Meet the Noble Souls Saving the Oysters. Yes, the Oysters

It’s easy to get behind saving the whales. No end of people happily open their wallets to protect tigers and elephants, and who doesn’t want more pandas in the world? Even odd animals like the pangolin, kakapo, and solenodon have their defenders. Fine animals one and all, but a dedicated …

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Is 'The Dark Tower' Any Good? Depends How Much You've Read

Filmmakers have been trying to adapt Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series for more than a decade. But with time-jumping metanarratives and compulsive genre-switching, the eight novels proved tough to wrangle into one film-able narrative. Director Nikolaj Arcel’s version of King’s events finally hits theaters today. Written by no fewer …

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How to Make Your Wi-Fi Faster and Better

A gadget’s only as good as its internet connection. Few things drive you crazier than a stuttery PUBG session or an episode of Game of Thrones streaming one. Halting. Word. At. A. Time. You probably don’t think much about your router, though. And yet, by the time you’ve connected a …

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How Color Vision Came to the Animals

Animals are living color. Wasps buzz with painted warnings. Birds shimmer their iridescent desires. Fish hide from predators with body colors that dapple like light across a rippling pond. And all this color on all these creatures happened because other creatures could see it. The natural world is so showy, …

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A Whole New Way to Hack Self-Driving Cars

August is supposed to be a slow news month. People plan summer beach vacations on this presumption. Hackers, though, apparently hate sun and sand because this past week has been incredibly active on the security news front. WIRED broke the scoop of leaked audio from Jared Kushner’s welcome conversation with …

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Humans Still See the World Better Than Self-Driving Cars

A confidence booster for you, puny human: The machines don’t have you beat. Yet. Yes, the autonomous car is coming, and fast. Tesla delivered the first of its much-anticipated Model 3s last week, complete with the Autopilot feature that allows the cars to drive themselves on well-marked highways. The Mercedes-Benz …

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Protect the White Hat Hackers Who Are Just Doing Their Jobs

The great irony of defending the world against malware is it requires security researchers to, well, mess with malware. This often leads them into gray areas, where something they might consider legitimate investigation or essential software development could, in the eyes of the law, be seen as criminal behavior. This …

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Space Photos of the Week: Retina Nebula's Giving You the Evil Eye

This glittering galaxy is officially named NGC 4656, but it also has a less official nickname “The Hockey Stick Galaxy,” due to its hockey-stick-shape at certain angles (though not in this image). This is probably because of nearby gravitational fields of elliptical galaxy NGC 4627 and NGC 4631, dubbed “The …

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Let’s Be Real: Judge Dredd Deserves Another Movie

The legendary British sci-fi comic magazine 2000 AD has fostered such talents as Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Grant Morrison. It’s an impressive history that David Bishop and Karl Stock chronicle in their newly-updated book Thrill-Power Overload. “Almost any British comics creator of the last 40 years has at some …

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