The Race To Crack Battery Recycling—Before It’s Too Late

The Race To Crack Battery Recycling—Before It’s Too Late

Of the small fraction of lithium-ion batteries that are recycled in the US—just 5 percent of all spent cells—most of them end up in a smelting furnace.A common form of this technique, called leaching, involves soaking lithium-ion cells in strong acids to dissolve the metals into a solution.

Giving Gadgets As Gifts? Get Ready to Answer These Questions

Giving Gadgets As Gifts? Get Ready to Answer These Questions

Giving someone an Amazon Echo or Google Nest speaker is a relatively easy way to inject some smarts into a home.Do they have a smart speaker to listen to that Spotify gift subscription that supports it?

The New Demon's Souls Remake Tries Too Hard to Be Realistic

The New Demon's Souls Remake Tries Too Hard to Be Realistic

In the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One era, when Shadow of the Colossus was remade, it often meant lovingly rendered wilderness, technological advances allowing game consoles to produce stunning trees, grass, and leaves.

This Squishy 3D-Printed Human Heart Feels Like the Real Thing

This Squishy 3D-Printed Human Heart Feels Like the Real Thing

But instead of it extruding it into air, as a normal 3D printer might do when building something out of plastic, this extrudes the ersatz heart into a container of support gel, specifically gelatin.“The analogy I have is: Imagine you were printing inside of hair gel,” says Feinberg.

Pfizer Seeks Vaccine Approval, the CDC Urges Restraint, and More Coronavirus News

Pfizer Seeks Vaccine Approval, the CDC Urges Restraint, and More Coronavirus News

Pfizer seeks FDA approval for its vaccine, the CDC urges Americans to avoid Thanksgiving travel, and the federal pandemic response draws renewed concern.The news comes just days after the companies announced they had the data needed to seek emergency use and found the vaccine to be 95 percent effective and safe.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Is an Uneasy Mix of Two Very Different Worlds

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Is an Uneasy Mix of Two Very Different Worlds

There’s a jarring messiness to fights in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity that undermines the satisfaction you might get out of perfectly timed combos.A little like a Soulcalibur-style fighting game, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity’s combat relies on these combos.

Microsoft Is Making a Secure PC Chip—With Intel and AMD's Help

Microsoft Is Making a Secure PC Chip—With Intel and AMD's Help

For example, AMD says that its Security Processor will work alongside Pluton to act as the hardware root of trust for the silicon chips in a system and their firmware, while Pluton can provide the root of trust for Windows.

‘One Person’s Apocalypse Is Another Person’s Day-to-Day’

‘One Person’s Apocalypse Is Another Person’s Day-to-Day’

Xiaowei Wang: The subjects and places throughout the book have a mood that I like to term “modernity gone off the rails.” For example, Dinglou village was a boomtown—it had developed really fast, from farmland to a bustling center.

Computer Scientists Achieve the ‘Crown Jewel’ of Cryptography

Computer Scientists Achieve the ‘Crown Jewel’ of Cryptography

In 2018, Aayush Jain, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, traveled to Japan to give a talk about a powerful cryptographic tool he and his colleagues were developing.

Everything You Need to Know About Energy

Everything You Need to Know About Energy

The object at this solar focal point will then get extremely hot, and you can use that hot thing to heat up water to produce steam and then turn an electric turbine.In fact it's mostly like the electrical energy from fossil fuels.

15 Gift Ideas for Mom and Dad—Wherever They Are This Year

15 Gift Ideas for Mom and Dad—Wherever They Are This Year

WIRED senior writer Adrienne So has been using it for Zoom these past few months, and it's her new favorite way of joining into our WIRED zoom calls.Nintendo Switch for $299: Whether you realize it or not, your mom and dad played probably video games at some point.

How to Organize Everything You Want to Watch With Google TV

How to Organize Everything You Want to Watch With Google TV

Instead of showing a list of several services and prices, one main button will be highlighted by default as the best way to watch.Paired with the Watchlist feature, this approach to organizing a streaming library makes it much easier to find what you want to watch.

With $200 Million, Uber and Lyft Write Their Own Labor Law

With $200 Million, Uber and Lyft Write Their Own Labor Law

Fifty-eight percent of the state’s voters approved Proposition 22, which repudiated a recent state labor law that would have required the companies to hire their drivers and delivery people as employees—and pay them traditional benefits, including health care, sick pay, and workers’ compensation.

My Life as a Blue-Haired 'Commie Bitch' in Portland

My Life as a Blue-Haired 'Commie Bitch' in Portland

To be fair, it’s probably true that women who dye their hair unconventional colors might be more inclined to make other unorthodox choices, including political ones.

A Nameless Hiker and the Case the Internet Can’t Crack

A Nameless Hiker and the Case the Internet Can’t Crack

He told people he met along the way that he had worked in the tech industry and he wanted to detox from digital life.A veteran hiker named Matt Mason was working that day, and the two men started talking.

Anatomy Opens the Creaking Door to Haunted House Tales

Anatomy Opens the Creaking Door to Haunted House Tales

Or it could be Netflix 's fault—its release of The Haunting of Bly Manor has reinvigorated the discourse about what makes a good haunted house story and whether or not Mike Flanagan, the horror director who, between Bly Manor and Hill House and Doctor Sleep seems to be veritably obsessed with them, really has what it takes to make one that feels both scary and fascinating.

The iPhone 12 Finally Gets Magnets Right

The iPhone 12 Finally Gets Magnets Right

“Most of their mods were extensions or duplications of what the Moto Z was already capable of doing—think camera, battery pack or speaker,” he says.Apple already learned some lessons from Motorola by not making MagSafe the unique selling point of the iPhone 12.

The DOJ Is Fighting Google on a Shifting Battlefield

The DOJ Is Fighting Google on a Shifting Battlefield

Marissa Mayer, Google’s 20th employee who later went on to lead Yahoo!, once told me that for many years, Google would do a test: It would show a certain percentage of users a version of search with no ads, to see if people preferred a commercially pristine experience.

How the ‘Diabolical’ Beetle Survives Being Run Over by a Car

How the ‘Diabolical’ Beetle Survives Being Run Over by a Car

But the diabolical ironclad beetle (henceforth known as the DIB) can’t fly, and has over evolutionary time fused its elytra together and to the rest of its exoskeleton, creating a cohesive shell.

Amazon Prime Day 2020: 21 Best Home, Outdoors, Toy Deals

Amazon Prime Day 2020: 21 Best Home, Outdoors, Toy Deals

Amazon Prime Day looks a lot different this year, for more reasons than one.Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Griddle for $90 ($70 off): Amazon is currently offering up to 40 percent off a lot of kitchenware.

FIFA 21 Is Limping Toward Retirement

FIFA 21 Is Limping Toward Retirement

As always, some routes to goal seem particularly overpowered—the deft chip seems to be a dangerous weapon this year (or maybe I’m just too eager to bring the keeper out), for instance, and the developers have tried to make headed goals a thing again after they were almost impossible to score from in the last edition.

Amazon Wants to ‘Win at Games.’ So Why Hasn’t It?

Amazon Wants to ‘Win at Games.’ So Why Hasn’t It?

After more than a decade of concerted effort, the tech company that brute-forced its way to dominance in books, retail, and cloud computing has failed to produce a single successful big-name title.But six former employees of Amazon Game Studios, most of whom had left the company by 2019, told a different story.

Amazon’s Black Box Is Like a Lost Black Mirror Episode

Amazon’s Black Box Is Like a Lost Black Mirror Episode

Black Box opens with handsome, skittish widower Nolan (Mamoudou Athie) dealing with memory loss six months after a car crash kills his wife and leaves him with a severe brain injury.Early on, Black Box suffers from showing its “monster” too frequently and not making it horrifying at all.

The Debate Was a Disaster. But Hey, Climate Change Came Up

The Debate Was a Disaster. But Hey, Climate Change Came Up

Near the end of last night’s catastrophic “presidential” debate , moderator Chris Wallace lobbed a surprising question at Donald Trump: “What do you believe about the science of climate change?When Wallace pressed him on whether he believes human-made greenhouse gas emissions cause climate change, Trump said: “I think a lot of things do.

Taiwan’s Digital Minister Knows How to Crush Covid-19: Trust

Taiwan’s Digital Minister Knows How to Crush Covid-19: Trust

It helped that back in December, while the coronavirus was just starting to spread inside the Chinese city of Wuhan and the World Health Organization was still months away from declaring a global pandemic, the Taiwanese government deployed its equivalent of the US Defense Production Act to produce masks for its citizens.

Politics Is a Metaverse. The Trump-Biden Debate Was Metahell

Politics Is a Metaverse. The Trump-Biden Debate Was Metahell

Earlier this week, which is to say Sunday night, the New York Times dropped a bombshell, an almost-October-surprise just a couple days too early: President Trump ’s taxes.

In 'Hades,' the Underworld Is Your Playground

In 'Hades,' the Underworld Is Your Playground

I play games for the story, and while I enjoy some aspects of fighting, I’m more interested in whatever’s inside my foe’s inventory.Each time you perish, you emerge from the Pool of Styx, and you can start your escape attempt all over again.

Windows XP Source Code Got Leaked All Over the Internet

Windows XP Source Code Got Leaked All Over the Internet

Windows XP Source Code Leaks OnlineWindows XP's refusal to die has caused a multitude of security problems ; Microsoft stopped officially providing updates to the operating system in 2014, meaning any vulnerabilities largely don't get fixed on the millions of computers that still run it.

Amazon’s Bizarre Home Drone Flies Around Inside Your House

Amazon’s Bizarre Home Drone Flies Around Inside Your House

The drone was announced today at Amazon’s annual hardware event, typically a rapid-fire release of new Echo products, Alexa updates, and the occasional gadget oddity, like a talking microwave.

CryptoHarlem’s Founder Warns Against ‘Digital Stop and Frisk’

CryptoHarlem’s Founder Warns Against ‘Digital Stop and Frisk’

Mitchell says law enforcement agencies routinely use tools that trawl social media for posts on particular topics, and that they have been used, for example, against people protesting the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.“If you live in the United States and you’re exercising your rights to free speech and assembly to march and demonstrate, you might not realize that the entire time there’s a lot of data being vacuumed up and used against you,” Mitchell said.