Trump agrees to deal in which TikTok will partner with Oracle and Walmart

The download page for ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok app is arranged for a photograph on a smartphone in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Brent Lewin | Bloomberg | Getty Images President Donald Trump said Saturday he has approved in principle a deal in which Oracle and Walmart will partner with the viral video-sharing […]

Trump wants to move ‘without delay’ to replace Ginsburg, setting up epic Supreme Court fight before election

U.S. President Donald Trump waves prior to boarding Air Force One as he departs Washington for campaign travel to Minnesota at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, September 18, 2020. Tom Brenner | Reuters President Donald Trump on Saturday said he wants to move “without delay” to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a conservative nominee, […]

A package addressed to Trump containing the deadly poison ricin was intercepted this week

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Tasos Katopodis | Bloomberg | Getty Images A letter that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin was detected at an off-site facility that screens mail addressed to the […]

Outside groups gear up for expensive battle over Ruth Bader Ginsburg Supreme Court seat

Outside organizations are gearing up for a battle in the Senate over the Supreme Court seat once held by Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Many of those leading the effort say the various campaigns will spend millions to sway lawmakers after President Donald Trump chooses Ginsburg’s replacement, who died on Friday after serving on the court for over […]

Mathematicians May Have Figured Out How ‘Stone Forests’ Form

There are many wondrous geologic formations in nature, from Giant’s Causeway in Ireland to Castleton Tower in Utah, and the various processes by which such structures form is of longstanding interest for scientists. A team of applied mathematicians from New York University has turned its attention to the so-called “stone forests” common in certain regions […]

Democracy Will Only Work If the Social Media Giants Grow Up

Last weekend, the president of the United States urged Americans to vote twice in the upcoming election. This brazen—and illegal—suggestion spread quickly across social media and once again underscored the unprecedented risks of this election season: the Covid-19 pandemic, an onslaught of disinformation, and online echo chambers stoking vitriol that could turn to violence. With […]

The 6 Best Laptop Stands (2020): Adjustable, Portable, and More

You’re often craning your neck when you work on a laptop, and that’s not good for your back. Laptop stands can help, whether you’re at home or in the office, especially if you want to upgrade from using a stack of old books. The best laptop stands raise your laptop’s screen closer to eye level, […]

A Bluetooth Flaw Leaves Billions of Devices Vulnerable

The October issue of WIRED took a close, in-depth look at the state of election security. While lots of it isn’t pretty, we did find some pockets of hope. Data scientist Sara-Jayne Terp is on a mission to stamp out misinformation. The former Facebook employees at the nonprofit Acronym are hoping to use the Trump’s […]

In Photos: Crowd gathers in front of the Supreme Court to mourn Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A bouquet of flowers is left outside of the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in Washington, U.S., September 18, 2020. Al Drago | Reuters Large crowds gathered in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to pay tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, […]

What’s Causing the Mass Bird Die-Off in the Southwest?

This story originally appeared in The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Thousands of migrating birds have inexplicably died in the southwestern US, in what ornithologists have described as a national tragedy that is likely related to the climate crisis. Flycatchers, swallows, and warblers are among the species “falling out of the […]