The best researchers call for a real investigation into the origin of covid-19

The letter, which was curated by Stanford University microbiologist David Relman and University of Washington virologist Jesse Bloom, targets a recent joint study on the origins of covides undertaken by…

Apple AirTags are a gift for stalkers

When Apple first unveiled the iPod, Steve Jobs promised to put “a thousand songs in your pocket”. Twenty years later, when Apple unveiled its latest device, AirTags, it promised to…

We need to design mistrust of AI systems to make them more secure

It’s interesting that you talk about how, in these kinds of scenarios, you have to actively craft mistrust in the system to make it more secure. Yes, this is what…

‘Resident Evil Village’ is too self-aware to fully enjoy it

Ethan Winters, protagonist of Resident Evil Village, wakes up after being half-stabbed to find himself in a scene that also feels indebted to Hellraiser like that of Jim Henson Labyrinth.…

Graduation gift ideas (2021): the 16 best gifts for your college graduate

It was an academic year like no other. Against the backdrop of a global pandemic that has interrupted most of public life, waking up every morning and Zoom connection for…

Gaming influencers are the future of esports

Publishers are also struggling to recoup their investment in esports. Chris Greely, esports director for Riot Games, told WIRED that Riot is “nearing a breakeven point” in its esports efforts.…

Researchers shed light on dangers of Firefly tourism

In 2012, firefly Expert Lynn Faust made a surprising phone call to the owners of Black Caddis, a bed and breakfast in the Pennsylvania countryside: there had been reports of…

The world had a chance to avoid the pandemic, but ruined it

The covid-19 pandemic is a disaster that could have been avoided, according to a panel of 13 independent experts tasked with assessing the global response to the crisis. Their report,…

The tiny, tiny scum scientist who helped Covid kill

Epidemiologists have long observed that most respiratory bugs require close contact to spread. Yet in this small space, a lot can happen. A sick person may cough droplets on your…

Five reasons why you don’t need to panic about coronavirus variants

2. The immune response is robust Scientists testing the effectiveness of vaccines often focus on antibodies and their ability to stop the virus from infecting cells. In lab experiments, they…