Jakarta’s Giant Sea Wall Is Useless if the…

Late last week, president Joko Widodo of Indonesia told the AP that he’s fast-tracking a decade-in-the-making plan for a giant sea wall around Jakarta, a city that’s sinking as much as 8 inches a year…

WIRED Book of the Month: It Came From…

Any page of It Came From Something Awful would be the most shocking page of most books. Reading Dale Beran’s chronicle of 4chan, the anonymous imageboard where some of the internet’s worst scandals have been…

Physicists Made a Hot Plasma Doughnut to Study…

Cathode tubes cast an orange glow inside the Big Red Ball experiment while the machine takes a break from producing plasmas.Jeff Miller/University of Wisconsin-Madison“This experiment is the first time anyone has produced something even vaguely…

The Bizarre, Peaty Science of Arctic Wildfires

Here’s a sentence for you: The Arctic is burning. Yes, that Arctic—the traditionally cold and wet one, large swaths of which are being consumed by an astonishing number of wildfires, from Russia to Greenland to…

Cyano-Collage: You Can’t Photoshop This Mountain

The epic blue mountain-scape you see above is a composite of hundreds of image layers. But they weren't made with Photoshop—or a digital camera, for that matter. Instead, artist Wu Chi-Tsung turned to analog methods…

Quantum Darwinism Could Explain What Makes Reality Real

It’s not surprising that quantum physics has a reputation for being weird and counterintuitive. The world we’re living in sure doesn’t feel quantum mechanical. And until the 20th century, everyone assumed that the classical laws…

14 Best Deals this Weekend: Cameras, TVs, and…

Amazon Prime Day is a made up holiday, but its effect on mid-summer sales events is very real. Retailers like Best Buy and Walmart are continuing to roll out hefty price cuts on summer essentials…