Humans Can't Be the Sole Keepers of Scientific Knowledge

Humans Can't Be the Sole Keepers of Scientific Knowledge

Writing scientific knowledge in a programming-like language will be dry, but it will be sustainable, because new concepts will be directly added to the library of science that machines understand.

Amazon Just Introduced Three New Kindle Paperwhites

Amazon Just Introduced Three New Kindle Paperwhites

All three of the new Paperwhites will have 6.8-inch screens, which is slightly larger than the original 6-inch model, if still a fraction smaller than the top-tier 7-inch Kindle Oasis .

A Flawed, Strange Covid-19 Origin Theory Is Gaining Traction

A Flawed, Strange Covid-19 Origin Theory Is Gaining Traction

That means not only that the virus was in the lab, but that it was amplified to make more of it so it could be used as a control to develop the test, says Michael Worobey, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Arizona.

Take Down Your Feeders: Salmonella is Killing Songbirds

Take Down Your Feeders: Salmonella is Killing Songbirds

Salmonella is a fatal bacterial infection for birds and it’s hitting siskins hard because they congregate around feeders, but the outbreak isn’t species-specific.Other states are seeing an uptick this spring as the bacteria continues to spread, which is why more state agencies are asking people to remove their bird feeders.

My Treadmill Desk Made Working From Home a Cakewalk

My Treadmill Desk Made Working From Home a Cakewalk

I channeled visions of Steve Jobs, who liked to take his meetings while strolling around Apple’s campus in Cupertino, and Joanna Coles, who famously ran Cosmopolitan from the treadmill desk in her office, further intimidating colleagues by walked on it in heels.

How to Tell Which Emails Quietly Track You

How to Tell Which Emails Quietly Track You

For Mail on iOS, open the main Settings app then choose Mail and turn off the Load Remote Images option.If images aren't loaded up, then any embedded tracking pixels won't be accessed and won't report that they've been opened.

We Still Don’t Know How Well Covid Vaccines Stop Transmission

We Still Don’t Know How Well Covid Vaccines Stop Transmission

And because infections—especially asymptomatic ones—are more likely to be detected in the group that’s testing more frequently, the estimated 89.4 percent transmission-blocking effect of the vaccine is almost certainly too optimistic (a caveat the authors acknowledged, saying more research is needed to confirm their findings).

Million-Year-Old DNA Rewrites Mammoths' Evolutionary Tree

Million-Year-Old DNA Rewrites Mammoths' Evolutionary Tree

DNA from three ancient molars, one likely to be over a million years old, has revealed that there is a ghost lineage of mammoths that interbred with distant relatives to produce the North American mammoth population.

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.

Cops Disrupt Emotet, the Internet's ‘Most Dangerous Malware’

Cops Disrupt Emotet, the Internet's ‘Most Dangerous Malware’

The global effort, known as Operation Ladybird, coordinated with private security researchers to disrupt and take over Emotet's command-and-control infrastructure—located in more than 90 countries, according to Ukrainian police—while simultaneously arresting at least two of the cybercriminal crew's Ukrainian members.

A New Way to Trace the History of Sci-Fi’s Made-Up Words

A New Way to Trace the History of Sci-Fi’s Made-Up Words

“The thing about making up new terminology—and this is a place that writers can fall down—is that, like anything else, it has to make sense not only within the universe that you’re building but also in the universe of the reader,” says John Scalzi, author of Old Man’s War and The Last Emperox, among other sci-fi works.

They Claimed the Covid Vaccine Made Them Sick—and Went Viral

They Claimed the Covid Vaccine Made Them Sick—and Went Viral

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.The videos all made the same claims: both Skelton and Desselle had been vaccinated for Covid-19 shortly before developing their tremors, and the vaccine, they alleged, was to blame.

Watch Highlights From WIRED's CES Conversations

Watch Highlights From WIRED's CES Conversations

Moderna’s Melissa Moore explained why we should be excited about the dawn of mRNA vaccines; the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Christopher Krebs, talked about the cybersecurity issues that pose the biggest threat to our democracy; and Slack's Stewart Butterfield and Salesforce's Bret Taylor told us about how digital-first workplaces will become the norm even when we can return to the office.

Everything We Know Now About Schools, Kids, and Covid-19

Everything We Know Now About Schools, Kids, and Covid-19

“They get all the same illnesses as adults, just at a lower rate,” says Lindsay Thompson, a pediatrician and the vice chair for health outcomes and translational research at the University of Florida, who last month wrote a perspective in JAMA Pediatrics summarizing the lessons of the last year.

The Unsettling Truth About the ‘Mostly Harmless’ Hiker

The Unsettling Truth About the ‘Mostly Harmless’ Hiker

A WIRED reader sent a note to my tip line: The body of a hiker had been found in a tent in Florida in the summer of 2018, but scores of amateur detectives, and a few professional ones too, couldn’t figure out who he was.

This $40 Cast-Iron Pot Is the Secret to Baking a Perfect Loaf

This $40 Cast-Iron Pot Is the Secret to Baking a Perfect Loaf

Modernist's head chef, Francisco Migoya, opened its door and pointed at a cast-iron pot in the middle of it that was so dark, it seemed not to reflect any light.Thanks to that pot and a near-perfect recipe, I now make loaves of fantastic bread a couple times a week.

The Best Cyber Monday Home, Kitchen, and Parenting Deals

The Best Cyber Monday Home, Kitchen, and Parenting Deals

With a 325W motor, it's powerful enough to do anything a home cook would ask of it, from whipping up fluffy meringue to making multiple batches of cookies to churning bread dough, and the tilt-head makes it easy to add ingredients.

Want to Fight the Zombie Fire Apocalypse? Weaponize Math

Want to Fight the Zombie Fire Apocalypse? Weaponize Math

“The magic of cellular automata is that by aggregating very simple rules in a space, it actually is able to capture what is called an ‘emergent behavior,’ which is a behavior that is extremely complex,” says Imperial College London engineer Guillermo Rein, coauthor of a new paper describing the work in the journal Proceedings of the Combustion Institute.

The Science That Spans #MeToo, Memes, and Covid-19

The Science That Spans #MeToo, Memes, and Covid-19

Foucault Welles, an associate professor at Northeastern, says that network science “lets us distill vast, chaotic online communication data down to its essence” and “pull out important themes, people, and events for close reading.” This intersection with big data is critical: that it can extract patterns from terabytes of social media interactions strengthens the reach of its conclusions—the findings aren’t about how a small set of users behave, but about aggregate behavior.

Robots Are Stringing Together These Adidas Running Shoes

Robots Are Stringing Together These Adidas Running Shoes

Strung," the technology sees a robot quickly place more than a thousand individual threads at mind-bending angles across the material part of the shoe.“There have basically been two ways to make a textile: there's weaving, and there's knitting,” says Fionn Corcoran-Tadd, an innovation designer at Adidas’ Futurecraft lab, where Strung was created.

Trump Tests Positive for Covid-19, Schools Navigate Reopening, and More Coronavirus News

Trump Tests Positive for Covid-19, Schools Navigate Reopening, and More Coronavirus News

President Trump tests positive, lawmakers consider new approaches to contact tracing and testing, and America’s largest school districts navigate reopening.Thus far, contact-tracing apps haven’t done much to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the US, as different states coordinate patchwork responses and the federal government doesn’t weigh in.

How the Coronavirus Got to Donald Trump

How the Coronavirus Got to Donald Trump

In fact, Covid-19’s incubation period probably means that the president and his wife could have been infectious at the Cleveland debate with Biden.

The 20-Year Hunt for the Man Behind the Love Bug Virus

The 20-Year Hunt for the Man Behind the Love Bug Virus

He’d been accused of unleashing the Love Bug , a high-profile and extremely successful virus that had infected an estimated 45 million computers worldwide and caused billions of dollars’ worth of damage.

You Have a Million Tabs Open. Here’s How to Manage Them

You Have a Million Tabs Open. Here’s How to Manage Them

Google recently introduced a new feature called Tab Groups that makes it easier to manage different bunches of tabs in Chrome.

How Google Meet Weathered the Work-From-Home Explosion

How Google Meet Weathered the Work-From-Home Explosion

Google saw Meet undergo 30-times growth in the early months of the pandemic; soon enough, the service was hosting up to 100 million meeting participants each day.Complicating the challenge was that the Google engineers involved in the response were themselves working from home, spread across four offices in three countries.

A Summer Camp Covid-19 Outbreak Offers Back-to-School Lessons

A Summer Camp Covid-19 Outbreak Offers Back-to-School Lessons

According to the report, High Harbour followed many of the CDC’s recommendations for summer camps, including enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures, staggering the use of communal spaces, and requiring physical distancing outside of cabins.

Big Tech Does Not Agree With That Characterization

Big Tech Does Not Agree With That Characterization

I found it fitting that the first time Congress got to question the entire quartet of the most powerful tech CEOs, none were actually in the room.The distance didn’t just free them from the sweaty scrum of camera people, protesters, press tables, and face-to-face questioning from legislators enjoying the home-court advantage.

Can Duck Poop Spread Invasive Fish?

Can Duck Poop Spread Invasive Fish?

As the authors note in the paper, “Only 0.2% of ingested eggs survived gut passage, yet, given the abundance, diet, and movements of ducks in nature, our results have major implications for biodiversity conservation and invasion dynamics in freshwater ecosystems.”.

Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals Don't Really Do Their Job

Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals Don't Really Do Their Job

Instead of waiting for their work to go through the slow process of peer review at scientific journals, scientists are now often going straight to print themselves, posting write-ups of their work to public servers as soon as they’re complete.

What Minnesota’s Protests Are Revealing About Covid-19 Spread

What Minnesota’s Protests Are Revealing About Covid-19 Spread

Following the protests, the Minnesota Department of Health changed the criteria for the state’s still-limited supply of tests to include people who’d participated in mass gatherings within the previous week.