Do Hawks Eat Pets?

Do Hawks Eat Pets?

The comments often feature stories of beloved cats and small dogs being carried off by hawks and owls.In any case, if a large bird is going to take your small pet, a great-horned owl is probably the most likely culprit.

How Overexcited Neurons Might Affect How You Age

How Overexcited Neurons Might Affect How You Age

But recently in Nature, Bruce Yankner, a professor of genetics and neurology at Harvard Medical School, and his colleagues reported on a previously overlooked controller of life span: the activity level of neurons in the brain.

The Hidden Gems of Apple Arcade

The Hidden Gems of Apple Arcade

Best of all, Tangle Tower is adapted perfectly to play on a phone, with simple controls allowing for easy navigation, inventory management, and puzzle solving.Over the Alps provides that kind of spy experience, set against a backdrop of World War II intrigue and told engagingly though postcards sent to your confidant.

Star Wars: The Complete WIRED Guide

Star Wars: The Complete WIRED Guide

A long time ago, in a small town far, far away, a young man named George Lucas had an idea for a story:A simple young farmboy gets a magic sword from an old wizard so he can defeat an evil knight, rescue a princess, and save the world.

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Turkeys

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Turkeys

Photo © Jim / Flickr We all know that chickens, turkeys, cows, sheep, and the like are all domesticated animals, descended from wild relatives yet altered significantly by deliberate human intervention.

Finally, We Can ‘Like’ Apple’s Keyboards Again

Finally, We Can ‘Like’ Apple’s Keyboards Again

Show Notes: Read Adrienne So’s story about how Instagram is testing hiding likes here , and watch Arielle’s full conversation with Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri here .

Instagram Business Accounts and My Friend, the Grocery Store

Instagram Business Accounts and My Friend, the Grocery Store

Amid growing criticism of online platforms, abandoning likes allowed Mosseri to claim that Instagram wants to be “a space that feels much less pressurized.” But the Facebook-owned company has also quietly encouraged some users to embrace the anxiety and power that enhanced metrics can provide, by prompting them to convert their personal profiles into Instagram business accounts.

For Fantasy Author N. K. Jemisin, World-Building Is a Lesson in Oppression

For Fantasy Author N. K. Jemisin, World-Building Is a Lesson in Oppression

In a lot of cases, to understand the character I need to understand literally everything about their world.” To do so, she applies two frameworks: one that focuses on macroworldbuilding (the creation of the physical environment in which the story will take place—planet, continents, climate, ecology, and culture) and one that focuses on microworldbuilding (the societies that result, in all their flavors of social stratification).

How Crime Scene Analysts Collect and Preserve Fingerprints

How Crime Scene Analysts Collect and Preserve Fingerprints

He demonstrated how to lift fingerprints off different surfaces, so they can be viewed under a microscope.“The first thing we want to consider is the surface itself,” Steiner says.Steiner uses a special white powder to gently dust fingerprints, making them visible to the human eye.

For All Mankind Imagines an Alternate History for NASA

For All Mankind Imagines an Alternate History for NASA

In the team’s most recent creation, For All Mankind, Moore and company introduce audiences to a new history of the space program: One where the Russians made it to the moon first; where Ted Kennedy cancelled his party on Chappaquiddick; and where national heroes like Buzz Aldrin and Wernher von Braun become people, wracked with their own insecurities, flaws, and humanity.

Icelandic Walruses May Have Been Early Victims of Human-Driven Extinction

Icelandic Walruses May Have Been Early Victims of Human-Driven Extinction

Settlers arrived in Iceland and began hunting walrus for the European ivory trade at a time when Iceland’s walrus population was already struggling with a shifting environment and a series of volcanic eruptions.

Today’s Cartoon: WebMD

Today’s Cartoon: WebMD

Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology.And if that's still not enough, you can find all of WIRED's cartoons in one place, right here .

Review: What Fishing Books Can Be

Review: What Fishing Books Can Be

Fishing writer Chris Hunt takes one of the most well-known fishing destinations in the world, and covers it with new insights and approaches.Instead, he describes how he prepares for a new fishing situation, how he reads habitat, how he focuses during long days on the water.

Here’s What Happens When You Leave Weed Up Your Nose for 18 Years

Here’s What Happens When You Leave Weed Up Your Nose for 18 Years

Doctors excavated from the man's right nasal cavity a 19 mm by 11 mm rock-hard mass—the calcified remains of a small amount of marijuana he tried to smuggle into prison a startling 18 years earlier.

Cosmic Triangles Open a Window to the Origin of Time

Cosmic Triangles Open a Window to the Origin of Time

One curious pattern cosmologists have known about for decades is that space is filled with correlated pairs of objects: pairs of hot spots seen in telescopes’ maps of the early universe; pairs of galaxies or of galaxy clusters or superclusters in the universe today; pairs found at all distances apart.

Los Angeles, 'Blade Runner,' and the Theory of Relativity

Los Angeles, 'Blade Runner,' and the Theory of Relativity

That’s called rotational frame-dragging—a massive object carries its past and future with it while it spins forward.The reason people say it doesn’t have any history is that its timeline gets pulled along, not entirely consensually, as the city bumbles into the future.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Has Nothing Interesting to Say

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Has Nothing Interesting to Say

Moreover, it wants to be a victory lap, an homage to the best Call of Duty game, and a title that gleefully gestures toward the franchise's past successes with all the self-congratulatory pleasure of a Star Wars sequel.

TikTok, Under Scrutiny, Distances Itself From China

TikTok, Under Scrutiny, Distances Itself From China

It wasn’t the first time this month that lawmakers have questioned the security and content moderation practices of TikTok. Two weeks ago, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) called for the Committee on Foreign Investment to investigate ByteDance’s 2017 acquisition of , a lip-syncing app popular in the US that was later merged with TikTok. On Twitter, Rubio said he was concerned TikTok is “censoring content in line with #China’s communist government directives.”.

The Quest to Get Photos of the USSR's First Space Shuttle

The Quest to Get Photos of the USSR's First Space Shuttle

On November 15, 1988, the Soviet Union's first space shuttle, the Buran, blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in present-day Kazakhstan.After bedding down in sleeping bags inside the hangar for a few hours, Jonk and his three-man team spent the next two days exploring and photographing the two shuttles.

A Netflix Series Explores the Brave New World of Crispr

A Netflix Series Explores the Brave New World of Crispr

But just when Unnatural Selection has you convinced that this technology is too new, too dangerous to be let loose on the world, it drops you into a clinic in a rural village, where every person comes down with malaria at least once a year—sometimes taking their lives, especially the young ones.

Avengers: Damage Control Pushes VR to New Heights

Avengers: Damage Control Pushes VR to New Heights

Hickman: I'll never forget the first time I saw those early videos from ILMxLab of the different things they were trying out.

What Is a Dimension? The Answer Will Bend Your Mind

What Is a Dimension? The Answer Will Bend Your Mind

Written by a grade-school teacher in 1884, it’s a novel narrated by a square who lives in a two-dimensional world, called Flatland, populated by lines and shapes.

Watch Google's Pixel 4 Hardware Event Right Here

Watch Google's Pixel 4 Hardware Event Right Here

We should also see some new hardware for the smart home, and now that Google has been busy pulling all of its smart devices under the Nest brand, if new smart speakers and mesh Wi-Fi routers are announced at Tuesday's event, they should also carry the Nest name.

A Cow, a Controversy, and a Dashed Dream of More Humane Farms

A Cow, a Controversy, and a Dashed Dream of More Humane Farms

That year, Van Eenennaam secured a half-million-dollar grant from the US Department of Agriculture to see if Buri’s descendants would inherit his genetic alteration as intended, and to study those animals’ health and dairy-producing potential.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Is Finally Coming to PC—and Stadia, Too!

Red Dead Redemption 2 Is Finally Coming to PC—and Stadia, Too!

Operator 41, a stealth game, is his most impressive work yet, a title he personally pitched to the people at Apple Arcade and made thanks to the support of his family and a whole lot of verve.

Raising Dion Is the Latest in the Netflix Era of Just OK TV

Raising Dion Is the Latest in the Netflix Era of Just OK TV

And there’s the combined story of Nicole and Dion, about a mother and son learning to make a life in a world that doesn’t know what to do with young black boys or black women despite them doing their very best to succeed.

Trump’s Emissions Fight, Amazon’s EVs, and Other Car News This Week

Trump’s Emissions Fight, Amazon’s EVs, and Other Car News This Week

We imagine President Donald Trump whistled something similar this week, when he officially announced that his administration would strip the Golden State of the 50-year-old waiver allowing it to set its own auto emission rules.

Knives Made of Frozen Feces Are Kinda Crappy

Knives Made of Frozen Feces Are Kinda Crappy

That's the conclusion of a new study by experimental anthropologists at Kent State University, who fashioned their own blades out of frozen feces—for science!—and tested them on pig hide, muscle, and tendon under ideal conditions.

The Myth of Technophobia

The Myth of Technophobia

Written more than 2,300 years before the invention of the iPhone , Plato’s The Phaedrus includes what has become one of the most weaponized examples of reactionary techno-skepticism.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Unpacking Apple’s Big iPhone Launch Event

Gadget Lab Podcast: Unpacking Apple’s Big iPhone Launch Event

Read about the new iPhones , Apple Watch , or follow all of WIRED’s Apple coverage here .You can also download an app like Pocket Casts or Google Podcasts, and search for Gadget Lab. And in case you really need it, here's the RSS feed .