Australia’s Wildfires Might Intensify Future Climate Crises

Australia’s Wildfires Might Intensify Future Climate Crises

None of this bodes well for the future. But there are other factors at play too. “In short, it’s not as simple as ‘more fires cause more fire danger,’” says Park Williams, assistant research professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. Benefits of Liposuction Patient Testimonials Financing Available precision results “It’s not really…

Streaming Giants Need Shows Like Schoolhouse Rock

Streaming Giants Need Shows Like Schoolhouse Rock

Saturday mornings in the late ’70s and early ’80s my classmates and I stretched out on our living room floors, waiting for our cartoons to be interrupted by Schoolhouse Rock. ABC was squeezing into our weekends on-the-fly learning about immigration and bills becoming laws through three-minute animated lessons. It was a civics sandwich made between…

It’s Easy to Be a Jerk on Twitter. And Twitter Wants to Fix That

It’s Easy to Be a Jerk on Twitter. And Twitter Wants to Fix That

This past week, at the Wired HQ at CES, I spoke with Kayvon Beykpour, the head of product at Twitter. We discussed some of the company’s new product launches, and then went deep into questions about the incentives created by the structure of the platform. And, also, whether Twitter should give every user a “troll…

Oscar Nominations 2020: Netflix Tops All Other Studios

Oscar Nominations 2020: Netflix Tops All Other Studios

Hello, and welcome to The Monitor, WIRED’s culture news roundup. The big news of the day is, of course, the Oscar nominations, but there’s more than that. Let’s get started. Joker and The Irishman Top the Oscar Nominations Despite the anticipation they drum up, the Oscars are nothing if not predictable. (Seriously, predicting who will…

Meet Xenobot, an Eerie New Kind of Programmable Organism

Meet Xenobot, an Eerie New Kind of Programmable Organism

Under the watchful eye of a microscope, busy little blobs scoot around in a field of liquid—moving forward, turning around, sometimes spinning in circles. Drop cellular debris onto the plain and the blobs will herd them into piles. Flick any blob onto its back and it’ll lie there like a flipped-over turtle. Their behavior is…

Cut Undersea Cable Plunges Yemen Into Days-Long Internet Outage

Cut Undersea Cable Plunges Yemen Into Days-Long Internet Outage

Last week, the internet went dark for Yemen and its 28 million citizens. It’s still not fully back today. In fact, the entire Red Sea region has dealt with slow to nonexistent connectivity since the severing of a single submarine cable on Thursday. It’s popular to think of the internet as a cloud, but it’s…

‘Uncanny Valley’ and the Meaninglessness of Writing About Tech

‘Uncanny Valley’ and the Meaninglessness of Writing About Tech

Throughout her career, Rebecca Solnit has been dogged by comparisons to Joan Didion. Never mind that the writers have peanuts in common beyond a geography—California—in which Didion didn’t even remain. As a woman writing semi-journalistic sentences of quality, Solnit is doomed to her Didion descent. (They all are. Virginia Heffernan, Anna Quindlen, Meghan Daum, Katie…