Wired Weird Science
In a recent Star Wars VII trailer, BB-8 gets tossed around in the Falcon. Here is an analysis of the droid's motion.
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The drugmaker used only animal studies to prove that vaccine works.
The post This Vaccine Can Protect You From Anthrax—After Exposure appeared first on WIRED.
Although we might get a better idea of how the Earth works, Watson isn't likely to start predicting eruptions and earthquakes.
The post IBM’s Watson Won’t Be Predicting Eruptions Anytime Soon appeared first on WIRED.
The New Shepard spacecraft is a real, working rocket, but it doesn't take people to the Final Frontier.
The post Jeff Bezos’ Rocket Went to Space—But Not to Orbit. That’s Way Harder appeared first on WIRED.
How gene drives force a gene to spread through a population.
The post The ‘Gene Drive’ That Builds a Malaria-Proof Mosquito appeared first on WIRED.
Mexico's Colima and Indonesia's Rinjani continue to erupt, Kanlaon in the Philippines awakes and Hakone in Japan and Shishaldin in Alaska calm down.
The post Watch Mexico’s Colima Volcano Explode With Glowing Debris appeared first on WIRED.
Three years after its discovery, physicists are still fascinated by the Higgs boson’s secrets.
The post Physicists Are Desperate to Be Wrong About the Higgs Boson appeared first on WIRED.
NASA's photo archive is a click away and even the Curiosity Rover is on Instagram, but how are photos of space made?
The post The Secrets Behind All Those Gorgeous Photos of Space appeared first on WIRED.
Nola's death is a real-time window on extinction.
The post Nola the Northern White Rhino’s Death Leaves Just Three on Earth appeared first on WIRED.
Phobos is gradually spiraling in closer to Mars, getting ready to self-destruct. And when it does, its remains will give the red planet a brand-new ring.
The post Mars Could One Day Have a Ring Made of Broken-Up Moon Bits appeared first on WIRED.
The secret to super-sticky glue is in the secretions of mussels.
The post Mussels’ Sticky Secretions Make for Super-Strong Adhesives appeared first on WIRED.
A new study shows that the automatic economic savings of fuel economy mean many emissions-cutting measures will be free for the airline industry.
The post It’s Cheaper for Airlines to Cut Emissions Than You Think appeared first on WIRED.
Kei Nomiyama dives 50 feet into the ocean at night to take photos of krill, larval fish and other miniature monsters of the deep.
The post Plankton’s Unique Ability to Be Both Creepy and Adorable appeared first on WIRED.
An international report on the Ebola epidemic comes out just two days after the virus reappeared in Liberia.
The post We Blew It With Ebola. Scientists Don’t Want That to Happen Again appeared first on WIRED.
Scientists are homing in on a warning signal that arises in complex systems like ecological food webs, the brain and the Earth’s climate. Could it help prevent future catastrophes?
The post Listening to Nature’s Early Warning System May Save Species appeared first on WIRED.
Space photos of the week, November 15–21.
The post Space Photos of the Week: A Day in the Life of Pluto appeared first on WIRED.
This very hungry caterpillar pins its snail victims down with silken ropes. Then it crawls inside their shells and devours them alive.
The post Absurd Creature of the Week: Silly Caterpillar, You Shouldn’t Be Devouring Snails Alive appeared first on WIRED.
For the first time in history, a genetically modified organism is declared safe to eat. It's a salmon.
The post In a First, the FDA Clears Genetically Modified Salmon for Eating—It Just Took 20 Years appeared first on WIRED.