Topic: Science & Tech

Lost Passwords Lock Millionaires Out of Their Bitcoin Fortunes

Bitcoin owners are getting rich because the cryptocurrency has soared. But what happens when you can’t tap that wealth because you forgot the password to your digital wallet?

Amazon Jungle Lab

Scientists count carbon stored at the Amazon rainforest

Did Dinosaurs Sleep at Night?

Even Tyrannosaurus rexes needed to nap sometimes. A still-growing fossil record is showing how dinosaurs used to doze.

The 'Megascale' Structures That Humans Could One Day Build

What are the biggest, boldest things that humanity could engineer? From planet lifters to space cannons, Anders Sandberg explores some of history's most ambitious visions.

Why Are Flies So Hard to Swat?

One secret is their specialized hind wings.

The Mind-Expanding Power of Complementarity

Embracing divergent perspectives at the same time is a key to understanding reality

Programmer Has Two Guesses Left to Access £175m Bitcoin Wallet

Stefan Thomas is not the first person to forget a password, but memory lapses are rarely so potentially costly

Watching a Truck Hauling Wind Turbine Blades Kinda Hurts Your Brain

The vast majority of things that get transported via truck are things that are, generally, smaller than the trucks that are transporting them. Sometimes, though, they’re bigger, much bigger, and...

The Sovereign State of Facebook

It's making the kinds of world-shaping decisions that used to be in the hands of governments.

The Other Virus That Worries Asia

The death rate for Nipah virus is up to 75% and it has no vaccine. While the world focuses on Covid-19, scientists are working hard to ensure it doesn't cause the next pandemic.

How Technology Got Its Modern Meaning

If we give technology credit for changing history, does that mean we give ourselves less?

The Science of Spiritual Narcissism

Self-enhancement through spiritual practices can fool some of us into thinking we’re evolving and growing when all we’re growing is our ego

Several Gorillas Test Positive for Coronavirus at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

It appears the infection came from a member of the park’s wildlife care team who also tested positive for the virus.

‘Your Cock Is Mine Now:’ Hacker Locks Internet-Connected Chastity Cage, Demands Ransom

Turns out giving an internet-connected device control of your penis may not be the best idea ever.

Organisms Are Not Passive Recipients of Evolutionary Forces

Organisms do not evolve blindly under forces beyond their control, but shape and influence the evolutionary environment itself

Batteries Power You Car. Now How About Your City?

Grid-scale plants can now store enough renewable energy for hundreds of thousands of homes.

CRISPR and the Splice to Survive

New gene-editing technology could be used to save species from extinction—or to eliminate them.

Saudia Arabia Is Planning a 100-Mile Line of Car-Free Smart Communities

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is promising to build a network of smart cities that won’t have any cars or roads. It’s called The Line, due to its arrangement of ”hyper-connected future...

Where We Are on Climate in Five Charts

After the turbulent year of 2020, BBC Future takes stock on the state of the climate at the beginning of 2021.

Life on Earth Didn’t Get Wiped Out Because of ‘Luck’

Scientists found that only nine out of 8,700 planets could survive for as long as the Earth has

He Created the Web. Now He’s Out to Remake the Digital World

Tim Berners-Lee wants to put people in control of their personal data. He has technology and a start-up pursuing that goal. Can he succeed?

Mercedes-Benz Made a 56-Inch 'Hyperscreen' for Its Electric Car

The Mercedes EQS will include a giant, 56-inch 'Hyperscreen' that includes the dash and infotainment systems in one massive display.

Citizen Science Is Booming During the Covid-19 Pandemic

From backyard astronomy to birding, amateurs have been busy collecting data — and making real discoveries.

A 25-Year-Old Bet Comes Due: Has Tech Destroyed Society?

In 1995, a WIRED cofounder challenged a Luddite-loving doomsayer to a prescient wager on tech and civilization’s fate. Now their judge weighs in.

Web Design in 4 Minutes

In a mere four minutes, this interactive page imparts some of the most basic rules of good web design. Even if you’re not a web designer, it’s a great investment in 21st century literacy.

Have Aliens Found Us? A Harvard Astronomer on the Mysterious Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua

Avi Loeb discusses why we need to consider the possibility that the object was sent by aliens, the dangers of unscientific speculation, and what belief in an advanced extraterrestrial civilization...

How Boston Dynamics Taught Its Robots to Dance

Aaron Saunders, Boston Dynamics’ VP of Engineering, tells us where Atlas got its moves from

Scientists Report First Instances of Dwarf Giraffes

Two individuals spotted in the wild seem to have classic long necks but unusually short, stubby legs

Can We Grow a Heart? Stunning New Scans Offer Clues

Scientists have mapped how the heart forms at its earliest stages of development, paving the way for future treatments.

The 432-Year-Old Manual on Social Distancing

In this spookily prescient booklet, people are advised to keep six feet apart, avoid shaking hands and only send one person per household out to do the shopping.

Covid-19 Immunity Likely Lasts for Years

A new study shows immune cells primed to fight the coronavirus should persist for a long time after someone is vaccinated or recovers from infection.

The Nuclear Lighthouses Built by the Soviets in the Arctic

Jellyfish Build Walls of Water to Swim Around the Ocean

One of nature’s most simple creatures has an elegant approach to propulsion.

The Story of a Secret CIA Spyplane, a Long-Hidden Crash, and the Man Who Had to Find It

In January 1967, an A-12, then a secret CIA spyplane, crashed in the Nevada desert outside Area 51. Decades later, one amateur explorer made it his mission to find it.

Earth Is Whipping Around Quicker Than It Has in a Half-Century

It could mean a "negative" leap second.

The Last Two Northern White Rhinos on Earth

What will we lose when Najin and Fatu die?

Introducing Intel RealSense ID Facial Authentication

Intel introduced Intel RealSense ID, an on-device solution that combines an active depth sensor with a specialized neural network to deliver authentication.

Inside the Royal Navy’s Futuristic Training Centre

From laser-guided missiles in combat, to virtual reality simulations in training, the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm’s Wildcat and Merlin Mk2 helicopters are powered by cutting-edge tech on their...

Salty Seas Make Lightning Brighter

Salt seems to be the reason why bolts are brighter over the ocean than over land.

How Americans Came to Distrust Science

For a century, critics of all political stripes have challenged the role of science in society. Repairing distrust today requires confronting those arguments head on.

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