“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…

5G Was Going to Unite the World—Instead It’s Tearing Us Apart

5G Was Going to Unite the World—Instead It’s Tearing Us Apart

The world came together to build 5G. Now the next-generation wireless technology is pulling the world apart.The latest version of the 5G technical specifications, expected Friday, adds features for connecting autonomous cars, intelligent factories, and internet-of-things devices to crazy fast 5G networks. The blueprints reflect a global effort to develop the technology, with contributions from…

What Trump’s Twitter and Clinton’s Sax Have in Common

What Trump’s Twitter and Clinton’s Sax Have in Common

President Trump’s social media strategy may be about to change. As the Wall Street Journal reported last week, President Trump’s campaign staff is looking at alternatives to Facebook and Twitter for delivering the president’s message to voters. The campaign is considering relying more heavily on Parler, a relatively new social media app with about one…

New Mac Ransomware Is Even More Sinister Than It Appears

The threat of ransomware may seem ubiquitous, but there haven’t been too many strains tailored specifically to infect Apple’s Mac computers since the first full-fledged Mac ransomware surfaced only four years ago. So when Dinesh Devadoss, a malware researcher at the firm K7 Lab, published findings on Tuesday about a new example of Mac ransomware,…

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…