The New Xbox Has a Name and a Questionable Shape

The New Xbox Has a Name and a Questionable Shape

Greetings, and welcome to Replay, WIRED’s collection of all of the week’s biggest gaming news. This particular installment is the Game Awards edition, featuring a bevy of new announcements, and the newly named next-gen Xbox console. Let’s get to it.The New Xbox Console Has a Name and a Questionable ShapeCongratulations, Microsoft. You’ve given birth to…

Greta Thunberg Takes on the World

Greta Thunberg Takes on the World

Seas rage and the land grows weak. Pollutants cake the air. Fires, droughts, and outbreaks surge with a kind of unsympathetic wildness. The very earth oozes an irreversible, clotting heat. It’s agitated, ailing, and on the brink of complete and ineluctable devastation. From this hellish man-made calamity, one voice ruptures the breach. Sometimes, one voice…

When a Mantis Shrimp Fights a Disco Clam, It Meets Its Match

When a Mantis Shrimp Fights a Disco Clam, It Meets Its Match

The mantis shrimp is one of evolution’s greatest hits—literally. This pugnacious crustacean (not technically a shrimp) cocks back its hammer-limbs and smashes prey with such ferocity, a shockwave blows the claws clean off crabs and crumples clamshells like they were papier-mâché. Really, there isn’t much on the tropical seafloor that the mantis shrimp can’t destroy…

Nike’s Victory Swimsuit Steals Tricks From Fish Gills

Nike’s Victory Swimsuit Steals Tricks From Fish Gills

By most accounts the Nike Pro Women’s Hijab has been a success. Launched in December 2017 and targeting female Muslim athletes, the lightweight headpiece has been worn by German boxer Zeina Nassar, American fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, and Emirati figure skater Zahra Lari, all of whom fed into Nike’s prototypes. The $35 sports hijab remains popular,…

A Sobering Message About the Future at AI’s Biggest Party

A Sobering Message About the Future at AI’s Biggest Party

More than 13,000 artificial intelligence mavens flocked to Vancouver this week for the world’s leading academic AI conference, NeurIPS. The venue included a maze of colorful corporate booths aiming to lure recruits for projects like software that plays doctor. Google handed out free luggage scales and socks depicting the colorful bikes employees ride on its…

Utility Executives Kept Flint’s Tainted Water a Secret

Utility Executives Kept Flint’s Tainted Water a Secret

This story originally appeared on The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.Executives at one of the world’s largest utilities companies knew that families in Flint, Michigan, might be at risk of being poisoned by lead in their tap water months before the city publicly admitted the problem, according to internal company emails.Email…

The Slow Rollout of Super-Fast 5G

The Slow Rollout of Super-Fast 5G

The grand promise of 5G wireless service—connection speeds 10 times as fast as the speediest home broadband service—is slowly moving closer to reality.AT&T is launching its new 5G service Friday in 10 cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose. Notably, the service is based on real 5G standards, unlike AT&T’s earlier “5G Evolution”…

The Future of Sex Work Slams Up Against Big Tech

The Future of Sex Work Slams Up Against Big Tech

Xavier Blanco was anxious for change. When I spoke with the 32-year-old New Yorker last week, curious about his motivations for joining OnlyFans after a decade working in a more buttoned-up line of business, he put it plainly, explaining he “needed an outlet for the other parts of me.” Blanco officially joined the subscription platform…

How Facebook’s Political Ad System Is Designed to Polarize

How Facebook’s Political Ad System Is Designed to Polarize

Amid the tense debate over online political advertising, it may seem strange to worry that Facebook gives campaigns too little control over whom their ads target. Yet that’s the implication of a study released this week by a team of researchers at Northeastern University, the University of Southern California, and the progressive nonprofit Upturn. By…