When You're Living in an Immaterial World, What's for Sale?

When You're Living in an Immaterial World, What's for Sale?

I like a get-rich-quick scheme—what American doesn’t?—and not too long ago I alighted on drop-shipping.

Russia May Have Found a New Way to Censor the Internet

Russia May Have Found a New Way to Censor the Internet

“Contrary to blocking, where access to the content is blocked, throttling aims to degrade the quality of service, making it nearly impossible for users to distinguish imposed/intentional throttling from nuanced reasons such as high server load or a network congestion,” researchers with Censored Planet, a censorship measurement platform that collects data in more than 200 countries, wrote in a report.

The Opportunities—and Obstacles—for Women at NSA and Cyber Command

The Opportunities—and Obstacles—for Women at NSA and Cyber Command

Inequalities persist, but three senior-level women at the National Security Agency and Cyber Command offered WIRED rare insights into how those organizations have evolved—and the hard work that remains to be done.

I Called Off My Wedding. The Internet Will Never Forget

I Called Off My Wedding. The Internet Will Never Forget

In my job as a technology journalist, I’ve spent the past dozen years tweeting, checking in, joining online groups, experimenting with digital payments, wearing multiple activity trackers, trying every “story” app and applying every gauzy photo filter.

It Takes Two Is One Hell of a Couples' Therapy Session

It Takes Two Is One Hell of a Couples' Therapy Session

“We use a lot of metaphors through mechanics,” says Josef Fares, founder of It Takes Two developer Hazelight Studios.Like aspirational long-term relationships, there’s a satisfying mix of old and new, tradition and novelty, expected and unexpected.But Cody and May are not in a successful long-term relationship.

The Dark Web Is Teeming With Vaccine Listings Right Now

The Dark Web Is Teeming With Vaccine Listings Right Now

Last week, Check Point researchers based in Israel attempted to buy the Sinopharm vaccine from one vendor, said Ekram Ahmed, a spokesperson for the company.Dark web vendors are probably doing better business selling falsified vaccine cards and negative test results.

What Will It Take to Get a Cargo Ship Unstuck From the Suez?

What Will It Take to Get a Cargo Ship Unstuck From the Suez?

It’s very unusual—even unheard of—for ships to get wedged in the Suez Canal like this, says Captain Morgan McManus, who is the master of the training ship at State University of New York Maritime College and has traveled through the canal at least half a dozen times.

Even Mild Brain Injuries Raise the Risk of Dementia

Even Mild Brain Injuries Raise the Risk of Dementia

When the University of Pennsylvania researchers analyzed the data on traumatic brain injuries, they found that people who sustained one head injury were 25 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who did not.

Where Are Those Shoes You Ordered? Check the Ocean Floor

Where Are Those Shoes You Ordered? Check the Ocean Floor

“It’s a boom in import cargo beyond anything we've seen before,” says Lars Jensen, the CEO of SeaIntelligence Consulting, which advises clients in the container shipping industry.

Challenging Conservation Not to Leave Women Behind

Challenging Conservation Not to Leave Women Behind

There is a persistent perception that men should be the decision-makers and leaders in most contexts, both within conservation/natural resource management organizations and in the communities where they work.

NFTs Boom as Collectors Shell Out to ‘Own’ Digital Art

NFTs Boom as Collectors Shell Out to ‘Own’ Digital Art

Each image was associated with a unique string of digits—a cryptocurrency “non-fungible token,” or NFT—that could be traded on the Ethereum blockchain platform as a title deed granting the holder ownership of a particular kitty.

Aurora Partners With Toyota on Self-Driving Sienna Taxis

Aurora Partners With Toyota on Self-Driving Sienna Taxis

The company had a partnership with Volkswagen that was supposed to lead to Aurora's technology being incorporated into Volkswagen's vehicles, with plans to launch a self-driving taxi service.Aurora can work with Toyota and Denso to design and build self-driving vehicles, then offer rides via the Uber network.

Covid-19 Vaccine Scams Spread Under Facebook and Telegram's Watch

Covid-19 Vaccine Scams Spread Under Facebook and Telegram's Watch

The offers ranged from Facebook page operators willing to ship Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine—which is not authorized for use in the United States—from China, to apparent scammers on Telegram claiming to have access to Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca’s vaccines.

Tips on How to Snag a PlayStation 5 (Good Luck!)

Tips on How to Snag a PlayStation 5 (Good Luck!)

Plus, you can play your old PS4 discs on the new console, and you can resell PS5 game discs when you’re done, which you can’t do with digital versions.

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.

He Made a Viral Bernie Meme Site. Now He Has to Keep It Going

He Made a Viral Bernie Meme Site. Now He Has to Keep It Going

Just a half hour earlier, still steeped in the afterglow of Joe Biden’s inauguration, Sawhney had pushed live a website that lets you put a viral image of Bernie Sanders—seated, mittened, alone—atop any Google Street View image.

The Autonomous Saildrone Surveyor Preps for Its Sea Voyage

The Autonomous Saildrone Surveyor Preps for Its Sea Voyage

It is designed to spend months at sea mapping the seafloor with powerful sonar devices, while simultaneously scanning the ocean surface for genetic material to identify fish and other marine organisms swimming below.

My Year Watching Submarine Movies

My Year Watching Submarine Movies

After Titanic, looking around for more danger-at-sea narratives, I finally read the copy of Erik Larson’s Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania that’d been languishing in the corner of our bookshelf dedicated to books enticing enough to buy but not to actually read.

FAO - News Article: Mountain people among the world’s hungriest as biodiversity loss and climate change take their toll

FAO - News Article: Mountain people among the world’s hungriest as biodiversity loss and climate change take their toll

11 December 2020, Rome - Mountains host about half of the global biodiversity hotspots and are home to a growing number of the world's hungriest people, according to a new study launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and partners to mark International Mountain Day 2020.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Blue Christmas

Mark Zuckerberg’s Blue Christmas

After the Instagram and WhatsApp founders left, Zuckerberg didn’t allow their successors to call themselves CEOs of those properties, a limitation that symbolized their bounded status.

SpaceX Launches—and Crashes—Its Starship Mars Rocket

SpaceX Launches—and Crashes—Its Starship Mars Rocket

While SpaceX has perfected the art of landing its Falcon 9 rockets , its Starship vehicle has a very different and highly challenging flight profile.

From Podcasts to Zoom Workshops, Friendship Is Big Business

From Podcasts to Zoom Workshops, Friendship Is Big Business

On social media, #squadgoals—a hashtag describing glamorous friend groups, once culturally appropriated and popularized by Taylor Swift’s glamorous posse—was born and then died, but the notion that friendly hangouts make for marketable, sexy Instagram Stories remained, yielding engineered influencer friendships and branded collaborations.

FAO - News Article: FAO welcomes $3 million contribution from Germany and Sweden to help farmers fight the impact of climate change

FAO - News Article: FAO welcomes $3 million contribution from Germany and Sweden to help farmers fight the impact of climate change

8 October 2020, Rome - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has welcomed a $3 million contribution from Germany and Sweden to help farmers in the world's most vulnerable countries fight the impact of climate change and to build sustainability.

NIWA research vessel returns home after epic voyage

NIWA research vessel returns home after epic voyage

John Brosnan waits on board the RV Kaharoa after returning to New Zealand from an epic 75-day voyage.NIWA has deployed more than 1100 Argo floats in the Pacific, Indian and Southern Ocean over 22 voyages since 2004, more than any other individual vessel.

Robot Dogs Can Help Seniors Cope—Especially During Covid

Robot Dogs Can Help Seniors Cope—Especially During Covid

Joy for All’s Companion Pet comes in two varieties: the Golden Pup and the newly announced (but not yet for sale) Freckled Pup. Fischer notes that these robotic dogs “provide a similar type of warmth and love that real pets offer their owners, all without the mess or time-consuming responsibilities.” They have doglike fur, make realistic puppy sounds, and are somewhat responsive to people near them.

Why Netflix Keeps Canceling Shows After Just 2 Seasons

Why Netflix Keeps Canceling Shows After Just 2 Seasons

Shows can have a dedicated fan base, like Altered Carbon and The OA, but they might not have been successful enough to have amassed a Netflix-wide viewership.

Want to Save the Whales? Eavesdrop on Their Calls

Want to Save the Whales? Eavesdrop on Their Calls

“And that's not really good when you're trying to hear animals that are many miles away making sounds.” So Baumgartner and his colleagues made the first 100 feet of mooring out of a rubbery “stretch hose.” When the buoy bobs on waves and tugs on the mooring, that stretchy bit coming off the instrument stays silent, allowing the hydrophone to listen for whales undisturbed.

California Lawmakers Push for More Diversity in the Boardroom

California Lawmakers Push for More Diversity in the Boardroom

At Google, for example 42 percent of the US workforce is Asian, but only 30 percent of people in leadership roles.“I am not going to sit back and allow companies to make an excuse that the talent is not there,” says Thomas, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO.

How WeChat Censored the Coronavirus Pandemic

How WeChat Censored the Coronavirus Pandemic

Citizen Lab's latest report, published earlier this week, finds that between January and May this year, more than 2,000 keywords related to the pandemic were suppressed on the Chinese messaging platform WeChat, which has more than 1 billion users in the country.

It's Time to Revisit the Games That Gave Rise to Halo

It's Time to Revisit the Games That Gave Rise to Halo

Durandal is one of three AIs aboard the Marathon, a giant space ship built out of a hollowed-out Martian moon (Deimos, if I remember correctly).