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).

Robot Coffee Tastes Great, But at What Cost? (About $5)

Robot Coffee Tastes Great, But at What Cost? (About $5)

If you have the app and you know your partner’s going to be passing a Coffee Haus, you can buy them a coffee, and the robot will text them.

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.

The Desperate Race to Neutralize a Lethal Superbug Yeast

The Desperate Race to Neutralize a Lethal Superbug Yeast

C. auris has been diagnosed in patients in more than 30 countries on six continents, and when investigators talk about it, they use ominous phrases such as “pandemic potential.” (At an international conference last year, the head of fungal studies at the CDC described the super-yeast as “more infectious than Ebola.”).

New IPCC Report Shows How Our Abuse of Land Drives Climate Change

New IPCC Report Shows How Our Abuse of Land Drives Climate Change

This new report takes steps to quantify how our abuse of the land—deforestation, industrial agriculture, draining of carbon-capturing peatlands—is driving climate change, and in turn how that climate change is exacerbating the degradation of land the world over.

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.

We’re Eating This Planet to Death

We’re Eating This Planet to Death

“We can reduce our demand, or we can increase the amount of land we grow stuff on and the number of animals that produce food,” says Van Eenennaam.

Crispr Can Help Solve Our Looming Food Crisis—Here's How

Crispr Can Help Solve Our Looming Food Crisis—Here's How

Crispr Can Help Solve Our Looming Food Crisis—Here's How. The potential for gene editing to make every acre of land more productive in the face of climate change has captured the imagination of plant scientists, the agtech industry, and governments alike.

A Submarine Goes Under a Failing Glacier to Gauge Rising Seas

A Submarine Goes Under a Failing Glacier to Gauge Rising Seas

The fiery orange submarine, which she named Ran after the Norse goddess of the sea, hadn’t yet resurfaced from its first mission in the watery depths around the face of West Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier.“She’s a very temperamental lady,” Wåhlin said of the $3.6 million, unmanned submarine, while peering through her binoculars on an overcast March day.

Huawei’s Latest Earnings Mask Its Trouble Outside China

Huawei’s Latest Earnings Mask Its Trouble Outside China

The second-quarter slowdown in international sales was “to be expected, because if the most powerful country in the world declares war on you, your company is going to be affected,” said Elliott Zaagman, a China tech watcher who recently visited Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters, in an interview.

One Man’s Quest to See the World’s Mammals

One Man’s Quest to See the World’s Mammals

Photo © John Hall Seeing 1,838 species of mammals takes an incredible level of trip planning, dedication and willingness to suffer.While mammal watching may never rival birding as a wildlife pastime, it is certainly growing – in no small part due to Jon Hall.

5G and NZ weather forecasting

5G and NZ weather forecasting

Dr Schmidt, who is also the New Zealand representative for the World Meteorological Organization’s Global Climate Observing System, said the international science community was working with governments to protect radio frequencies vital to earth observations.

How a 6,000-Year-Old Dog Cancer Spread Around the World

How a 6,000-Year-Old Dog Cancer Spread Around the World

Published today in Science , it not only traces these cells’ prolific colonization of human’s best friend, it also begins to unravel the mystery of the cancer’s bizarre evolutionary success, offering a glimpse of how humans might one day tame their own.“Human tumors don’t have much time to evolve—years, maybe decades—so they exhibit very strong competition,” says Adrian Baez-Ortega, a PhD student in Murchison’s lab and the study’s lead author.

A Biodiversity Analysis in Los Angeles

A Biodiversity Analysis in Los Angeles

Understanding basic patterns in the biogeography of an urban area is the focus of a partnership between The Nature Conservancy and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

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.

Quantum Darwinism Could Explain What Makes Reality Real

Quantum Darwinism Could Explain What Makes Reality Real

One of the most remarkable ideas in this theoretical framework is that the definite properties of objects that we associate with classical physics—position and speed, say—are selected from a menu of quantum possibilities in a process loosely analogous to natural selection in evolution: The properties that survive are in some sense the “fittest.” As in natural selection, the survivors are those that make the most copies of themselves.

How to Watch the Fortnite World Cup Finals

How to Watch the Fortnite World Cup Finals

How to Watch the Fortnite World Cup Finals. Epic Games has added a picture-in-picture option to the game, so when you launch Fortnite and enter the game lobby, you'll see a little window in the upper right inviting you to watch the livestream. The Fortnite World Cup finals tournament runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 26–28.

The Wild, Unregulated World of Sports Supplements

The Wild, Unregulated World of Sports Supplements

In some cases, there are still some very scary side effects .Dietary supplements are a more than $45 billion industry, and they got that way by promising outsize results in nearly every aspect of your physical well-being, from bigger muscles to better heart health.

Snowpiercer Trains an Eye on TV—and Its Genre DNA Runs Deep

Snowpiercer Trains an Eye on TV—and Its Genre DNA Runs Deep

Snowpiercer , the latest transplatform skipping stone, finally let folks on board at the a San Diego Comic-Con panel on the upcoming television series today—and from the look of things, it's drawing not just on its own previous iterations, but a few other genre properties as well.

‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘Picard,’ and More Awesome Trailers Hit Comic-Con

‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘Picard,’ and More Awesome Trailers Hit Comic-Con

Westworld , Star Trek: Picard , Watchmen , Snowpiercer , and so many more. For show co-creator Jonathan Nolan, Season 3 is all about “The New World.” On Saturday, fans got a glimpse into what that new world was: a sleek, beautiful place that looks more threatening than any bleak future ever presented in science fiction.

Space Photos of the Week: This Apollo Went to 11

Space Photos of the Week: This Apollo Went to 11

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing . Our lunar adventures are nowhere near done, though it might be a some time until we can all collectively share the awe that the world felt 50 years ago.

How It Feels to Drive—and Crash—the First-Ever Mid-Engine Corvette

How It Feels to Drive—and Crash—the First-Ever Mid-Engine Corvette

I’m sitting in one of General Motors’ fanciest new toys and most helpful new tools, the high-fidelity simulator the automaker’s engineers used to create the Chevy that the motoring world has talked about for decades and that I just crashed: the first mid-engine Corvette.

Why 'Moon Shot' Has No Place in the 21st Century

Why 'Moon Shot' Has No Place in the 21st Century

Like the original moon shot, these are big, hard problems that demand significant investments of time and money, along with innovative technology and thinking. The very term moon shot may not have originated with the Apollo missions, but in the Los Angeles Coliseum, in the 1950s.

Amazon Is Making a Lord of the Rings MMO Game

Amazon Is Making a Lord of the Rings MMO Game

Famously, it had a major foray into the massively multiplayer world with The Lord of the Rings Online , a game that launched in 2007 and remains a cult favorite to this day for its expansive, detailed approach to living inside Middle-earth.

HBO's Years and Years Unlocks Sci-Fi's Ultimate Potential

HBO's Years and Years Unlocks Sci-Fi's Ultimate Potential

Davies has been making television in the United Kingdom for a long time, and his résumé caroms among family melodrama, multiply-gendered sex stories, and science fiction.

New Designs Could Boost Solar Cells Beyond Their Limits

New Designs Could Boost Solar Cells Beyond Their Limits

This process is known as exciton fission and means that the solar cell is able to use high energy photons from the blue-green part of the visible spectrum. Baldo says that using tetracene could bump the theoretical energy efficiency limit up to 35 percent—higher than was ever thought possible for single-junction cells.

By Dying, MAD Gets Its Best Shot at a Second Life

By Dying, MAD Gets Its Best Shot at a Second Life

The first MAD Magazine I ever read flew so far over my seven-year-old head I'm surprised I could hold onto it. The Return of MAD Magazine and Its All-New Gang of Idiots.

Trees Emit a Surprisingly Large Amount of Methane

Trees Emit a Surprisingly Large Amount of Methane

But in a world where corporations plant trees to offset their carbon emissions, we badly need to know if their numbers add up, or if they are undermined by the complex chemistry of trees and methane.“In the seasonally flooded part of the Amazon, the trees become a massive chimney for pumping out methane,” says one researcher.

The World Cup Was a Prime Target for Amazon Counterfeiters

The World Cup Was a Prime Target for Amazon Counterfeiters

And last summer, CBP caught four shipments of fake World Cup soccer jerseys headed to Texas that were worth an estimated $66,000.At least for now, Amazon likely can’t catch every sports-related knockoff that third-party sellers try to list on its site.

The New App Gem Takes a Unique Approach to News Recommendations

The New App Gem Takes a Unique Approach to News Recommendations

Escape Crappy News Recommendation Algorithms With the Gem App. Elena Lacey; Getty Images. Boldizsar quit Calm and began working on an app that would deliver the news with a more useful algorithm. Gem still recommends news articles algorithmically—including a daily “gem,” the article you're most likely to enjoy.

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