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Why today’s biblical locust swarms can’t be stopped

In 1937, aboard slowly-moving trains, the Army National Guard used flamethrowers in an attempt to quell a relentless plague of locusts crossing through Colorado. Last week, the U.N. announced that des

The US Space Force Has a Rough Launch on the Internet

All but buried in the onslaught of impeachment news and peaking tensions with Iran, Donald Trump scored one of his biggest legislative victories in the closing days of 2019: the creation of a stand-al

CollegeHumor Helped Shape Online Comedy. What Went Wrong?

We always had this very contentious relationship with YouTube,” Lodwick says. Abramson remembers thinking YouTube’s approach to copyright and moderation would sink the rival startup, as he remembe

Intel Is Patching the Patch for the Patch for Its ‘Zombieload’ Flaw

Over the last two years, security researchers have dug up one technique after another that lets a hacker trick Intel's microprocessors into spilling a computer's deepest secrets. But for one serious f

Building High-Rises Out of Wood Can Help Save the Planet

To get these figures, the researchers did a whole lot of scaling up. They used accepted figures for the emissions involved in making a ton of steel or concrete, and the emissions you’d sequester by

A Knight in Gucci Armor Helps Charge a Geothermal Dragon

CASTEL GIORGIO, ITALY — Fausto Carotenuto, the owner of a spiritual wellness and yoga center in Umbria, the ancient Etruscan heartland of Italy, senses bad energy underfoot. A geothermal company wan

How to Be Humane to a Lab-Grown Brain

Although the emergence of organoid consciousness, experience of pain,...

Houdini Power Air Houdi Review: An Environmentally-Friendly Hoodie

At WIRED, we often have microplastics on our minds. But in between debating whether to carry bamboo or stainless steel utensils to reduce waste or comparing the merits of different travel mugs, we oft

The Doomsday Clock Moves Closer Than Ever to Midnight

But the one thing that is measurable is the degree of inaction on climate change. As the US withdraws from the Paris climate agreement, the world as a whole has done little to meet the deadlines agree

An Esports Exodus to YouTube Reshapes the Livestream Wars

Today, YouTube announced that it will exclusively stream three...

Switch From Your Internet Provider’s Email to Something Better

You’ve had that old @twc.com email address ever since you signed up for cable internet years ago, and it has served you well. But those cable company-provided email services are far from the best on

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

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 DoneValve does n