickly realized that this unduly burdened the notoriously tight product development cycle, or was ignored altogether.

The Display of the Future Might Be in Your Contact Lens

The Display of the Future Might Be in Your Contact Lens

The lens will sit right on the cornea, and Ashley Tuan, vice president of medical devices at Mojo Vision, tells me it will be just like wearing normal contacts.

It's Easy to Be a Jerk on Twitter. And Twitter Wants to Fix That

It's Easy to Be a Jerk on Twitter. And Twitter Wants to Fix That

Quote tweets are I think an important mechanic that’s distinct because me yelling in your movie theater is different than you hosting your own conversation.

Sex-Tech Companies Are Having More Fun Than the Rest of Us at CES

Sex-Tech Companies Are Having More Fun Than the Rest of Us at CES

If there was ever a metaphor for the newfound openness around women’s sex tech at the annual consumer electronics fest, it might be the Lora DiCarlo truck.That’s what happened in early 2019, when DiCarlo and her team were awarded a CES Innovation prize in the Robotics and Drone category.

Twitter Wants to Let Users Limit Who Replies. Here’s Why

Twitter Wants to Let Users Limit Who Replies. Here’s Why

“The philosophical approach we took here is, when you start a conversation, as the author of a tweet you should have a little more control over the replies to that tweet,” Beykpour said.

Scientists Figured Out the Indian Cobra's Genome—at Last

Scientists Figured Out the Indian Cobra's Genome—at Last

To finally fit together these elusive sections of the genome, Somasekar Seshagiri, a geneticist and president of the SciGenom Research Foundation in Bangalore, and his collaborators used a combination of older sequencing methods with new ones that read out very long stretches of DNA .

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.

Nike's Victory Swimsuit Steals Tricks From Fish Gills

Nike's Victory Swimsuit Steals Tricks From Fish Gills

To offer something for everybody else, Nike is adding a mix-and-match set of the Swim Hijab [$40], Swim Tunic with built-in sports bra [$70], and Swim Leggings [$68] to its modest swimwear collection.

Anti-Vape Laws Could Do More Harm Than Good

Anti-Vape Laws Could Do More Harm Than Good

Author Amy Fairchild, dean of Ohio State University’s College of Public Health, and coauthors argue that policymakers, in their rush to address the surge in lung illnesses and teen vaping, may be depriving millions of adult smokers of a safer alternative to combustible cigarettes.

The WIRED Guide to Influencers

The WIRED Guide to Influencers

Influencers like Luka Sabbat, a model-turned-actor with two million followers on Instagram, can charge upwards of $40,000 to promote products in story and feed posts.

Amazon Doesn’t Favor Its Own Brands—Except When It Does

Amazon Doesn’t Favor Its Own Brands—Except When It Does

“Even if another seller is selling a counterfeit, or an empty envelope, if they’re selling at a lower price, Amazon’s going to give them the Buy Box until such time as enough complaints come in so the brand can show Amazon this other seller is a total fake,” said Thomson.

Tesla Cybertruck: Elon Musk's Pickup Truck Has Arrived

Tesla Cybertruck: Elon Musk's Pickup Truck Has Arrived

And while that might not be a day-to-day use case for many prospective buyers, it’s very handy if you’re showing off the prowess of your latest all-electric model for the first time at a glitzy event in Los Angeles, as Tesla (and SpaceX ) CEO Elon Musk did Thursday night.

The 8-Hour Workday Is a Counterproductive Lie

The 8-Hour Workday Is a Counterproductive Lie

Like most people writing hot takes and think pieces about productivity, I’m focusing on knowledge workers here—those of us who work at desks, mostly in front of computers, in offices or from home.

The Messy Legal Fight to Bring Celebrities Back From the Dead

The Messy Legal Fight to Bring Celebrities Back From the Dead

Mark Roesler started CMG Worldwide in 1982 after finding that deceased celebrities had no one to represent them post-mortem.Roesler carved out a niche in representing the estates of dead stars, and the families of these celebrities began approaching CMG looking for representation.

Google Shakes Up Its 'TGIF'—and Ends Its Culture of Openness

Google Shakes Up Its 'TGIF'—and Ends Its Culture of Openness

Last week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent an to his 100,000 or so employees, cutting back the company’s defining all-hands meeting known as TGIF.

A New Smoking Gadget Says It's Safe. Should You Trust It?

A New Smoking Gadget Says It's Safe. Should You Trust It?

After reviewing the device and reams of data presented by Philip Morris, the agency decided that although Iqos isn’t risk-free, it was “appropriate for the protection of the public health” because the devices had “fewer or lower levels of some toxins.” The authorization doesn’t mean the regulator approves of the device or thinks it’s safe; it just means the FDA believes Iqos isn’t more dangerous than regular cigarettes.

NIWA to survey young snapper in Hauraki Gulf

NIWA to survey young snapper in Hauraki Gulf

NIWA is heading out into the Hauraki Gulf this month to carry out a survey of juvenile snapper– the first of its kind for 20 years.Fisheries scientists aboard NIWA research vessel Kaharoa are trying to understand how many one and two-year-old snapper are in the area known as the Snapper 1 fishery.

Apple Reveals $250 Noise-Canceling AirPods Pro

Apple Reveals $250 Noise-Canceling AirPods Pro

Now, this custom chip is also being tasked with handling noise cancelation, adaptive sound equalization features, and a “transparency” setting on the new AirPod Pros.

Scientists Take Baby Steps Toward Extraterrestrial Babies

Scientists Take Baby Steps Toward Extraterrestrial Babies

The study was limited—the sperm was in microgravity for less than 9 seconds, for example—but it suggested that reduced gravity has negligible effects on the health of frozen sperm.“We are at the frontier of knowledge about human reproduction in space,” says Antoni Perez-Poch, an engineer at Polytechnic University of Catalonia and a coauthor on the paper.

Tesla Has a New Solar Roof—and Musk Says This One Will Work

Tesla Has a New Solar Roof—and Musk Says This One Will Work

Elon Musk on Friday afternoon revealed details of the latest version of Tesla’s Solar Glass Roof, announcing that installations have begun and should ramp up in the coming weeks.

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.

Scientists Are Literally Spinning Up Lab-Grown Meat

Scientists Are Literally Spinning Up Lab-Grown Meat

With these lab-spun gelatin fibers, the researchers provided a similar kind of scaffolding, to which they added either cow or rabbit cells.“You don't want the cells to be like bricks in a brick building,” says Parker.

To Go Green, the Energy Industry Goes Open Source

To Go Green, the Energy Industry Goes Open Source

TenneT recently built its own data collection and analysis platform atop open source components because, Bakker says, the company couldn't find a traditional commercial software product that met its needs.

Now It’s a Snap to Donate Your Old Lego Bricks

Now It’s a Snap to Donate Your Old Lego Bricks

Today, the Danish company announced Replay, a partnership venture with two nonprofits that will attempt to redistribute donated Lego pieces to classrooms and kids in need.The biggest challenge in the process, says Give Back Box founder Monika Wiela, will be sorting and cleaning all the pieces.

Star Wars News: 'The Rise of Skywalker' Won't Retcon 'Last Jedi'

Star Wars News: 'The Rise of Skywalker' Won't Retcon 'Last Jedi'

With just a few months until the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and a couple of weeks until the debut of The Mandalorian on Disney+, there has clearly been an awakening in the Force.