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This Week In History News, Jan. 19 – 25

Grisly remains of mammoth hunted by humans found, ancient Egyptian map of the underworld uncovered, Christopher Columbus’ tales of cannibals perhaps proven true. Mammoth Skeleton Shows Evidence That Early Humans Killed And Butchered It Albert Protopopov/The Siberian TimesThe remains of the mammoth that provide startling

Scientists Predict Wuhan’s Virus Outbreak Will Get Much Worse

As more data on the new coronavirus circulating in China emerges, it’s becoming clear that whatever the country is experiencing now—dozens of deaths, hundreds of people hospitalized, cities of millions quarantined—is just the tip of the outbreak. On Friday, a team of researchers based in

An Esports Exodus to YouTube Reshapes the Livestream Wars

Today, YouTube announced that it will exclusively stream three behemoth esports leagues—the Call of Duty League, the Overwatch League, and Hearthstone Esports, all controlled by Activision Blizzard—that had lived primarily on the game streaming platform Twitch. News of the defections rattled the esports world, especially

Dolly Parton’s Meme Exposes Social Media’s Masquerade

Hardly anybody is one individual person anymore. In the old days of the internet, people joked that its anonymity meant you could meet anyone online, even a dog. As social media became central to everyday life in the 2010s, people started complaining (or crowing) about

Valve Swears ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Is Actually, Legitimately Done

Once again, it’s on! Welcome to Replay, WIRED’s rundown of all of the week’s big videogame news. Grab a snack, lean back, and let’s get to it. Valve Swears Half-Life: Alyx Is Actually, Really, Legitimately Done Valve does not have an amazing reputation for releasing

Patreon Can’t Solve Its Porn Pirate Problem

Last fall, a prolific photographer who asked not to be named noticed a sharp, unexplained drop-off in earnings on his Patreon page, where fans shell out cash for tiered subscriptions to his photos of well-lit nude models. Then, in December, he received an anonymous email

Chime Chai Maker Review: A Pricey, Speedy Way to Make Chai

Growing up, anytime I brought home something to my Indian parents—whether it was new clothes, a gadget, or even food—they usually told me off. They’d tell me it was flimsily made, too expensive, or lacking proper flavor. Recently, I brought them the Chime chai machine

Athletic Authorities Must Reckon With Racing Tech Again

On October 12, 2019, Eliud Kipchoge crossed under a pink finishing arch emblazoned with the time 1:59:40. He had just become the first person to run a marathon in under two hours. For a few hours, this achievement, long unthinkable, was celebrated across the world.

Sure, ‘The Goop Lab’ Is Absurd—but It Also Offers Hope

The first episode of The Goop Lab, Gwyneth Paltrow’s new Netflix show, opens in Jamaica. The sun beams, the crystalline water sparkles, and a group of Goop staffers sit cross-legged in a circle, like schoolchildren poised for a read-aloud. Then, under the supervision of three

The Future of Death Tech Has No Rules—Yet

For death-tech startups, convincing legislators that their inventions should fall under the “cremation” umbrella is the fastest way to begin operations. Old phrases like “thermal process” can get in the way for some companies and technologies. Specifying “thermal” would seem to exclude alkaline hydrolysis and

Gadget Lab Podcast: Oral Hygiene Tech and Espresso Science

LG: How big are most coffee grinders? MC: Ehh, they’re about yea big. [Laughter] LG: OK, for the rest of the podcast listeners … You know what we’ll do, actually, we’ll include in the show notes, links to some of the products that Mike is

The Rise of Mouth Tech: Oral-B, AI Toothbrushes, Burst Oral Care

Stewart and Khayat teleconferenced in from Los Angeles, where they both live. Khayat used to run a kids’ toothbrush brand called Rockabilly Kids, he tells me, and the frustration of competing with consumer-goods giants for retail space made him want to flip the oral care

The Bird ‘Snarge’ Menacing Air Travel

Bird collisions were otherwise rare over the next few decades, when commercial flights were still a relative luxury: They were cited in just three crashes between 1913 and 1959, only one of which involved more than a single fatality. But then came the tragedy of

The Strange, Subtle Matter of ASMR Erotica

There are exceptions. An ASMRist called Eduardo is popular among both women and gay men. His videos range from all types of role play, including “Naughty boyfriend,” “Shirtless boyfriend,” “Spanish boyfriend,” “Male burglar,” and “Hot Farting Stud With Bloated Gut.” (The strangest role-play video of

This Week’s Cartoons: CAPTCHA Crisis, Twitter Divorce, and Inbox Zero

Friday, January 24, 2020. By Jeremy Nguyen, with Counterpoint: Everything you thought you knew about inbox zero is wrong. Thursday, January 23, 2020. By Lila Ash, with Parents are using this one app to track their teens’ location in real time. The company

No, the Wuhan Virus Is Not a ‘Snake Flu’

Sharing data during an outbreak is vital for public health. But it can also lead to sensational, and even spurious, research, like a controversial new paper claiming that people probably picked up a novel coronavirus from snakes. One of the many mysteries behind the outbreak

A Robot Dog With a Job, a Noise-Canceling Car, and More News

Hyundai is solving and robots are evolving, but first: a cartoon about parental phone tracking. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today’s News Spot the

Germany Rejected Nuclear Power—and Deadly Emissions Spiked

On New Year’s Eve, while the rest of the world was preparing to ring in a new decade, employees of the German energy company EnBW were getting ready to pull the plug on one of the country’s few remaining nuclear power plants. The license to

Inside Pwn2Own’s High-Stakes Industrial Hacking Contest

On a small, blue-lit stage in a dim side room of the Fillmore Theater in Miami on Tuesday, three men sat behind laptops in front of a small crowd. Two of them nervously reviewed the commands on a screen in front of them. Steven Seeley

Why So Many High-Profile Videogames Have Been Delayed

It’s not every month that four marquee videogames get slapped with big delays. Offering explanations with sterile words like “polish” and “fine tuning,” the studios behind Cyberpunk 2077, Marvel’s Avengers, Dying Light 2, and Final Fantasy VII Remake have all announced that they’re pushing back

A ‘Captain Marvel’ Sequel Is in the Works

Good day! Welcome to The Monitor, WIRED’s roundup of all the biggest pop culture news around. This week’s biggest news so far has been a bit of a grab bag, spanning everything from Studio Ghibli and Radiohead to streaming services, of course, because in 2020,

Spot the Robot Dog Trots Into the Big, Bad World

So BD’s researchers and execs have had to sit down with each prospective early adopter and talk through what their needs are, and what the robot can and can’t do for them—or whether they even need such an advanced platform in the first place. “We