Scientists Fight Back Against Toxic ‘Forever’ Chemicals

Scientists Fight Back Against Toxic ‘Forever’ Chemicals

Electrodes above and below the surface generate plasma —a highly reactive gas made up of positive ions and free electrons—that interacts with the PFAS and breaks the carbon-fluorine bonds.“Our goal is to completely destroy the compound and not just transfer it from one phase to another,” says Michelle Crimi, an environmental engineer at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, who works on emerging technology to remediate PFAS.

How the US Prepares Its Embassies for Potential Attacks

How the US Prepares Its Embassies for Potential Attacks

The DSS deploys its special agents to almost 300 embassies and consulates globally, in addition to facilities in the United States.

Bing Maps Make the Revived Flight Simulator Eerily Realistic

Bing Maps Make the Revived Flight Simulator Eerily Realistic

It’s a joke so tired you’ll hear it from someone jumping on a trampoline, but that’s what came into my head as I banked a small turboprop airplane above my neighborhood in the new version of a revived classic, Microsoft Flight Simulator.

To Train Foreign Service Agents, You Must Build a Fake Town

To Train Foreign Service Agents, You Must Build a Fake Town

The site, which opened in November after three years of construction, is meant to adapt to emerging security threats, and imparts the lessons of recent traumas like the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

An AI Pioneer Wants His Algorithms to Understand the 'Why'

An AI Pioneer Wants His Algorithms to Understand the 'Why'

In March, Yoshua Bengio received a share of the Turing Award, the highest accolade in computer science, for contributions to the development of deep learning—the technique that triggered a renaissance in artificial intelligence , leading to advances in self-driving cars , real-time speech translation , and facial recognition .Now, Bengio says deep learning needs to be fixed.

What to Expect From the 2019 World Track Championships

What to Expect From the 2019 World Track Championships

Throughout the IAAF World Athletics Championships, WIRED's editor in chief, Nicholas Thompson, will be chatting with Knox Robinson, the former editor in chief of the Fader and founder of the Black Roses running club in NYC.You’re a decent marathoner, but I’m more impressed that you’ve turned WIRED into the best running magazine out there.

Blow Out Your Knee? Hope Your Surgeon's Got a VR Headset

Blow Out Your Knee? Hope Your Surgeon's Got a VR Headset

In a pilot study conducted at UCLA and presented recently at a meeting of orthopedic surgeons, medical students who practiced a common procedure in VR significantly outperformed those who used conventional preparation methods.

A $700 Million Amazon Pledge, Credit Card Hackers, and More News

A $700 Million Amazon Pledge, Credit Card Hackers, and More News

A $700 Million Amazon Pledge, Credit Card Hackers, and More News. Amazon makes an expensive pledge to its workers, a hacker group hits 17,000 domains, and butt plugs are being used for scientific research. A card-skimming hacker group hit 17,000 domains and counting.

The Military Is Locked in a Power Struggle With Wind Farms

The Military Is Locked in a Power Struggle With Wind Farms

“The greatest threat to the viability of military facilities in eastern North Carolina is not wind farms, it’s the encroachment of houses and homes on the training area,” Castellaw says.

Artificial Intelligence May Not 'Hallucinate' After All

Artificial Intelligence May Not 'Hallucinate' After All

Louise Matsakis covers cybersecurity, internet law, and online culture for WIRED.Now, a leading group of researchers from MIT have found a different answer, in a paper that was presented earlier this week: adversarial examples only look like hallucinations to people .

Freshwater fish swim their all for science

Freshwater fish swim their all for science

NIWA freshwater fish scientists are trying to understand how long they can swim at given speeds – between rests - and how much variation there is between fish of the same species.

Would You Pay $6,000 For Vision-Quality VR?

Would You Pay $6,000 For Vision-Quality VR?

The first time I saw the Helsinki company’s prototype headset, nearly two years ago, it was little more than a kludge: an Oculus Rift that Varjo had rigged to project an ultra-high-resolution micro display into the center of my field of view.

The Real Reason Tech Struggles With Algorithmic Bias

The Real Reason Tech Struggles With Algorithmic Bias

But that would mean tech companies are training their engineers and data scientists on understanding cognitive bias, as well as how to “combat” it. To counter algorithmic, machine, and AI bias, human intelligence must be incorporated into solutions, as opposed to an over-reliance on so-called “pure” data.

Ending the Government Shutdown Won't Fix Flight Delays

Ending the Government Shutdown Won't Fix Flight Delays

“In 2013, when the government shut down for two weeks, it took the FAA nearly six months to get the school back up to a normal level of training capabilities,” says Sharon LaRue, a professor of air traffic control at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.

An Underwater Skin Sensor Lets Swimmers Track Their Sweat

An Underwater Skin Sensor Lets Swimmers Track Their Sweat

An Underwater Skin Sensor Lets Swimmers Track Their Sweat The device picks up sweat secretions from the person’s skin and channels the fluid into a chemical reagent mixed with food dye that turns the patch different colors—like a pH strip for sweat.

Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company’s Car-Flinging Tunnel

Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company’s Car-Flinging Tunnel

Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company’s Car-Flinging TunnelOn Tuesday, the Boring Company showed off its $10 million, 1.14-mile test tunnel to an excited group of fans at an event in Hawthorne, California.BoringFrom a parking lot in a quiet, manufacturing-dominated suburb of Los Angeles, Elon Musk and his Boring Company tonight unveiled what he believes is the future of “mass transit” and the best way to eliminate the scourge of traffic: electric, autonomous vehicles carrying an extra set of wheels, shooting through layers of thin tunnels at speeds up to 150 mph.If that sounds a little fantastical—well, duh.

AI Has Started Cleaning Up Facebook, but Can It Finish?

AI Has Started Cleaning Up Facebook, but Can It Finish?

Facebook says it is expanding its relationship with Nigerian fact checking organizations and NGOs—as well as its use of machine learning to flag hate speech and violent images.Invited to look ahead, Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, concedes that preventing incidents like that from ever happening is impossible.

We Made Our Own Artificial Intelligence Art, and So Can You

We Made Our Own Artificial Intelligence Art, and So Can You

I decided to try them after talking with Barrat in the course of writing about self-taught AI experts in the December issue of WIRED, and learning that a Parisian art collective called Obvious used his recipes and code to create a work that sold at Christie’s for $432,500.Barrat makes art using artificial neural networks, webs of math that have spawned the recent AI boom by enabling projects like self-driving cars and automated cancer detection.

The Science of the Sniff: Why Dogs Are Great Disease Detectors

The Science of the Sniff: Why Dogs Are Great Disease Detectors

“Finding those individuals is currently very difficult,” says Logan.In this study, dogs were trained to sniff out malaria through the scent of the disease in samples of socks worn by infected children.Medical Detection DogsAn entomologist by training, Logan spent the early years of his career trying to understand why some people are more attractive to mosquitoes than others.

This Hyper-Real Robot Will Cry and Bleed on Med Students

This Hyper-Real Robot Will Cry and Bleed on Med Students

If you like, you can even speak through the robot, with a system that turns your voice into that of a 5-year-old.One of the reasons for building Hal was to train medical workers on how to approach children, who may not be forthcoming about their symptoms.