The Rock That Vibrates in Time With Earth, Wind, and Waves

The Rock That Vibrates in Time With Earth, Wind, and Waves

The research team has an entire webpage devoted to its seismic recordings of the natural resonances (vibrations) that come out of the Utah arches.

A Bank-Busting Bugatti, VW’s EV Dune Buggy, and More Car News

A Bank-Busting Bugatti, VW’s EV Dune Buggy, and More Car News

We took close looks at the new Bugatti Centodieci , we climbed aboard the all-electric VW dune buggy , and we examined what it takes to build the ultimate TV-friendly obstacle course for cars (and their daredevil drivers).Plus, we wondered what happened to all those people who shelled out for vanity license plates that ended up costing way more than they bargained for.

A Single Math Model Explains Many Mysteries of Vision

A Single Math Model Explains Many Mysteries of Vision

Young, Shapley, and Chariker’s work accepts the demanding, unintuitive biology of the visual cortex as is—and tries to explain how the phenomenon of vision is still possible.“I think their model is an improvement in that it’s really founded on the real brain anatomy.

Mass Shootings May Be Contagious. Can We Contain Them?

Mass Shootings May Be Contagious. Can We Contain Them?

Research has shown that suicides, too, can spread like a contagion depending on how they are covered, but a consensus has yet to emerge among media organizations about how to handle mass shootings.

The Serious Money Is Warming to Bitcoin

The Serious Money Is Warming to Bitcoin

The deal wasn’t a surprise, following reports this spring that Coinbase had outbid Fidelity Digital Assets, which started offering custody to clients in March.The better custody arrangements are another draw, he suggests, making it more appealing for institutional investors who could potentially store hundreds of millions of dollars worth of digital assets.

WIRED Takes a Good Hard Look at Dick Pics

WIRED Takes a Good Hard Look at Dick Pics

According to Cory Pedersen, a psychologist and human sexuality researcher at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, about 50 percent of the dick pic senders she interviewed had no qualms sending an unsolicited photo of their genitals.

Microplastics Are Blowing Into the Pristine Arctic

Microplastics Are Blowing Into the Pristine Arctic

“Snow ‘scavenges’ the particles in the air and brings them down,” says marine ecologist Melanie Bergmann of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, lead author of a new paper in Science Advances .

Fractal Patterns Offer Clues to the Universe's Origin

Fractal Patterns Offer Clues to the Universe's Origin

“If you start far from equilibrium, like in the early universe, how does the arrow of time emerge, starting from first principles?” said Jürgen Berges, a theoretical physicist at Heidelberg University in Germany who has studied this problem for more than a decade.

A Submarine Goes Under a Failing Glacier to Gauge Rising Seas

A Submarine Goes Under a Failing Glacier to Gauge Rising Seas

The fiery orange submarine, which she named Ran after the Norse goddess of the sea, hadn’t yet resurfaced from its first mission in the watery depths around the face of West Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier.“She’s a very temperamental lady,” Wåhlin said of the $3.6 million, unmanned submarine, while peering through her binoculars on an overcast March day.

The Wrong Way to Talk About a Shooter's Manifesto

The Wrong Way to Talk About a Shooter's Manifesto

“Those manifestos are specifically designed to be objects of media manipulation,” says Whitney Phillips, who researches troll culture and online extremism at Syracuse University.

How White Nationalists Have Co-Opted Fan Fiction

How White Nationalists Have Co-Opted Fan Fiction

Though white nationalist fantasies are loosely based on real events, modern elaborations are often authored by people with no actual connection to the original place or people, and their fairy tales can be self-propagating.

Where Do Supermassive Black Holes Come From?

Where Do Supermassive Black Holes Come From?

This speed limit can theoretically be exceeded if the matter is collapsing fast enough; the Basu and Das model suggests black holes were accreting matter at three times the Eddington rate for as long as the chain reaction was happening.

Trees Emit a Surprisingly Large Amount of Methane

Trees Emit a Surprisingly Large Amount of Methane

But in a world where corporations plant trees to offset their carbon emissions, we badly need to know if their numbers add up, or if they are undermined by the complex chemistry of trees and methane.“In the seasonally flooded part of the Amazon, the trees become a massive chimney for pumping out methane,” says one researcher.

Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes and Cut Response Time

Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes and Cut Response Time

In May, a team of medical researchers with UCLA and University of California, Irvine published a paper in the journal Jama Surgery suggesting that places in California might be able to use data from the crowdsourced traffic app Waze to cut emergency response times.

How Remote Lakes Could Help Unravel the Mysteries of Microplastic

How Remote Lakes Could Help Unravel the Mysteries of Microplastic

The International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Experimental Lakes Area, or ELA, are testing grounds that allow researchers to isolate a pocket of water within a lake and add pollutants like hormones and flame retardants—and now potentially microplastics—and watch how the ecosystem responds.

The Midwest's Farms Face an Intense, Crop-Killing Future

The Midwest's Farms Face an Intense, Crop-Killing Future

But, according to a report that DeLucia coauthored appearing in the journal Ecosphere today, if you’re a farmer trying to grow corn it means something very different: You need more water.

The Radical Plan to Change How Antibiotics Get Developed

The Radical Plan to Change How Antibiotics Get Developed

Which means it may be time to stop asking pharma to make them, and create some other entity—a government institute, an international nonprofit, a utility—to perform the task instead.

Facial Recognition Has Already Reached Its Breaking Point

Facial Recognition Has Already Reached Its Breaking Point

Most directly called for a moratorium on government use of facial recognition systems until Congress can pass legislation that adequately restricts and regulates the technology and establishes transparency standards.

Moondust Could Cloud Our Lunar Ambitions

Moondust Could Cloud Our Lunar Ambitions

If NASA hoped to keep its moon-based instruments working on future Apollo missions, O'Brien concluded, it would need to study the matter of dust-spraying thoroughly.

What's So Special About Human Screams? Ask a Screamologist

What's So Special About Human Screams? Ask a Screamologist

Overall, however, Gouzoules’ data suggests that humans are pretty good at distinguishing screams from other nonverbal vocalizations, regardless of whether they’re fearful, excited, or aggressive.

Scientists reach new understanding of main threats to Hector’s and Māui dolphins

Scientists reach new understanding of main threats to Hector’s and Māui dolphins

The 18-month scientific study has discovered: The dolphins can breed earlier, live longer and are capable of faster population growth than previously thought, which makes them more resilient to human threats Scientists can accurately predict where they live using satellite data on seawater turbidity (cloudiness) and the distribution of their main prey The importance of non-fishery threats had been underestimated, including the parasite causing toxoplasmosis, which is spread by cats.

A Bizarre Form of Water May Exist All Over the Universe

A Bizarre Form of Water May Exist All Over the Universe

Paradoxically—but just as physicists squinting at screens in an adjacent room had expected—the atoms froze solid, forming crystalline ice.“You hear the shot,” said Marius Millot of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, and “right away you see that something interesting was happening.” Millot co-led the experiment with Federica Coppari, also of Lawrence Livermore.

Synthetic Biology Could Bring a Pox on Us All

Synthetic Biology Could Bring a Pox on Us All

So two years ago, in a Hail Mary attempt to defend against potential bioengineered viruses, Evans and his research associate did something unthinkable: They revived an extinct cousin of smallpox called horsepox, using mail-­order DNA.The Frankensteinian act stirred outrage among the international scientific community, which cast Evans as the Walter White of synthetic biology .

What Israel's Strike on Hamas Hackers Means For Cyberwar

What Israel's Strike on Hamas Hackers Means For Cyberwar

State-backed hacking and physical warfare have been on a slow but steady path toward convergence for about two decades, and both information security and warfare researchers say that it was only a matter of time before a nation launched a kinetic attack against enemy hackers.

Meet the Pro-Vaxxers Helping to Stave Off the Next Pandemic

Meet the Pro-Vaxxers Helping to Stave Off the Next Pandemic

Haller believes in vaccines, which is why he volunteered to test three different influenza vaccines that weren’t yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration—including against H7N9, a strain of influenza seen as a plausible source of the next pandemic.“I know how much misery they prevent in the world,” says Haller, an associate professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Scientists Discover Nearly 200,000 Kinds of Ocean Viruses

Scientists Discover Nearly 200,000 Kinds of Ocean Viruses

Moreover, the researchers inferred the existence of five community-level groups of viruses that mapped onto distinct marine ecological zones based on temperature and depth: Arctic, Antarctic, temperate and tropical surface, temperate and tropical subsurface, and deep ocean.

A Blazing Hot Coal Seam Shows How Microbes Can Spring to Life

A Blazing Hot Coal Seam Shows How Microbes Can Spring to Life

The coal-seam fire at Centralia provides researchers with the perfect opportunity to test a new idea known as a microbial seed bank: that commonly overlooked dormant individuals make up a vast reservoir of biodiversity, ready to spring to life when environmental conditions change.

Scientists Reveal the First Picture of a Black Hole

Scientists Reveal the First Picture of a Black Hole

The picture, taken over 5 days of observations in April 2017 using eight telescopes around the world by a collaboration known as the Event Horizon Telescope, depicts luminous gas swirling around a supermassive black hole at the center of M87, a galaxy 54 million light years away.

The Math of How Crickets, Starlings and Neurons Sync Up

The Math of How Crickets, Starlings and Neurons Sync Up

Yoshiki Kuramoto, a professor of physics at Kyoto University, developed the famous Kuramoto model of synchronization in the 1970s and co-discovered the chimera state in 2001, again revolutionizing the understanding of sync.

How the Brain Links Gestures, Perception, and Meaning

How the Brain Links Gestures, Perception, and Meaning

More than a century ago, the psychologist Walter Pillsbury wrote: “There is nothing in the mind that has not been explained in terms of movement.” This concept has its modern incarnation in the mirror neuron theory, which posits that the ability to glean meaning from gesture and speech can be explained by the activation of single cells in key brain regions.