What Is ‘Fire Weather,’ and Why Is It Getting Worse?

What Is ‘Fire Weather,’ and Why Is It Getting Worse?

But if you’re wondering why we don’t often hear about catastrophic fires in the plains states, like we do in California, Oregon, and Colorado, that’s because “fire weather” just means the conditions are right for a blaze—it doesn’t mean they necessarily happen.

How to Preorder the iPhone 13—and Which One You Should Get

How to Preorder the iPhone 13—and Which One You Should Get

Below, we break down the differences between the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max , and have included details on how to preorder one of these shiny new slabs of glass (or multiple, we don't judge).Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-Year Subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off) .

September 2021 Apple Event Roundup: iPhone 13, iPad Mini, Apple Watch 7

September 2021 Apple Event Roundup: iPhone 13, iPad Mini, Apple Watch 7

Preorders open up on Friday, and all phones will be available on September 24.Apple only briefly touched on the privacy features of the new iPhones during today’s event, perhaps because it was eager to avoid wading into the recent photo-scanning controversy it’s found itself in.

Sweeping New Mandates, Vaccine Options Underway, and More Coronavirus News

Sweeping New Mandates, Vaccine Options Underway, and More Coronavirus News

Biden announces additional mandates, researchers probe new shots and treatments, and global vaccine distribution falters.During the pandemic, the pressure of caring for people sick with Covid has undermined years of progress in preventing these kinds of infections.

As Covid Cases Rise, So Do Hospital-Related Infections

As Covid Cases Rise, So Do Hospital-Related Infections

The CDC’s new data shows that the only types of hospital infections to decline last year were surgical-site infections following colon surgery or hysterectomy (the kind that requires an open incision, not those done by laparoscopy), and also C.

BrakTooth Flaws Affect Billions of Bluetooth Devices

BrakTooth Flaws Affect Billions of Bluetooth Devices

The latest version, demonstrated this week, comes in new formats like Lightning to USB-C and USB-C to USB-C, has a wider range, and introduces geofencing features.

An Explosion in Geofence Warrants Threatens Privacy Across the US

An Explosion in Geofence Warrants Threatens Privacy Across the US

Police around the country have drastically increased their use of geofence warrants , a widely criticized investigative technique that collects data from any user's device that was in a specified area within a certain time range, according to new figures shared by Google.

Now Isn't the Time to Abandon Contact Tracing

Now Isn't the Time to Abandon Contact Tracing

The rise of the Delta variant is sparking all sorts of memories—the anxiety amid the first Covid wave in spring of 2020, the crushing winter surge, the unceasing debate about “nonpharmaceutical interventions” such as masking and distancing, the concerns about kids and schools.

Social Media Algorithms Are Controlling How I Grieve

Social Media Algorithms Are Controlling How I Grieve

She’s talked to more than 80 research participants, sometimes for hours, about how they interact with profiles of the deceased.“What we’re finding is that there are a bunch of really steep misalignments in what people need from this system and how it's actually working,” she says regarding Facebook.

Social Media Helped These Chefs Branch Out of the Kitchen

Social Media Helped These Chefs Branch Out of the Kitchen

In the face of those layoffs and restaurant closures, these chefs opted to embrace TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, and other social platforms to bring their skills out of restaurant kitchens to an audience of viewers eager to learn from their experience and pick up new recipes.

Sunny-Day Flooding Is About to Become More Than a Nuisance

Sunny-Day Flooding Is About to Become More Than a Nuisance

Those higher sea levels coupled with another lunar cycle will drive a national leap in high-tide flooding, starting with what Thompson and researchers call “a year of inflection.”.

Record warmth so far this winter

Record warmth so far this winter

Sea temperatures around the coast have also been warmer than average, modifying colder air masses tracking towards New Zealand.Mr Noll said with the June and July temperatures tracking so far above average, this winter had a firm lead on last year’s figures.

The UN Climate Report: All Is Not Well—but All Is Not Lost

The UN Climate Report: All Is Not Well—but All Is Not Lost

That’s a significant update from a previous IPCC report that predicted that the planet would hit the 1.5 milestone at around the year 2040, says Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist and the director of climate and energy at the Breakthrough Institute, who wasn’t involved in the report.

Shrinking Birds with Longer Wings?

Shrinking Birds with Longer Wings?

Her most recent research, published this summer in the Journal of Animal Ecology , focuses on a unique data set: A collection from the Chicago Field Museum that goes back four decades and includes more than 70,000 birds killed during migration in collisions with the Windy City’s skyscrapers.

AI Comes to Car Repair, and Body Shop Owners Aren’t Happy

AI Comes to Car Repair, and Body Shop Owners Aren’t Happy

From his perspective, appraisers and claims adjusters, paid by insurance companies, generally want to pay less for repairs than he thinks his shop deserves.“I'd say 99.9 percent of the estimates are incorrect,” says Jeff McDowell, who owns Leslie's Auto Body in Fords, New Jersey.

A ‘Last Hope’ Experiment Finds Evidence for Unknown Particles

A ‘Last Hope’ Experiment Finds Evidence for Unknown Particles

In the paper, a team of theorists known as BMW present a state-of-the-art supercomputer calculation of the most uncertain term that goes into the standard model prediction of the muon’s magnetic moment.

Reforestation Is Great! But We're Running Out of Seeds

Reforestation Is Great! But We're Running Out of Seeds

“Over the years, I’ve built up a network of people in the different collecting areas who helped me with seed collection,” Swift said.But while there’s a huge focus on planting trees, there’s little on where those seedlings will come from.

I Called Off My Wedding. The Internet Will Never Forget

I Called Off My Wedding. The Internet Will Never Forget

In my job as a technology journalist, I’ve spent the past dozen years tweeting, checking in, joining online groups, experimenting with digital payments, wearing multiple activity trackers, trying every “story” app and applying every gauzy photo filter.

The Butterfly of Spring: Meet the Mourning Cloak

The Butterfly of Spring: Meet the Mourning Cloak

In some places you can find mourning cloak butterflies throughout the year, but after a long winter, the first sighting of one can be the earliest sign of spring.“You don’t usually have a butterfly that can live for almost an entire year as an adult,” says Blobaum.

Silicon Valley Revs Up for a ‘Hot Startup’ Summer

Silicon Valley Revs Up for a ‘Hot Startup’ Summer

Many VCs expect the immediate payoffs will be for startups in categories like entertainment and travel, sectors where people will want to spend their money post-vaccine.“There are huge markets to seize right now,” says Kim-Mai Cutler, a partner at Initialized Capital, an early-stage venture firm.

Narwhal Tusks Tell a Troubling Tale

Narwhal Tusks Tell a Troubling Tale

Whatever the purpose, scientists know this for certain: The Arctic region, which the narwhals call home, is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, and by analyzing these tusks, researchers can glean surprisingly detailed insights into how the animals are dealing with catastrophic change.

5 Years After the Oculus Rift, Where Do VR and AR Go Next?

5 Years After the Oculus Rift, Where Do VR and AR Go Next?

There were only two keys to the room, and for good reason: That’s where the Oculus team kept the Toybox demo.Yet all that change has made this week in particular a good time to take stock: It just happens to be the five-year anniversary of the Oculus Rift .

Bed Tricks, Cod, and the Hidden History of Catfishing

Bed Tricks, Cod, and the Hidden History of Catfishing

The numberless catfish who now course through social media , the ones who devastate lives with sophisticated online masquerades, exist to beguile and disturb.In this way, she is akin to Nev's catfish, Angela, who turned him from a defeated dropout to a man with a purpose.

A New Vaccination Goal, a Hasty Return to ‘Normal,’ and More Coronavirus News

A New Vaccination Goal, a Hasty Return to ‘Normal,’ and More Coronavirus News

President Biden sets a new vaccination goal, Europe curbs its vaccine exports, and experts caution against a hasty return to “normal.” Here’s what you should know: Want to receive this weekly roundup and other coronavirus news?

How to Ease Back Into Sports Without Hurting Yourself

How to Ease Back Into Sports Without Hurting Yourself

It’s been almost exactly a year since most of the 8 million young athletes who participate in high school sports have played a soccer game, suited up for a basketball game, or played any sport.

Hotspot Watch 18 March 2021

Hotspot Watch 18 March 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that widespread dry to very dry conditions are in place across the northeastern South Island as well as parts of Otago and Southland.

Covid-19 Meant a Year Without the Flu. That’s Not All Good News

Covid-19 Meant a Year Without the Flu. That’s Not All Good News

This was the time of year they’d ordinarily start looking at their numbers for influenza, the seasonal flu—to see how bad the outbreak would be, and to assess how well that year’s vaccine dealt with the protean respiratory virus.

The Perplexing Psychology of Returning to ‘Normal’

The Perplexing Psychology of Returning to ‘Normal’

We didn’t know if we should wear masks right away , or if we could safely send our kids to school .

My Treadmill Desk Made Working From Home a Cakewalk

My Treadmill Desk Made Working From Home a Cakewalk

I channeled visions of Steve Jobs, who liked to take his meetings while strolling around Apple’s campus in Cupertino, and Joanna Coles, who famously ran Cosmopolitan from the treadmill desk in her office, further intimidating colleagues by walked on it in heels.

The Pandemic Turns One, Vaccine Trials Adapt, and More Coronavirus News

The Pandemic Turns One, Vaccine Trials Adapt, and More Coronavirus News

The pandemic has raged for a year, vaccine trials contend with approved shots, and Biden signs a $1.9 trillion relief bill.As the vaccine rollout accelerates, drugmakers are facing a new dilemma : getting people to sign up for trials for new shots, where they might get a placebo instead of the real thing.