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Arctic Plastic Pollution, a Hacker Joke Gone Awry, and More News

Arctic Plastic Pollution, a Hacker Joke Gone Awry, and More News

Microplastics are reaching every corner of the earth, a hacker’s joke cost him over $12,000, and WIRED takes a look at the science of dick pics. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as […]

A Photographer Made a Working Replica of NASA’s Moon Camera

A Photographer Made a Working Replica of NASA’s Moon Camera

The camera is an excuse to be someplace you otherwise don’t belong,” the documentary photographer Susan Meiselas once said. It’s an observation that rings especially true for space exploration. The image of a bootprint in the lunar dust and the “blue marble” shot from the […]

The Biomechanical Perfection of Simone Biles in Flight

The Biomechanical Perfection of Simone Biles in Flight

By now you’ve seen the video—at the beginning of her floor routine at the US Gymnastics Championships last weekend, Simone Biles barrels across the mat at ludicrous speed. Without losing much velocity, she pivots 180 degrees (a sort of y-axis cartwheel called a roundoff) and […]

Why Lightning Strikes in an Arctic Gone Bizarro

Why Lightning Strikes in an Arctic Gone Bizarro

This weekend, something peculiar visited the Arctic, a mere 300 miles from the North Pole: lightning. It’s peculiar because thunderstorms are typically a warm weather phenomenon, in which the Sun heats air, which rises and condenses into water droplets. At the same time, cooler air […]

A Newfound Neuron Might Help Keep the Brain’s Cells in Sync

A Newfound Neuron Might Help Keep the Brain’s Cells in Sync

A long-standing controversy in neuroscience centers on a simple question: How do neurons in the brain share information? Sure, it’s well-known that neurons are wired together by synapses and that when one of them fires, it sends an electrical signal to other neurons connected to […]

Ebola Is Now Curable. Here’s How the New Treatments Work

Ebola Is Now Curable. Here’s How the New Treatments Work

Amid unrelenting chaos and violence, scientists and doctors in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been running a clinical trial of new drugs to try to combat a year-long Ebola outbreak. On Monday, the trial’s cosponsors at the World Health Organization and the National Institutes […]

The Twisty Physics of Simone Biles’ Historic Triple-Double

The Twisty Physics of Simone Biles’ Historic Triple-Double

What. The. Heck. Did you see that? Simone Biles appears to defy the laws of physics with this epic tumbling pass from the 2019 US Gymnastics Championships. It’s called a triple-double. That means she rotates around an axis going through her hips twice while at […]

A Cure for Ebola, A Home-Speaker Cyberattack, and More News

A Cure for Ebola, A Home-Speaker Cyberattack, and More News

A new drug is working to cure ebola, hackers figured out how to weaponize home-speakers, and tech is coming to the aid of migrants on the border. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup […]

Fractal Patterns Offer Clues to the Universe’s Origin

Fractal Patterns Offer Clues to the Universe’s Origin

Pour milk in coffee, and the eddies and tendrils of white soon fade to brown. In half an hour, the drink cools to room temperature. Left for days, the liquid evaporates. After centuries, the cup will disintegrate, and billions of years later, the entire planet, […]

A Submarine Goes Under a Failing Glacier to Gauge Rising Seas

A Submarine Goes Under a Failing Glacier to Gauge Rising Seas

Oceanographer Anna Wåhlin paced across the bridge of the Nathaniel B. Palmer icebreaker like a nervous parent waiting for a teenager out past curfew. The fiery orange submarine, which she named Ran after the Norse goddess of the sea, hadn’t yet resurfaced from its first […]