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Not Everyone on 23andMe Will Get the Latest Gene Chip Updates

Science gets better and better at decoding people's genomes … which might be bad news for people who bought into 23andMe too early.

17 Jul 2019 3:07 am
Former NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino’s Guide to Eating in Space

Try the turkey tetrazzini, skip the ice cream, and don’t miss your chance to steal the commander’s shrimp cocktail.

16 Jul 2019 9:30 pm
A WIRED Booklover’s Guide to the Moon

We sifted through dozens of new books released in honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. Here are the giant leaps for lunar literature.

16 Jul 2019 4:30 pm
The World Watched Apollo 11 Unfold—Together

From the beaches of Florida and department store TVs to mission control and Parisian living rooms, everyone witnessed the mission's launch and landing.

16 Jul 2019 4:30 pm
Why 'Moon Shot' Has No Place in the 21st Century

Today’s challenges are vast and nebulous—and demand a different kind of ambition and approach. We need a new name for them.

16 Jul 2019 4:30 pm
Lunar Mysteries That Science Still Needs to Solve

What scientists most want to know about our closest planetary neighbor.

16 Jul 2019 4:30 pm
Spaceflight and Spirituality, a Complicated Relationship

The earliest days of American human spaceflight were dominated by white Christian protestants. Does religion have a place in the future of space exploration?

16 Jul 2019 4:30 pm
A Leaky Component Caused the SpaceX Crew Dragon Explosion

The company still hopes to send two astronauts to the International Space Station this year but says the goal will be “increasingly difficult” to reach.

16 Jul 2019 2:42 am
Headed to Mars? Pack Some Aerogel—You Know, for Terraforming

Armed with the right materials, Martian colonizers could unlock frozen carbon dioxide beneath its surface, making the Red Planet warm enough to support life.

15 Jul 2019 8:30 pm
Robots Alone Can't Solve Amazon's Labor Woes

This Prime Day, some Amazon workers are striking. But the company can't just automate its labor problems away.

15 Jul 2019 4:30 pm
The Simple Idea Behind Einstein’s Greatest Discoveries

Einstein’s theory of gravity and modern particle physics both rely on the idea of symmetry. But physicists are now wondering if symmetry has much more to offer.

14 Jul 2019 5:30 pm
Tropical Storm Barry Pits New Orleans Against Water—Again

In the forever war between the Big Easy and the deluge, engineering keeps coming up short. Climate change is making it worse.

13 Jul 2019 4:25 am
How Dogs Help Cancer Research, an Amazon Email Scam, and More News

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

13 Jul 2019 3:39 am
How Elite Tennis Players Crank Out Serves at 150 MPH

Serve speeds have been climbing for decades—topping out at 163.7 mph. Here’s how players store all that energy in their bodies to release it in a coordinated strike.

12 Jul 2019 6:30 pm
Gulf Fisheries Are Under Siege—Now Comes Tropical Storm Barry

Surges of polluted water have decimated crab, oyster, and shrimp populations and killed hundreds of dolphins. To fishermen, Tropical Storm Barry is very bad news.

12 Jul 2019 5:30 pm
Why Dogs Now Play a Big Role in Human Cancer Research

There’s a strong chance your aging dog will get cancer—but your pupper could also help humans survive it.

12 Jul 2019 4:30 pm
New Designs Could Boost Solar Cells Beyond Their Limits

A material that effectively splits a photon in two is one way scientists are trying to increase solar cells’ efficiency beyond what they’d thought possible.

11 Jul 2019 5:30 pm
The Strange Saga of the Butt Plug Turned Research Device

How one scientist started with a butt plug from Amazon and ended up inventing an “anal pneumatic base” to measure orgasms.

11 Jul 2019 4:30 pm
A Rocket-Launching Plane, Nintendo Switch Lite, and More News

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

11 Jul 2019 2:12 am
Virgin Orbit Just Dropped a Rocket From a Boeing 747

Richard Branson's air-launch system is getting very close to opening for business after successfully completing one of its last big tests.

10 Jul 2019 10:13 pm
How Phone Taps and Swipes Train Us to Be Better Consumers

Opinion: Smartphone interfaces train our motions, closing the gap between our bodies and our virtual selves. But what does that mean when our movements are choreographed by corporate interests?

10 Jul 2019 6:30 pm
The Awesome Bowling Robot Is Surely Fake. Here's How to Tell

The viral video of BowlBot 5000 throwing a strike inspires great physics questions, even if robots aren't yet coming for our bowling alleys.

10 Jul 2019 6:30 pm
Little Plastic 'Nurdles' Are Flooding Beaches and Waterways

These lentil-sized pellets are used to make nearly all plastic goods. But they often escape and end up polluting oceans and coastal communities.

10 Jul 2019 5:30 pm
Should You Wear White or Black on Hot Days? Here's the Data

Quick experiments can help you answer the eternal question of whether to wear black or white on hot summer days. Turns out, it's complicated.

9 Jul 2019 6:30 pm
Trees Emit a Surprisingly Large Amount of Methane

Figuring out trees' net emissions is becoming an urgent priority as countries and companies adopt tree-planting programs to offset their carbon footprints.

9 Jul 2019 5:30 pm
The Real Challenge for the Green New Deal Isn’t Politics

Generating clean energy is easy. Getting the transmission lines to pipe it to the cities is the hard part.

9 Jul 2019 4:30 pm
A Deadly Tick Virus, Extreme Seasonal Weirdness, and More News

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

9 Jul 2019 5:20 am
Why We See the Colors of Faces Differently Than Other Things

Remember the Dress? That viral image revealed some of the oddness of color vision. Now scientists are finding more quirks in how people see faces.

9 Jul 2019 12:57 am
A Global Pollution Observatory Hunts for Hidden Killers

The first worldwide effort to measure all forms of pollution is calculating staggering numbers on its human toll.

8 Jul 2019 6:30 pm
This Summer's Weird Weather Is the Death of Predictability

Extreme heat, hailstorms, and monstrous floods have made for an intense summer. But there's still more seasonal strangeness to come.

8 Jul 2019 5:30 pm
The Meat-Allergy Tick Also Carries a Mystery Killer Virus

A tick best known for making people allergic to red meat can also infect its victims with the deadly Bourbon virus.

8 Jul 2019 4:30 pm
Magnetic Materials Help Explain How Arctic Ice Melts

The discovery of an unlikely relationship between melting sea ice and magnets could help scientists produce better models of the global climate.

5 Jul 2019 6:30 pm
Forget the Moon—We Should Go to Jupiter’s Idyllic Europa

NASA's Europa mission is struggling, but scientists are keeping the dream alive with exotic approaches to sampling that moon and its mysterious ocean.

5 Jul 2019 5:30 pm
A Drone, a $12,000 Lens, and the Magic of a Total Solar Eclipse

Eclipse chasers plan for months for the jaw-dropping spectacle of a total solar eclipse. But when totality hits, even the ultra-prepared can end up scrambling.

4 Jul 2019 9:27 pm
The Colorful Science of Why Fireworks Look Bad on TV

Even the best TVs fall short of capturing all the colors in fireworks that humans can perceive.

4 Jul 2019 8:29 pm
An Itty-Bitty Robot That Lifts Off Like a Sci-Fi Spaceship

Ion propulsion is a fantastical new way to power robots by accelerating ions instead of burning fuel or spinning rotors.

4 Jul 2019 5:30 pm
NASA Needs to Out-Crazy Elon Musk

Opinion: The once-revolutionary space agency is being upstaged by unapologetic capitalists. Here's how it can reclaim its relevance.

3 Jul 2019 6:30 pm
How Extreme Heat Overwhelms Your Body and Becomes Deadly

Europe's record-breaking heat wave serves as a warning of just how dangerous high temperatures can be.

3 Jul 2019 4:30 pm
This Jellyfish Robot Is Much More Than Just a Good Swimmer

At less than a quarter inch across, the magnetically activated robot manipulates water flow to in turn manipulate objects.

2 Jul 2019 8:30 pm
SpaceX Recovered Its First Rocket Fairing. Let’s Crunch the Numbers!

SpaceX recovered its first fairing last week after a Falcon Heavy launch. Here's how to estimate the challenge faced by Ms. Tree, the retrieval boat.

2 Jul 2019 7:30 pm
The Blazing Science of This Year's Total Solar Eclipse

Eclipse-chasing scientists are gathered in South America for the total solar eclipse on July 2. Here's what they're hoping to see.

2 Jul 2019 6:42 am
New Analysis Techniques Unearth a Trove of Unusual Minerals

Ion beams and special x-rays mean that ever-smaller slivers of material can be scanned without destroying the surrounding rock.

1 Jul 2019 5:30 pm
How Remote Lakes Could Help Unravel Microplastic's Mysteries

The Experimental Lakes Area is a one-of-a-kind platform for potentially testing how omnipresent microplastics are stressing ecosystems.

1 Jul 2019 4:30 pm