Black Hole Paradoxes Reveal a Link Between Energy and Entropy

“Physicists like to probe the extreme,” said Garrett Goon, a physicist at Carnegie Mellon University. “The fact that you can’t go further, that something is changing, something is blocking you—something interesting is happening there.” For decades, black holes have played the headlining role in the thought experiments that physicists use to probe nature’s extremes. These…

How Covid-19 Contact Tracing Works on Your Phone

How Covid-19 Contact Tracing Works on Your Phone

Our smartphones are set to play a significant role in helping navigate our way out of the coronavirus pandemic, with countries and companies around the world preparing their own apps as part of a track-and-trace system to keep infection levels low.Google and Apple don’t work together on much, but they’re working together on this: a…

Archaeologists Discover the Largest, Oldest Maya Monument Yet

Archaeologists Discover the Largest, Oldest Maya Monument Yet

The Mayan culture built city-states across Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize for centuries, but we’re only starting to appreciate how extensive Maya civilization was and how drastically Maya farmers and engineers reworked the Mesoamerican landscape. Over the past few years, lidar surveys have revealed an ancient landscape previously hidden beneath vegetation and features that are too…

China and Iran Tried to Hack the Biden and Trump Campaigns

China and Iran Tried to Hack the Biden and Trump Campaigns

The world’s cybersecurity woes can feel like a sideshow when physical violence is being inflicted on protestors in most major US cities.But those conflicts overlap. That’s why we at WIRED published a guide to keeping yourself and your devices safe from digital surveillance while you protest. We also reported on “non-lethal” crowd control weapons pose…

‘Dune’ Is One of the Most Influential Sci-Fi Books Ever

Skip Article Header. Skip to: Start of Article. Director David Lynch adapted Frank Herbert’s novel Dune into a 1984 film.Photograph: All Star Picture Library/AlamyFrank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel Dune, first published in 1965, is still extremely influential. Science fiction author Matthew Kressel recently re-read Dune for the first time in more than a decade.…

‘Dune’ Is One of the Most Influential Sci-Fi Books Ever

‘Dune’ Is One of the Most Influential Sci-Fi Books Ever

Skip Article Header. Skip to: Start of Article. Director David Lynch adapted Frank Herbert’s novel Dune into a 1984 film.Photograph: All Star Picture Library/AlamyFrank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel Dune, first published in 1965, is still extremely influential. Science fiction author Matthew Kressel recently re-read Dune for the first time in more than a decade.…

Riot Games planning Valorant rewards for dedicated players

Riot Games planning Valorant rewards for dedicated players

While there are a plethora of Valorant cosmetics available to purchase, there is currently nothing to mark ‘the grind’ in Future Earth — but according to one Riot dev, that will change.Valorant’s unique take on a traditional Battle Pass system rewards players for ‘grinding’ through each Chapter until the final 50 tiers are complete.Yet unless…