Stop Obsessing Over Sleep—Your Brain Will Thank You

Stop Obsessing Over Sleep—Your Brain Will Thank You

Fitbit kicked off this trend when it released the first tracker in 2009.Little more than a glorified pedometer at the time, the Fitbit couldn’t monitor your heart rate, pay for anything, or even tell you the time.Fears over bad sleep are getting the TED treatment and topping best-seller lists.

Come Hang Out With WIRED at Our 2-Day Festival

Come Hang Out With WIRED at Our 2-Day Festival

You see, there are only a few working days left before WIRED25, our two-day live event that, in many ways, brings to life the November issue of WIRED, titled Have a Nice Future: Stories of 25 People Racing to Save Us .A few months back, as we began planning the November issue, we started to feel that national malaise, the distress that surrounded the environment, health, cybersecurity, politics.

4 College Admissions Essay Editing Services Reviewed

4 College Admissions Essay Editing Services Reviewed

The 150-plus members of the Coalition for College (which includes Harvard and Vanderbilt) requires a single 500-word essay selected from prompts such as "Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus.

Stunning Mars Photos Show a Salty Landscape: Space Photos of the Week

Stunning Mars Photos Show a Salty Landscape: Space Photos of the Week

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSSThis group of rocks is called Squid Cove, and like Old Soaker, it has seen a lot of wet and dry spells.

Catch Rockets With a Helicopter? Yep, That's the Plan

Catch Rockets With a Helicopter? Yep, That's the Plan

Deel says the company plans to use HIAD technology and helicopter recovery to catch the powerful BE-4 engines from its next generation Vulcan Centaur rocket as soon as 2024.So far, SpaceX remains the only rocket company to have successfully recovered and reflown a booster from an orbital rocket.

Great Stunt, Spider-Man! Now Let's Fine-Tune the Physics

Great Stunt, Spider-Man! Now Let's Fine-Tune the Physics

Now, if we put this vertical acceleration together with the fixed horizontal velocity , we get something special, called projectile motion. On the next jump, I get a vertical acceleration of –6.074, which is closer, but you can see that the fit is pretty janky.

Where Do Supermassive Black Holes Come From?

Where Do Supermassive Black Holes Come From?

This speed limit can theoretically be exceeded if the matter is collapsing fast enough; the Basu and Das model suggests black holes were accreting matter at three times the Eddington rate for as long as the chain reaction was happening.

The Awesome Bowling Robot Is Surely Fake. Here's How to Tell

The Awesome Bowling Robot Is Surely Fake. Here's How to Tell

Motion of the Spinning Arm. I already have an estimate for the launch speed of the ball from the time it takes to get down the lane.

What Makes a Good Cooler (According to Physics)?

What Makes a Good Cooler (According to Physics)?

How well a cooler can do this will depend on three key factors: insulation, air, and ice. Open-cell is the type of foam that is used in soft-sided lunch totes and the like, while hard-sided coolers generally contain closed-cell foam in their walls.

Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift

Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift

If there's anything to say about "You Need to Calm Down," it's that the song is more evidence that Taylor Swift is extremely good at her job: being the pop star people deserve, if not the one they say they want.

What Adam Savage Needs to Know to Fly an Iron Man Suit

What Adam Savage Needs to Know to Fly an Iron Man Suit

That means the pilot can control the suit by just changing the arm positions and not even having to adjust the jet engine thrust. Here is a diagram looking from the side of the flying Iron Man:Notice that there is now a forward component of force from the back jet.

Post-Apocalyptic Survival Skills: How to Measure Acceleration

Post-Apocalyptic Survival Skills: How to Measure Acceleration

With that, I can find a force-acceleration equation for both masses. With an accelerating mass, the net force is NOT zero. Notice that if the two masses have the same value, the acceleration would be zero meters per second squared (that's good).

The Physics of the Millennium Falcon's Jump to Hyperspace

The Physics of the Millennium Falcon's Jump to Hyperspace

To estimate the acceleration, we can look at the angular size of the back of the Falcon as it moves away. All I need to do is measure the position of the sides of the Falcon and use that to calculate the angular size in each frame of the video during the jump to hyperspace.

The Wagon Wheel Effect Shows the Limits of the Human Brain

The Wagon Wheel Effect Shows the Limits of the Human Brain

Some, like the wagon wheel illusion, rely on frame rate tricks (with the right camera settings, flowing water can appear to freeze in midair).

Shell Carbon-Capture Plant Hits 4 Million Ton Milestone Early

Shell Carbon-Capture Plant Hits 4 Million Ton Milestone Early

The Quest facility, which sequesters emissions from the Scotford Upgrader near Edmonton, Alberta, started up in November 2015 and has since run ahead of its target of capturing 1 million tons of carbon a year, said Anne Halladay, a geophysicist who has been an adviser on the project since it was in construction in 2014.

The Physics of Mississippi Flood Control

The Physics of Mississippi Flood Control

The spillway is 7000 feet long (2134 meters for non-Imperials).There are 350 "bays" that can be opened with each bay 20 feet wide (6.1 meters).The maximum flow capacity is 250,000 cubic feet per second of water flow (you can convert this to m3/s as a homework question).The floodway (the part of land that becomes a temporary river) is 5.7 miles long.

Scientists hoping to solve great eel mystery

Scientists hoping to solve great eel mystery

NIWA freshwater scientists are pinning their hopes of solving an age-old mystery on 10 female longfin eels who are about to begin an epic journey to their spawning grounds somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

The Secret Sauce of Environmental Problem Solving

The Secret Sauce of Environmental Problem Solving

Through efforts like the Bridge Collaborative and SNAPP, willing collaborators have critical venues to find one another and cook that magic sauce we need for environmental problem solving.

18 of Our Favorite Easter Sales from Apple, Amazon, and More

18 of Our Favorite Easter Sales from Apple, Amazon, and More

18 of Our Favorite Easter Sales from Apple, Amazon, and More. As we state in our iPhone buying guide , these older models lack the processing power to keep up with newer apps, and Apple could cut off software updates at any time.

Why Barr Will Deliver the Mueller Report to Congress on CD

Why Barr Will Deliver the Mueller Report to Congress on CD

Assume Barr distributes the report as a PDF, and another point of comparison becomes useful: the heavily redacted FISA application for surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page , which weighs in at a healthy 412 pages.

Security News This Week: Julian Assange Faces Extradition to the US

Security News This Week: Julian Assange Faces Extradition to the US

As Motherboard points out, WIRED included Dread Pirate Roberts 2 on a list of Dark Web drug lords who got away in 2015, but it turns out that he was arrested in November 2014; the case just didn't attract notice because UK media law prevented reporting on it before its conclusion.

Meet the Mysterious Freshwater Eels of New Zealand

Meet the Mysterious Freshwater Eels of New Zealand

Many of New Zealand’s rivers are built up with hydropower dams, and Jellyman says that it’s common for young eels to find themselves trapped below these structures, much like salmon.

5 Best Rain Jackets for 2019: Lightweight, Hiking, and More

5 Best Rain Jackets for 2019: Lightweight, Hiking, and More

The Keb is a technical shell, with features like a helmet-compatible hood, plasticized water-resistant zippers, and pockets on the chest so that you can access them while wearing a climbing harness or a hip belt.

Why Tech Didn't Stop the New Zealand Attack From Going Viral

Why Tech Didn't Stop the New Zealand Attack From Going Viral

Why Tech Didn't Stop the New Zealand Attack From Going Viral The online spread of a video from a shooting at two mosques in Christchurch Friday shows the limits of social media moderation.

Electric Minivans at the Geneva Motor Show, and More Car News

Electric Minivans at the Geneva Motor Show, and More Car News

Electric Minivans at the Geneva Motor Show, and More Car News Mercedes-Benz It’s always fun when the auto show comes to town. This week at the Geneva Motor Show, Rolls-Royce showed off its 2019 Phantom Tranquility, which comes with a volume knob made from the Muonionalusta meteorite—the one that plummeted to Earth around 800,000 years ago.

The AI Text Generator That's Too Dangerous to Make Public

The AI Text Generator That's Too Dangerous to Make Public

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Artificial Intelligence Hammond cofounded a startup called Narrative Science that generates business documents like financial reports by translating data into text.

Trump’s Plan to Keep America First in AI

Trump’s Plan to Keep America First in AI

Trump’s Plan to Keep America First in AI President Trump's executive order directs federal agencies to support AI research and commercialization. The White House says it will ask agencies in areas such as health and transportation to release data that could advance AI research, using mechanisms that protect privacy.

Media's Fatal Flaw: Ignoring the Mistakes of Newspapers

Media's Fatal Flaw: Ignoring the Mistakes of Newspapers

The accidental brilliance of the newspaper business model is it commoditized all those information needs to an audience that, pre-internet, had no other choice. Rebuilding local media starts with figuring out what people truly want and need from their news, now that the excess has been stripped away.

Why Taxing the Rich May Not Save Democracy

Why Taxing the Rich May Not Save Democracy

Their plans are not the same: Ocasio-Cortez aims to raise the marginal tax rate to 70 percent on income above $10 million (which would affect only 0.1 percent of US households).

A Really, Really Bright Mystery in Space

A Really, Really Bright Mystery in Space

Pinball in space: NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory found jets of particles and energy streaming from a black hole, only to run into a wall of gas and then bounce back toward the region they came from.