Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Camp Fire: The Terrifying Science Behind California’s Massive Blaze

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Camp Fire: The Terrifying Science Behind California’s Massive Blaze

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It used to be that fires destroyed exurbs or scattered enclaves. Now they plow through cities.JOSH EDELSON/Getty ImagesIt used to be that fires destroyed exurbs or scattered enclaves. Now they plow through cities.JOSH EDELSON/Getty ImagesEditor’s note: This is a developing story about California’s Camp Fire, Hill Fire, and Woolsey Fire. We will update it as…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The House Science Committee May Soon Become… Pro-Science

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The House Science Committee May Soon Become… Pro-Science

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Rep. Bill Foster, an Illinois Democrat and particle physicist, hopes that the House will finally start taking environmental science seriously.Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty ImagesRep. Bill Foster, an Illinois Democrat and particle physicist, hopes that the House will finally start taking environmental science seriously.Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty ImagesFor the past eight years, climate science has been…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired To Shake up Science, the Breakthrough Prizes Need More Than Money

Hexbyte Tech News Wired To Shake up Science, the Breakthrough Prizes Need More Than Money

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Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who won a Breakthrough Prize for her work in physics, called for more diversity in her field.Steve Jennings/Getty ImagesJocelyn Bell Burnell, who won a Breakthrough Prize for her work in physics, called for more diversity in her field.Steve Jennings/Getty ImagesThe Breakthrough Prizes are unlike anything else in science. Instead of the hum…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Why Science Fiction Is the Most Important Genre

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Why Science Fiction Is the Most Important Genre

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Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling books Sapiens and Homo Deus, is a big fan of science fiction, and includes an entire chapter about it in his new book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. “Today science fiction is the most important artistic genre,” Harari says in Episode 325 of the Geek’s Guide to…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Science Behind Social Science Gets Shaken Up—Again

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Science Behind Social Science Gets Shaken Up—Again

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Taking a lice-grade comb to press coverage of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign can feel a little like relitigating, but in light of recent news about President Donald Trump, consider this article: “It Really Doesn’t Matter if Hillary Clinton Is Dishonest.” Published in the Washington Post just before the Iowa caucuses, it was…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Three Science Experiments You Can Do With Your Phone

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Three Science Experiments You Can Do With Your Phone

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Everyone already knows that you are carrying around a computer in your pocket. But your smartphone is more than just a computer—it’s also a data collector. I’m going to guess that yours can measure acceleration, magnetic field, sound, location, and maybe more. Many phones also can measure pressure. Oh, and some phones can even make…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers The Nastiest Feud in Science

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers The Nastiest Feud in Science

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1.Gerta Keller was waiting for me at the Mumbai airport so we could catch a flight to Hyderabad and go hunt rocks. “You won’t die,” she told me cheerfully as soon as I’d said hello. “I’ll bring you back.”Death was not something I’d considered as a possible consequence of traveling with Keller, a 73-year-old paleontology…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired NASA’s New Plan: Do More Science With Small Satellites

Hexbyte Tech News Wired NASA’s New Plan: Do More Science With Small Satellites

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Small satellite makers have promised to do a lot of things: change the way we communicate, change the way we see our planet, change the way we predict the weather. They’re cheaper, faster to develop, and easier to update than their bigger and more sophisticated counterparts. But for all the revolution and disruption, they tend…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Inside the Science of Apeel, the Clever Coating That Saves Your Avocados

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Inside the Science of Apeel, the Clever Coating That Saves Your Avocados

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Consider the rotten strawberry. Sitting there in your fridge, it suffers a cascading trifecta of maladies: For one, it dehydrates. Two, oxygen seeps in. And three, with the berry thus weakened, mold invades. Eventually, the strawberry turns to goop, a messy reminder of our own mortality. Rotting produce is an inevitability—I for one wouldn’t trust…

The Man Who Says Science Blew Its Best Shot at an AIDS Vaccine

The Man Who Says Science Blew Its Best Shot at an AIDS Vaccine

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In the late 1980s, Burt Dorman was ready to get out of the vaccination game. A biophysical chemist, he’d spent years running a successful company making animal vaccines—a dozen of them, against diseases like feline leukemia and vesicular stomatitis. Now Dorman was starting a new company in a new field, aiming at disease diagnostics. And…