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Cities Cause Hurricanes to Dump Extra Rain on Them

Cities Cause Hurricanes to Dump Extra Rain on Them

It wasn’t a whodunnit. Last year’s unprecedented rainfall and flooding in Houston were the proximate result of Hurricane Harvey, a massive storm born northeast of Venezuela and reborn in the Gulf of Mexico, where it rapidly intensified, made landfall over Houston, and then stayed—parked, as […]

Construction Workers Toil Away in San Francisco’s Toxic Air

Construction Workers Toil Away in San Francisco’s Toxic Air

From where Trina Hill is stationed at the corner of 16th and Illinois streets, she can see the future of San Francisco rising all around her. This is the Mission Bay neighborhood, the new hotbed for science, tech, and medicine. Warriors Stadium is right across […]

How California Needs to Adapt to Survive Future Fires

How California Needs to Adapt to Survive Future Fires

Editor’s note: This is a developing story about California’s Camp Fire. It will be updated as more information becomes available. On November 8, an unimaginably fierce firestorm broke out in Northern California. Fed by dry vegetation, and fanned by northeasterly winds pouring off the Sierra […]

*The Expanse* Gets Artificial Gravity Right in This Neat Trick

*The Expanse* Gets Artificial Gravity Right in This Neat Trick

As a fan of science fiction and science, I have to say that The Expanse has a bunch of great science. It’s not just the science in the show. The characters also seem to demonstrate an understanding of physics. One scene from the first season […]

This Chemical Is So Hot It Destroys Nerve Fibers—in a Good Way

This Chemical Is So Hot It Destroys Nerve Fibers—in a Good Way

In Morocco there grows a cactus-like plant that’s so hot, I have to insist that the next few sentences aren’t hyperbole. On the Scoville Scale of hotness, its active ingredient, resiniferatoxin, clocks in at 16 billion units. That’s 10,000 times hotter than the Carolina reaper, […]

Is Smoke From California’s Fires Getting Worse? Hard to Tell

Is Smoke From California’s Fires Getting Worse? Hard to Tell

Not for the first time this year, Californians this week donned face masks to protect their lungs from the harmful airborne particles that have smothered the state in a sickly, sooty haze. The pollutants are products of three devastating infernos raging hundreds of miles apart, […]

See How the Buoyancy Force Works in Water or Air

See How the Buoyancy Force Works in Water or Air

See How the Buoyancy Force Works in Water or Air What’s so great about getting in a swimming pool? The answer is that it can make you feel like a superhero. Even in the shallow end, you can easily lift another person—even someone larger than […]

Climate Change: The Complete WIRED Guide

Climate Change: The Complete WIRED Guide

Climate Change: The Complete WIRED Guide The world is busted. For decades, scientists have carefully accumulated data. That confirms what we hoped wasn’t true. The greenhouse gas emissions that have steadily spewed from cars and planes and factories. The technologies that powered a massive period […]

Children’s screen time has little effect on sleep, says study

Children’s screen time has little effect on sleep, says study

The amount of time children spend on devices has little effect on how long they sleep. A study from Oxford University suggests. It runs counter to previous research that suggested excessive screen time was linked. To children failing to get sufficient rest. Children The survey […]

Russia Blames a Bad Sensor for Its Failed Soyuz Rocket.

Russia Blames a Bad Sensor for Its Failed Soyuz Rocket.

Russia Blames a Bad Sensor for Its Failed Soyuz On Thursday, Russian officials held a press conference to reveal that they have determined what caused last month’s Soyuz mid-flight failure. The culprit: a damaged sensor on one of the rocket launch four boosters responsible for […]