ScienceThe current world record for solving a Rubik's cube is 3.47 seconds. Could it be faster? WIRED's Robbie Gonzalez explores the mind-boggling math and finger-twisting world of speed cubing.
CultureASMR, Slime, and other Oddly Satisfying videos are enormously popular online, but we know surprisingly little about the body's responses that keep us wanting -- and watching -- more. WIRED's Louise Matsakis spoke with psychologist and neuroscientist Nick Davis, who co-authored one of the first studies about ASMR.
ScienceDogs can smell explosives like landmines, and detect medical conditions including seizures, diabetes, and many forms of cancer -- with up to 98% accuracy. Inventor Andreas Mershin wants to replicate that -- and put a nose in every cell phone. WIRED's Emily Dreyfuss spoke with Mershin to find out why that's easier said than done, and to learn what building a robotic nose has taught us about smell.
ScienceSome of the world's best scientists are running drills to practice for a near earth object collision. WIRED's Robbie Gonzalez spoke with Cathy Plesko from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, to find out how we would respond to an incoming collision. Would nuclear detonations work? What does a "City Killer" look like? Would impact in the water be worse than impact on land? Find out more from Plesko.
CultureIn a discussion that covers ethics in technology, hacking humans, free will, and how to avoid potential dystopian scenarios, historian and philosopher Yuval Noah Harari speaks with Fei-Fei Li, renowned computer scientist and Co-Director of Stanford University's Human-Centered AI Institute -- in a conversation moderated by Nicholas Thompson, WIRED's Editor-in-Chief.
ScienceIn 2020 climbing will be an official Olympic sport with three events -- lead, bouldering and speed climbing. The fastest time up the standard 15 meter speed wall is 5.48 seconds. Could it be faster? WIRED's Robbie Gonzalez climbs with junior champion Jordan Fishman and professional climber Alex Honnold to find out.
ScienceNASA's Scott Kelly spent a year on board the International Space Station to test the effects of space travel on his body, while his identical twin and fellow astronaut Mark Kelly remained on earth. WIRED's Robbie Gonzalez speaks with Dr. Francine Garrett-Bakelman, lead author of "The NASA Twins Study: A multidimensional analysis of a year-long human spaceflight," to hear about the groundbreaking results of their study and to find out what it means for the future of human spaceflight.
ScienceScientists captured and released the first-ever picture of a black hole. WIRED's Deputy Science Editor Adam Rogers spoke with Harvard's Michael Johnson and Andrew Chael, two of the members of the research team, to find out what the achievement means for science.
DesignThe Weather Channel used mixed reality to show how climate change-related flooding will impact Charleston in the year 2100.
ScienceThe very best basketball free throw shooters can sink the ball about 90 percent of the time. What would it take to get to 95 percent? WIRED's Robbie Gonzalez steps up to the foul line with top shooter Steve Nash to find out.
CultureIn this episode of Tech Effects, we explore the impact of music on the brain and body. From listening to music to performing it, WIRED's Peter Rubin looks at how music can change our moods, why we get the chills, and how it can actually change pathways in our brains.
ScienceAstronaut Chris Hadfield reflects on 13 important moments from his life and career, from learning to fly to being blinded temporarily in space to recording his famous cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
ScienceFor decades hula hoopers have been competing to see who can whirl the greatest number of hoops. The world record is currently 200 hoops, but could it go up? WIRED's Robbie Gonzalez examines the science and skills behind the spin.