Stop Obsessing Over Sleep—Your Brain Will Thank You

Stop Obsessing Over Sleep—Your Brain Will Thank You

Fitbit kicked off this trend when it released the first tracker in 2009.Little more than a glorified pedometer at the time, the Fitbit couldn’t monitor your heart rate, pay for anything, or even tell you the time.Fears over bad sleep are getting the TED treatment and topping best-seller lists.

The Super-Optimized Dirt That Helps Keep Racehorses Safe

The Super-Optimized Dirt That Helps Keep Racehorses Safe

It began with Psychedelicat, a horse that would have remained unremarkable for the rest of his life, were it not for the precise timing of his death.

What Google's Fitbit Buy Means for the Future of Wearables

What Google's Fitbit Buy Means for the Future of Wearables

Not long after Fitbit launched its first tracker in 2009, the private company Jawbone, which was already a successful maker of audio products, pivoted to wearables.

Polestar’s First EV Is a Track-Happy Challenge to Tesla’s Model 3

Polestar’s First EV Is a Track-Happy Challenge to Tesla’s Model 3

“Your primary tools are the anti-roll bars, springs, and dampers,” says Polestar engineer and test driver Joakim Rydholm.“Your primary tools are the anti-roll bars, springs, and dampers,” Rydholm says.

A Simple Way to Make It Harder for Mobile Ads to Track You

A Simple Way to Make It Harder for Mobile Ads to Track You

Both Android and iOS force apps to use a special "ad ID" for tracking smartphones, which gets linked to whatever data marketers collect from you.

What to Expect From a Pooch on a Paddleboard

What to Expect From a Pooch on a Paddleboard

First, there is the frictional force that the board exerts on the dog.And that means the dog pushes back on the board with an equal force in the opposite direction (Fdb).

The Terrible Anxiety of Location Sharing Apps

The Terrible Anxiety of Location Sharing Apps

“When you invite this technology to mediate your care relations of whatever kind, you’re also inviting it to do so through its own limited bandwidth, it’s own limited algorithms,” says Natasha Schüll, a professor of media culture and communication at NYU and author of the book Addiction by Design .

How It Feels to Drive—and Crash—the First-Ever Mid-Engine Corvette

How It Feels to Drive—and Crash—the First-Ever Mid-Engine Corvette

I’m sitting in one of General Motors’ fanciest new toys and most helpful new tools, the high-fidelity simulator the automaker’s engineers used to create the Chevy that the motoring world has talked about for decades and that I just crashed: the first mid-engine Corvette.

Airport Facial Recognition, How Abusers Exploit Basic Apps, and More News

Airport Facial Recognition, How Abusers Exploit Basic Apps, and More News

Airport Facial Recognition, How Abusers Exploit Basic Apps, and More News. Stalkers have ways of tracking you even without fancy malware, airport facial recognition is becoming more common, and WIRED has some advice on how to take the very best fireworks photos.

Mapping Conservation & History on the Kokoda Track

Mapping Conservation & History on the Kokoda Track

Eighty years later, a Nature Conservancy scientist is creating a 3-D map of the Kokoda Track to help both preserve the site’s military history and protect the surrounding forest’s biodiversity and watershed services.

Remembering Gabriele Grunewald, Who Ran For Herself and Others

Remembering Gabriele Grunewald, Who Ran For Herself and Others

Gabriele Grunewald, seen here at the 2017 USA Track & Field Championships, reached an elite level of racing even as she managed treatments for cancer. I too had a struggle that was like, and also deeply unlike, hers: a cancer diagnosis that came after running a fast marathon time, a struggle, a scar.

Ancient Potheads, a Russian Troll Controversy, and More News

Ancient Potheads, a Russian Troll Controversy, and More News

Ancient Potheads, a Russian Troll Controversy, and More News. Researchers have discovered the existence of ancient potheads, an Alphabet-owned company conducted a controversial Russian troll experiment, and local politicians could save us from the crypto-pocalypse.

Seasonal records set to fall like autumn leaves

Seasonal records set to fall like autumn leaves

With just a few days of autumn left, prolonged warm weather and less rain than normal means some spots across New Zealand are heading for the record books. • Taupo – on track for 2nd warmest Autumn – records began 1949.

New Balance's New Shoes Give You a Speedier, Bouncier Mile

New Balance's New Shoes Give You a Speedier, Bouncier Mile

This past September, Jenny Simpson headed out in the rain to the start of the 5th Avenue Mile road race with two pairs of running shoes in her bag.

My Wild Ride in a Robot Race Car

My Wild Ride in a Robot Race Car

It’s a cloudy spring day, and we’re in the pit area at Thunderhill West Raceway in Willows, California, where, for the fourth year running, self-driving-car companies are gathering to test out their wares on a closed racecourse.

Julian Assange Arrested, Mastering Jeopardy!, and More News

Julian Assange Arrested, Mastering Jeopardy!, and More News

Tech news you can use, in two minutes or less: Julian Assange charged with computer hacking. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested today in London and faces hacking charges from the US government .

Ferrari Built the Track-Slaying P80/C for a Single Customer

Ferrari Built the Track-Slaying P80/C for a Single Customer

The company said in a statement that it considers the P80/C to be a “new kind of product that simply did not exist in the current Ferrari range.” You know, a track-only prototype inspired by current design aesthetics, but drawing on iconic cars of the past.

Costa Rica's Zero-Carbon Plan Could Be a Model for the World

Costa Rica's Zero-Carbon Plan Could Be a Model for the World

President Carlos Alvarado Quesada explains Costa Rica's new plan to ditch fossil fuels and how it could inspire others to do the same. If successful, Alvarado's plan could make Costa Rica the first zero-emissions country.

How to Use TikTok: Tips for New Users

How to Use TikTok: Tips for New Users

The app itself revolves around sharing 15-second video clips, which are set to music often licensed from artists and record labels. Before you start recording, you can add a song, so that your lip-sync, dance, or skit is in time with the music.

Chinese Surveillance, Facebook Tracking, and More Security News This Week

Chinese Surveillance, Facebook Tracking, and More Security News This Week

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Data Breaches This week, a security researcher found that Chinese company SenseNets, which allegedly facilitates that facial recognition tracking, had left a database containing the associated data completely exposed online.

With Its New 911, Porsche Improves the Unimprovable—Again

With Its New 911, Porsche Improves the Unimprovable—Again

With Its New 911, Porsche Improves the Unimprovable—Again The eighth generation of the Porsche 911, starting at $114,550, continues the automaker's tradition of making each version of the iconic car a little bit better.

Marlon James' 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf' Topples Fantasy Tropes

Marlon James' 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf' Topples Fantasy Tropes

By now, the person I created in New York was the only one I wanted to be." It is the naked totality, the intense desire for personal truth, that makes Black Leopard, Red Wolf such a worthy read.

A SpaceX Booster Went for a Swim and Came Back as Scrap Metal

A SpaceX Booster Went for a Swim and Came Back as Scrap Metal

A SpaceX Booster Went for a Swim and Came Back as Scrap MetalSpaceXPort Canaveral, east of Orlando, was a hub of activity this past week as SpaceX officials attempted to rescue a wayward booster that had fallen into the ocean just off Florida’s space coast.

Lamborghini's Urus Makes the Supercar SUV Look Good

Lamborghini's Urus Makes the Supercar SUV Look Good

The idea of the Urus is to be just as fun while racing, but capable of rolling over speed bumps and holding the kids and shopping bags.“It was a difficult project,” according to Lambo's CTO, “when you come from super sport car experience, to face a car with a higher center of gravity, that’s much heavier, and where you need to guarantee roominess and comfort.”

L’Oréal’s New Clip-on Sensor Tracks Your Exposure to UV Rays

L’Oréal’s New Clip-on Sensor Tracks Your Exposure to UV Rays

The combination of sensors and algorithms is a strategy that’s been adopted in other lightweight wearables, which directly measure some metrics, and use those metrics to inform an algorithm that calculates others.'It opens the door for a new consumer market for us, and a new retail environment.'Guive Balooch, global VP of L'Oréal’s Tech IncubatorThe app also provides metrics about a user’s skin exposure.

Ableton Loop Is More of a EDM Networking Event Than a Rave

Ableton Loop Is More of a EDM Networking Event Than a Rave

What It's Like to Attend an Electronic Music Conference Where the Beat Never DropsAt a studio session at Loop, Lafawndah (Yasmine Dubois) gave attendees valuable insight into her creative process—just part of the programming that made electronic music a conduit for inspiration rather than perspiration.AbletonHalfway into her 90-minute live set at Loop, Ableton's electronic music conference in Los Angeles, Juana Molina put down her Gibson SG guitar, stepped back from her synthesizer, and started dancing.

Moving India’s railways into the future

Moving India’s railways into the future

Progress is being made on the largest railway project in India’s modern history that will increase prosperity by helping move people and goods more safely, effectively, and in an environmentally-friendly way.

How to Ride a Bike at 168 MPH

How to Ride a Bike at 168 MPH

“That was like a match to gasoline,” says Mueller-Korenek.This weekend’s attempt comes two years after Mueller-Korenek hit 147.7 mph on her bike at Bonneville, setting the women’s speed record (by virtue of being the first woman to try it).

Australia’s UN report card: making progress, could do better on inequality and climate

Australia’s UN report card: making progress, could do better on inequality and climate

The report highlights strong progress in health and education, but poor performance in addressing inequality, climate change and housing affordability. Despite some progress, the report found almost every goal has at least one target where an important indicator is off-track or will require a breakthrough to be achieved.

The Best Albums of the Summer Were Exercises in Reinvention

The Best Albums of the Summer Were Exercises in Reinvention

The Best Albums of the Summer Were Exercises in ReinventionFrom Nicki Minaj's Queen to Blood Orange's Negro Swan, the strongest projects rattled with self-discovery and redefinition.Republic RecordsSummer is a time of intense polarities, of feverish abandon and earned languor.