The Atlantic Ocean's 'Conveyor Belt' Stirs Up a Science Fight

The Atlantic Ocean's 'Conveyor Belt' Stirs Up a Science Fight

For decades, scientists have turned to the Labrador Sea to understand how ocean processes there may be affecting the strength of a massive oceanic conveyor belt known as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation.

A Car ‘Splatometer’ Study Finds Huge Insect Die-Off

A Car ‘Splatometer’ Study Finds Huge Insect Die-Off

The survey of insects hitting car windscreens in rural Denmark used data collected every summer from 1997 to 2017 and found an 80 percent decline in abundance.

Today's Cartoon: Comparison Shopping

Today's Cartoon: Comparison Shopping

Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology.Plus, sign up for the Daily newsletter and never miss the best of WIRED.A code-obsessed novelist builds a writing bot.Plus, the latest news on AI 🏃🏽‍♀️ Want the best tools to get healthy?

Americans Are Split On Online Dating—but Swipe More Than Ever

Americans Are Split On Online Dating—but Swipe More Than Ever

“Fully 56% of LGB users say someone on a dating site or app has sent them a sexually explicit message or image they didn’t ask for, compared with about one-third of straight users,” the survey reports.

Expect More Interstellar Visitors Like 'Oumuamua

Expect More Interstellar Visitors Like 'Oumuamua

In contrast, the second interstellar traveler we’ve observed, 2I/Borisov, is an obvious comet, a lot like the ones that formed in the icy extremes of our own system.The Hubble Space Telescope captured interstellar object 2I/Borisov as it raced through the solar system, only the second known cosmic visitor to do so.

Valve Swears Half-Life: Alyx Is Actually, Legitimately Done

Valve Swears Half-Life: Alyx Is Actually, Legitimately Done

So as the release date for the new VR experience Half-Life: Alyx approaches, and other high-profile games face delays , it's understandable fans might be worried.Every year, the Game Developers Conference releases a survey on the state of videogames, tabulating results from all across the industry.

Scientists brave winter in Antarctic waters

Scientists brave winter in Antarctic waters

NIWA principal fisheries scientist Dr Steve Parker and colleagues were on board the Janas , a deepwater longline vessel owned by Talley’s Group Ltd, for the second voyage ever during the winter to study the ecology of toothfish in the northern Ross Sea, especially to investigate spawning patterns of the Antarctic toothfish.

NIWA to survey young snapper in Hauraki Gulf

NIWA to survey young snapper in Hauraki Gulf

NIWA is heading out into the Hauraki Gulf this month to carry out a survey of juvenile snapper– the first of its kind for 20 years.Fisheries scientists aboard NIWA research vessel Kaharoa are trying to understand how many one and two-year-old snapper are in the area known as the Snapper 1 fishery.

Aerial Scans Help Bust California's Worst Methane Leakers

Aerial Scans Help Bust California's Worst Methane Leakers

Even though Duren’s California Methane Survey looked only at focused point-source emissions, because it looked at so many and for so long, Duren’s team was able to conclude that by themselves those sources coughed out 500,000 metric tons of methane a year, give or take, and that just 10 percent of the emitters were responsible for 60 percent of the total.

Researchers seek help on lobster catches

Researchers seek help on lobster catches

Researchers will be stationed at boat ramps in the region at various times for the next five months where they will approach recreational fishers and ask them to participate in a research survey about their catch and effort when targeting rock lobsters.

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.

A Tesla Security Bug, Levandowski Indicted, and More Car News

A Tesla Security Bug, Levandowski Indicted, and More Car News

But that is exactly what happened this week , when a father of this era of automated vehicle technology, the former Uber and Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski, was indicted on federal charges of trade secret theft.

The Real Batmobile: A Citizen Scientist’s Night Drive

The Real Batmobile: A Citizen Scientist’s Night Drive

“I don’t mind the late nights so much,” says Brenda Pace, East Idaho Bat Survey volunteer coordinator.Our counts run high by the river, with 42 bats signals recorded in one night.

For Young Female Coders, Internship Interviews Can Be Toxic

For Young Female Coders, Internship Interviews Can Be Toxic

In interviews with WIRED, four Girls Who Code alumnae pursuing undergraduate degrees in computer science and one recent graduate described positive internship experiences including supportive work environments and mentorship from tech company executives, but also faced persistent messages that they did not belong and were not as suited to coding as men.

Want to Know the Real Future of AR/VR? Ask Their Devs

Want to Know the Real Future of AR/VR? Ask Their Devs

"Our main goal is to get a sense of the temperature of the industry, which spans from hobbyists and students to professionals working on big-budget projects," says Alex Wawro, an editor at XRDC and Gamasutra who has been involved with the annual survey since it began in 2016.While the pool of respondents is larger this year than ever before, the status quo remains unchanged in some ways.

JD Power Says Korean Cars Beat US and Europe in Quality

JD Power Says Korean Cars Beat US and Europe in Quality

The change in fortunes rides largely on how automakers have handled two big technological trends: proliferating infotainment screens and advanced driver assistance features .Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.The ranking, based on the number of problems owners of new vehicles report in the first three months, puts Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury brand, in the number one spot, with 63 problems per 100 vehicles.

LGBTQ+ Youth Prefer to Seek Mental Health Help Digitally

LGBTQ+ Youth Prefer to Seek Mental Health Help Digitally

Birkett was not involved with the Trevor Project's report but has done similar research and says the new survey is particularly significant because of the dearth of data around the topic of LGBTQ+ mental health, particularly when it comes to transgender young people.

Inside the Amazon Warehouse Where Humans and Machines Become One

Inside the Amazon Warehouse Where Humans and Machines Become One

Across the field from the human workers distributing packages to the drives, a prototype robotic arm, named Robin, sits at the end of a conveyor belt. Amazon runs simulations to figure out how to keep their human workers comfortable when loading robots with packages.

Twitter Users Are Richer and More Woke Than the Rest of Us

Twitter Users Are Richer and More Woke Than the Rest of Us

On Wednesday, Pew Research released a report that compares Twitter users to the rest of the US population. Pew surveyed a nationally representative sample of 2,791 adult Twitter users about everything from their income and education to their thoughts on issues like race and immigration.

States Need Way More Money to Fix Crumbling Voting Machines

States Need Way More Money to Fix Crumbling Voting Machines

States Need Way More Money to Fix Crumbling Voting Machines “We are driving the same car in 2019 that we were driving in 2004, and the maintenance costs are mounting,” one official told the Brennan Center for Justice in a new survey.

Boaty McBoatface Gears Up for Epic Swim Across the Arctic

Boaty McBoatface Gears Up for Epic Swim Across the Arctic

Data gathered during that underwater expedition, which lasted more than 50 hours and covered some 60 miles, is now being fed into climate models to better predict how fast the ice shelf might melt and how its disappearance will affect global sea level rise, the British Antarctic Survey says.

Americans Are Abandoning Public Transit—but Don't Blame Uber

Americans Are Abandoning Public Transit—but Don't Blame Uber

And while Uber and Lyft have grabbed headlines for convincing people to abandon transit in big cities like New York and Chicago, the TransitCenter advocates argue that the effects of those services are limited to just a few dense, urban places.

Now You Can Join the Search for Killer Asteroids

Now You Can Join the Search for Killer Asteroids

“When you visit the same piece of sky again and again, you can recognize, ‘Oh, this galaxy has a new star in it that was not there when we were there a year or three months ago,” says Rick White, an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute , which hosts Pan-STARRS’s archive.

Fiat Chrysler, Honda Blame Frigid Cold as U.S. Sales Disappoint

Fiat Chrysler, Honda Blame Frigid Cold as U.S. Sales Disappoint

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Honda Motor Co. reported smaller U.S. sales gain than expected and blamed frosty temperatures that kept some buyers at bay late last month.

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible Visually impaired creators are a lifeline for those who share their disability—and they’re educating and making allies of sighted people along the way.

More College Esports Players Are Cashing In Big Scholarships

More College Esports Players Are Cashing In Big Scholarships

1. Pay for Play The average esports scholarship student receives $4,800 in tuition awards a year, according to the National Association of Collegiate Esports—but some can receive up to half off tuition.

Most Users Still Don't Know How Facebook Advertising Works

Most Users Still Don't Know How Facebook Advertising Works

(Eleven percent of respondents reported that they weren’t assigned any categories and told instead “You have no behaviors.”) Pew also asked participants about whether Facebook assigned them a political category, such as “liberal” or “conservative,” and any “multicultural affinity”—which Facebook says are groups of people “whose likes and other activity on Facebook suggest they’re interested in content relating to particular ethnic communities — African American, Hispanic American and Asian American.” There is no affinity classification for whites.

Screens Might Be as Bad for Mental Health as … Potatoes

Screens Might Be as Bad for Mental Health as … Potatoes

If they’re pessimists, they tend to find negative ones." LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction In the latest issue of Nature Human Behavior , Przybylski and coauthor Amy Orben use a novel statistical method to show why scientists studying these colossal data sets have been getting such different results and why most of the associations researchers have found, positive and negative, are very small—and probably not worth freaking out about.

A Third of Americans Use Ride-Hail. Uber and Lyft Need More

A Third of Americans Use Ride-Hail. Uber and Lyft Need More

That comports, mostly, with other surveys conducted in the past year about Uber and Lyft ridership, which have found that between 24.4 and 43 percent of the US population has used apps to summon rides.

Children Are Using Emoji for Digital-Age Language Learning

Children Are Using Emoji for Digital-Age Language Learning

Here's a string of animals and hearts from a three year old:🦄🐴🦋🐛🐤🐦🐦🐧🐔🐣🐶🐱🐭🐰🐰🐰❄️❄️🌦🌈🔥💥☀️🍓🥞❣️💙💚💛🧡🔒💕💜🖤💞💞💗💖💘🕉💝☸️💟These emoji texts are adorable, but as a linguist, I'm interested in what kids are trying to communicate.