The Next Generation of Batteries Could Be Built by Viruses

The Next Generation of Batteries Could Be Built by Viruses

Although it's not the only virus that can be used for nanoengineering, Belcher says it works well because its genetic material is easy to manipulate.

Australia's Bushfires Completely Blasted Through the Models

Australia's Bushfires Completely Blasted Through the Models

“This is perhaps one of the first really big cases where we've seen the real world do something before we've been able to have the capacity to model it properly,” says climate scientist Benjamin Sanderson of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, who cowrote a piece in the Nature Climate Change package.

Artists Explore the Many Uncanny Valleys of Tech Work

Artists Explore the Many Uncanny Valleys of Tech Work

Simon Denny's “Amazon worker cage patent drawing as virtual King Island Brown Thornbill cage, US 9,280,157 B2: ‘System and method for transporting personnel within an active workspace,’ 2016.”Photograph: Jesse Hunniford/de Young MuseumDenny’s artwork now stands in San Francisco’s de Young Museum, part of a new show that examines humans’ changing role in a world saturated with intelligent machines.

Defeated Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI

Defeated Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI

Outside the chess world, however, Kasparov is best known for losing to a machine.What’s important is how we deal with our mistakes, with negative experience.1997 was an unpleasant experience, but it helped me understand the future of human-machine collaboration.

A Cobalt Crisis Could Put the Brakes on Electric Car Sales

A Cobalt Crisis Could Put the Brakes on Electric Car Sales

While soaring prices of the core material in lithium-ion batteries sparked a mining rush in Australia, Argentina and Chile and—which between them provided 91 percent of supply in 2017, says Harper—a slump in demand caused by a weak automotive market and a reduction in grants for buying such cars in China has slowed the pace of mining and processing plant construction.

Cheap Nanoparticles Pave the Way for Carbon-Neutral Fuel

Cheap Nanoparticles Pave the Way for Carbon-Neutral Fuel

So in 2011, an Icelandic energy startup called Carbon Recycling International built the George Olah plant, which captures Svartsengi’s CO2 emissions and turns them into a carbon-neutral fuel.

Bezos' $10B Climate Fund, Bluetooth Bugs, and More News

Bezos' $10B Climate Fund, Bluetooth Bugs, and More News

Researchers from Singapore University of Technology and Design discovered 12 new Bluetooth bugs that potentially expose more than 480 devices, from fitness trackers and smart locks to medical tools and implants.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

Jeff Bezos Can Control Earth’s Future With His $10 Billion Pledge

Jeff Bezos Can Control Earth’s Future With His $10 Billion Pledge

In an Monday, the world’s richest man committed $10 billion of his personal fortune to set up the new Bezos Earth Fund, which would support “scientists, activists, NGOs—any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.” The announcement was light on specifics, and it’s not clear yet how the money will be spent .

Bezos’ Earth Fund Should Invest in These Green Technologies

Bezos’ Earth Fund Should Invest in These Green Technologies

Yet if you were to construct a giant solar farm in space and beam that energy to Earth, the power of the sun would be available around the clock.If Bezos spent just 1 percent of the Earth Fund to develop space-based solar power, it would effectively double the available funding in the US.

The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

Lightning—a phenomenon more suited to places like Florida—is now striking within 100 miles of the North Pole .All the while, researchers are racing to quantify how the plant species of the Arctic are coping with a much, much warmer world.

Meet the Sulfur Miners Risking Their Lives Inside a Volcano

Meet the Sulfur Miners Risking Their Lives Inside a Volcano

Louie learned from his guide that workers spend 12-hour shifts dodging plumes of poisonous smoke (with many protected only by rags tied around their mouths) while carrying up to 180 pounds of sulfur on their backs.

Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses

Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses

Another new feature it's testing, called "secure value recovery," would let you create an address book of your Signal contacts and store them on a Signal server, rather than simply depend on the contact list from your phone.

Want Unlimited Clean Energy? Just Drill the World's Hottest Well

Want Unlimited Clean Energy? Just Drill the World's Hottest Well

In 2017, researchers from the Iceland Deep Drilling Project, run by the Icelandic government and a consortium of national energy companies, reported they had reached supercritical fluids 3 miles beneath the surface.

Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Lost Notebook

Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Lost Notebook

Facebook would transform itself from a college student hangout to the dominant social media service, with a population bigger than that of any country in the world, and was on its way to having more members than any religion.To understand Facebook, you have to understand Zuckerberg.

Zuck's Lost Notebook, Marsupial Trouble, and More News

Zuck's Lost Notebook, Marsupial Trouble, and More News

In the early days of Facebook, founder Mark Zuckerberg was always scrawling away in a notebook.But a new book by WIRED's Steven Levy describes more than a dozen pages Levy obtained from that very notebook.A new report shows that antechinus is ill-prepared for a warming world .

3 Ways for Big Tech to Protect Teens From Harm

3 Ways for Big Tech to Protect Teens From Harm

With our colleagues from Brainstorm, Stanford’s Lab for Mental Health Innovation, we’ve created guiding principles that companies can follow to create products that protect users and have potential to help: Do no harm :Do not allow teens to be harmed by what they consume.

Coronavirus Has a Name: The Deadly Disease Is Covid-19

Coronavirus Has a Name: The Deadly Disease Is Covid-19

Because Carson’s company is called Covid, and as of Tuesday, so is the disease caused by that new coronavirus.And per the Coronavirus Study Group of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (in a preprint, so not peer reviewed, but likely to be cleared), the microbe itself is now called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2.Not much better?

What Is the Internet of Things? A WIRED Guide

What Is the Internet of Things? A WIRED Guide

Amazon introduces the Echo speaker, along with the Alexa voice assistant—a new way to control the smart home.Apple had introduced Siri, its own voice assistant, four years prior—but Siri lived on your phone, while Alexa lived inside the speaker and could control all of the “smart” devices in your house.

India's Data Protection Bill Threatens Global Cybersecurity

India's Data Protection Bill Threatens Global Cybersecurity

It is in the clear interest of policymakers, organizations, and the public to receive feedback from security researchers directly, instead of risking the information reaching other potentially malicious parties.

Want to Fight Climate Change? Stop Believing These Myths

Want to Fight Climate Change? Stop Believing These Myths

In response to the argument that we can ditch oil and coal immediately, he points out that renewable technologies are still more expensive and are not as readily available in the economically developing world, where plentiful and cheap fossil fuels are helping pull people out of poverty.

Does Facebook Need an ‘Understand’ Button?

Does Facebook Need an ‘Understand’ Button?

“We’ve just introduced an easy way to tell friends that you like what they’re sharing on Facebook with one easy click,” the note says.We think of the new ‘Like’ feature to be the stars, and the comments to be the review.”.

Speaking Simulator Feels Different When You Have a Stutter

Speaking Simulator Feels Different When You Have a Stutter

Speaking Simulator, by developer Affable Games, puts the player in the head of a robot that has to puzzle out, syllable by syllable, how to talk.Simulator games aren't supposed to make you think, really.

How American Politics Became a Meme Theater

How American Politics Became a Meme Theater

The positive consequence of the political meme ecosystem is that average people at least seem to be more civically engaged.The downside of the new meme-conscious political world, of course, is that facial expressions and stunts have become as important as substance and policy, if not more.

Welcome to the Era of Supercharged Lithium-Silicon Batteries

Welcome to the Era of Supercharged Lithium-Silicon Batteries

His secret ingredient is nanoengineered particles of silicon, which can supercharge lithium-ion cells when they’re used as the battery’s negative electrode, or anode.Several lithium-ion cell prototypes containing Sila Nanotechnologies' silicon anode.

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.

The Biggest Apple Maps Change Is One You Can't See

The Biggest Apple Maps Change Is One You Can't See

Apple yesterday touted a “new” version of Apple Maps, one that includes faster navigation, more detailed roads, real-time transit updates, lists of favorite places, and access to Look Around, street-level 3-D imagery that’s similar to Google’s Street View .

Wuhan Coronavirus 'Super-Spreaders' Could Be Wildcards

Wuhan Coronavirus 'Super-Spreaders' Could Be Wildcards

So far, only a hint of super-spreading has surfaced amid the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China: a Chinese respiratory disease expert gave an early report that 14 hospital workers became ill from a single patient.

How to Die—and Grieve—in 2020

How to Die—and Grieve—in 2020

As soon as TMZ broke the news of Kobe’s death, the entire internet madly ululated.But others were swift to bring up the 2003 incident when he was accused of raping a 19-year-old hotel worker; he ended up settling the court case.

Climate Change Is Netflix's Ragnarok

Climate Change Is Netflix's Ragnarok

Netflix’s newest superhero coming-of-age drama, Ragnarok, de-Marvelizes the viking myths for our climate-crisis age of Scandinavian child heroes.It follows Magne, an awkward Norweigan teen who moves to a town called Edda with his mother and brother.

The Coronavirus Global Health Emergency, an Amazon Rival, and More News

The Coronavirus Global Health Emergency, an Amazon Rival, and More News

Last week, the World Health Organization decided against declaring the coronavirus outbreak an international health emergency in part because the disease seemed to only be spreading through people who had been to Wuhan, China.