Astronomers Radically Reimagine the Making of the Planets
by Rebecca Boyle on June 26, 2022 at 12:00 pm
Observations of faraway worlds have forced a near-total rewrite of the story of our solar system.
A Warming Climate Takes a Toll on the Vanishing Rio Grande
by Jim Robbins on June 25, 2022 at 12:00 pm
Rising temperatures and an unprecedented drought pose a grave and growing peril to the river and its ecosystems.
A Guide to Abortion Resources in a Post-Roe America
by Lux Alptraum on June 24, 2022 at 5:07 pm
Most people don’t think about abortion until they need one. But with the right to access under threat, the time to plan is now.
Roe Is Overturned After 49 Years. It Revolutionized Life for Women
by Maryn McKenna on June 24, 2022 at 2:31 pm
The national right to abortion pushed back the age of childbearing, increased college and workforce participation, and created economically stable families.
The Capstone Launch Will Kick Off NASA’s Artemis Moon Program
by Ramin Skibba on June 24, 2022 at 12:00 pm
The tiny spacecraft is set to explore an orbit for a planned space station that will travel around the moon and serve as a staging point for future missions.
What Polar Bear Genomes May Reveal About Life in a Low-Ice Arctic
by Maggie Chen on June 24, 2022 at 11:00 am
Two new studies use whole genome sequencing to explore how the animals have fared in warmer conditions, raising questions about climate and adaptation.
What the DNA of Ancient Humans Reveals About Pandemics
by Rachael Pells on June 23, 2022 at 11:00 am
Genomic analysis of ancient remains has shed light on the origins of the black death and offers insights into the coevolution of humans and diseases.
How Covid Tracking Apps Are Pivoting for Commercial Profit
by Matt Reynolds, Morgan Meaker on June 23, 2022 at 11:00 am
In the pandemic’s early days, government-backed public health apps acquired millions of users—a ready-made audience developers are eager to tap.
Covid Shots for Little Kids Are Here. Now for the Hardest Part
by Maryn McKenna on June 22, 2022 at 7:04 pm
Hesitancy, bureaucracy, inequity, and the need to explain new formulas could slow down vaccine delivery to the last unprotected group.
The Nightmare Politics and Sticky Science of Hacking the Climate
by Matt Simon on June 22, 2022 at 2:36 pm
Spraying aerosols and sucking carbon out of the air would bring down temperatures, yes. But the unintended consequences of geoengineering could be enormous.
Do Birth Control Pills Affect Your Mood? Scientists Can’t Agree
by Grace Browne on June 22, 2022 at 11:00 am
Over 100 million women are estimated to use oral contraceptives, but studies on the pill’s mental health effects raise more questions than answers.
NASA’s Giant SLS Rocket Is One Step Closer to Launch
by Ramin Skibba on June 21, 2022 at 8:03 pm
After three aborted attempts, engineers successfully completed a practice countdown that included filling the tanks with liquid oxygen and hydrogen.
Here Comes the Sun—to End Civilization
by Matt Ribel on June 21, 2022 at 2:53 pm
Every so often, our star fires off a plasma bomb in a random direction. Our best hope the next time Earth is in the crosshairs? Capacitors.
These Satellites See Through the Clouds to Track Flooding
by Sarah Scoles on June 21, 2022 at 12:00 pm
Remote sensing systems can struggle to spot high waters, especially in stormy weather or at night. Synthetic aperture radar offers a shot in the dark.
How Lori Garver Launched NASA’s Commercial Space Partnerships
by Ramin Skibba on June 21, 2022 at 11:00 am
WIRED spoke with the agency’s former deputy administrator about how she architected a major shift to working with the fledgling private space industry.
This Year’s Extreme Weather Is Just Getting Started
by Chris Baraniuk on June 20, 2022 at 11:00 am
Climate change and natural variability are making 2022 a year of big weather events—so get ready for more heat waves, droughts, and hurricanes.
A Photographer Captures Earth as a Strange New World
by Zak Jason on June 20, 2022 at 10:00 am
Inspired by an 18th-century naturalist, Christopher Edward Rodriguez set out to document our climate-changed planet with fresh eyes.
A Grad Student’s Side Project Proves a Prime Number Conjecture
by Jordana Cepelewicz on June 19, 2022 at 12:00 pm
Jared Duker Lichtman proved a long-standing conjecture relating prime numbers to a broad class of “primitive” sets. To his adviser, it was a “complete […]
What Is the Ideal Gas Law?
by Rhett Allain on June 19, 2022 at 11:00 am
Without it, it would be impossible to inflate a balloon or a tire. But understanding how it works requires a little bit of physics and chemistry.
Some Scientists Coined a New Name for Summer: ‘Danger Season’
by Kate Yoder on June 18, 2022 at 12:00 pm
Hurricanes, heat, fires, smoke, drought. Is it time to stop making the hottest part of the year seem cool?