Last Week’s Internet Calamity That Wasn’t

Last Week’s Internet Calamity That Wasn’t

This is a story about something that could have gone wrong on the internet this week but instead turned out mostly OK. How often can you say that?Around 9 o’clock on the East Coast on Friday, February 28, bad news arrived on the doorstep of Let’s Encrypt. An arm of the nonprofit Internet Security Research…

The Final ‘Black Widow’ Trailer Is Epic

The Final ‘Black Widow’ Trailer Is Epic

Greetings, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED’s entertainment news roundup. Today, we have more updates about how the novel coronavirus is impacting the world of culture. There’s also a new Black Widow trailer. Oh, and James Wan is reportedly working on a monster movie and Taika Waititi is bringing Roald Dahl to…

TikTok Has a Pro-Anorexia Problem

TikTok Has a Pro-Anorexia Problem

“Pro-ana” communities—websites, blogs, forums, and social media spaces dedicated to promoting the worsening of eating disorders like anorexia—have been a fixture of the web more or less since its inception. So it’s no surprise that, as Buzzfeed reported last month, some TikTok users have found disturbing pro-ana content on their For You page, a personalized…

Two Physicists Bet Over a Quantum Computing Moon Shot

Two Physicists Bet Over a Quantum Computing Moon Shot

In February, two physicists made a bet on Twitter. Jonathan Dowling, a professor at Louisiana State University, and John Preskill of Caltech wagered a pizza and a beer over whether 10 years from now, someone will have finally invented a machine of longtime physics fantasy: the so-called topological quantum computer.Preskill bet yes; Dowling bet no.…

Worried About Covid-19? Hospitals Have a Request: Stay Home

Worried About Covid-19? Hospitals Have a Request: Stay Home

As Covid-19 spreads across 13 states and public health officials urge Americans to work from home, wash their hands, and stop touching their faces, hospitals and urgent care clinics are preparing for an onslaught of feverish, coughing, and highly contagious patients.Hospitals are stocking up on protective gear for staff, preparing quarantine rooms, and coordinating with…