Tick Tock, TikTok

All the kids are talking about it. And now, so are government officials and corporate bigwigs. An app typically known for short, clever videos (and lots of dancing), TikTok has recently found itself at the center of international scrutiny. Critics say that TikTok’s massive presence in the US is a national security risk because the…

How to Pitch Stories to Wired

How to Pitch Stories to Wired

Back in 1993, WIRED’s founders published a manifesto offering some guidance. “Our first instruction to our writers: Amaze us … tell us something we’ve never heard before, in a way we’ve never seen before. If it challenges our assumptions, so much the better.” All these years later, that still sounds pretty good to us, if…

During Lockdowns, the Earth (Sort of) Stood Still

During Lockdowns, the Earth (Sort of) Stood Still

As the coronavirus pandemic has unfolded, Planet Earth has gotten a taste of what the world might be like without humans. Greenhouse gas emissions have dropped, for one. Normally shy wildlife have taken to the streets. And the Earth itself isn’t shaking so damn much.Writing today in the journal Science, dozens of researchers from around…

A Billion More Tons of Plastic Could Blanket Earth by 2040

A Billion More Tons of Plastic Could Blanket Earth by 2040

Imagine your favorite stretch of coastline—whitesand beaches, rocky tide pools, the cliffs of Dover, what have you. Now transport yourself ahead two decades, after plastic production and waste have continued to skyrocket. Humanity is now unloading 29 million metric tons of bottles, bags, and microplastics (little bits smaller than 5 millimeters) into the oceans annually.…