Category: Science

What is a king tide?

This tidal phenomena is making waves, so to speak, as Hurricane Dorian approaches. Read More

/ September 1, 2019

What would a nuclear winter look like?

We talk a lot about the devastation of a warming planet, but what if things went the other way? A new study confirms the worst. Read More

/ August 29, 2019

Europe is warming faster than climate models projected

More than 90 percent of weather stations studied showed the climate was warming, a percentage too high to purely be from natural climate variability, say researchers Read More

/ August 28, 2019

In Canada, saying climate change is real could get you in trouble during the election

Because a fringe candidate is a climate denier, it's now a political issue. Read More

/ August 19, 2019

A Cure for Ebola, A Home-Speaker Cyberattack, and More News

Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less. Read More

/ August 12, 2019

Fractal Patterns Offer Clues to the Universe’s Origin

A new look at a ubiquitous phenomenon has uncovered unexpected fractal behavior that could help explain the birth of the universe and the arrow of time. Read More

/ August 11, 2019

Are daddy long-legs spiders actually poisonous?

Shutterstock These days, the word "daddy" followed by "long-legs" sounds more like a description of Jeff Goldblum than a colloquial title for a kind of arachnid. The truth is, everything you think you know about these eight-legged fellows might be...

/ August 7, 2019

The Gap in State Gun Laws, Apple Card Is Sorta Here, and More News

A report outlines the link between gun laws and mass shootings, Apple's new credit card has arrived for a select group of users, and WIRED has some pocket camera suggestions for you. Here's the news you need to know, in...

/ August 6, 2019

How to Reduce Gun Violence: Ask Some Scientists

President Trump doesn’t often ask scientists for help, but on Monday he seemed to be breaking from tradition. In a speech Monday about the deadly mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso last week, the president pitched a couple ideas...

/ August 6, 2019

A Voracious Vineyard-Killer, Apple’s Siri Snoopers, and More News

An invasive bug is destroying vineyards at an alarming rate, Apple contractors are listening to your Siri conver­sations, and we've got the earbuds for your next workout. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Want to...

/ August 2, 2019

Take time to look at the clouds

There is a spectacular nature show happening above, all you have to do is look up.Last night walking home after eating dinner out in Brooklyn, I looked up at the sky and gasped. It was not one of those day-glo...

/ August 2, 2019

11 facts about blue whales, the largest animals ever on Earth

The blue whale, is the largest animal ever known to have lived on the planet. Here’s what you need to know about the majestic marine mammal.Picture in your mind a 10-story-tall animal walking down the street and you probably start...

/ July 30, 2019

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

Check out this awesome stunt by young Spider-Man star Tom Holland. Yes, this is for the new movie Spider-Man: Far From Home, but I really don't think it's a spoiler unless you weren't expecting Spider-Man to jump around.Holland is a...

/ July 26, 2019

SpaceX Just Unleashed Its Starship Rocket for the First Time

Late on Thursday night, at a launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas, SpaceX performed the first flight test of its next-generation Starship rocket, which may one day carry humans to Mars. This time around, the prototype vehicle, dubbed Starhopper, was...

/ July 26, 2019

The zany, swinging lives of acorn woodpeckers

Welcome to some of the most bizarre social behavior on Earth.You thought the swinging sixties and those key parties were crazy? You should see what the acorn woodpeckers have going on. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology gives it a prim...

/ July 23, 2019

Ancient clams give forth glassy pearls that came from outer space

Researchers studying fossil clams in Florida believe they found the souvenirs of an ancient meteorite.In the summer of 2006, a University of South Florida student named Mike Meyer was part of a fieldwork project collecting shell fossils from a Sarasota...

/ July 22, 2019

An Alien-Hunting Russian Tech Mogul May Help Solve a Space Mystery

In spring 2007, David Narkevic, a physics student at West Virginia University, was sifting through reams of data churned out by the Parkes telescope—a dish in Australia that had been tracking pulsars, the collapsed, rapidly spinning cores of once massive...

/ July 21, 2019

Now We Know How the Zombie Ant Gets Its Bite

How do we begin to comprehend the astonishing complexity of a fungus that invades an ant’s body, grows throughout its tissues, and orders the host to climb up a tree and bite onto a twig, killing it and exploding out...

/ July 17, 2019

Climate Change Is Very Real. But So Much of It Is Uncertain

One of the more terrifying elements of climate change is the uncertainty of it all. You start with the big picture of a warming planet, but as you zoom in you find ever more climatic and geological and biological systems...

/ July 17, 2019

This Summer’s Weird Weather Is the Death of Predictability

The town of Gallargues-le-Montueux, on the ride from Montpellier to Marseille along France’s Mediterranean coast, got the worst of the heat: over 114 degrees F, even hotter than during an infamous 2003 French heat wave. The whole country—the whole continent—sweltered...

/ July 8, 2019