While You Were Offline: Wait, John Kelly Said What?

With the exception of Yanny vs. Laurel, the internet was a real minefield this week. Let's get you caught up.

You Can Send Invisible Messages With Subtle Font Tweaks

Researchers have developed a method called FontCode, which plants data in text through tiny changes in how the letters are shaped.

'Deadpool 2' Is What All Sequels Should Be: Better Than Its Predecessor

'Deadpool 2' doesn’t just match the original—it cuts it off at the knees and gives its hero a whole new set of legs to run on.

What Happened to Facebook's Grand Plan to Wire the World?

For three years, Zuckerberg included his vision of global internet in his top priorities. Clearly, it didn't go as planned.

A New World’s Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine

A newly discovered world's odd orbit is "not proof that Planet Nine exists. But I would say the presence of an object like this in our solar system bolsters the case for Planet Nine."

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Over the past six months, on a patch of desert ranchland outside Marfa, Texas, one artist's mysterious vision has been taking shape. First, nine massive chunks of quarried black marble were trucked in from northern Mexico and craned into a circular formation. Next, one of the megaliths, the "mother stone," was outfitted with a state-of-the-art solar array; at the same time, the other eight were carved to integrate LED lights and speakers. Soon—during a full moon, it is foretold—the whole thing will come to life. Artist Haroon Mirza's project is known simply as Stone Circle, and it juxtaposes long-forgotten cosmological and ritual uses for art with more newfangled ways of harnessing and relating to the heavens.

Learn more about Stone Circle and Mirza's work here: https://wired.trib.al/w6gHoXb

📸: Jennifer Boomer | 🎨: Haroon Mirza

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Hayley Eichenbaum has quit every photography class she's ever signed up for. Still, she has an amazing eye for form and color in photography, no doubt helped by her background in installation and performance art. "I want to walk that line between authentic and surreal—because many times that was my experience when seeing these locations in person," she says.

Read more about Eichenbaum's work here: https://wired.trib.al/ADpqh9L

📸: Hayley Eichenbaum

Scientists Are Subverting Formal Publishing. Well, Some of Them

“Long before the digital publishing revolution, some people would say, ‘oh, it’s been peer reviewed and must be correct,’ and others would say, ‘it’s been peer reviewed and therefore it’s gone through a filter.’ And that filter is sometimes worse than not having a filter.”

5 Comics to Read Before You See 'Deadpool 2'

You don't wanna look like a n00b at the theater this weekend, do you?

Mesmerizing Photos of Finland's Icebound Archipelago

"When the ice melts it produces all these different textures and colors according to the light and the quality of the water."

Nissan's Following Tesla Into Solar Power and Home Batteries

Nissan—the manufacturer of the world’s best selling electric car—just started selling roof-mounted panels and home batteries as part of their generation-to-acceleration solar scheme.

When the Blockchain Skeptic Walked Into the Lions' Den

A blockchain insider is questioning the whole industry. You can imagine how his peers feel about that.

Yanny vs. Laurel Means We'll All Die Alone

There is a world that exists, and there is a world that we perceive. Connecting the two, or conveying accurately our own personal hallucination to someone else, is the central problem of being human.

Sam Harris and the Myth of Perfectly Rational Thought

"Evading our awareness is something cognitive biases are precision-engineered by natural selection to do. They are designed to convince us that we’re seeing clearly, and thinking rationally, when we’re not."

This Is Ajit Pai, Nemesis of Net Neutrality

"You’re not allowed to try to destroy the internet and then expect to be treated well by the internet. The internet should hate Ajit Pai."

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The first step to taking a halfway decent photograph is making sure you're holding the camera right-side-up—unless you’re photographer Arnau Rovira Vidal. Vidal creates stunning architectural images like this one by turning his camera upside down.

Learn how Vidal creates these photographs, and see more of his geometric masterpieces here: https://www.wired.com/story/upside-down-double-exposures/

📸: Arnau Rovira Vidal

Yes, 'Call of Duty''s Single-Player Campaign Will Be Missed

'Black Ops' has always offered something to talk and think about—even if you hate it. And for the first time, 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' won't include a traditional singleplayer campaign.

New Kitchen Knives from Shun and Kikuichi Cutlery

Trying to buy a new knife but completely lost? Our expert on culinary gear is here to help guide you.

Space Photos of the Week: Mars Gets Pac Man Fever

Take a trip around the universe with us. First stop: Mars!

Nanit Sleep System Review: Perfect for Sleep-Deprived New Parents

The Nanit baby monitor is the baby data collector that sleep-deprived geek parents long for.

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Lightning travels at speeds of up to 200 million miles per hour. It comes, quite literally, in a flash, and often disappears before you can reach for your camera. That makes it pretty hard to photograph—unless you’re a pro like Jason Weingart. He's mastered the art of shooting lightning while tailing storms in more than a dozen states across the country. In Weingart's words, "If it's flashing, I'm on it."

See more of Weingart's stunning photography here: https://wired.trib.al/AFEwFW9

📸: Jason Weingart

Is It Weird for Conservatives to Like 'Star Trek'?

“The original Star Trek universe, for its time even, was pretty Social Justice Warrior-y. It’s a post-scarcity world with lots of different [skin] colors, lots of different nationalities.” https://wired.trib.al/VX051XO

Gadget Lab Podcast: How to Make Bike Commuting Less Daunting

If you’re not a regular cyclist, the whole idea of biking to work can be a bit daunting—but don't worry, the Gadget Lab crew is here to help you get started.

Google, Alibaba Spar Over Timeline for 'Quantum Supremacy'

The China-America corporate rivalry on an obscure frontier of physics illustrates a growing contest between nations and companies hoping to create a new form of improbably powerful computer.

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The trippy shades of red, green and purple in Brandon Seidler’s landscape shots aren't made with Photoshop. Instead, Seidler uses chemical pollutants to manipulate his images. He takes photos of historically contaminated sites, then bathes the film in the same chemicals that poisoned the land—not just talking about pollution, but showing it. "I want my work to make people think," Seidler says. "If this is the effect of these chemicals on a plastic piece of film, what is it doing to the environment we are polluting?"

For more of Seidler's psychedelic photos, check out the link here: https://www.wired.com/2015/09/brandon-seidler-impure/

📸: Brandon Seidler

A Location-Sharing Disaster Shows How Exposed You Really Are

A recent example of location-tracking gone wrong—in fairness, it rarely goes right—that unfolded over the last week or so underscores how exposed our data really is.

A Mugshots.com Indictment, Lost Grenades, and More Security News This Week

We've rounded up all of this week's security news, from the Senate's questioning of the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower to the prosecution of two men behind the popular malware development tool Scan4You.

Best Weekend Tech Deals: Apple Watch, Neck Massagers, Monitors

It's summer bargain season, and have we got some deals for you #WIREDdeals

A Robotics Startup Perishes, and It’s Got Tales to Tell

After the collapse of one consumer robot startup, the co-founder is talking candidly about what it's like to build an unwanted robot, providing valuable insights into the future of the robo-home.

This Startup Wants to Be AirBnb for Gene Sequencers

Gene sequencing instruments are still expensive enough that they’re beyond the reach of many researchers. Enter: this app.

What Artists Can Teach Us About Making Technology More Human

Famed New Jersey research park Bell Labs has teamed up with a group of resident artists to explore the emotional and social elements of machine-human interactions.

Can This AI-Powered Baby Translator Help Diagnose Autism?

The app analyzes a crying baby for changes in frequency and patterns in the "sound to silence" ratio, and determines whether the kid is crying because she's hungry or in pain or just fussy. But more than that, it could offer early warning signs for autism.

Google and the Rise of 'Digital Wellbeing'

Much like other wellness trends, the rise of “digital wellbeing” makes it look too easy. It's a way to rebrand tech as something that's good for you—but it only treats the symptoms, not the underlying disease.

Sea Level Rise in the SF Bay Area Just Got a Lot More Dire | WIRED

San Franciscans might be financially underwater these days, but they could be literally underwater in the future.

How Facebook Binds—and Shatters—Communities

"Facebook is to real community as porn is to real sex: a cheap, digital knockoff for those who can’t do better," writes WIRED Ideas columnist Antonio García Martínez.

How Google's Eerie Robot Phone Calls Hint at AI's Future

Google Duplex—the company's AI-powered virtual assistant—can mimic the chit-chattiness of human speech so well you might not even realize you're talking to a bot.

Physicists Want to Rebuild Quantum Theory From Scratch | WIRED

Scientists have been using quantum theory for almost a century now, but embarrassingly they still don’t know what it means.

The Sprint and T-Mobile Merger Will Test the Department of Justice's Mettle

This simple, two-part legal standard should help determine whether Sprint and T-Mobile should be allowed to merge. Would this merger harm competition? And, even if some competitive harm is likely, will consumers end up paying less?

The Second Coming of Vine Is on Indefinite Hold

One of Vine's original cofounders has announced that V2, the second iteration of the app, is now postponed for an “indefinite amount of time.”

This Random Video Game Powers Quantum Entanglement Experiments

Playing was simple: All you did was frantically press 1’s and 0’s as randomly as possible. But it wasn't just keyboard-mashing—turns out, the random bits generated would be used in an ambitious quantum mechanics experiment.

The Implacable Power of Volcanic Lava

Wherever lava goes, it incinerates or buries everything in its path. And there’s not much anyone can do except watch.

Solve These Tough Data Problems and Watch Job Offers Roll In | WIRED

Competitive data analysis can really pay off.

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About five years ago, photographer Scott Tuason was beginning to suspect he'd seen it all—until he backrolled off a boat in open waters at night and encountered a beautiful and mysterious new world. Billions of animals live far away from the sun’s rays in the dark depths of the oceans. But at night, they ascend toward the surface for food, an awesome dance that makes up the largest migration on the planet. And these days, Tuason is often right there, his camera poised to capture the colorful creatures that float before the lens.

See more of these weird and wonderful animals here: https://www.wired.com/story/photo-gallery-blackwater-diving/

📸: Scott Tuason

Congress, Privacy Groups Question Amazon's Echo Dot for Kids

Amazon recently released an Alexa product for kids, and some privacy groups and members of Congress are extremely not on board.

A 'Locked' Smart Gun Can Be Fired With Just $15 Worth of Magnets | WIRED

This company says their gun can only be fired by it's owner. Fifteen bucks says that's not true.

The E.U.’s New Privacy Laws Might Actually Create a Better Internet

Europe's new laws are giving people more control over how their data is used—and this might help people in the US too. via New York Magazine

How to Fight Climate Change: Figure Out Who's to Blame, and Sue Them

For years, climate scientists have been developing a science of attribution—a way to ascribe, with some level of certainty, that severe weather events are tied to human-caused climate change. They've succeeded—and now they can sue those responsible.

Director Andrew Niccol Lives in His Own Truman Show (And So Do You)

For Gattaca director Andrew Niccol, science fiction is a way to say something about today. “The audience can detach and tell themselves, ‘This is the future. It’s nothing to do with me.’ When hopefully it has a lot to do with them."

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Photographer Beth Moon’s images of ancient trees straddle the line between fantasy and reality. To capture long exposure images like this one, Moon spent many moonless nights treking through South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana. Trees have long been a subject of hers—her book Ancient Trees is a collection of her stunning platinum print images of the largest, oldest, and most storied trees on earth. For this series, Moon was inspired by scientific studies that link tree growth to the heavens, an idea that was at once romantic and alluring.

For more mesmerizing shots, check out the link here: https://www.wired.com/2015/06/beth-moon-diamond-nights/

📸: Beth Moon

The Swedish Designer Creating Edible Robots

Eating robots doesn't mean ingesting metal and wires. It's more about using tech to add motion, sound, and visuals to food.