Duuuuude. What Happens If the Earth Gains Consciousness?

Duuuuude. What Happens If the Earth Gains Consciousness?

By asking visitors to imagine what life would be like on an Earth that has attained consciousness, the show—a collaboration between all the artists involved—is inviting them to view the current environmental crisis through an oddball transhumanistic lens.

An Artist Used 99 Phones to Fake a Google Maps Traffic Jam

An Artist Used 99 Phones to Fake a Google Maps Traffic Jam

Soon enough, Weckert realized that it was the mass of people, or more specifically their smartphones, that had inadvertently tricked Google into seeing gridlock on an empty street.

How to Make a Tree With Fractals

How to Make a Tree With Fractals

Here is the basic plan for this tree fractal:Start at some point and move a certain distance in a certain direction.In the code, this pointing vector is the variable a—it's this vector that gets rotated in each branching.

Danger for Pedestrians, a Tesla Profit, and More Car News This Week

Danger for Pedestrians, a Tesla Profit, and More Car News This Week

On the last point: Some engineers are trying to build more fun, friendly, and maybe even safer crosswalks, but the federal government—the same one that put out those safety stats!—is not yet convinced that kind of street design works.

Can We Plant 20 Million Trees for 2020? The Math Says Yes

Can We Plant 20 Million Trees for 2020? The Math Says Yes

That’s the aim of the #TeamTrees project—to plant 20 million new trees.How much land do you think it’ll take to plant 20 million new trees?

Cars Aren't Going Anywhere, and More Transportation News This Week

Cars Aren't Going Anywhere, and More Transportation News This Week

Most jet engine designers test their creations on the ground.A Florida startup once just made model planes—but now it’s building little baby jet engines for drones.

The Perils of Distracted Fighting

The Perils of Distracted Fighting

For the ground forces, many of these devices seek to help the Army soldier or Marine understand the environment around them, see the enemy before they see them, and connect them to vast amounts of weapons, eyes in the sky, and other real-time information.

If Each of Us Planted a Tree, Would It Slow Global Warming?

If Each of Us Planted a Tree, Would It Slow Global Warming?

So to start, let’s figure out how much carbon a single tree can hold.To convert this to mass, I’m going to assume a wood density (ρ) of 500 kilograms per cubic meter, which is half the density of water.The mass of my generic tree would then be:Illustration: Rhett Allain

Wrapping Trees to Find Reptiles

Wrapping Trees to Find Reptiles

The crevices of river red gum tree back provide a perfect shelter for many species of reptile.Scientist Damian Michael secures an artificial tree bark cover on a river red gum.Scientist Damian Michael secures an artificial tree bark cover on a river red gum.

How 'Microcracks' Undermined San Francisco's New Bus Terminal

How 'Microcracks' Undermined San Francisco's New Bus Terminal

Engineers clambered up to the girders and slowly excised the cracked chunks with a diamond-oxide-studded cable saw, “so we could cut through it without heating it up and disturbing any of the evidence,” says Karl Frank, a civil engineer and steel-failure specialist working with Herrick, another company involved in building the terminal.

These Chaotic Games Are a Referee's Worst Nightmare

These Chaotic Games Are a Referee's Worst Nightmare

That inspired his series Selected People , for which he combined multiple photographs of the same street scene taken at different moments, in order to choreograph the random foot traffic he captured into mesmerizing patterns. Cass works with layers and masks in Photoshop to combine scenes, isolate figures, and correct color.

Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

Or that after breaking up with self-driving developer Aurora earlier this year, Volkswagen on Friday invested $2.6 billion in Argo AI , with plans to use its tech to launch an autonomous service (likely meaning robo-taxis or trucking, somewhere, sometime).

Trees in the US Annually Prevent 1,200 Deaths During Heat Waves

Trees in the US Annually Prevent 1,200 Deaths During Heat Waves

We assembled tree cover maps for 97 US cities, housing 59 million people, and analyzed how much current urban tree cover reduces summer air temperatures and associated heat-related health impacts and electricity consumption.

Why a Geocode Is Not an Address

Why a Geocode Is Not an Address

According to the Puerto Rican government's recovery plan, the lack of 911-compliant addresses "makes it difficult for emergency responders to locate homes and businesses." So it is unsurprising that Puerto Ricans are resisting exclusively using a geocode addressing system, no matter what problems it can solve from a technical perspective.

Instagram's Newest Star Is ... a Tree?

Instagram's Newest Star Is ... a Tree?

“You don't need to plant anything, you just stop whacking the system,” says Bronson Griscom, director of forest carbon science at the Nature Conservancy.

AR Will Spark the Next Big Tech Platform—Call It Mirrorworld

AR Will Spark the Next Big Tech Platform—Call It Mirrorworld

(Unlike the dark, closed goggles of VR, AR glasses use see-through technology to insert virtual apparitions into the real world.) Eventually we’ll be able to search physical space as we might search a text—“find me all the places where a park bench faces sunrise along a river.” We will hyperlink objects into a network of the physical, just as the web hyperlinked words, producing marvelous benefits and new products.

George’s Long Farewell: Why One Snail’s Death Became International News

George’s Long Farewell: Why One Snail’s Death Became International News

Photo © David Sischo On a relatively warm Hawai‘ian day, the first of the new year, a colorful snail named George drew its last breath, and with it marked the end of an entire species.

Tesla's Cost-Cutting Layoffs and More This Week in Car News

Tesla's Cost-Cutting Layoffs and More This Week in Car News

Headlines Stories you might have missed from WIRED this week Flight Reminder of the Week This week marked 10 years since pilots Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after a bird strike knocked out both of the plane’s engines.

Security News This Week: Hackers Hit NASA Before the Holidays

Security News This Week: Hackers Hit NASA Before the Holidays

Three days after the magazine contacted Amazon, the company reached out to the customer whose private information had been erroneously shared with a stranger and explained that a staff member had made a “one-time error” that breached his privacy.

NIWA scientist throws light on the Red Zone

NIWA scientist throws light on the Red Zone

“LED lights come in different colour temperatures so by changing the tones used in the street lights next to waterways, or by dimming them, we are hoping to find out what the ecological gains might be versus the energy costs.” Colour and direction effects on insect behaviour For several months, as the LED conversion has been taking place, Dr Greenwood has been taking photos of Christchurch from the Port Hills.

NIWA scientist throws light on the Red Zone

NIWA scientist throws light on the Red Zone

NIWA freshwater ecologist Dr Michelle Greenwood is trying to find out how a change in the colour spectrum of street lights is affecting the tiny insects that live in and near freshwater.

Barry Jenkins' New Movie and the Future of Black Filmmaking

Barry Jenkins' New Movie and the Future of Black Filmmaking

If Beale Street Could Talk's Barry Jenkins on the Future of Filmmaking"Progress has been made,” says the director about the state of black cinema in 2018, “and it's going to be sustained."Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesBefore our conversation even begins, Barry Jenkins coughs up an apology.

The Bizarre and Disturbing Life of Sea Cucumbers

The Bizarre and Disturbing Life of Sea Cucumbers

All species of sea cucumber breathe by dilating their anal sphincter to suck water into their rectum, where specialized structures called respiratory trees — butt lungs —  extract oxygen molecules from the water. Several species of parasitic pearlfish actually live inside sea cucumber bums.

The Science of Growing a Perfect Christmas Tree

The Science of Growing a Perfect Christmas Tree

"Basically, how can we identify species and seed sources that are going to lead to better Christmas trees, and how can growers manage their farms to produce better trees," he says.The research Cregg and his colleagues are conducting today will likely influence what type of Christmas tree you buy from your local lot a decade from now.Consider Cregg's cold-hardiness experiments, one of which he's currently performing inside a chest freezer in the basement of MSU's Plant and Soil Sciences Building.

Winter Warmer: Make Tea from Local, Wild Plants

Winter Warmer: Make Tea from Local, Wild Plants

It looks and tastes like fruity, store-bought tea, but it’s made from dried bog Labrador tea, wild strawberry and blueberry leaves. Like the foliage of wild blueberry and strawberry plants, raspberry leaves also make a fine fruit tea.

All 141 'League of Legends' Champions, Explained

All 141 'League of Legends' Champions, Explained

Valve's Dota 2 has 79.And then there's League of Legends.Since its release in 2009—just two short years after Team Fortress 2—Riot Games' battle arena title offers 141 champions players can choose.

Forage Wild Nuts for Your Holiday Feast

Forage Wild Nuts for Your Holiday Feast

Also called American filberts (Corylus americana), wild, native hazelnuts taste like the cultivated kind, but are half the size. They taste good, especially roasted, and they’re plentiful, usually producing an annual crop of nuts.

Designing greener streets starts with finding room for bicycles and trees

Designing greener streets starts with finding room for bicycles and trees

The central argument against adding cycle tracks with trees to urban streets asserts that cities need this space for parallel-parked cars.

The Race North

The Race North

With climate change, the new trees that replace them are likely to be different species, and eventually the entire forest composition may shift. How much does climate change threaten European forest tree species distributions?