Recycled Nuclear Waste Will Power a New Reactor

Recycled Nuclear Waste Will Power a New Reactor

Idaho National Laboratory sprawls across nearly 900 square miles in the southeastern corner of its namesake state. Home to America’s first nuclear power plant, INL has served as the proving grounds for the future of nuclear energy technology for decades. Along the way, the lab has generated hundreds of tons of uranium waste that is…

Please, Please, Please Don’t Mock Conspiracy Theories

Please, Please, Please Don’t Mock Conspiracy Theories

The 2020 election is a hurricane season of alleged conspiracies. Theory after theory has churned from the Democratic debates, the Iowa caucuses, and the Twitter goings-on of candidates’ supporters or alleged supporters. The recent theory that a Nigerian Twitter fan account for Pete Buttigieg was actually a sock puppet run by campaign staffer Lis Smith—it…

Ava DuVernay Is Working On an Adaptation of *Dawn* for Amazon

Ava DuVernay Is Working On an Adaptation of *Dawn* for Amazon

Hello, and welcome to this Thursday’s edition of The Monitor, WIRED’s entertainment news roundup. This time around, we’ve got news about Amazon, Disney, and Netflix—oh my!Ava DuVernay and Victoria Mahoney Are Working On a Dawn Adaptation for AmazonToday in Dream Collaborations news, Amazon is reportedly working on a TV adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s 1987…

So, Amphibians Glow. Humans Just Couldn’t See It—Until Now

So, Amphibians Glow. Humans Just Couldn’t See It—Until Now

You’ve never seen amphibians in this light before. Like, literally, this specific azure light. Today in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers for the first time show that amphibians glow if you throw blue light on them. The tiger salamander suddenly pops with brilliant green spots. Cranwell’s horned frog is striped in a nuclear glow. Even…

A Flaw in Billions of Wi-Fi Chips Let Attackers Decrypt Data

A Flaw in Billions of Wi-Fi Chips Let Attackers Decrypt Data

Billions of devices—many of them already patched—are affected by a Wi-Fi vulnerability that allows nearby attackers to decrypt sensitive data sent over the air, researchers said on Wednesday at the RSA security conference.ARS TECHNICAThis story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, reviews, and more. Ars is owned…

In California, Which Self-Driving Cars Log the Most Miles?

In California, Which Self-Driving Cars Log the Most Miles?

How many times in 2019 did human safety operators have to take control of self-driving vehicles being tested in California? With the release of new reports Wednesday by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, we can begin to know. What’s more, robot cars in autonomous mode drove almost 2.9 million miles on public California roads…

The Smithsonian Puts 2.8 Million Images in the Public Domain

The Smithsonian Puts 2.8 Million Images in the Public Domain

A Charlie Parker alto sax. The original patent model for the Singer sewing machine. Around 75,000 specimens of bees. All of these live in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution, the sprawling cultural organization that comprises 19 museums, nine research centers, and one 163-acre zoo. As of this week, images of these artifacts, part of…

Best Pet Camera (2020): Petcube, Furbo, and More

Best Pet Camera (2020): Petcube, Furbo, and More

As a pet owner, you can probably think of dozens of ways your furry friend makes your life more enjoyable and meaningful. When you’re snuggling your oversized pup on the couch or watching your cat cozy up inside a cardboard box, it’s easy to see why people consider pets to be family members.Given animals’ prominent…

GOES Extreme Weather–Tracking Satellites Get Ready for Launch

GOES Extreme Weather–Tracking Satellites Get Ready for Launch

For ages, earthlings regarded lightning as an indicator of godly wrath. To understand what displeased a higher power, you followed the damage from Thor’s hammer strike, Raijin’s drumbeat, or the javelins hurled down by Zeus.Today scientists have their own God’s-eye view of lightning, with instruments that orbit about 22,000 miles above the planet, monitoring nearly…

I Used ‘Minecraft’ to Cope with My Apocalypse Anxiety

I Used ‘Minecraft’ to Cope with My Apocalypse Anxiety

Minecraft has always been a lonely place. This opinion, understandably, is at odds with its popular image as a game about creativity with friends. Each player’s world is an infinite, procedurally generated wilderness, and the point is to fill one’s space with sprawling digital contraptions, castles and forts, circuits and ships—but that’s not for everyone.…