Congress' Latest Move to Extend Copyright Protection Is Misguided

Opinion: "No doubt, the beneficiaries of these gifts will be grateful to Congress, and show their gratitude in the campaign-finance-ways of Washington. Equally without doubt, this is not what a system meant to 'promote the Progress of Science' was ever intended to be."

Nanit Sleep System Review: Perfect for Sleep-Deprived New Parents

The Nanit baby monitor is the baby data collector that sleep-deprived geek parents long for.

Space Photos of the Week: Mars Gets Pac Man Fever

Take a trip around the universe with us. First stop: Mars!

Physicists Want to Rebuild Quantum Theory From Scratch | WIRED

Scientists have been using quantum theory for almost a century now, but embarrassingly they still don’t know what it means.

A Location-Sharing Disaster Shows How Exposed You Really Are

A recent example of location-tracking gone wrong—in fairness, it rarely goes right—that unfolded over the last week or so underscores how exposed our data really is.

Google, Alibaba Spar Over Timeline for 'Quantum Supremacy'

The China-America corporate rivalry on an obscure frontier of physics illustrates a growing contest between nations and companies hoping to create a new form of improbably powerful computer.

Capturing Humor in a Sea of Red Tape

For this humorous series, this photographer traveled around India, documenting the impressive displays of slow-moving bureaucracy common throughout the country. In his words, "I needed to be really patient."

Few Rules Govern Police Use of Facial-Recognition Technology

One of Amazon's lesser-known offerings: facial-recognition technology, which it sells to police departments. It turns out there are few, if any, rules governing how this data should be used

18 Camping Gear Picks to Jump-Start Your Memorial Day Weekend

Plan to go camping this summer? You'll want some of this gear.

Batteries Still Suck, But Researchers Are Working on It

New battery technologies mean better and more efficient products, but it remains incredibly difficult for even the most promising battery experiments to find their way out of research labs and into our devices.

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It's been said that there are as many stars in the universe as there are grains of sand on earth. Not that you'd know it looking up at the heavens from the heart of a city. The glare of urban living all but blots out the cosmic show overhead, denying you the dazzling vision of countless constellations and celestial bodies. LA filmmakers Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic reveal what you've been missing with their work, which documents breathtaking locations around the world that are largely untouched by light pollution.

Check out more dazzling shots of the cosmos here:

📸: Gavin Heffernan & Harun Mehmedinovic | skyglowproject

The Physics of How a Mirror Creates a Virtual World

Go find a makeup mirror, and let's use physics to illustrate the difference between a real and virtual world.

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At first glance, this image looks just like a piece of digital art. But artist Lala Abaddon is doing something far cooler. Abaddon has always loved photography, but one day in the summer of 2013, inspiration struck: Why not slice two photos to ribbons, and weave them together? She did just that, working with a simple basket weave—over, under, over, under. She found the repetition of it soothing, and the result exciting.

See more of Abaddon's beautiful artwork here:

📸: Lala Abaddon

How the LAPD Uses Data to Predict Crime

The LAPD claims that its "predictive policing” techniques will help reduce crime, but civil rights advocates worry this fancy tech is just a modern take on old-school racial profiling.

Bell Labs' Gadget Communicates Human Emotions Through Touch

When creating the Sleeve, engineers and artists teamed up to explore some big questions: Can humans communicate through touch? Is it possible to transfer empathy?

Zuckerberg Ducks Pointed Questions From the EU Parliament

Mark Zuckerberg testified before the European Parliament just days before strict new data privacy laws go into effect there. But his responses (or lack thereof) left many members less than satisfied.

Watch SpaceX Launch NASA's Next Earth-Observing Satellites

SpaceX is expected to ferry a pair of NASA's earth-observing satellites into orbit soon. Here's everything you need to know about the launch.

Engineers Don't Totally Dig Elon Musk's LA Tunneling Promises

Thus far, experts say, the ideas Musk has articulated aren’t exactly new. But hope is not all lost.

The 7 Best Sci-Fi Movies You Can Stream Right Now, From 'Rogue One' to 'The Matrix'

Just because it's nice outside doesn't mean you can't stay in and stream some sci-fi movies. Here are the best currently online.

New Kitchen Knives from Shun and Kikuichi Cutlery

Trying to buy a new knife but completely lost? Our expert on culinary gear is here to help guide you.

Following a Tuna from Fiji to Brooklyn—on the Blockchain

Lots of things are pivoting to the blockchain that don't need to be on the blockchain. But tracking tuna might be one of the better examples of a useful application.

Math Says Urinals in Airplanes Might Lines Shorter for Everyone

Let's dig into the math of waiting in line for the bathroom.

How 'Fortnite,' a 'Gamer's Game,' Took Over the World

Typically, the sort of games that become popular not just among gamers, but among moms and kids (and Drake) are simple and mobile. But Fortnite's massive success contradicts all of that.

Big-Box Bots, Blockchain’s Destiny, and More Visions of Tomorrow

Here are our predictions for the future. It's going to be crazy.

What It Takes to Hold Your Breath for 24 Minutes (Yeah, It’s a Thing) | WIRED

Try holding your breath for 30 seconds. Then read about how this guy did it for 24 minutes.

Bots Aren’t the Enemy in the Information War—We Are

"We need to understand our fragility as animals," writes Virginia Heffernan in WIRED Ideas. "Poor, mortal creatures of living-dying flesh that we are, we crave sensation. More even than robots, our most ancient proclivities may be our undoing."

An Ebola Vaccine Gets Its First Real-World Test

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ebola outbreaks are nothing new. But using a vaccine to fight one is.

Is Tesla's Autopilot Safe? Finding Out Demands Better Data

How can carmakers like Tesla prove that their tech makes roads safe enough to balance out the downsides? Some statistics, and a heavy dose of transparency.

A 'Locked' Smart Gun Can Be Fired With Just $15 Worth of Magnets | WIRED

This company says their gun can only be fired by its owner. Fifteen bucks says that's not true.

Marfa, Texas Is Getting Its Own Solar-Powered Stonehenge

The installation, called 'Stone Circle', juxtaposes long-forgotten cosmological and ritual uses for art with newfangled ways of harnessing and relating to the heavens.

Tesla Expands Its Model 3 Offerings—At a Steep Price

Fresh out of "production hell," Tesla expands its Model 3 options—but if you're looking for that $35k option, good luck

After Meltdown and Spectre, Another Scary Chip Flaw Emerges

After a chip vulnerability undermined security for nearly all computers, researchers anticipated they would eventually discover another similar flaw. Now, one has arrived.

Like Black Panther's Suit? These Are the VFX Tricks That Made It Awesome

From kinetic energy suits to sophisticated Wakandan weaponry, 'Black Panther' was packed with stunning visuals. It took countless people—and over a dozen VFX studios—to bring T'Challa's world to life.

An Ebola Vaccine Gets Its First Real World Test

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ebola outbreaks are nothing new. But using a vaccine to fight one is.

Hunting for Frankenstein in Switzerland's Melting Glaciers

Author Mary Shelley dreamed up 'Frankenstein' while staying near the Swiss Alps. Hundreds of years later, this photographer traveled to the snowy peaks that serve as a backdrop for the classic story.

Supreme Court Rules Against Workers In Arbitration Case

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that clauses requiring employees to resolve disputes through arbitration are enforceable under federal law, a policy that critics say has allowed sexual harassment to flourish in Silicon Valley.

The Shape-Shifting Robot That Evolves by Falling Down

Welcome to the world of evolutionary robotics, a potentially powerful way to get machines to master novel terrain on their own, no hand-holding required.

We Need to Talk About That 'Deadpool 2' Credits Scene

Chock-full of perfect one-liners and surprising cameos, 'Deadpool 2' is truly a good time at the movies. Let's get into it.

A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture

Theranos imploded in 2015 after it was revealed that it had misrepresented its blood-testing technology. Here's a glimpse of life inside the company before it all fell apart.

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Most people visit the Swiss Alps to ski or hike, maybe to launder money. British photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews went to find Frankenstein. Frankenstein author Mary Shelley dreamed up her legendary science fiction tale while staying near the Alps, and their snowy peaks serve as a backdrop for the story. Mathews, a fan, brought along her old copy to read, letting the text guide her journey through the landscape.

See more stunning shots of the Swiss Alps here:

📸: Chloe Dewe Mathews

The Line Between Big Tech and Defense Work

Google might not be the only tech giant building technology for defense, military, and intelligence agencies, but it's the only one facing significant resistance from employees.

The Physics of a Tesla Model X Towing a Boeing 787

Curious about how in the world a Tesla Model X could tow a Boeing 787 airplane? We were too.

Timeline Photos

No it isn't a giant space eye, and no, it isn't HAL. The Helix Nebula can be found in the constellation Aquarius, located about 695 light years from Earth. This breathtaking nebula was created from material expelled by a dying star.

For more stunning space photos, visit the link here:

📸: NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Considering the Obamas’ Evolution in the Cultural Imagination

The Obamas have announced a deal with Netflix to produce film and series. It is but the latest example of the former First Family's ability to firmly maintain a grip on the American imagination.

Seakeeper’s Super Spinning System Keeps Ships Stable at Sea

Having trouble finding your sea legs? This 500-pound, donut-shaped flywheel spinning in a vacuum at 8,450 revolutions per minute will help.

The 6-Foot Chinese Giant Salamander Is in Serious Trouble

Not all hope is lost for this critically endangered creature—but time is of the essence.

Cantina Talk: Life After 'Solo' May or May Not Include a Lando Movie

Here are the most exciting rumors out of the Star Wars universe right now.

Lots of Lobbies and Zero Zombies: How Self-Driving Cars Will Reshape Cities

For decades, urban planning has revolved around personal cars. That's going to change. Here's how self-driving cars will reshape our cities.

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Robots

Little, big, humanoid, squishy, dog-like—robots come in all shapes and sizes. The WIRED Guide to robots is here for all of your automaton-related queries.