Thermal Imaging Cameras Could Keep Self-Driving Cars Safe

A company called Flir has spotted a new market opportunity: equipping self-driving cars with heat-seeking cameras.

What If Aliens Were Totally Obsessed With Us?

Can you blame them?

Trump’s Attack on Amazon Actually Has Its Precedents

Opinion: "Trump hardly stands out as remarkable in his willingness to engage in personal and public feuds with large corporations that piss him off."

Just How Random Are Two Factor Authentication Codes?

Two factor authentication codes may not be as random as we're led to believe.

NYC Is Redesigning Its Slow, Old, and Unpopular Bus System

New York City is revamping its bus network with electric vehicles, double-decker buses, and a whole new routing system.

Lyft Delivers Carbon-Neutral Rides

Going forward, Lyft has decided to offset the carbon emissions of every ride around the world, making all rides “carbon neutral.”

When John Doerr Brought a ‘Gift’ to Google’s Founders

"OKRs were an elastic, data-driven apparatus for a freewheeling, data-worshipping enterprise. They promised transparency for a team that defaulted to open—open source, open systems, open web."

5 Comics to Read Before You See 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Forget about avenging—before 'Infinity War' arrives, read up on the Marvel mega-villain at the center of it all.

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Cramming 7.2 million people into Hong Kong's 426 square miles requires building up. And up. And up. Hong Kong's amazing skyline features more than 1,500 skyscrapers. The very tallest of them are office buildings, but even apartment buildings rise 250 feet or more, allowing those on the ground to see only slivers of sky through a canyon of concrete, steel, and glass. See more dizzying shots of Hong Kong from the ground here:
📸: Peter Stewart

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Uranus has been holding in a gassy secret: It smells like rotten eggs. That's not an insult, it's science.

Star Wars: The Complete WIRED Guide

Nine feature films. A half-dozen TV series. Hundreds of books. The ‘Star Wars’ universe is unbelievably vast. This guide will help you navigate it.

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Professional auto racing can be a ridiculously expensive sport, one hard to get into without a billionaire backer or a fat bank account. But if you lack the cash and still dream of the track, don’t worry—you can still race on this track. Here, Norwegian bilcross races take place. Instead of Ferraris and Astons, these drivers race beat-up Volvos and Saabs that might otherwise go to the junkyard.
See more here:
📸: Alberto Bernasconi

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The 10 Best Android Phones You Can Find in 2018

Choose your Android phone wisely.

Spotify Bolsters Free Service in Defense Against Apple Music

Spotify is attempting to differentiate itself from rival streaming services by adding more features to its free tier, including personalized playlists and song recommendations.

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Debunks Common Space Myths

There are all kinds of space myths out there, and astronaut Chris Hadfield is here to debunk them.

How to Clean Your Computer Inside and Out

Spring cleaning isn't just for houses.

Competition is at the Heart of Facebook’s Privacy Problem

Opinion: "Americans should have rights to and control over their data. If we don’t like a service, we should be free to move our data to another."

Mercedes' Electric Maybach SUV Comes With a Built-In Tea Kettle, Because Fancy

Whomst among us hasn't dreamed of a luxury vehicle with a built-in tea kettle.

Meet the Agouti, the Giant Yet Lovable Rodent of the Amazon

You might think rodents can't be loveable and cute, but that's because you haven't met the Agouti:

Save on the Echo Spot and Other Handpicked Tech Deals

Tech deals. Get your tech deals.

Flipboard's Answer to Fake News: More Human Curation

Flipboard is updating its app and website to include features that emphasize trustworthy news sources.

Delivery Bots Have Awkward Sidewalk Interactions, Too

Human behavior on a sidewalk is weirdly complex. Today, Marble is announcing a new delivery robot that it hopes can navigate the chaos.

Google Is Hacking Our Clothes to Work Like Touchscreens

"Any time you put your phone into your pocket, you have a smart jacket… the only problem is they don't talk to each other."

Here's What Facebook Won’t Let You Post

Facebook moderators use a Community Standards playbook to determine what posts from its users violate platform policy. Today, Facebook is making it public.

Welcome to the Wikipedia for Terms of Service Agreements

What if, before you consented to Terms of Service, you could at least read the SparkNotes? That's the goal of this website.

Why Can't We Fix Puerto Rico's Power Grid?

Like the lead-tainted water in Flint, Michigan, the current crisis in Puerto Rico came not as a consequence of one big storm but after years of well-understood neglect. It wasn't a surprise—it was a disaster of policy.

Tony Fadell, Coinventor of the iPod, Gets Back at Silicon Valley

So what's the Podfather up to these days?

Let's Use Star Wars to Explain the Concept of Angular Size

Star Wars. Physics. Let's go.

Uber's New Direction: Move Slow and Test Things

Few companies have moved faster and broken more things than Uber. It's why Travis Kalanick was forced to resign as CEO. Now his replacement is trying something decidedly different by adopting a philosophy that states the exact opposite.

How To Make Your Nest Cam Baby Monitor More Secure

Parenting pro tip: Use your Nest cam as a baby monitor.
Parenting genius tip: Revamp your home network's security protocol to protect that video feed from hackers.

Thanks to AI, These Cameras Will Know What They’re Seeing

The latest development in the Internet of Things: a new breed of chips with facial recognition capabilities that will work even with relatively cheap devices.

Go Running Or Hardcore Relaxing In This Sustainably-Sourced Merino Hoodie

The Ridge Merino Heist women's hoodie is a nearly flawless piece of attire.

How to Make a Fruit Fly Orgasm

You probably didn't need to know this, but ... (via The New Yorker)

Atlanta Spent $2.6M to Recover From $52,000 Ransomware Scare

Ransomware attackers demanded $52,000 from Atlanta. The city ended up paying $2.6 million for a fix.

The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete

What should today's scientific paper look like? (via The Atlantic)

Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos

"This paper suggests that one day we might be able perhaps to predict weather by machine-learning algorithms and not by sophisticated models of the atmosphere."

The Atlantic

What kind of parents did you grow up with?

The Woman Who Gave the Macintosh a Smile

“It’s fun to read that, before there was social media, countless people spent hours with Microsoft Windows Solitaire using the cards I designed.” (via The New Yorker)

Corals Are in Serious Trouble. This Lab Could Help Save Them

If their plan works, these scientists could have a reliable coral population to study in detail over multiple generations.

Augmented Reality Is Transforming Museums

AR technology has opened up new possibilities for artists and activists eager to have a part in shaping the museum-going experience.

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25 years ago yesterday, the first web browser to achieve popularity among the general public was released:

The Fitbit Versa Is an Awesome Affordable Smartwatch

The Fitbit Versa is really good at making your life healthier, one tiny, incremental change at a time. Our review:

Climate Change: The Complete Guide

How we got here. What we can do now. What happens next. This guide will explain everything you need to know about climate change.

Inside the Lab That Could Help Save Corals From Destruction

This lab could help save corals from destruction:

April 22, 1993: Mosaic Browser Lights Up Web With Color, Creativity

25 years ago yesterday, the first web browser to achieve popularity among the general public was released. From there, the web as we know it began to flourish.

Silicon Valley's Latest Revolution: Cutting Out Wall Street

"Tech companies are younger, don’t rely on decades-old systems that presume that banks will always perform certain functions, and... are unafraid to annoy the banks by excluding them from deals."

'Westworld' Recap: No More Heroes

It was so easy to know who to root for back in Season 1. This time won't be so simple. Our recap of last night's Westworld premiere.