What Happens After a ‘Million-Mile Battery’ Outlasts the Car?

What Happens After a ‘Million-Mile Battery’ Outlasts the Car?

Several experts pointed out that true million-mile batteries are likely to outlast whatever cars they’re built for, meaning their arrival could dramatically impact both second-use markets and battery recycling.

Old Drugs Could Reveal a New Way to Attack the Coronavirus

Old Drugs Could Reveal a New Way to Attack the Coronavirus

In an initial study, published in April in the journal Nature, Krogan’s team examined the interactions between proteins in the virus and human cells, then looked for drugs that would interfere.

The Women of Ukraine's Railroads Keep the Trains Running

The Women of Ukraine's Railroads Keep the Trains Running

In fact, the buildings are railroad crossing offices presided over by traffic controllers, the vast majority of them women.Photograph: Sasha MaslovEleven years ago, Maslov moved to New York City, where he shoots for clients like NBC, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

During the Pandemic, the FCC Must Provide Internet for All

During the Pandemic, the FCC Must Provide Internet for All

Given that more than 33 percent of Lifeline recipients qualify under the SNAP program, it follows that large numbers of eligible Americans are being denied benefits.

How Argentina’s Strict Covid-19 Lockdown Saved Lives

How Argentina’s Strict Covid-19 Lockdown Saved Lives

Gabriel asked us if we’d heard about the French tourist in the hospital who’d tested positive for the virus—the reason the mayor of El Calafate had declared a total lockdown of the town two days ago.

VR Is Here to Help With Our New Reality

VR Is Here to Help With Our New Reality

When the outbreak ebbs, we can go back to edge-casing disabled people and other WFHers into social isolation with inaccessible events and work spaces by simply returning to the office, gym, and club as fast as possible.

The Big Cats of Tiger King Will Live and Die in a Cage

The Big Cats of Tiger King Will Live and Die in a Cage

These are, after all, truly busted people like Joe Exotic, who in the series wears leather fringe unironically and breeds tigers under deplorable conditions at the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, where visitors can hold baby tigers for a fee (of course) and take selfies (also of course).

In Xinjiang, Tourism Erodes the Last Traces of Uyghur Culture

In Xinjiang, Tourism Erodes the Last Traces of Uyghur Culture

“I talk to some of my Chinese friends, and they’re like, ‘Oh, my parents went to Xinjiang for the first time last year,’” Wack says.

Fits and Starts for Autonomous Vehicles, and More Car News This Week

Fits and Starts for Autonomous Vehicles, and More Car News This Week

The Air Force is getting into flying cars .The federal government has taken a hands-off approach to self-driving cars—but it stepped in to halt passenger trips on a model of autonomous shuttle.

Reducing the Speed Limit Won’t Make Roads Safer for Wildlife

Reducing the Speed Limit Won’t Make Roads Safer for Wildlife

And herein lies the premise: if drivers are moving slowly enough, they will have time to avoid hitting large animals, such as deer and pronghorn, on the road.

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.

Faked Traffic Jams, Soaring Tesla Stock, and Other Auto News

Faked Traffic Jams, Soaring Tesla Stock, and Other Auto News

But this week, the Department of Transportation made some tweaks to its vehicle design rules when it said it would allow the robotic delivery vehicle company Nuro to operate up to 5,000 mini-cars that don’t quite fit conventional guidelines.

Uber in Vancouver, a Vehicle Ban in SF, and Other Car News

Uber in Vancouver, a Vehicle Ban in SF, and Other Car News

And yet: Lots of folk still think advancements like ride-hail and autonomous vehicles might be a balm to terrible traffic, and that tech innovation plus regulation could lead to fewer emissions and less time sitting behind the wheel.

Watch All the Best Super Bowl Ads Right Now

Watch All the Best Super Bowl Ads Right Now

Surely some of you are excited to see the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs head to Miami to battle it out in Super Bowl LIV, but if you’re reading this website we’re guessing just as many of you are also stoked to see all of the multimillion-dollar Big Game ads that will air during it.

Today's Cartoon: Airplane Mode

Today's Cartoon: Airplane Mode

This week WIRED is publishing a series on parenting —from surveilling our teens to helping our kids navigate fake news and misinformation.Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology.

An Origin Story, Smart Headlights, and Other Car News

An Origin Story, Smart Headlights, and Other Car News

Cruise, General Motors’ self-driving unit, hosted a big party in San Francisco to launch Origin , an electric six-seat, steering wheel-free vehicle that it says is the future of shared autonomy.

He Wanted a Unicorn. He Got ... a Sustainable Business

He Wanted a Unicorn. He Got ... a Sustainable Business

Many startup founders, particularly those like Lavingia who specifically aspired to build a billion-dollar company, sell or shutter their startups and move on to their next big idea once they realize their company will never be what Silicon Valley venture capitalists want them to be.

Bernie Sanders Says Internet Service Should be a Human Right

Bernie Sanders Says Internet Service Should be a Human Right

The FCC has already spent billions on programs like Connect America Fund, which helps pay for broadband infrastructure in underserved communities, and the Universal Service Fund, which subsidizes access to telecommunications services, but Sanders and Warren argue that too much of the money from these programs go to large, for-profit carriers.

A Court Says Repealing Net Neutrality Was (Mostly) OK

A Court Says Repealing Net Neutrality Was (Mostly) OK

In its decision Tuesday, the appeals court also ruled that the FCC hadn’t adequately considered how repealing the net neutrality rules would affect public safety, utility pole regulations, and an FCC program that subsidizes phone and internet service for low-income families.

The Area 51 Raid Was the Worst Way to Spot an Alien or UFO

The Area 51 Raid Was the Worst Way to Spot an Alien or UFO

To visit when speakers drown out aerospace-y sounds, when stage lights blind you to the aircraft that might be hovering above, when there are so many eyes that the Air Force would be crazy to test anything actually advanced—it kind of makes a trip to Area 51 not very much like a trip to Area 51.When my alarm goes off in the middle of the night, I can see headlights on Back Gate Road.

Cities Are Trying—Again—to Plan for Autonomous Vehicles

Cities Are Trying—Again—to Plan for Autonomous Vehicles

Two years ago, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, representing 81 North American cities, published its first planning guide to self-driving vehicles , highlighting the possibilities.

China Trade Spillover, LA’s Pollution by Block, and More News

China Trade Spillover, LA’s Pollution by Block, and More News

Worldwide spillover from US-China trade wars, block by block road emissions in LA, and America's history of wanting to nuke hurricanes.On Sunday, President Trump said he would use emergency powers to force private companies to relocate out of China.

See How LA Belches Emissions, Block by Block

See How LA Belches Emissions, Block by Block

So instead of relying on satellites alone, a group of researchers combed through data from a dizzying number of publicly available sources, looking at everything from traffic patterns to utilities data to air pollution reporting, to quantify the emissions from not just every road but every building in the nearly 5,000 square miles of the Los Angeles megacity.

Truckers Gain More Freedom, Thanks to Tech’s Watchful Eye

Truckers Gain More Freedom, Thanks to Tech’s Watchful Eye

The would-be rules don’t change how long drivers can stay on the road—still limited to 14 hours on duty, with at most 11 actually driving, followed by at least 10 hours off.One new rule would change that to a 30-minute break after eight hours of behind-the-wheel driving.

Watch a Drone Take Over a Nearby Smart TV

Watch a Drone Take Over a Nearby Smart TV

At the Defcon hacker conference today, independent security researcher Pedro Cabrera showed off in a series of hacking proofs-of-concept attacks how modern TVs—and particularly Smart TVs that use the internet-connected HbbTV standard implemented in his native Spain, across Europe, and much of the rest of the world—remain vulnerable to hackers.

Having Broadband Issues? This Tool Helps You Learn Local Laws

Having Broadband Issues? This Tool Helps You Learn Local Laws

The tool grew out of Pew’s Broadband Research Initiative, which researches policy issues like the economic impact of broadband access and expanding broadband in rural and low-income communities.

This Lidar Is So Cheap It Could Make Self-Driving a Reality

This Lidar Is So Cheap It Could Make Self-Driving a Reality

Luminar’s Iris lidar sensor will cost as little as $500, making it a realistic option for helping personally owned vehicles drive themselves. The upshot of bringing lidar into consumer cars is a potentially major upgrade over the semi-autonomous systems currently on the road, like Tesla’s Autopilot , Cadillac’s Super Cruise , and Nissan’s ProPilot Assist .

Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes and Cut Response Time

Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes and Cut Response Time

In May, a team of medical researchers with UCLA and University of California, Irvine published a paper in the journal Jama Surgery suggesting that places in California might be able to use data from the crowdsourced traffic app Waze to cut emergency response times.

Why Bigger Roads Make Traffic Worse, and Other Summer Travel News

Why Bigger Roads Make Traffic Worse, and Other Summer Travel News

Stories you might have missed about holiday travel. On Monday, SFTMA reported its Muni trains were experiencing a delay because of … a balloon, which got stuck in a tunnel. The number of Americans expected to travel for the July 4 holiday, according to AAA—a record!

Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places

Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places

Cadillac Super Cruise, the luxury automaker’s hands-off driver-assistance system, will by the end of the year work on more than 200,000 miles of highway in the United States and Canada, 35 percent more territory than it covered when it launched in 2017 .