“Covid Parties” Are Not a Thing

“Covid Parties” Are Not a Thing

The dreaded “Covid party” has come to Alabama. Even as the number of hospitalized coronavirus patients in the state reached record highs, news came out this week that college students in Tuscaloosa have been throwing parties with infected guests, then betting on the contagion that ensues. “They put money in a pot and they try…

How Masks Went From Don’t-Wear to Must-Have

How Masks Went From Don’t-Wear to Must-Have

Donald Trump told Fox News on Wednesday that he, the president, looked pretty good in a mask. Trump, it turns out, was never necessarily against wearing masks to slow the spread of the pandemic disease Covid-19, despite multiple statements to that effect. No, no. “People have seen me wear one,” Trump said. “It was a…

Your Firework Smoke Could Be Tainted With Lead

Your Firework Smoke Could Be Tainted With Lead

Take in the fireworks this Fourth of July weekend and you’ll witness the results of centuries of chemical innovation. Gunpowder goes boom, sure, but modern fireworks use a wide range of metals to produce all those colors. Metals naturally oxidize when exposed to air, but they oxidize rapidly and intensely when gunpowder supplies a sudden…

WIRED’s Ultimate Summer Reading List

WIRED’s Ultimate Summer Reading List

If you’re like us, then you’re struggling to read these days. Not news stories or tweets—we read plenty, probably too many, of those. We mean actual, many-page books. Something about the state of the world has shot our concentration to shit. We’re too jumpy, so stupidly distractible. (Plus, we’re riding public transit and bumming around…