Alien Hunters Need the Far Side of the Moon to Stay Quiet

China made history earlier this year when its Chang’e-4 lander became the first spacecraft to land on the far side of the moon. During the two-week-long lunar days, the lander and its small rover, Yutu 2, beam images and other data to an orbiter for relay back to Earth. Together …

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Vape Detectors in Schools, Mental Health on Pinterest, and More News

Pinterest is saving and kids are misbehaving, but first, a cartoon about a robot’s biggest challenge. 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 How wily teens outwit bathroom vape …

How Wily Teens Outwit Bathroom Vape Detectors

Last spring, students at Hinsdale Central High School discovered six vaping detectors in bathrooms and locker rooms around campus. About 20 miles south-west of Chicago, Hinsdale Central has been battling on-campus vaping for years: Administrators tried making students take online courses if they were caught with e-cigarettes; they talked to …

Pinterest Has a New Plan to Address Self-Harm

One of the new Pinterest exercises, called “Redirect Your Energy,” offers guided practices around journaling, drawing, scribbling, or making a playlist as ways of releasing intense emotions. Another, called “Cool Down,” instructs someone to hold an ice cube in their hand or the crook of their arm and then focus …

Don’t Underestimate the Forces, Mandalorian

I’m really excited about this new Star Wars spin-off show, The Mandalorian. It’s not part of the overcooked Skywalker saga, so pretty much anything can happen. And there’s the whole mystery of the armored Mandalorian: Who is he? What’s his motivation? Can he see where he’s going through those tiny …

How the Climate Crisis Is Killing Us, in 9 Alarming Charts

Maybe you live in Ohio, far away from rising seas. Maybe you live in Canada, nowhere near a blazing desert. You might think climate change isn’t your problem, at least not yet. But maybe today we can change your mind. The medical journal The Lancet just released its annual report …

The EPA’s Anti-Science ‘Transparency’ Rule Has a Long History

Sometimes a bad piece of legislation doesn’t die, it just returns in another form—call it a zombie bill. In this case, the zombie is a bill that morphed into a proposed rule that would upend how the federal government uses science in its decisionmaking. It would allow the US Environmental …

Adam Savage on Juggling and How Obsession Makes You Smarter

What sort of noise would juggling pins make if they fell three stories off a roof onto the pavement below? For a moment, it seems as if the adults and children gathered for the WIRED 25 Festival atop San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club will find out. But Adam Savage, tossing the …

The Science Is Extremely Clear: You Need to Prioritize Sleep

When I was in college, I informed my parents that they could stop hoping I would achieve anything close to greatness: I simply needed too much sleep. While President Barack Obama was up late sending emails and writing letters into the wee hours, and all my friends were telling me …