Television Like The Boys Is Destroying You

Television Like The Boys Is Destroying You

They’d rather believe that a show like The Boys is supersmart and supercool, so that when their heads finally do explode, from overstimulation or rapid-onset depression, they can convince themselves, in their final moment of consciousness, that their minds were truly blown.📩 Want the latest on tech, science, and more?

The Wire Inspired a Fake Turtle Egg That Spies on Poachers

The Wire Inspired a Fake Turtle Egg That Spies on Poachers

Williams-Guillen and Pheasey found that while poachers tended to sell eggs locally door to door, the InvestEGGator was also able to track long-range transport—one trip was 137 kilometers long, from the beach to central Costa Rica.

How VR—and Marvel Superheroes—Might Elicit Empathy

How VR—and Marvel Superheroes—Might Elicit Empathy

After watching up close as a woman is sexually harassed in her place of work, you might gain more understanding of the power imbalance between genders.The goal of Messy Truth is to immerse viewers in situations where they normally would not find themselves because of their gender, their race, or where they live.

Project Power Is a Secret Lesson About Science's Dark Side

Project Power Is a Secret Lesson About Science's Dark Side

In Netflix ’s new superhero movie Project Power, the Big Bad is the inventor of a drug called power, which either gives you temporary superpowers or busts your chest open like a dropped water balloon.

The Best Gear to Learn Music Like a Pro

The Best Gear to Learn Music Like a Pro

Regardless of why you pick up an instrument—or what instrument you pick—my two decades holding drum sticks has taught me one thing: Learning to play music will do you good.Otherwise, here's a list of our favorite affordable instruments to get started with music.

SETI@Home Is Over. But the Search for Alien Life Continues

[email protected] Is Over. But the Search for Alien Life Continues

[email protected] quickly grew into what its collaborator, the nonprofit Planetary Society, has called its “most successful public participation project ever undertaken.” As WIRED reported in 2000, within months of [email protected]’s launch, more than 2.6 million people in 226 countries were volunteering their spare processing power to parse the mounds of data generated by alien-hunting radio telescopes.

The Big (yet Hidden) Consequences of Antarctica's Record Heat

The Big (yet Hidden) Consequences of Antarctica's Record Heat

But step into the Martian-like dry valleys and you’ll be treading on a bustling community of tiny organisms, like nematode worms and ultra-hardy water bears and mites.“Really, that's the charismatic megafauna of continental Antarctica,” says evolutionary ecologist Byron Adams of Brigham Young University, who is currently surveying life on the continent.

YouTube's Disinformation Crackdown, Coronavirus Wild Cards, and More News

YouTube's Disinformation Crackdown, Coronavirus Wild Cards, and More News

YouTube is taking a stand and experts are mapping where coronavirus will land, but first: a cartoon about a robotic barista with a human touch .You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

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.

It Chapter Two Ruled the Box Office This Weekend

It Chapter Two Ruled the Box Office This Weekend

Also, audiences seem to really like Joaquin Phoenix's Joker and Kristen Stewart would like to play a gay superhero.In news that is likely more surprising than It Chapter Two's box office take, Joker—the new origin story film about Batman's nemesis—won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival this past weekend.

Space Photos of the Week: Hubbub Over Hubble

Space Photos of the Week: Hubbub Over Hubble

We are entering low earth orbit this week and spending time with the Hubble Space Telescope.The veil nebula is a supernova remnant of a star that died a mere 8,000 years ago and was more than 20 times the mass of our Sun. When stars like this go supernova, they give off a massive shockwave pulse that pushes material out at astronomical speeds.

Spider-Man Swings Back to Sony—Unraveling the Universe

Spider-Man Swings Back to Sony—Unraveling the Universe

After months of negotiations between Sony Pictures and Disney, it appears that Spider-Man will no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Sony first got the rights to Spider-Man in 1999, the year before the success of X-Men revived Hollywood’s appetite for superhero movies.#Spider-Man #Marvel #Sony.

Quantum Computers Could Be True Randomness Generators

Quantum Computers Could Be True Randomness Generators

In our case, to randomly output a 50-bit string, you can build a quantum circuit that puts 50 qubits, taken together, into a superposition of states that captures the distribution you’d like to re-create.

Why It’s So Hard to Predict Where a Tornado Will Strike

Why It’s So Hard to Predict Where a Tornado Will Strike

“Pretend you've got a bunch of invisible ferris wheels in the air,” says David Gold, chief meteorologist for Global Business Services at IBM, which is rolling out a new forecasting system this year.

The Other Big Lesson We Should Learn From Theranos

The Other Big Lesson We Should Learn From Theranos

The business-friendly government was eager to nurture a Silicon Valley in Arizona and quickly paved the way for the company’s “miracle technology,” which purported to perform cheap medical tests from a single drop of blood.

Physicists Are Bewitched by Twisted Graphene's 'Magic Angle'

Physicists Are Bewitched by Twisted Graphene's 'Magic Angle'

Jarillo-Herrero has never been a slacker, but his activity has jumped several levels since his dramatic announcement in March 2018 that his lab at MIT had found superconductivity in twisted bilayer graphene—a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon crystal dropped on another one, and then rotated to leave the two layers slightly askew.

The 14 Best Comic Book Movies You Can Stream Right Now

The 14 Best Comic Book Movies You Can Stream Right Now

That box office total will only get bigger once Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters on Friday, but that’s just one of the highly-anticipated comic book movies hitting the big screen in 2019: Dark Phoenix , Spider-Man: Far From Home , and Joker are all coming for your hard-earned money this year, too.

Captain Marvel Has a Very Important Message About Skrulls

Captain Marvel Has a Very Important Message About Skrulls

The first two acts of the movie may set them up as the enemies, and Captain Marvel's Kree as the saviors, but the third act flips that dangerous assumption entirely. (Kree, even with their blue skin, still look more human than Skrulls do.) Or do we side with the people who are forced into hiding?

This Viral Therapy Could Help Us Survive the Superbug Era

This Viral Therapy Could Help Us Survive the Superbug Era

This Viral Therapy Could Help Us Survive the Superbug Era Dennis Kunkel/Science Source In November 2015, infectious disease epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee and her husband, evolutionary psychologist Tom Patterson, were spending the week of Thanksgiving exploring pyramids and pharaoh’s tombs in Egypt when Patterson came down with what seemed like a nasty bout of food poisoning aboard their cruise ship.

Your Boring, Everyday Life Belongs on Social Media

Your Boring, Everyday Life Belongs on Social Media

Your Boring, Everyday Life Belongs on Social Media Dull tours of supermarkets and mundane candid shots soothe us with warmth and relatability on YouTube and Instagram—and push back against the envy industry.

Netflix's Umbrella Academy Is Your New X-Men—Ugh

Netflix's Umbrella Academy Is Your New X-Men—Ugh

The others include a hothead with super-accurate murdering skills, an adult trapped in a kid's body, and a mouthy addict with death-related powers played by Robert Sheehan, who had the same role in Misfits .

The Way Superman Picks Up a Building Is a Physics Travesty

The Way Superman Picks Up a Building Is a Physics Travesty

Rhett Allain Let's start with a rough estimate of the pressure between Superman's hands and the building. Now that I have the force that Superman pushes up on the building, I can also calculate the pressure.

Ditch the Super Bowl for a Who's Who of Superb Owls

Ditch the Super Bowl for a Who's Who of Superb Owls

Ditch the Super Bowl for a Who's Who of Superb Owls Great grey owls! Trader Joe's has used the term on its in-store signage; Google now responds to a " superb owl " search with the details of the game and a cartoon bird; and the wordplay showed up as a category on Jeopardy this week.

The Very Vortex-y Science of Making Snow From Boiling Water

The Very Vortex-y Science of Making Snow From Boiling Water

The Very Vortex-y Science of Making Snow From Boiling Water Ismail Kaplan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images I guess it's a mixture of boredom from staying home in the super-cold weather and access to the internet that causes this problem.

Exploding Stars May Have Killed Off Prehistoric Predators

Exploding Stars May Have Killed Off Prehistoric Predators

“They are in a sweet spot for affecting ground-based life.” Melott hypothesized that a supernova around 2.6 million years ago would have increased the flow of muons streaming through the atmosphere several hundred times over.

Why Does a Lunar Eclipse Get Called a Blood Moon?

Why Does a Lunar Eclipse Get Called a Blood Moon?

“When I see all these headlines about the wolf blood super moon, I go nuts,” says Fred Espenak, scientist emeritus at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Save Us From Superheroes—Because They Can't Save Us

Save Us From Superheroes—Because They Can't Save Us

Night Shyam­alan realized the need to break form years ago when he made Unbreakable. (One reason: ­people in real life using their great power with great irresponsibility.) Shyamalan followed Unbreakable with 2016’s Split, featuring a bald James McAvoy with 20-odd personalities that semi-cohere into a frightening super-crazy.

Quantum Computing Needs You to Help Solve Its Core Mystery

Quantum Computing Needs You to Help Solve Its Core Mystery

Last month Xanadu released PennyLane, a software package meant to make it easier to run machine learning algorithms on a quantum computer.Software packages like Xanadu’s and Google’s are compatible with multiple quantum computing architectures.

How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem

How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem

Thus the fire sucks in surface winds.Researchers are using supercomputers and lookout stations like this to model the dynamics of wildfires in real time. At Los Alamos National Laboratory, atmospheric scientist Alexandra Jonko is using a supercomputer and a system called FIRETEC to model fires in extreme detail.

RIP Stan Lee, the Man Who Made Comics Cool

RIP Stan Lee, the Man Who Made Comics Cool

And they appealed to people who felt the same, even before Lee and the other Marvel creators published the first African American heroes, the first Asian-American heroes, and strong, leading-character women in numbers large enough to populate a dozen summer crossovers.As Marvel Comics grew in popularity and sophistication through the 1960s, Lee realized that his stories never had to end.