Space Photos of the Week: Rovers Taking Selfies—for Science

Space Photos of the Week: Rovers Taking Selfies—for Science

And one of the very first things NASA does when a spacecraft lands on another planet is to have it take a selfie: “Let me see your wheels in the dirt so I know you got there safely.” Or “Snap a photo of your solar panels so we can see how dirty they are.” A simple selfie can tell a science team if an instrument is broken, say, or how close it might be to an object.

'Call of Duty: Warzone' Hits the Battle Royale Sweet Spot

'Call of Duty: Warzone' Hits the Battle Royale Sweet Spot

A 150-player battle royale mode that leverages 17 years of Call of Duty gun and map design experience, Warzone is an addictive last-man-standing survival shooter.That opportunity to come back and redeploy means Warzone doesn’t have the isolating die-and-requeue vibe of other battle royale games, Fortnite in particular.

A Disease Tracker Backed by Gates and Zuckerberg Tackles Covid-19

A Disease Tracker Backed by Gates and Zuckerberg Tackles Covid-19

IDSeq started out as a research project in the UC San Francisco lab of biochemist Joe DeRisi, where 17 years ago his team built technology that identified the coronavirus that causes SARS.

A Brief History of Instagram’s Trouble With ‘Weight-Loss Tea’

A Brief History of Instagram’s Trouble With ‘Weight-Loss Tea’

Among the most ubiquitous tea companies claiming to be able to help you lose weight, stop your migraines, unclog your arteries, and cure cancer and the common cold is Teami, whose products have been promoted by celebrities like Cardi B.

Science Has a New Way to Gauge the Universe's Expansion Rate

Science Has a New Way to Gauge the Universe's Expansion Rate

A new line of evidence, first announced last summer, suggests that the cosmic expansion rate may fall much closer to the rate predicted by early-universe measurements and the standard theory of cosmology.

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.

You Can’t Take This Photo: The Colossal Underbelly of an Iceberg

You Can’t Take This Photo: The Colossal Underbelly of an Iceberg

He plunges into dangerously cold waters to see—and photograph—it for himself.“I want to show people how beautiful it is down there,” Friedrich says.So Friedrich returned a third time last March, when the fjord was frozen over, immobilizing hundreds of icebergs.

5 Comics You Need to Read After Watching Birds of Prey

5 Comics You Need to Read After Watching Birds of Prey

How to read it: Available digitally or in the Birds of Prey: Black Canary collected print edition.How to read it: Available digitally or in the Gotham Central Book 1: In The Line of Duty collected print edition.

A First Look at Nike's Gear for the Tokyo Olympics

A First Look at Nike's Gear for the Tokyo Olympics

The 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro ended on August 21 of that year; in September, a chunk of Nike’s design team was in Japan, meeting with the Tokyo Olympic Committee to see where its members’ collective heads were.

How to Stream Super Bowl 2020 (and Puppy Bowl, Kitten Bowl)

How to Stream Super Bowl 2020 (and Puppy Bowl, Kitten Bowl)

Kitten Bowl VII (2 pm ET): The seventh Kitten Bowl will kick off the day's activities at 2 pm eastern time on the Hallmark Channel and will re-air at 5 pm.Puppy Bowl XVI (3 pm ET): The 16th Puppy Bowl kicks off an hour later, at 3 pm ET, and airs on Animal Planet.

How to Levitate Objects With Sound (and Break Your Mind)

How to Levitate Objects With Sound (and Break Your Mind)

But at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, physicist Chris Benmore and his colleagues are levitating objects with an unlikely tool: sound.Beyond the entertainment value, acoustic levitation is helping Benmore and his team do science: They're suspending pharmaceuticals and watching how molecules interact, by pointing the most intense X-ray source in the western hemisphere at the acoustic levitator.

Why Mark Zuckerberg’s Oversight Board May Kill His Political Ad Policy

Why Mark Zuckerberg’s Oversight Board May Kill His Political Ad Policy

After nearly two years, Facebook is almost done setting up its Oversight Board, an independent panel with the power to override Facebook’s most contentious decisions on controversial content.

Scientists Predict Wuhan's Virus Outbreak Will Get Much Worse

Scientists Predict Wuhan's Virus Outbreak Will Get Much Worse

Already, since Tuesday, the number of diagnosed coronavirus patients in Wuhan has shot up to 729.Using case data scraped from official reports, a team led by Jonathan Read at Lancaster University plotted a temporal map of the coronavirus’s spread, starting on January 1, when local authorities closed the meat-and-animal market where the virus is believed to have crossed into humans from an unknown source .

The Display of the Future Might Be in Your Contact Lens

The Display of the Future Might Be in Your Contact Lens

The lens will sit right on the cornea, and Ashley Tuan, vice president of medical devices at Mojo Vision, tells me it will be just like wearing normal contacts.

Scientists Made a Nearly Invincible Lithium-Ion Battery

Scientists Made a Nearly Invincible Lithium-Ion Battery

Their reliance on toxic, flammable materials means the smallest defect can result in exploding gadgets .A team of researchers led by physicists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory believed a safer battery was possible, and for the past five years they have been developing a lithium-ion battery that’s seemingly immune to failure.

Sex-Tech Companies Are Having More Fun Than the Rest of Us at CES

Sex-Tech Companies Are Having More Fun Than the Rest of Us at CES

If there was ever a metaphor for the newfound openness around women’s sex tech at the annual consumer electronics fest, it might be the Lora DiCarlo truck.That’s what happened in early 2019, when DiCarlo and her team were awarded a CES Innovation prize in the Robotics and Drone category.

How the Extreme Art of Dropping Stuff Could Upend Physics

How the Extreme Art of Dropping Stuff Could Upend Physics

“Once you go to space, you can throw your object, and it will be in free fall for a long time,” says physicist Aurélien Hees of the Paris Observatory, a member of the team.

Puma Is Making Gamer Shoes Now

Puma Is Making Gamer Shoes Now

As you can see from the (frankly bonkers) YouTube ad below, the company's new "Active Gaming Footwear" line includes a sleek-ish black rubber shoe that is, best I can tell, a big, thick sock.

A Racing Champ Critiques Cinema’s Greatest Driving Scenes

A Racing Champ Critiques Cinema’s Greatest Driving Scenes

If you want to learn how to properly spin your ride around, it’s best to tap Knox for a real-life lesson.Plus, the latest news on artificial intelligence 🏃🏽‍♀️ Want the best tools to get healthy?

Nike's Victory Swimsuit Steals Tricks From Fish Gills

Nike's Victory Swimsuit Steals Tricks From Fish Gills

To offer something for everybody else, Nike is adding a mix-and-match set of the Swim Hijab [$40], Swim Tunic with built-in sports bra [$70], and Swim Leggings [$68] to its modest swimwear collection.

Elon Musk Wins in Defamation Suit by British Diver

Elon Musk Wins in Defamation Suit by British Diver

After less than an hour of deliberation, a Los Angeles jury Friday found that Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk did not defame a British diver by calling him a “pedo guy” and “sus,” or suspicious, in a series of July 2018 tweets.

No One Knows Why Rocks Are Exploding From Asteroid Bennu

No One Knows Why Rocks Are Exploding From Asteroid Bennu

“No one has ever seen an active asteroid up close like this,” says Carl Hergenrother, an astronomer at the University of Arizona and the scientist who proposed Bennu as the target for OSIRIS-REx.

Elon Musk to Testify as Diver's Slander Trial Gets Under Way

Elon Musk to Testify as Diver's Slander Trial Gets Under Way

Musk later said that Howard-Higgins told that employee that Unsworth had married a girl when she was as young as 12, though Unsworth’s lawyers say, based on emails, that Howard-Higgins only said that the the diver met his wife when she was 18 or 19.

Scientists Spot an Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables

Scientists Spot an Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables

Working from a beachside shack on California's Monterey Bay , Nate Lindsey fired a stream of infrared laser pulses down a long fiber-optic cable extending onto the ocean floor.

What Makes an Element? The Frankenstein of Sodium Holds Clues

What Makes an Element? The Frankenstein of Sodium Holds Clues

Publishing this Monday in Physical Review Letters, the Riken physicists and their team confirmed that the limit for a fluorine nucleus is 22 neutrons, and a neon nucleus can contain up to 24.

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.

Astronomers Detect Water Vapor Around Jupiter's Moon Europa

Astronomers Detect Water Vapor Around Jupiter's Moon Europa

Planetary scientists have long suspected Europa may harbor a vast liquid water ocean beneath its thick, icy crust.In 2016, scientists used the Hubble Space Telescope to detect what appeared to be water plumes erupting from Europa’s surface.

How Ford Created the Mach-E, Its Fully Electric Mustang SUV

How Ford Created the Mach-E, Its Fully Electric Mustang SUV

“We’d pop in sketches on a Monday, choose the one we wanted on Tuesday, build the CAD model on Wednesday, mill it on Thursday, then present it on Friday,” says design manager Chris Walter.

Motorola Reboots the Razr, This Time With a Folding Display

Motorola Reboots the Razr, This Time With a Folding Display

This allows it to fold closed like an OG Razr, then unfold to become a touchscreen smartphone with a 6.2-inch diagonal.The new Motorola Razr, all folded up.When the Razr is closed, you can use the 16-megapixel rear camera as a selfie camera through this 2.7-inch “Quick View” display.

The Science Is Extremely Clear: You Need to Prioritize Sleep

The Science Is Extremely Clear: You Need to Prioritize Sleep

“Sleep is like the dishwasher of the brain,” Prather explains in WIRED’s latest “Five Levels ” video.But Prather says all phases, from the lightest slumber to the deepest unconsciousness, are important processes that allow our brains and bodies to recover from the previous day and can help us learn and remember information better.