*Watchmen* Is Finally Being Called a Hit

Good day, and welcome to The Monitor, WIRED’s roundup of the biggest news in pop culture. What’s happening in the world right now? To start, people are showing up in big numbers to watch Watchmen. Also, Taylor Swift is (maybe) going to the Sundance Film Festival, and there’s a new Mulan trailer. Let’s dive in.Watchmen…

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With Shovels and Drones, Volcano Hunters Probe Kilauea

When residents of Hawaii fled the massive eruption of the Kilauea volcano in May 2018, volcanologist Cheryl Gansecki and colleagues grabbed a homemade metal shield, tough boots, and shovels. The blast was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do some amazing science—the Super Bowl of volcanoes.Today, Gansecki and two other squads of scientists have published their findings…

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Stop Saying Driverless Cars Will Help Old People

Have you heard the good news? Self-driving cars will solve all our problems. If you believe the headlines, autonomous vehicles will reduce traffic congestion, improve commutes, save lives, and even solve “the loneliness epidemic.” Proponents of the technology often add another item to that list: these miracle automobiles will increase autonomy for older people. “Driverless…

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Data Brokers are Cruising for a Bruising

Despite historic breach after historic breach, our personal data largely remains unprotected and up for grabs.Late last month, WIRED reported that 1.2 billion personal records—from social media handles and email addresses to phone numbers—were left exposed in an easily accessible database. The records were discovered by security researcher Vinny Troia, who also revealed that the…

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