US Sanctions on Russia Rewrite Cyberespionage's Rules

US Sanctions on Russia Rewrite Cyberespionage's Rules

Any rule that SolarWinds violates would be a new one, he argues, given that the hacking campaign was by all appearances focused on the kind of cyberespionage US intelligence agencies routinely carry out, with no clear evidence that it was intended to cause disruptive effects.

Help! Am I Oversharing With My Colleagues?

Help! Am I Oversharing With My Colleagues?

After reading your question multiple times, then discussing it with a fair number of pals who are also bosses, I feel most confident about one takeaway: You’re a very good people manager.

Negligence, Not Politics, Drives Most Misinformation Sharing

Negligence, Not Politics, Drives Most Misinformation Sharing

To do the experiments, the researchers gathered a set of headlines and lead sentences from news stories that had been shared on social media.People were more likely to rate headlines that agreed with their politics, but the difference here was only 10 percentage points.

The Atlanta Shootings Made Me Stop Gaslighting Myself

The Atlanta Shootings Made Me Stop Gaslighting Myself

When a white man murdered six Asian women and two other people because he had a “bad day,” I knew I had gaslighted myself—a revolting feeling of both vindication that I was not crazy and horror that my worst suspicions had been confirmed.

The Pandemic Turns One, Vaccine Trials Adapt, and More Coronavirus News

The Pandemic Turns One, Vaccine Trials Adapt, and More Coronavirus News

The pandemic has raged for a year, vaccine trials contend with approved shots, and Biden signs a $1.9 trillion relief bill.As the vaccine rollout accelerates, drugmakers are facing a new dilemma : getting people to sign up for trials for new shots, where they might get a placebo instead of the real thing.

Klara and the Sun Imagines a Social Schism Driven by AI

Klara and the Sun Imagines a Social Schism Driven by AI

We talked about it over a number of conversations, and I think the key question here is: Can AI actually get to that empathy, by understanding human emotions, controlling them through something like a work of art.

Who Is R. A. Lafferty? And Is He the Best Sci-Fi Writer Ever?

Who Is R. A. Lafferty? And Is He the Best Sci-Fi Writer Ever?

Lafferty didn’t just write possibly the best short stories in the world, of which more than 200 were published by various pulps and small presses in his lifetime.

Clubhouse Cured My Imposter Syndrome

Clubhouse Cured My Imposter Syndrome

Charlatanism lives in many rooms, including the ones that brought me onto Clubhouse in December: debates around Covid, and especially the vaccine.

Could Bobbie Really Hold 2 Spaceships Together in 'The Expanse'?

Could Bobbie Really Hold 2 Spaceships Together in 'The Expanse'?

Illustration: Rhett AllainIt’s not quite clear if the Belter ship just pulls back the gangplank or fires its thrusters to move away—so, I’m going to assume that it uses thrusters.

Biden Gets to Work, Vaccine Guidelines Change, and More Coronavirus News

Biden Gets to Work, Vaccine Guidelines Change, and More Coronavirus News

Biden gets to work on the pandemic, the CDC adjusts vaccine guidelines, and death tolls rise worldwide.CDC data suggests the country has already reached a pace of approximately one million vaccines administered per day several times in the last few weeks, but it also indicates that states and cities are administering fewer than half of the doses that they’ve received.

How Long Would It Take for a 747 to Stop, Like in 'Tenet'?

How Long Would It Take for a 747 to Stop, Like in 'Tenet'?

But there was one email question that I didn't ignore.So, the question: What is the minimum braking distance for this aircraft.The email included some details like the estimated mass (200,000 lbs) and the fact that it has 8 of its 16 brakes installed.

My Twitter Addiction Got So Bad, I Had to Block Myself

My Twitter Addiction Got So Bad, I Had to Block Myself

The solutions that satisfy others strike them as false and inauthentic, and “their lives are one long drama of repentance and of effort to repair misdemeanors and mistakes.” Most people find it easy to diagnose themselves as one of these two types, and I hope I won’t offend you in saying that you strike me, unmistakably, as a divided soul.

Alexa Now Has Its Own Questions for You

Alexa Now Has Its Own Questions for You

It might not seem like much, but figuring out when to seek clarification requires considerable artificial intelligence , and it’s a step towards having machines learn from humans on the fly.“The ability for clarification will be a fundamental property of any good conversational artificial agent,” says Roger Levy, a professor at MIT who specializes in AI and linguistics.

CBP Seized OnePlus Buds as ‘Counterfeit’ AirPods. Now It's Doubling Down

CBP Seized OnePlus Buds as ‘Counterfeit’ AirPods. Now It's Doubling Down

“Upon examining the shipment in question, a CBP Import Specialist determined that the subject earbuds appeared to violate Apple’s configuration trademark,” the agency said in a statement shared with WIRED.

Mathematicians Open a New Front on an Ancient Number Problem

Mathematicians Open a New Front on an Ancient Number Problem

He delved into the literature, coming across a 1974 paper by Carl Pomerance, a mathematician now at Dartmouth College, which proved that any OPN must have at least seven distinct prime factors.“Seeing that progress could be made on this problem gave me hope, in my naiveté, that maybe I could do something,” Nielsen said.

School in the Age of Covid: A Series of Impossible Decisions

School in the Age of Covid: A Series of Impossible Decisions

Sign up for our Podcasts newsletter and never miss an episode of Get WIRED, Gadget Lab, and Geek's Guide to the Galaxy.So for this episode of the Get WIRED podcast, we asked our listeners to share their back-to-school experiences and any solutions they’ve come up with so far.

Facebook's Zuckerberg Says He's Got Election Stuff Under Control

Facebook's Zuckerberg Says He's Got Election Stuff Under Control

In a blog post, Mark Zuckerberg laid out Facebook’s latest election-related policies, including its plan to deal with the possibility that a winner won’t be officially declared on Election Day. The company plans to use its new Voting Information Center “to prepare people for the possibility that it may take a while to get official results.” On Election Day, the information center will include authoritative information from Reuters and the National Election Pool.

Cloud Support: Why Do I Keep Refusing OS Updates?

Cloud Support: Why Do I Keep Refusing OS Updates?

Open a cloud support ticket for assistance with your personal problems, moral dilemmas, or philosophical concerns about encounters with technology.On the other hand, it’s not like accepting an update will put an end to them.

In Lockdown, Mathematicians Crack a Stubborn Geometry Riddle

In Lockdown, Mathematicians Crack a Stubborn Geometry Riddle

The problem Greene and Lobb worked on predicts, basically, that every such path contains sets of four points that form the vertices of rectangles of any desired proportion.But again, the problem Greene and Lobb solved involves curves that are smooth, and therefore continuous.

Productivity Is Not Working

Productivity Is Not Working

My whole generation learned relentless work was the way to cope with the rolling crisis, with the mood of imminent collapse and economic insecurity that was the elevator music of our entire youth—the relentless tension between trying to save yourself and trying to save the world, between desperate aspiration and actual hope.

GM Pivots to Building Ventilators, and More Car News This Week

GM Pivots to Building Ventilators, and More Car News This Week

How much would the planet benefit if we just stopped flying ?The startup trying to bring electric trucks to the masses .A new breed of government officials wonder: How might cities build streets for people, not cars ?Uber, Instacart, and the pandemic have exposed deep fault lines in the gig economy—and now people are working with renewed urgency to fix them.

How We Will All Solve the Climate Crisis

How We Will All Solve the Climate Crisis

Children who are now in booster seats, all around the world, are going to be inventing solutions to the crisis, and they'll need support, investment, and, yes, well-designed capitalism to get them off the ground.

An Expert Answers the 50 Most Googled Coronavirus Questions

An Expert Answers the 50 Most Googled Coronavirus Questions

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to whip around the world, killing thousands of people and overloading hospitals, you’ve probably turned to Google to answer your questions.“Compare that to somebody who has measles and sneezes, the virus then clings to particles that hang in the air,” says Yasmin.

Kids Can Get Covid-19. They Just Don't Get That Sick

Kids Can Get Covid-19. They Just Don't Get That Sick

In a recent analysis by a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins and in China of more than 72,000 confirmed cases from China, children under the age of 10 accounted for less than 1 percent of all infections.

'Baby Talk' Can Help Kids Learn Language (Oh Yes It Can !)

'Baby Talk' Can Help Kids Learn Language (Oh Yes It Can !)

But it’s not all about instinct: a paper published in PNAS this week suggests that parents can be trained to improve their parentese and that this training gives their babies’ language a boost.

Athletic Authorities Must Reckon With Racing Tech Again

Athletic Authorities Must Reckon With Racing Tech Again

World Athletics (then called the IAAF) was acting on the certainty that “running blades,” engineered specifically for running fast, could perform better than regular legs.

Meet Xenobot, an Eerie New Kind of Programmable Organism

Meet Xenobot, an Eerie New Kind of Programmable Organism

They hope that this new kind of organism—contracting cells and passive cells stuck together—and its eerily advanced behavior can help scientists unlock the mysteries of cellular communication.

Incentivizing Tree Planting in Myanmar

Incentivizing Tree Planting in Myanmar

Hausheer / TNC In the dry zones of Myanmar, degraded natural areas can be restored if communities believe that a low-cost investment now (for instance, a ‘leave the land alone for three-years’ strategy) would pay off in the medium term.

How Eliud Kipchoge Pulled Off His Epic, Sub-2-Hour Marathon

How Eliud Kipchoge Pulled Off His Epic, Sub-2-Hour Marathon

On Saturday morning in Vienna, Austria, Eliud Kipchoge, the world's finest marathoner , became the first person in history to run 26.2 miles in under two hours .

Exclusive: A Deeper Look at the PlayStation 5

Exclusive: A Deeper Look at the PlayStation 5

Think about the hard drive in a game console, spinning like a 5,400-rpm vinyl record."If you look at a game like Marvel's Spider-Man," Cerny says, "there are some pieces of data duplicated 400 times on the hard drive."