The Sea May Be Absorbing Way More Heat Than We Thought

The Sea May Be Absorbing Way More Heat Than We Thought

If you ever meet a climate scientist, give them a hug. Not only is the work important, it involves an absolute mess of variables—emissions, maybe sequestering those emissions, atmospheric patterns, maybe geoengineering that atmosphere. Data is often sparse or...
Swift Stone Skippers Could in Theory Skip 100s of Skips

Swift Stone Skippers Could in Theory Skip 100s of Skips

The stone in Kurt Steiner’s hand is roughly circular, four inches wide, flat on one side and irregularly dimpled on the other, like a petrified chocolate chunk cookie. He handles it with a card dealer’s deftness, searching its surface for divots, notches,...
SpaceX Sticks Its Landing after a Showy California Launch

SpaceX Sticks Its Landing after a Showy California Launch

“The Falcon has landed.” As SpaceX declared victory on its live webcast, cheers erupted on a southern California hilltop, where a group of watchers had gathered to witness the company’s latest rocket launch (and landing). SpaceX had just achieved another first:...
The Complete History And Future of Robots

The Complete History And Future of Robots

Modern robots are not unlike toddlers: It’s hilarious to watch them fall over, but deep down we know that if we laugh too hard, they might develop a complex and grow up to start World War III. None of humanity’s creations inspires such a confusing mix of awe,...
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 fair...