Sunday, April 5, 2020

How to Spot a Covid-19 Carpetbagger, and an Expert

Last week, FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver teased his latest project on Covid-19 to his 3.2 million Twitter followers: “Working on something where you can model...

Why Do Matter Particles Come in Threes?

The universe has cooked up all sorts of bizarre and beautiful forms of matter, from blazing stars to purring cats, out of just three...

2019 Was ‘Probably the Worst Year in a Century’ for Australia

This story originally appeared in The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.Record heat and drought across Australia delivered the worst...

How a Barbie Polaroid Camera Is Helping Me Shelter in Place

Remember 1999? SpongeBob SquarePants premiered for the first time. President Bill Clinton was impeached and acquitted. And, of course, Polaroid released its iconic Barbie...

To Beat the Coronavirus, Raise an Army of the Recovered

More than 1 in 34,000 humans on the planet have tested positive and then recovered from Covid-19. The actual number of the recovered...

We Are in the Midst of This Coronavirus Outbreak—Now What?

Last Friday, more than 720 readers of WIRED’s coronavirus newsletter tuned in to a livestream with editor in chief Nicholas Thompson and senior...

9 Mess-Free Ways to Entertain Your Kids at Home

If your kids are home because schools are closed, you're probably scrambling to find ways to keep them occupied when they're not being homeschooled....

Texts From Politicians Could Be More Dangerous Than Ever

Covid-19 has forced 2020 US political campaigns to abandon door-to-door canvassing, rallies, and fundraising extravaganzas—leaving them grasping for ways to build meaningful interpersonal bonds,...

Space Photos of the Week: Awesome Planets and Ancient Gods

In 1781, astronomer William Herschel discovered a new planet. He wanted to name it Georgian Sidus (George’s Star) after King George III, but all...

The Physics of an Elephant-Powered Slam Dunk

From the coefficient on the x2 term, –0.1816, I can find the initial velocity v0 (assuming this elephant jump takes place on Earth, with...
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