Detailed Footage Finally Reveals What Triggers Lightning

Detailed Footage Finally Reveals What Triggers Lightning

“People have been sending balloons, rockets and airplanes into thunderstorms for decades and never seen electric fields anywhere near large enough,” said Joseph Dwyer, a physicist at the University of New Hampshire and a co-author on the new paper who has puzzled over the origins of lightning for over two decades.

Biden’s FCC Picks Are a ‘Dream Team’ for Broadband Advocates

Biden’s FCC Picks Are a ‘Dream Team’ for Broadband Advocates

Biden will also fill the empty Democratic slot on the commission by nominating Gigi Sohn, a longtime consumer advocate who was an FCC official during the Obama years.

Democrats Are Getting Serious About Universal Broadband

Democrats Are Getting Serious About Universal Broadband

Under the text of the new law, schools that get funding would distribute it to students and staff to pay for broadband service and equipment at "locations that include locations other than the school."

An Insider's Look at How the Mueller Investigation Fell Flat

An Insider's Look at How the Mueller Investigation Fell Flat

Weissmann’s book is the first to emerge from the famously tight-lipped special counsel’s office, and he paints an eloquent and ultimately dispiriting picture of a talented team of some of the nation’s best investigators stymied on three sides: by uncooperative witnesses, by Mueller’s “punctilious[ness] about due process and rectitude,” and most of all by a president who on multiple occasions criminally obstructed justice.

Is It Legal for Cops to Force You to Unlock Your Phone?

Is It Legal for Cops to Force You to Unlock Your Phone?

On the other hand, if the government can show that the suspect knows both the password and which specific documents are in the safe—perhaps because the suspect described the safe's contents during an interrogation—then all courts agree that the suspect can be forced to open the safe.

Squids' Gene-Editing Superpowers May Unlock Human Cures

Squids' Gene-Editing Superpowers May Unlock Human Cures

Scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and their colleagues reported on Monday in the journal Nucleic Acids Research that longfin inshore squid (Doryteuthis pealeii) are the first known animals that can edit messenger RNA outside the cell nucleus.

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.

Apple's 'Noise' App Is Designed to Save You From Yourself

Apple's 'Noise' App Is Designed to Save You From Yourself

Many of the updates focused on health , including Noise app, which will monitor, well, noise surrounding the device and alert its user when a cacophony reaches potentially harmful levels.

Why Net Neutrality Advocates Remain Optimistic

Why Net Neutrality Advocates Remain Optimistic

“There is great power in us,” said Rosenworcel, one of two FCC members who in 2017 voted against repealing the Obama-era rules that prohibited internet service providers from intentionally slowing or blocking web traffic.

Bosch Settles German Diesel-Engine Probe for $100 Million

Bosch Settles German Diesel-Engine Probe for $100 Million

Robert Bosch GmbH agreed to pay 90 million euros (US$100 million) to end a probe by German prosecutors into rigged diesel engines, following much more costly settlements by its customer Volkswagen AG.

The Law Being Used to Prosecute Julian Assange Is Broken

The Law Being Used to Prosecute Julian Assange Is Broken

Now the UK courts will evaluate the US’s request to send Assange to Virginia to stand trial in federal court for a single felony charge of conspiracy to commit unauthorized access to a government computer, a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

GoDaddy Takes Down 15,000 Spammy 'Snake Oil' Subdomains

GoDaddy Takes Down 15,000 Spammy 'Snake Oil' Subdomains

The details vary slightly from one spam scam to the next, but the campaign that Palo Alto Networks researcher Jeff White tracked follows the same basic steps.

Breaking Down the Hacking Case Against Julian Assange

Breaking Down the Hacking Case Against Julian Assange

Ekeland also points out that to expand the statute of limitations for the CFAA from the normal five years to the necessary eight in this case, given the indictment's date of March 2018, the Justice Department is charging Assange under a statute that labels his alleged hacking an "act of terrorism."

Our Syria War Correspondent Talks About the Gear He Carries

Our Syria War Correspondent Talks About the Gear He Carries

You can also download an app like Pocket Casts or Radio Public, and search for Gadget Lab. And in case you really need it, here's the .We're also on Soundcloud and Spotify, and every episode gets posted to as soon as it's released.

The (Non-Trump) Surprise Inside Andrew McCabe's Memoir

The (Non-Trump) Surprise Inside Andrew McCabe's Memoir

The events of The Threat span the summer of 2016 through May 2017, encompassing the bungling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, the election of Donald Trump, the bureau’s investigation of Michael Flynn, and, finally, the 10 chaotic days that began with the firing of FBI director James Comey and ended with the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, the man who had preceded Comey at the bureau.

The Maddening Struggle to Make Robo-Cars Safe—and Prove It

The Maddening Struggle to Make Robo-Cars Safe—and Prove It

Autonomy has already killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, who was crossing the street in Tempe, Arizona when she was hit by a self-driving Uber SUV.In an effort to make its technology safe, Zoox has brought on Mark Rosekind (left), who headed up the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and aviation industry and safety engineering veteran Gonzalo Rey. ZooxAnd given that testing on public streets is the only way to make these vehicles ready for real, it’s incumbent on this young industry to guarantee that these things are safe.

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein Is Still Calling for an Encryption Backdoor

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein Is Still Calling for an Encryption Backdoor

Rosenstein did, though, repeat past assertions that unyielding encryption blocks crucial investigative avenues, and potentially endangers public safety."There is nothing virtuous about refusing to help develop responsible encryption, or in shaming people who understand the dangers of creating any spaces—whether real-world or virtual—where people are free to victimize others without fear of getting caught or punished," Rosenstein said.It is not so certain, though, that encryption meaningfully hinders law enforcement to the degree that the government alleges.

6 Food Books to Connect You to Your Kitchen—and Humanity

6 Food Books to Connect You to Your Kitchen—and Humanity

We're still hungry, though—more than ever!—and these are the books that reflect our appetites.We Fed An Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at A TimeBy José Andrés with Richard Wolffe (Anthony Bourdain Books/Ecco)Ecco PressThe most important food book of 2018 doesn't contain a single recipe or talk about technique.

Facebook's AI Can Analyze Memes, but Can It Understand Them?

Facebook's AI Can Analyze Memes, but Can It Understand Them?

Despite the challenges they bring, some social platforms are already using AI to analyze memes, including Facebook, which this week shared details about how it uses a tool called Rosetta to analyze photos and videos that contain text.Facebook says it already uses Rosetta to help automatically detect content that violates things like its hate speech policy.