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Why America Wants to Send Astronauts to the Moon’s South Pole

Why America Wants to Send Astronauts to the Moon’s South Pole

In December 2017, roughly a year into his tenure as president, Donald Trump directed NASA to develop a plan to return American astronauts to the moon. Since then, the government has released few details about what this mission would look like. But Tuesday, at the […]

Synthetic Biology Could Bring a Pox on Us All

Synthetic Biology Could Bring a Pox on Us All

At around 11:30 am on July 1, 2014, a scientist from the Food and Drug Administration went inside Room 3C16, a cold-storage area at the National Institutes of Health Labs in Bethesda, Maryland. The FDA had been using the space since the early 1990s to […]

Simple Experiments Show How Motion Is Equivalent to Heat

Simple Experiments Show How Motion Is Equivalent to Heat

Some of the most difficult (and most important) experiments in the history of physics had to do with making connections between different concepts. What about the connection between objects moving around (kinematics) and objects changing temperature (thermodynamics)? That was a tough one. It’s called the […]

Are bots gaming the ‘Cancel Brexit’ petition?

Are bots gaming the ‘Cancel Brexit’ petition?

Image copyright Getty Images Questions have been asked about whether a government petition calling for Brexit to be cancelled has been swamped by bots. Bots are automated programmes which can carry out a command thousands of times. The BBC spoke to three cyber-security experts about […]

Huge aluminium plants hit by cyber-attack

Huge aluminium plants hit by cyber-attack

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hydro employs more than 35,000 people One of the world’s biggest aluminium producers has switched to manual operations at its Norwegian smelting facilities following a cyber-attack. Hydro, which employs more than 35,000 people in 40 countries, says the attack […]

When It Comes to Disease, Why Wait for a Pandemic to Respond?

When It Comes to Disease, Why Wait for a Pandemic to Respond?

At approximately 2:05 pm on March 23, 2018, the first death occurred. The victim was just 14 years old, a student at Sarasota Military Academy Prep in Florida. He had a rasping cough and spiked a fever, and soon became so weak that he had […]

For Pi Day, Calculate Pi Yourself Using Two Colliding Balls

For Pi Day, Calculate Pi Yourself Using Two Colliding Balls

This is at least my ninth year of writing about Pi Day—here is my post from 2010. Of course it’s called Pi Day because the date, 3/14, is similar to the first three digits of pi (3.1415 …). At this point I’ve built up a […]

NASA’s Super-Sized Space Launch System Might Be Doomed

NASA’s Super-Sized Space Launch System Might Be Doomed

It’s no secret that NASA’s Space Launch System is struggling to meet its schedule. The multi-billion-dollar launcher is expected to ferry humans and cargo into deep space. The problem is, the agency has vocally committed to sending an American craft to the moon next year. […]

What is Crispr Gene Editing? The Complete WIRED Guide

What is Crispr Gene Editing? The Complete WIRED Guide

In the early days of gene editing, biologists had a molecular tool kit that was somewhat akin to a printing press. Which is to say, altering DNA was a messy, labor-intensive process of loading genes onto viruses bound for target cells. It involved more than […]

A Teen Started a Global Climate Protest. What Are You Doing?

A Teen Started a Global Climate Protest. What Are You Doing?

This story was originally published by The Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Global Climate Desk collaboration. Greta Thunberg cut a frail and lonely figure when she started a school strike for the climate outside the Swedish parliament building last August. Her parents […]