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This startup wants to solve the social care crisis with AI

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The social care crisis – as demonstrated with the Conservative Party’s disastrous manifesto pledge – is one of the biggest issues facing the NHS. Spending squeezes have led to bed-blocking in hospitals; while low wages and poor working conditions are causing carers to leave the industry in droves. ADVERTISEMENT The NHS is trialling an AI chatbot…

Australia’s forgotten outback is being transformed into remarkable works of art

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Subscribe to WIRED Guido van Helten is changing the face of the Australian outback. His murals, which chart the story of rural abandonment, are painted on 30- metre-high decommissioned grain silos in Brim, 360 kilometres northwest of Melbourne, Victoria. And since they appeared, the town’s population of about 200 people has welcomed thousands of visitors…

Guido Van Helten’s work is charting rural abandonment

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Guido van Helten is changing the face of the Australian outback. His murals, which chart the story of rural abandonment, are painted on 30- metre-high decommissioned grain silos in Brim, 360 kilometres northwest of Melbourne, Victoria. WIRED takes a look at some of the artist’s work across the world.

WannaCry ransomware hit Windows 7 worse than Windows XP, analysis suggests

Getty Images / Oli Scarff / Staff When the WannaCry ransomware infected computers in the NHS and around the world its spread was partly blamed on computers running Windows XP. ADVERTISEMENT WannaCry ransomware: what is it and how to protect yourself WannaCry ransomware: what is it and how to protect yourself Two security companies, Kaspersky…

How DJ Alan Walker went from YouTube to multi-platinum

Walker originally produced music as DJ Walkzz Rikkard Häggbom When DJ Alan Walker plays live, he conceals his face. “It’s to create unity – we can achieve amazing things,” he says. “Just put on a mask and you become a Walker.” ADVERTISEMENT Albums are dying. Singer MY wants musicians to think bigger Albums are dying….

Minimalist design meets marble quality in these stunning accessories

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Satellite Sun Lee These home accessories mimmic the allure of sculpted stone to bring natural elements to new technologies. ADVERTISEMENT Satellite This minimal light is a collaboration between industrial designer Quentin de Coster and Van Den Weghe, one of the world’s finest stonemasons. Satellite is an LED bulb slotted seamlessly inside a cylindrical tube of…

Wingsuit pilot Fraser Corsan attempts to break 4 world records in 42,000ft jump

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[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT Imagine jumping out of the sky at 42,000 feet from a hot air balloon. It’s minus 137 degrees Celsius and all you’re wearing is a wingsuit. It might sound terrifying but that’s what Fraser Corsan will be doing as part of his attempt to break four wingsuit world records today. Fall to…

How to boost productivity with noise

Rami Neimi Subscribe to WIRED ADVERTISEMENT On the surface, managing background noise with more background noise seems counterproductive. But audio communications company Plantronics is doing just that at its Hoofddorp workspace – and it seems to be working. This is because not all sound is created equally, according to Plantronics CEO Joe Burton. The intelligibility…

Facebook’s secret policy documents reveal the challenge of policing 2 billion people

Justin Sullivan / Getty Facebook faces an uphill challenge when it comes to moderating the content of its almost two billion users. Last year, Mark Zuckerberg’s firm u-turned on its censorship of a Pulitzer-prize winning photograph, it’s faced deaths on its livestream, and most recently faced legal threats from Thailand after pictures of its King…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for May 22

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Nasa Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, Facebook’s internal moderation documents have been published by The Guardian, telescopes have been trained on Tabby’s Star as it begins a new cycle of mysterious dimming, permafrost surrounding the Global Seed Vault has melted and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning by…

These headphones are always listening and can replay sounds from your past

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The earbud and Broadcaster concept developed by Fujitsu and Yamaha creates ‘audio histories’ for specific locations James Temperton / WIRED A new concept headphone technology could create a “sound version of Google Maps” with people able to replay conversations, music and ambient noise from their past. ADVERTISEMENT The technology, known only as Sound Innovation, is…

This vibrating hair clip could help deaf people sense sounds

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Feedback from trials of the technology with deaf people found that attaching a wearable to the hair was the best place to receive haptic audial data James Temperton / WIRED This tiny clip lets deaf people sense sounds using their hair by using a microphone to turn sound into haptic feedback. ADVERTISEMENT The wearable, developed…

Why London is the best place for fintech – even with Brexit

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If you’re in the fintech business right now, then London is the place to be – even with Brexit. ADVERTISEMENT Want job security? Try online security Want job security? Try online security That’s according to Eileen Burbidge, one of the country’s most influential VC investors and the Treasury’s special envoy for fintech. Burbidge moved to…

This heat map shows how WannaCry spread around the world like an epidemic

[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT Last week, the WannaCry ransomware outbreak infiltrated systems across the globe. From home computers, to NHS systems, news of the infection spread like that of an epidemic. Security companies originally claimed the breach was the result of a malicious spam campaign, but WannaCry was not distributed by email. New information suggests that…

Tyrannosaurus rex’s bite was so powerful it would have caused bones to ‘explode’

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The jaw muscles in Tyrannosaurus rex that helped it generate its whopping 8,000-pound bite Florida State University/Oklahoma State University Tyrannosaurus rex was able to pulverise bones with nearly 8,000 pounds of force, according to new research. ADVERTISEMENT The enormous dinosaur‘s chomping ability was more than double the bite force of the largest crocodiles, which currently…

Here’s what Twitter and Facebook know about you

Getty Images / Oli Scarff / Staff Social networks and internet firms amass huge amounts of data about their users. Based on each of your clicks (and taps) the services can build up a profile of what you’re likely to be interested in. ADVERTISEMENT This data can then used to sell to advertisers, who can…

London’s filthiest tube lines revealed: which bacteria are you sharing a carriage with?

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Anyone who has ever commuted knows that public transport is far from hygienic. This has now been thrown into stark relief after swabs were taken from across the London Underground, bus network and taxis. Interactive data compiled by Staveley Head and collected by microbiologists at London Metropolitan University brings this invisible bacteria into startling clarity….

Create, collect and consume: the fundamentals of the internet of things

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The main aim of the internet of things (IoT) is to provide a benefit to people. These could be anything from saving money through energy savings and efficiencies around the home to providing the most efficient and stress-free route for your early morning commute. We live in an increasingly connected world, and the IoT is…

Matey the product-hunting robot wants to make shops smarter

James Temperton / WIRED Robots and automation are already commonplace in food warehouses, but they could soon be coming to supermarket aisles. Fujitsu’s Matey, shown at the company’s annual showcase in Tokyo, move autonomously through shops to monitor produce and help retailers stack shelves more effectively. ADVERTISEMENT The robot is about five-feet tall and moves…

One app to rule them all? Facebook, Messenger and Instagram are sharing notifications

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Mari Smith For many people, the Facebook family of apps will take up a large amount of real-estate on their smartphones. Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram are among the most popular apps across both iOS and Android and they may be coming closer together. ADVERTISEMENT In what’s being called a limited test, Facebook is showing notifications…

Death, determination and design: how Amanda Levete is transforming London’s V&A

When Amanda Levete won the commission to design the new courtyard at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), she knew almost immediately that the floor had to be porcelain. There was just one problem: no one made non-slip porcelain tiles for outdoor use. So Levete set out to invent them. The world’s first colour-changing hair…

Girl Guides could get badges for coding and science as part of massive overhaul

The revamped selection of badges for Brownies and Guides will be introduced from summer 2018 GirlGuiding The Girlguiding association is carrying out its biggest ever overhaul on badges to make them more relevant to digital life in the 21st century. ADVERTISEMENT The overhaul could see the introduction of a range of diverse badges for app…

UpVote episode 4: the NHS cyberattack – how, why, and who’s to blame

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The political blame game over the NHS cyberattack has already started. But should the NHS, Microsoft or the NSA take responsibility? And what can we do to stop this sort of thing happening again? To find out, we met up with two of leading cybersecurity experts: Hatem Naguib, Senior Vice President and General Manager of…

Ellen MacArthur launches $2 million prize to help solve plastic pollution

Food wrappers, crisp packets, coffee cup lids. Plastic packaging is ubiquitous in modern life, but most of it is only used once before being thrown away, causing waste and polluting the environment. Ellen MacArthur broke records sailing around the world. Now she wants to fix the economy Ellen MacArthur broke records sailing around the world….

Amazon Prime members now get books, magazines and comics for no extra cost

The new service is available on Kindle as well as on the Kindle app for iOS and Android Amazon Amazon has launched a new service for Prime members that will enable them to read as much as they like from a rotating selection of more than 1,000 e-books, magazines and comics. ADVERTISEMENT The Prime Reading…

Electric cars could soon charge as you drive

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Electric cars shown charging while travelling on the test track Qualcomm Qualcomm has introduced a new system that can charge a car while it’s travelling at ‘highway speeds’. ADVERTISEMENT Called dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC), the technology is integrated into a specially-built track, cutting out the need for electric cars to stop at charging stations….

Tremble, for out of the mists comes a new edition of Cthulhu

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Reader, if you have come this far, and have a fragile constitution, turn away, I beg you. What I have to relate is not for the faint of heart. It concerns the work of the late HP Lovecraft – a man I’m sure many of you will know. He is dead, thank God, lost to…

Gallery: do not gaze at these images, lest your eyes burn in your skull

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Reader, I beg you, turn away. Do not gaze upon what is presented here. There is still time to save your sanity and soul. It has come to pass that a group styling itself The Folio Society has released an illustrated edition of Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories onto the unsuspecting…

Another large cyberattack is spreading and it could be worse than WannaCry

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Cat O’Neil Last week’s WannaCry ransomware attack hit thousands of computers worldwide; its largest impact being seen on the NHS where more than 40 healthcare institutions were impacted by the file-encrypting malware. ADVERTISEMENT WannaCry has been linked to North Korean hackers but its spread is said to have emerged from a vulnerability published by a…

Mice with 3D-printed ovaries just gave birth to healthy pups

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[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT We are a step closer to engineering replacement ovaries for humans, after mice with 3D printed ovaries have successfully given birth to healthy pups. The experiment, carried out by researchers at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, implanted the mice with bioprosthetic ovaries made from gelatin. They published their results…

Facebook fined €110m after ‘misleading’ European officials over WhatsApp takeover

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YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images Margrethe Vestager is holding the biggest technology companies in Europe to account. Her latest move is to fine Facebook over its takeover of WhatsApp in 2014. Europe vs Silicon Valley: behind enemy lines with the woman deciding Google’s fate Europe vs Silicon Valley: behind enemy lines with the woman deciding Google’s fate…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for May 18

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Getty Images / Justin Sullivan Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, 1,730 new plants were documented by scientists in 2016; Google has revealed AI chips, Android O beta and standalone VR at Google I/O conference; Wikileaks military whistleblower Chelsea Manning has left prison in the USA and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your…

Why 2017 could be the year globalisation dies

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jun cen Until recently, globalisation was the only show in town. Whether wanted or not, higher levels of economic and social ties were seen as inevitable – a force that could not be stopped. As United Nations’ Secretary-General Kofi Annan put it in 1999: “Globalisation is an irreversible process, not an option.” ADVERTISEMENT The Chinese…

A ‘cold spot’ in our Universe could reveal clues about alternate realities

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ESA and Durham University Our Universe could be one of an infinite number of Universes, and, in its early stages, might have collided with one of these other worlds, according to a recent discovery. ADVERTISEMENT A mysterious ‘cold spot’ in the Universe is not caused by a massive void, according to a recent paper. According…

Lemonade is the insurance company with a conscience

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[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT WIRED Money takes place in Studio Spaces, London on May 18, 2017. For more details and to purchase your ticket visit wiredevent.co.uk Here’s the situation: you arrive home from a hard day at work, open your front door and walk into the living room – already salivating at the thought of a…

Google’s developer conference takes place tonight. Here’s what to expect

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Google Sandwiched between Microsoft’s Build and Apple’s WWDC, Google’s developer conference takes place this evening. The firm’s I/O event is due to take place at the Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, in California and will see it unveil its latest technologies. ADVERTISEMENT Here’s what you need to know about the event. What is Google I/O? The…

Amazon refreshes its Fire tablet range by adding Alexa

Amazon is adding its digital assistant Alexa to Fire Tablets in the UK alongside some improved hardware. ADVERTISEMENT As well as an updated Fire 7, Fire HD 8 and Fire Kids Edition tablets coming on June 7, Amazon says it will enable it’s digital assistant Alexa on existing Fire Tablets via a software update, however…

How the rising tide of P2P loans could drown the big banks

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WIRED Money takes place in Studio Spaces, London on May 18, 2017. For more details and to purchase your ticket visit wiredevent.co.uk ADVERTISEMENT Question 4: What is the difference between a shock wave and a ripple? Depending on the AS-level exam hall you’ve just walked into, you could expect – broadly – the same answer…

Peter Piot on the fight against HIV/AIDS & Ebola

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Peter Piot has been on the frontline of the fight against HIV/AIDS and Ebola since co-discovering the latter in Zaire in 1976. He says HIV/AIDS is a ‘forgotten epidemic’ and while great progress has been made in fighting the disease, he says, it can’t yet be called a success story. Peter Piot is a microbiologist;…

Russia’s next target? Follow the money

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We call it fake news, but Russians have for years used the term “aktivnye meropriyatiya” (“active measures”). Now that the west is conscious of these tactics, where else could Russia use its digital capabilities? Its next target could be the banks, says cyberintelligence expert and Neon Century managing director Cameron Colquhoun.

If a financial apocalypse is coming, AlgoDynamix could be the company to save us

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Wikimedia Commons Interested in learning more about the future of finance? Join us at WIRED Money in Studio Spaces, London on May 18, 2017. For more details and to purchase your ticket visit wiredevent.co.uk WIRED Money takes place in Studio Spaces, London on May 18, 2017. For more details and to purchase your ticket visit…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for May 17

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How Chelsea Manning sees herself. Commissioned by the Chelsea Manning Support Network, 23 April 2014. Chelsea Manning Support Network / Alicia Neal Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, Chelsea Manning goes free, Labour’s manifesto reveals science and technology plans, DeepMind got access to NHS data on an ‘inappropriate legal basis’ and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake…

What is ransomware and how can you avoid it?

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iStock The recent NHS computer hack put ransomware in the spotlight, but this isn’t a new or unusual kind of malware. ADVERTISEMENT All ransomware has one goal: to extort money. Most, including the WannaCry ransomware used in the NHS hack, encrypt files on the victim’s computer – what’s known as ‘encrypting ransomware’. They then demand…

You can now send your loved one’s ashes into orbit on a SpaceX rocket

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SpaceX A company hoping to send people’s ashes into space has announced its next mission will be on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. ADVERTISEMENT Elysium Space is a San Francisco based startup self-proclaimed as a mix of funeral and space experts. In 2015, the company attempted to send a cubesat into orbit on the…

It’s time to prepare yourself for ‘VR panic’

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Ever been tempted to get high with virtual reality? Well, you’re in luck: Microsoft is developing “hallucination experiences” – at least according to certain sections of the media. In late 2016, dozens of news outlets claimed Microsoft was either predicting, or developing, hallucinogenic VR. MailOnline declared that “Microsoft says virtual reality could make you HALLUCINATE…

What Labour’s manifesto means for technology, science, business and innovation

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Getty Images / Leon Neal / Staff The June 8 general election is rapidly approaching. As it grows ever closer, the countries’ leading parties are laying out their election promises. ADVERTISEMENT Register to vote online in the 2017 general election Register to vote online in the 2017 general election Each party will be publishing their…

Instagram moves ever closer to Snapchat with Face Filters and an eraser tool

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Instagram Instagram’s copy of Snapchat is almost complete. As part of its latest update, the Facebook-owned app has added selfie filters that look and act like its ephemeral rival’s iconic Lenses. The hidden cost of Instagram Stories The hidden cost of Instagram Stories ADVERTISEMENT Called Face Filters, the feature is “an easy way to turn…

Farpoint PSVR review: VR gaming matures in this dazzling and terrifying FPS

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Sony has been on something of a roll with its PSVR titles this year, with the excellent Starblood Arena setting high standards for immersion and overall quality. Yet Farpoint, developed by San Francisco-based indie Impulse Gear, matches it on just about every level – and may even exceed it. The best PlayStation VR games you…

Netflix app not working? Your phone may have been blocked from the service

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Getty Images / Ethan Miller / Staff Rooting an Android phone gives you complete control over the device, but it could come at a price. Not only can rooting void your warranty, it can now block you from downloading the Netflix app. Chasing Facebook, ignoring VR and sex memes: WIRED sits down with Netflix boss…

WannaCry ransomware: what is it and how to protect yourself

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WannaCry, Wanna Decryptor, WannaCrypt – whatever it’s referred to, the ransomware involved in the recent NHS computer hack is, by and large, the same bitcoin-demanding beast. Here we explain everything we know about the worm that caused global chaos. ADVERTISEMENT WannaCry ransomware WannaCry is a so-called encryption-based ransomware also known as Wanna Decryptor or WCRY,…

HTC wants you to squeeze its U11 smartphone to take selfies

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HTC Smartphones have evolved to be controlled by touch. With its latest flagship device, HTC is taking this a step further by allowing the phone to be operated with a squeeze. ADVERTISEMENT HTC Vive’s £200 wireless upgrade kit launches spring 2017 HTC Vive’s £200 wireless upgrade kit launches spring 2017 The Taiwanese firm has launched…

This designer Pokémon watch puts Pikachu on your wrist for a staggering £200,000

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Romain Jerome The watch world is replete with bizarre collaborations, and high-end manufacturer Romain Jerome is no stranger to such whimsical partnerships – one need only look at its Donkey Kong horological homage revealed at this year’s watch fair in Basel as a prime example. The best watches for men and women The best watches…

The NHS trusts and hospitals affected by the Wannacry cyberattack

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NHS As many as 40 hospitals, across 24 trusts, have been affected as the NHS cyber attack saga rumbles on. The majority of impacted trusts have resolved their issues but a number, including Barts in London, are warning of further disruption. ADVERTISEMENT Here is a rundown of the affected trusts, and how services were, or…

NHS hack wasn’t about making money. It was about disgruntled Americans making a point

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Christoph Scholz/Flickr “What happened?” was the most asked question following the intense media coverage of what global security expert Mikko Hypponen has described as the “biggest ransomware attack in history” last Friday. NHS cyberattack: NCSC warns ‘significant’ ransomware attack could hit as UK returns to work NHS cyberattack: NCSC warns ‘significant’ ransomware attack could hit…

How much have NHS hackers made from ransomware demands? Not as much as you’d think

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It’s the biggest ransomware outbreak in history, claiming 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries – with more expected as the working week begins. But, according to bitcoin experts, the criminals who spread it have made just $49,000 from their demands at the time of writing. Although this seems like a substantial amount of money…

Inside Ocado’s automated robo-factory

Loading Loading: The crates spend between 20 minutes and two hours collecting items. They are then loaded onto a lorry and distributed to a regional hub. Once there, the crates will be loaded onto delivery vans and sent out to customers Credit Greg White Bagging Bagging: Here, employees transfer items from storage crates into customer-order…

From womb to world: scans capture how our brains develop during pregnancy and beyond

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The human brain is incredibly complex and there’s still so much we don’t know about it. To bring together some of the missing puzzle pieces, the Developing Human Connectome Project – involving the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, Kings College London, and funded by the EU – have been scanning the brains of foetuses and…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for May 15

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Anadolu Agency / Contributor Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, Waymo has announced that it’s partnering with ride-hailing firm Lyft, Nasa has ruled out sending humans up on the test flight of its Space System Launch rocket, the first assault by the WannaCrypt ransomware attack was stopped in its tracks by a lone security researcher and…

CRISPR kills HIV and eats Zika ‘like Pac-man’. Its next target? Cancer

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HIV has no cure. It’s not quite the implacable scourge it was throughout the 1980s and 1990s, thanks to education, prophylactics, and drugs like PrEP. But still, no cure. Genetically-modified humans: what is CRISPR and how does it work? Genetically-modified humans: what is CRISPR and how does it work? ADVERTISEMENT Part of the problem is…

This arcade-style game tests your ability to drive using just your hearing

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[embedded content] ADVERTISEMENT In Blind Drive, what you hear is the difference between life and death. Developed by Tel Aviv-based sound engineer Giori Politi and interactive designer Doron Assayas Terre of Lo-Fi People, the arcade-style game is played entirely using your ears. “We want to try to test the limits of our hearing,” says Terre,…

MiRo the £600 robo-dog is part butler, part carer with an added ‘sixth-sense’

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Sebastian Conran with MiRo. It has ‘cliff sensors’ to ensure it does not fall off ledges or tables Phil Fisk Forget drones, deliveries could soon be made by robotic ‘dogs’ Forget drones, deliveries could soon be made by robotic ‘dogs’ ADVERTISEMENT Once head of design at Mothercare and the creator of Nigella Lawson’s kitchenware range,…

Citymapper’s bus, Amazon Echo Show: Podcast 317

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Coming up today: London gets a new bus, Trump’s firing spree continues, and Amazon’s Echo gets a brand new touch screen. Keep up-to-date with the WIRED podcast: In iTunes for your computer, iPhone, iPod and iPad or get the RSS feed for other podcast catchers. Music by: Filip Hnizdo Show produced and edited by: Matt…

The bizarre and groundbreaking designs of cargo planes

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Initially known as Large Cargo Freighters, the planes were later christened the Boeing 747 Dreamlifters The craft’s tail is linked to the rest of the fuselage by hinges, so that it can swing open when cargo operations start The Dreamlifter has cut shipping times of 787 parts from one month to a day Boeing bought…

Marvel at the magnitude and strange beauty of these colossal cargo planes

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We may live in a digitised world where distance doesn’t matter, but moving objects from one continent to another still requires a lot of effort. Then again, certain things are just too hard to move around using conventional methods. Take Boeing, the American aerospace firm. In 2003, it announced that the fuselage of its new…

Wanna Decryptor: what is the ransomware behind the NHS attack?

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TinySoftware NHS Digital recently confirmed that the recent NHS cyberattack used the Wanna Decryptor ransomware to infect the systems of at least 16 UK trusts. ADVERTISEMENT Ransomware Trojans are a type of malware designed to extort money from victims by holding files or entire computers to ransom. The ransomware typically demands payment to undo changes…

What’s inside lipstick? The science of how make-up is made

A lipstick’s basic scaffolding is made up of natural or industrial oils, which make it creamy and moist; waxes, which will make up its core structure and help the colour stick to the lips; and antioxidant chemicals to prevent fading. “We mix these ingredients together in a 200-gram beaker, heat them to 85°C, and wait…

NHS cyberattack: hospitals and GPs across the UK hit by hack

Getty Images / UniversalImagesGroup / Contributor Reports are coming in of an NHS cyberattack hitting hospitals across the UK. Viruses, trojans, malware, worms – what’s the difference? Viruses, trojans, malware, worms – what’s the difference? ADVERTISEMENT The NHS hack is said to be “creeping” across the country with NHS staff and health journalists tweeting images…

It’s about time we gave our Neanderthal ancestors a break

Wikipedia/Photaro When you think of a Neanderthal, you might conjure up a picture of a grunting cave man with poor brain power, capable of little other than hunting animals. You’d be wrong. Brain scans suggest our unique, human-like thought evolved 1.8 million years ago Brain scans suggest our unique, human-like thought evolved 1.8 million years…

HP shipped laptops with a keylogger installed, security firm reveals

Getty Images / PC Format Magazine / Contributor Keyloggers are intrusive malware that, when installed, can track everything typed on a keyboard. As such, you wouldn’t expect one to come installed on your brand new laptop. ADVERTISEMENT Unfortunately for an unknown number of people buying HP devices, that is exactly what happened. Security research company…

Super-AI, immortality and love are among the topics awaiting you at Brain Bar Budapest

Europe’s largest festival of futurism opens its doors for the third time on June 1-3; ready to provide an unmatched bringing-together of big ideas and future thinking. Brain Bar Budapest has tweaked its formula, and this year promises a refined experience, deeper pool of illuminating ideas, and event access to complement far-probing conversations. ADVERTISEMENT In…

Watery exoplanet suggests we may never find another solar system like ours

NASA/JPL-Caltech A Neptune-like planet 450 light years away has been found to have an atmosphere rich in water, complete with clouds, and the surprising find suggests not all Solar Systems form like ours did. ADVERTISEMENT Researchers at the Nasa Goddard Space Flight Centre used transmission spectroscopy to study the planet, also known as HAT-P-26b. With…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for May 12

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Waymo Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, Waymo’s case against Uber over the theft of self-driving secrets is going to court, British startup Improbable has raised over $500 million to build vast virtual worlds, US intelligence officials are investigating the security of Russian firm Kaspersky’s antivirus software and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent straight to…

If we’re living in a simulation, this UK startup probably built it

On a bright, clear morning in February 2017, a motley group of high-powered individuals from the entertainment, policy and security industries gathered on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, California. In the middle of the 25-hectare plot, surrounded by large warehouse sets, lies a ghost town: broad streets and pavements, a library, a bank, salon,…

Blue Whale is targeting vulnerable children. What you need to know and how to get help

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A screenshot of the Blue Whale game Eyewitness News WARNING: This article contains themes some may find distressing, as well as talking about issues which may be triggering to some. ADVERTISEMENT A dangerous social media phenomenon known as ‘Blue Whale’ is circulating the web. The game, created by Philipp Budeikin, directly targets children and encourages…

How music can help with strokes, autism and Parkinson’s

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Marko Ahtisaari wants to show how and why music can be used “as a precision medicine” to improve cognition after a stroke, help those with autism communicate, or aid with the mobility of Parkinson’s patients. To do this, he started the Sync Project, which has built a platform mapping music characteristics like tempo or beat…

UpVote episode 3: fake news and AI factchecking, with Full Fact director Will Moy

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Welcome back to UpVote, WIRED and Ars Technica UK’s tech and politics podcast. On the show today we discuss factchecking and fake news with Will Moy, director of Full Fact, the UK’s independent factchecking charity. Does factchecking work, or does drawing attention to falsehoods make the problem worse? And given the almost infinite scale of…