Local Critter Quest: Spot a Pocket Gopher

Local Critter Quest: Spot a Pocket Gopher

You will not find an entrance to the mound, which distinguishes the pocket gopher from ground squirrels, voles and many other burrowing mammals.Pocket gophers block the entrance to the main tunnel with a loose plug of soil.

Elite Hackers Are Using Coronavirus Emails to Set Traps

Elite Hackers Are Using Coronavirus Emails to Set Traps

This week, the Chinese firm QiAnXin spotted Russian hackers—possibly affiliated with the groups Sandworm and Fancy Bear —sending phishing emails laced with malicious document attachments to Ukrainian targets.Meanwhile, the Vietnamese security firm VinCSS detected a high volume of novel coronavirus-related phishing emails over the last two weeks attributed to government hackers.

Google Calls Out Safari for Privacy Flaws

Google Calls Out Safari for Privacy Flaws

A Disturbing Look at a Massive Facial Recognition DatabaseThere are really two stories worth reading about Clearview AI, a company that claims to have scraped 3 billion images from the internet—including social media sites—to power an unprecedented facial recognition database.

Netflix's Big Viewership Numbers Mean Very Little

Netflix's Big Viewership Numbers Mean Very Little

That is a bizarrely low threshold for entry into, say, a 10-part fantasy drama featuring a character that could best be described as “Legolas with an Equinox membership” with episodes that run between 47 and 67 minutes.

Space Photos of the Week: Swooning for the Swan Nebula

Space Photos of the Week: Swooning for the Swan Nebula

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Penn State/DSSThis infrared view from NASA’s Spitzer telescope reveals even more texture and activity in this busy region.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of WisconsinIn this image from the Hubble Space Telescope, the center of the Swan Nebula appears shrouded in a cloud of hydrogen gas.

How Tweets Could Prevent War, an App Store Dilemma, and More News

How Tweets Could Prevent War, an App Store Dilemma, and More News

Last month, both Google and Apple removed a popular social messaging app called ToTok from their official app stores after US intelligence officials claimed the United Arab Emirates likely uses the app for state surveillance.

Looking Back at 2019's Weirdest and WIRED-est Photo Projects

Looking Back at 2019's Weirdest and WIRED-est Photo Projects

When photographers show their work to us WIRED photo editors, common responses as to why they’re reluctant to show off some of their most interesting projects include “I wasn’t sure if this is WIRED's style,” or “I didn’t think you cover this.”.

The 5 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy TV Shows of 2019

The 5 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy TV Shows of 2019

It’s just that, this year, when it came to new shows, genre kind of kicked all the butts.In fact, we could’ve left off the sci-fi/fantasy qualifier and called this list “The 5 Best TV Shows of 2019,” period.

What We Know (And Don’t Know) About Cities & Biodiversity

What We Know (And Don’t Know) About Cities & Biodiversity

In other words, the food urban dwellers eat turns out to be more important for global biodiversity than the direct environmental impact of the urban areas in which they live.

The New Port of Halo: Reach Is a Renaissance for the Series

The New Port of Halo: Reach Is a Renaissance for the Series

Placing this game here, and now, on PC feels like a Renaissance for it, and for the aging Halo series.Halo: Reach on PC contains one of my favorite settings to play with, which is almost exclusively found on PC games: field of view.

Watchmen Is Finally Being Called a Hit

Watchmen Is Finally Being Called a Hit

To start, people are showing up in big numbers to watch Watchmen .Also, Taylor Swift is (maybe) going to the Sundance Film Festival, and there’s a new Mulan trailer.Taylor Swift Is Going to Sundance.

The Best Laptop and Tablet Deals for Cyber Monday

The Best Laptop and Tablet Deals for Cyber Monday

Apple's iPads really set the standard here, with excellent battery life and a vast app ecosystem behind them, but the price of Amazon Fire HD devices is so low the software limitations may not bother you.

Let's Unravel the Time Travel Paradox of Terminator: Dark Fate

Let's Unravel the Time Travel Paradox of Terminator: Dark Fate

The Terminator movies can adhere to Novikov principle, mostly, if you generally accept the timeline that John Connor sent back Kyle Reese to protect his mother, Sarah Connor, knowing that Reese would then become his father.

Be Master of the Midway—With Physics!

Be Master of the Midway—With Physics!

If you swing the ball out to the side, it will circle around the pin like a planet orbiting a star, and the center of the orbit will be right below the spot on the ceiling where the string is attached.

Exploring and Protecting the Arkansas Bayou

Exploring and Protecting the Arkansas Bayou

In 2009, Bayou DeView became the focus of the conservation and birding communities when the supposedly extinct ivory-billed woodpecker was purportedly spotted there.“Flatwater paddling through the delta is another unique reason we support this place,” says Porter, “We built the camping platforms a new way.

An Open Source License That Requires Users to Do No Harm

An Open Source License That Requires Users to Do No Harm

Whether human rights violations qualify as a "specific field of endeavor" under that definition is something of an open question, because Ehmke hasn't formally submitted the Hippocratic License to the OSI for review.

'Sorry to This Man' Is the Perfect Meme for Right Now

'Sorry to This Man' Is the Perfect Meme for Right Now

This week, it got one: Keke Palmer's accidental roast, "sorry to this man.".All week, people have been using the "sorry to this man" clip to express just about everything they were confused about or wished to dismiss.

Imagine the Views From This Italian-Designed Swiss Train

Imagine the Views From This Italian-Designed Swiss Train

But starting in December 2020, visitors to the Swiss Alps will be able to enjoy the best of both by taking a ride on the Goldenpass Express, in a panoramic train designed by Pininfarina .The Italian design firm is best known for its work in the automotive realm, collaborating most famously with Ferrari on the F40, Testarossa, GTO, Daytona, and more.

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.

What the 'Stranger Things' High Viewership Numbers Actually Mean

What the 'Stranger Things' High Viewership Numbers Actually Mean

Last year, when everyone stuck at home for the holidays was watching Bird Box , the streaming giant tweeted that more than 45 million accounts had watched the film, which was the "best first seven days ever for a Netflix film!"

A Drone, a $12,000 Lens, and the Magic of a Total Solar Eclipse

A Drone, a $12,000 Lens, and the Magic of a Total Solar Eclipse

Teams of scientists develop game plans for capturing data months or years in advance of each one—as do amateur astronomers, working to create their own stellar images or execute their own studies—and it all comes down to a few precious seconds under the Moon’s shadow.

Facebook’s New Content Moderation Tools Put Posts in Context

Facebook’s New Content Moderation Tools Put Posts in Context

Facebook has begun pilot tests of new content moderation tools and policies after an external audit raised numerous issues with the company’s current approach to tackling hate speech.

Jony Ive Is Leaving Apple

Jony Ive Is Leaving Apple

Jony Ive announced in an interview with the Financial Times Thursday that he was departing the company after more than two decades to start LoveFrom, a creative agency that will count Apple as its first client.

An iOS 13 Preview: The 7 Top Features Coming to Your iPhone

An iOS 13 Preview: The 7 Top Features Coming to Your iPhone

Seriously, it’s my favorite update in iOS 13 so far, and brings the iPhone’s camera roll much closer to the experience we’ve all come to expect with Google Photos .The same four tabs still exist at the bottom of the home screen—Photos, For You, Albums, and Search—but in iOS 13 there’s an additional layer above that with four new filtering options: Years, Months, Days, and All Photos.

This Artist Makes Kinetic 'Mirrors' That Echo Your Movements

This Artist Makes Kinetic 'Mirrors' That Echo Your Movements

Each piece is kinetic; a sensor picks up the image of the viewer, and the screen moves to "reflect" the form of the person standing in front.

No, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams Aren't Married

No, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams Aren't Married

No, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams Aren't Married. The truth is they're not, but Turner understands why people think that. "People do think that we're a couple, sometimes," Turner says in the WIRED Autocomplete Interview above. But even so, Turner still thinks Williams is "that bitch."

Thinking of Buying a New Camera? Go Mirrorless

Thinking of Buying a New Camera? Go Mirrorless

I took a hands-on look at some of the best full-frame mirrorless cameras on the market—the Sony a7III, Canon EOS R, and the Nikon Z6—to help you understand the full benefits of the upgrade.

Watch the Google I/O 2019 Keynote Right Here

Watch the Google I/O 2019 Keynote Right Here

Google I/O is technically a developer's conference, and there should be plenty of talk about all the fun things developers can build using Google's latest tools. Last year , the company used the conference to debut its "digital wellness" initiative and a suite of new visual search tools for Google Lens.

Happy May the 4th! Deals on Star Wars Gear, Macs, and More

Happy May the 4th! Deals on Star Wars Gear, Macs, and More

Star Wars Battlefront 2 —Xbox One—for $8 ($17 off): This story-driven shooter game already offered a lot of bang for your buck, even before this discount.

Googlers Claim Retaliation, Samsung Delays Fold, and More News

Googlers Claim Retaliation, Samsung Delays Fold, and More News

Meanwhile, Google walkout organizers say they're facing retaliation from the company, a new Game of Thrones episode has come, and John Legend is putting Siri to shame. John Legend is your new Google Assistant.