A Pause on J&J, Preparations for Booster Shots, and More Coronavirus News

The pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine continues, the CEO of Pfizer talks boosters, and variants fuel Covid-19 surges. Here’s what you should know: Want to receive this weekly roundup and other coronavirus news? Sign up here! Headlines The Johnson & Johnson vaccine remains on hold while experts assess the potential risk of rare […]

Can the ArcLight Cinema in Hollywood Be Saved?

The Monitor is a weekly column devoted to everything happening in the WIRED world of culture, from movies to memes, TV to Twitter. An arc light, or arc lamp, is a source of illumination created when electricity flows between two carbon electrodes. Use of arc lamps dwindled in the 20th century, edged out by incandescents, […]

Google Earth Timelapse Now Shows You Our Planet’s Slow Deterioration

Watch closely as the reservoir dries up, the oil spill spreads, and the rain forest disappears. Today, Google announced a new 3D time-lapse feature in its Google Earth platform. It allows users to navigate to any spot on the globe and press Play to watch the geography change. The timeline goes back 37 years, from […]

US Sanctions on Russia Rewrite Cyberespionage’s Rules

Some cyberpolicy critics see Biden’s sanctions for SolarWinds spying in more cynical terms: an incoherent, knee-jerk response designed to satisfy anyone who’d accuse the administration of being soft on Russia. “This is not an attempt to correct Russia’s behavior,” says Dmitri Alperovitch, former CTO of security firm CrowdStrike and the founder of the cybersecurity-focused Silverado […]

Pausing the J&J Vaccine Was Easy. Unpausing Will Be Hard

The public health world was ready for something like this. They just didn’t know what the something would be. “When these vaccines kicked off to the world’s population, to billions of people, we knew there would be unanticipated side effects,” says Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute. “These are so rare—the Johnson […]

DJI Air 2S Review: The Best Drone You Can Buy

This alone is well worth the upgrade from the previous version, but the updates don’t stop there. The Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) now uses a wider field of view to detect obstacles. This means you can do more automated flying and worry less about what’s around you. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I still have […]

The Humble Shrub That’s Predicting a Terrible Fire Season

“I think the forest fire risk this year is going to be about as high as it can be,” Swain adds. “And that’s pretty alarming considering what we’ve seen in the last couple of years.” In 2019, the Kincade Fire burned nearly 80,000 acres north of San Francisco, and in 2020, a rare summer storm […]

The Biggest Security Threats to the US Are the Hardest to Define

It’s been two years since the heads of the top US intelligence agencies last came to Congress for an update on global threats; they skipped 2020 amid tensions with former president Donald Trump. In the Biden administration, though, the public hearing was back on Wednesday. Their message: With sprawling crises like the Covid-19 pandemic and […]

Help! Am I Oversharing With My Colleagues?

Dear OOO, I’m the boss at a midsize workplace and I love my colleagues. I worry, though, that I tell them too much at times. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve. Am I doing the wrong thing when I’m not terrifically discrete? —California The most fun questions for an advice columnist, or […]