Avocado Time Machine takes top prize at the NIWA BOP Science Fair

Avocado Time Machine takes top prize at the NIWA BOP Science Fair

Frustration with buying fruit and vegetables that are never ready to eat prompted a 13-year-old Tauranga girl to a design a machine to help.Bay of Plenty Science Fair 2019 winner Anamaya Taylor.

Why People Keep Falling for Viral Hoaxes

Why People Keep Falling for Viral Hoaxes

A years-old internet hoax warning about a new, nonexistent Instagram rule resurfaced this week—and demonstrated the staying power of even low-stakes misinformation online.If the story pushed by a meme or hoax fits in a way that feels like a coherent narrative to a critical mass of people, it’s game over, says Phillips.

The Cosmic, Psychedelic, Glow-in-the-Dark Art of Alex Aliume

The Cosmic, Psychedelic, Glow-in-the-Dark Art of Alex Aliume

In Cosmic Consciousness, Aliume has created something that’s difficult to describe, other than to say that it reminds pretty much everyone who sees it of something they’ve already seen , whether it’s the lights you see when your eyes are closed or the cosmic web/matrix that sometimes appears when you’re in the midst of a psychedelic trip.

When Influencers Switch Platforms—and Bare It All

When Influencers Switch Platforms—and Bare It All

Last year, he decided to develop his own platform, JustFor. Fans, which includes features like a store where creators can hawk merchandise, personalized phone numbers to text with followers, and the ability to sell videos (which OnlyFans now offers too).

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.

We Can Be Heroes: How the Nerds Are Reinventing Pop Culture

We Can Be Heroes: How the Nerds Are Reinventing Pop Culture

Warner Bros., the studio behind the movies, tried to crack down on all the fan fiction, bombarding fansites with threatening cease-and-desist letters; it took entertainment giants a long time to realize that fandoms actually generate enthusiasm (and therefore revenue).

Actually, Gender-Neutral Pronouns Can Change a Culture

Actually, Gender-Neutral Pronouns Can Change a Culture

He writes about science and miscellaneous geekery for WIRED.Importantly, the people being tested, upwards of 2,000 of them, were all native speakers of Swedish, an old language that has learned a new trick.

Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller’s Probe

Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller’s Probe

When prosecutors moved in February of this year to nullify Manafort’s cooperation agreement with them—because he violated the deal by lying about his contacts with Kostya—a lead prosecutor told Judge Jackson that Manafort’s lies went “very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating.” In particular, the government asserted, Manafort had shared Trump polling data with Kostya, leaving many to wonder and speculate about why he might have done such a thing.

Uber’s Big Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News This Week

Uber’s Big Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News This Week

#Uber #Lyft #auto industry #Self-Driving Cars.

A Night With the Platypus Scientist

A Night With the Platypus Scientist

“Platypus travel quite a few kilometers in a night, so you don’t want the net sites too close together,” says Brunt.Brunt tells us that very little research has been done on platypus in Queensland, which means conservationists don’t have the data they need.

Sorry, But We Can’t Just Hack Our Way Out of Climate Doom

Sorry, But We Can’t Just Hack Our Way Out of Climate Doom

“Suddenly stopping solar geoengineering could cause the climate to change very rapidly, allowing ecosystems and economies less time to adapt to new conditions,” says Proctor.

Ugly or Beautiful? The Housing Blocks Communism Left Behind

Ugly or Beautiful? The Housing Blocks Communism Left Behind

Their new book Eastern Blocks features 100 images of modernist housing estates and other unusual Soviet-era structures.The duo began photographing modernist and brutalist architecture in central and eastern Europe after founding Zupagrafika as a design studio and publishing house in 2012.

The Radical Transformation of the Textbook

The Radical Transformation of the Textbook

For several decades, textbook publishers followed the same basic model: Pitch a hefty tome of knowledge to faculty for inclusion in lesson plans; charge students an equally hefty sum; revise and update its content as needed every few years.

Don't Ask How to Pay for Climate Change. Ask Who

Don't Ask How to Pay for Climate Change. Ask Who

Any serious policy response to global warming needs to transfer some of the costs from voters to the fossil fuel interests, where they belong. To fight global warming, we need to organize a broad public counterweight against the sectoral interests that are trying to block action.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Charting Our Robocar Future

Gadget Lab Podcast: Charting Our Robocar Future

This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED transportation writer Alex Davies joins Mike, Arielle, and Lauren to talk about why it’s so difficult to program a fully autonomous vehicle, and how the companies making them have adjusted to the challenge.

A Black Lady Sketch Show Is a Much-Needed Jolt to TV Comedy

A Black Lady Sketch Show Is a Much-Needed Jolt to TV Comedy

In fact, the foursome are among a rising comedy avant-garde on TV that includes Spanish language curios (HBO's charming Los Espookys ), alt-sketch programs (Netflix's deliriously clever I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson and Comedy Central's Alternatino ), black mockumentaries (IFC's Sherman’s Showcase ), and more traditional fare ( South Side , which debuted on Comedy Central last week to impressive numbers).The boom is likely to hold, too.

Finally, a Robot That Moves Kind of Like a Tongue

Finally, a Robot That Moves Kind of Like a Tongue

Two stickers with fibers running lengthwise constrain the balloon to make it turn as it inflates (such an actuator could also use hydraulics instead of air, by the way), while a third sticker with fibers running at a 45 degree angle make the balloon twist at the end.

An iPhone App That Protects Your Privacy—For Real This Time

An iPhone App That Protects Your Privacy—For Real This Time

The Guardian Firewall app runs in the background of an iOS device, and stymies data and location trackers while compiling a list of all the times your apps attempt to deploy them.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood Is a Rare Game About Sisterhood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood Is a Rare Game About Sisterhood

The half-goofy half-earnest story of these sisters gripped me, and I adore the way the co-op element of the game ties it into every aspect of play.

Strap on Your Exoskeleton and Dance, Dance, Dance

Strap on Your Exoskeleton and Dance, Dance, Dance

And of course, there were the dancing robots, which anyone attending the Gray Area Festival could sign up to physically merge with. "When humans first started making art, with the earliest examples we have in the caves of Chauvet and Lascaux—those were completely immersive and site-specific art experiences," says Threw.

Banding Hummingbirds

Banding Hummingbirds

She’s the only person permitted to band hummingbirds in Arkansas. “By banding we can prove we have the same hummingbirds returning,” she says while looking through glass at the gut of a bird that’s smaller than a Matchbox car.

The Terrible Anxiety of Location Sharing Apps

The Terrible Anxiety of Location Sharing Apps

“When you invite this technology to mediate your care relations of whatever kind, you’re also inviting it to do so through its own limited bandwidth, it’s own limited algorithms,” says Natasha Schüll, a professor of media culture and communication at NYU and author of the book Addiction by Design .

Space Photos of the Week: Strap on Your Space Goggles and Bask in the Starlight

Space Photos of the Week: Strap on Your Space Goggles and Bask in the Starlight

Telescopes like Chandra can spot x-ray light coming from massive stars, much larger than our Sun, that are active for only a few million years, sputtering out gas and dust into space.

Great Stunt, Spider-Man! Now Let's Fine-Tune the Physics

Great Stunt, Spider-Man! Now Let's Fine-Tune the Physics

Now, if we put this vertical acceleration together with the fixed horizontal velocity , we get something special, called projectile motion. On the next jump, I get a vertical acceleration of –6.074, which is closer, but you can see that the fit is pretty janky.

California's Auto-Emissions Deal Could Trump the Feds' Plans

California's Auto-Emissions Deal Could Trump the Feds' Plans

Aarian Marshall covers autonomous vehicles, transportation policy, and urban planning for WIRED.The Trump administration questions the science around climate change, and wants to ditch the Obama-era rules.

Every Movie Referenced by Stranger Things

Every Movie Referenced by Stranger Things

But Stranger Things is also so jam-packed with movie references it's impossible to catch them all. Watch the video above to see just how they found their way into the Netflix series. Universal Pictures/Netflix. Universal Pictures/Netflix. Warner Bros./Netflix. Columbia Pictures/Netflix. Columbia Pictures/Netflix.

Facebook Knows More About You Than the CIA

Facebook Knows More About You Than the CIA

"I think the more human beings start to realize they're being manipulated, the more this relationship [with social media] is going to come under pressure," says Yael Eisenstat. Eisenstat: I think the more that human beings start to realize they're being manipulated, the more this relationship is going to come under pressure.

How Loon's Balloons Find Their Way to Deliver the Internet

How Loon's Balloons Find Their Way to Deliver the Internet

Since Loon spun out of X last summer, the company’s balloons have logged 1 million hours of flight time and found some novel ways to navigate the stratosphere.

A Preview of Mueller's Testimony, an Electric Ford F-150, and More News

A Preview of Mueller's Testimony, an Electric Ford F-150, and More News

Robert Mueller visits Congress tomorrow, the most popular vehicle in America is going electric, and the youths are fueling a Snapchat comeback. Don't, however, expect any shattering new details—if we know anything about Robert Mueller, it's that he's probably going to stick pretty close to the book.

The Marines’ New Drone-Killer Aces Its First Test

The Marines’ New Drone-Killer Aces Its First Test

“The system is powerful enough that for a smaller UAV, if it gets close enough, the energy from the jammer will disrupt the electronics on the drone, and cause it to just fail.

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