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This Week In History News, Sept. 15 – 21

“Spanish Stonehenge” revealed by drought, remains of Russian city sacked by Mongols uncovered, Civil War cannonballs found washed up on beach. Drought Uncovers ‘Spanish Stonehenge’ Hidden Underwater For Decades Ruben Ortega Martin/Raices de PeraledaThe Dolmen de Guadalperal, also known as the “Spanish Stonehenge,” has been

A Developer Deletes His Code to Protest Its Use by ICE

Computer server management software is usually pretty boring. But when that software is sold to a federal agency that separates families and detains children, even esoteric technology can become the center of controversy. On Monday, activist Shanley Kane highlighted a contract between Seattle-based software company

The Area 51 Raid Was the Worst Way to Spot an Alien or UFO

They don’t speak to or interact with you until you break the rules; in fact, they often cover their faces as they pass oncoming cars. Their function, for the most part, seems to be to act so scary that you don’t consider breaking the rules.

Why It Matters That YouTube Changed Its Verification System

Under the new system, YouTube maintains that verification is still not an endorsement of content but simply a reflection of notoriety and the strength of a brand, which is the squishiest bit of squishy subjectivity. After some mild badgering, YouTube clarified that the determination of

A Major Legal Battle May Change How Digital Game Sales Work

Welcome to a special legal-eagle edition of Replay, where we’re running down the biggest (and most interesting) stories in games from the past week that don’t involve Apple Arcade, which we’ve covered elsewhere. Cue the Law & Order transition sound effect … now. A Major

Thousands of Tech Workers Join Global Climate Change Strike

Thousands of workers from Amazon, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Square, and other tech companies are expected to walk out today as part of a worldwide climate change strike led by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg. After Amazon workers announced they were joining the demonstration last week,

A Global Climate Strike, a Dangerous Huawei Move, and More News

Teens are leading an unprecedented worldwide climate strike, a slap at Huawei could put us all in danger, and Amazon is supercharging an electric vehicle startup. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as

The Feds Need to ‘Grow a Set and Do Their Jobs’

The House antitrust subcommittee investigating Silicon Valley has already received plenty of tips from workers at tech firms, large and small, according to its chair, Representative David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island). “There’s a lot of information that we’ve been gathering that people have shared with the

An End to Pornography, Sophistry, and Panty Raids

But there was also … the young woman. Mostly silent, close at Searle’s side, she’d been brought to the conference by Searle. He identified her as a student. She told me she was working on a project on fear and anxiety. She was in her

What to Expect From a Pooch on a Paddleboard

Illustration: Rhett Allain As you can see, each of these objects has three forces acting on it—two vertical forces and one horizontal force. The vertical forces aren’t that important here. For the dog, there is its downward weight (Wd) and the upward “normal” force from

How to Back Up Your iPhone to iCloud or Mac

Apple gives users 5 GB of iCloud storage for free, but that’s probably not enough to cover all of your data. You can buy more storage, but it adds up pretty fast. For data-heavy users, there’s a better way, and you can do it for

Gadget Lab Podcast: Your DNA Belongs on the Blockchain

You may not realize it, but when you send a spit-filled tube off to a lab that’s going to analyze your DNA, you’re linking the most unique identifier possible (your gene sequence) to other sensitive personal information, like your name, home address, and credit card

Best iPhone for 2019: Which Model Should You Actually Buy?

Apple has completed its annual refresh of the iPhone lineup. Its iPhone 11 models look the same as last year’s iPhones, but they do have some camera upgrades, and they can perform a few new tricks. The WIRED Gear team is here to help you

This Week’s Cartoons: Helicopter Parents, Giant Snakes, and Rovers

Tuesday, September 17, 2019. By Drew Dernavich, with Drones are going to fill the skies, transforming entire industries for the better—and worse. Here’s the complete WIRED guide to these tiny fliers. Monday, September 16, 2019. By Lars Kenseth, with Early internet scholars bemoaned

The Best iPhone 11 Deals (and Which Model to Pick)

Apple’s latest iPhones are here. There are three new iPhones to choose from: the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the smaller iPhone 11 Pro, and the standard iPhone 11. If you’re wondering which one is right for you and where to buy them, look no further.

The Bleak Hopefulness of *Ad Astra*

Ad Astra is a lonely movie. Set predominantly in space—on the Moon, Mars, and ships—it’s an isolating foray into the mind of a man so adept at controlling his emotions he doesn’t mind weeks of solitary confinement in the cosmos. What’s even more bleak is

Pastafarian Pastor Leads Government-Sponsored Prayer Session In Alaska

While most people seemed unbothered, even amused, by the prayer, one assembly member turned his back, while several refused to take off their hats. [embedded content] Barrett Fletcher’s invocation, courtesy of The Alaska Landmine. Fortunately for the Church of The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), religious

We All Could Pay a Price for the Latest Slap at Huawei

Computer viruses, malware, and other cybersecurity threats are a global problem. But politics are intruding on the global response. The cybersecurity organization Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (First) confirmed Wednesday that it suspended Huawei’s membership due to US sanctions against the company. The