A Car ‘Splatometer’ Study Finds Huge Insect Die-Off

A Car ‘Splatometer’ Study Finds Huge Insect Die-Off

This story originally appeared on The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.Two scientific studies of the number of insects splattered by cars have revealed a huge decline in abundance at European sites in two decades.The research adds to growing evidence of what some scientists have called an “insect apocalypse,” which is threatening…

Meet the Sulfur Miners Risking Their Lives Inside a Volcano

Meet the Sulfur Miners Risking Their Lives Inside a Volcano

To celebrate his wife’s birthday last year, Canadian photographer Larry Louie took her to a sulfur mine. That wasn’t the plan—their original itinerary was in Bali. But after a couple of days in that tourist-plagued paradise, they began looking for something a little less commercialized. A bit of online research led Louie to the sulfur…

The *Stranger Things* Season 4 Trailer Is Full of Surprises

The *Stranger Things* Season 4 Trailer Is Full of Surprises

Hello, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED’s entertainment news roundup. Today might be a holiday in the US, but that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty of news to get through, including some updates on Stranger Things and The Batman. Let’s get going.Here’s the First Stranger Things Season 4 TrailerThe first trailer for…

How a Street-Smart Supercar Got Ready for the Racetrack

How a Street-Smart Supercar Got Ready for the Racetrack

Late in the night at Daytona International Speedway last month, a January chill settles over the usually warm Florida coast that hosts the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race. Just under the halfway point, in the garages and pit lanes of the Acura race teams, something equally discordant has materialized: Nothing. It was quiet,…

The Hottest New Literary Genre Is ‘Doomer Lit’

The Hottest New Literary Genre Is ‘Doomer Lit’

Last year, novelist, bird lover, and wind-turbine hater Jonathan Franzen wrote a curious essay about climate change. In it, he argued that humanity will fail to divert global disaster. Radical collective action is needed to save the planet, he said, but human nature is incompatible with making the necessary changes. The essay—titled “What If We…

Today’s Cartoon: Like Father, Like Son

Today’s Cartoon: Like Father, Like Son

Monday, February 17, 2020. By Heather Loase, with cartooncollections.com. Why one writer monitors his teens’ electronic devices—and why you should, too. (And here’s a brief history of porn on the internet.) Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology. Check back here for more laughs throughout the week. And…

Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet

Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet

Remember when Wikipedia was a joke?In its first decade of life, the website appeared in as many punch lines as headlines. The Office’s Michael Scott called it “the best thing ever,” because “anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject—so you know you are getting the best possible information.” Praising Wikipedia,…

The PlayStation Forums Are Closing Down

The PlayStation Forums Are Closing Down

For the longest time, Sony has run its own official messageboard, a place where PlayStation owners could get together, hang out, ague pointlessly and, most importantly, troubleshoot. But on February 27, that board will be shutting down.Sony announced the move late last week with a very short, very blunt message:Hello,Beginning 27th February, the PlayStation.com forums…