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WIRED Book of the Month: *The Memory Police* by Yoko Ogawa
Published 25 years ago in Japan, Yoko Ogawa's spare, affecting novel was just released in English—and speaks uncannily to the age of the internet.
When Yoko Ogawa's novel The Memory Police first came out in Japan, there was barely any internet in the country. It was 1994, and public networks had just come online the year before; less than 2 percent of the country's population had email addresses. A shor… [+7187 chars]
A History of Plans to Nuke Hurricanes (and Other Stuff Too)
If you think dropping a nuclear bomb into the eye of a hurricane is a bad idea, wait'll you see what they had in mind for the polar ice caps.
Sunday night, Axioss Jonathan Swan broke news that Donald Trumpamong his many often random musingsappears to have considered one of the worst-but-most-persistent ideas in public policy: Nuking hurricanes. The idea has evidently surfaced multiple times in the… [+10255 chars]
Storm chasers are searching the clouds for the key to climate change
Clouds are complex, elusive, and the greatest source of uncertainty about how hot the Earth will get in response to carbon dioxide. Meet the scientists who try to catch them.
Flying low along a mountain ridge in central Argentina, Clayton Eveland slaloms right and left, steering the plane through one cloud after another, each one turning the cockpit windshield briefly white. Reaching the end of the range, he wheels around and take… [+36035 chars]
Poll: Slightly Over Half of People in the UK Want to Get Us All Killed by Aliens, Probably
Slightly over half of people in the UK believe that if the Earth received communications from an extraterrestrial, then the human species should collectively act like huge dumbasses and respond, according to a University of Oxford poll cited by Sky News on Tu…
Slightly over half of people in the UK believe that if the Earth received communications from an extraterrestrial, then the human species should collectively act like huge dumbasses and respond, according to a University of Oxford poll cited by Sky News on Tu… [+4444 chars]
Real racism problem lies with football authorities - Kompany
The lack of diversity in football organisations is part of the problem in tackling racism, says former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.
Kompany and Lukaku helped Belgium reach the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia The lack of diversity in football organisations is part of the problem in tackling racism, says former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany. Kompany made the point af… [+1416 chars]
Brazil sends army to tackle Amazon fires
President Jair Bolsonaro orders soldiers to be sent to the region, after pressure from EU leaders.
Media captionMembers of Brazil's indigenous Mura tribe vow to defend their land Brazil's president has ordered the armed forces to help fight a record number of forest fires in the Amazon. A decree issued by President Jair Bolsonaro authorises the deploymen… [+2865 chars]
Amazon rainforest fires: Ten readers' questions answered
You had many questions about the fires burning through the Amazon. Here are some of the answers.
Image copyrightReutersImage caption Inpe said it had detected more than 72,000 fires so far this year Swathes of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil are burning at a record rate. On Monday, the sky in São Paulo blackened due to smoke drifting from the fires 2… [+10141 chars]
World's longest cruise sets sail from London
Viking Cruises has just launched its "Ultimate World Cruise" -- a 245-day luxury journey aimed at setting the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous passenger cruise.
Karla Cripps, CNNPublished 2nd September 2019 (CNN) It's the stuff of travel dreams -- or nightmares depending on how prone you are to sea sickness. Viking Cruises has just launched its "Ultimate World Cruise" -- a 245-day luxury journey aimed at setting t… [+2675 chars]
Johnson to tell EU's Tusk UK won't pay £39 billion under no-deal Brexit: Sky News
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to tell European Council head Donald Tusk that the UK will only pay 9 billion pounds ($11 billion) instead of the 39 billion pound ($47.88 billion) liability agreed by former Prime Minister Theresa May under a …
(Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to tell European Council head Donald Tusk that the UK will only pay 9 billion pounds ($11 billion) instead of the 39 billion pound ($47.88 billion) liability agreed by former Prime Minister Theresa … [+791 chars]
new "Motion Mode" and Night Sight improvements rumored for Google Pixel 4
New mode should allow you to make more action-y photos with the upcoming model. What you need to know 9to5Google is reporting some new camera improvements for the Pixel 4. A new "Motion Mode" will allow blurred backgrounds and moving subjects. Night Sight is …
October isn't here yet, and the rumor mill keeps flowing. Today's report out of 9to5Google claims via a reliable source that the Google Pixel 4 will have a new "Motion Mode" for dynamic action shots that will feature moving subjects and blurred backgrounds, s… [+944 chars]
6 interesting new phones you have to see now - CNET
From phones that bend and flip to devices stacked with cameras. Here are the best newly launched phones.
Love it or hate it, the Galaxy Fold is worth knowing about. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Most phones in the world won't land in your pocket, but there are some standouts that are worth knowing about either way. After all, over 3 billion people own smartphones around … [+6237 chars]
Apple Arcade: All 49 games announced so far - CNET
Apple's game service will bring over 100 games, for $5 a month.
The Pathless, from Annapurna Interactive, is among the games you can play on Apple Arcade. Apple This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters. Apple firmly staked its claim in the gaming world on Tuesday w… [+15758 chars]
55 photos that capture the beauty of the world from the air
Using drones and helicopters, photographers all over the world are capturing beautiful scenery from the sky. Natural landscapes like oceans, trees, volcanoes, and deserts have all been photographed from the air. News events, like Princess Diana's memorial and…
Sometimes you need a different perspective, and aerial photographers understand that better than anyone. These photographers capture everyday moments from the sky, creating some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring images. Everything from nature to infr… [+200 chars]
Photos show the history of the Boeing 737, from the early days to the grounding of the 737 Max
The Boeing 737 was first imagined in 1964, and made its maiden voyage in 1967. In the 55 years since, more than 10 variants of the 737 have flown, and it's become the best-selling commercial airplane of all-time. Following two fatal crashes of the latest mode…
The Boeing 737 has been in the news a lot lately, since two fatal crashes involving the latest model of the plane, the 737 Max. But even though the Max has been grounded for six months, as Boeing works to fix a dangerous flaw in the troubled jet, the sky h… [+1449 chars]
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have hired a social media guru to help them 'conquer the world' through Instagram
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have hired a social guru to help them "conquer the world" through Instagram. David Watkins, who was previously in charge of social media for Burberry, is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new Digital Communications Lead. He has b…
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle haven't had the easiest time on social media lately. Their Instagram account, Sussex Royal, received huge praise when it was created back in April. But since then, the couple have come under scrutiny for the way they handle t… [+3881 chars]
17 surprising things you never knew about 'Breaking Bad'
AMC's "Breaking Bad" is a hit TV series that continues to be popular with fans. Love for the show has resurfaced since the announcement of the upcoming film sequel, "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie," which will debut on Netflix on October 11. From how the sho…
It wasn't just the show that saw benefits from choosing New Mexico as the shooting location. The city itself saw dividends that are paying out to this day. The show's now-infamous shooting locations also continue to be a major draw for tourists from all ov… [+896 chars]
The Instagram influencer who was called out for adding the same fake clouds to all her photos has been asked to work with a photo editing company to create a new 'cloud pack'
Instagram influencer Tupi Saravia might be working with a photo editing company to create more cloud editing patterns on the app, according to Buzzfeed News. Saravia went viral in August after people noticed she added the same clouds to many of her photos. Sa…
Rafael Nadal says he texted his friend Andy Murray to see if he wanted to use his yacht while competing in Mallorca
Rafael Nadal says he offered his friend Andy Murray the use of his boat to help him relax as the Scot continues his road back from hip surgery in Mallorca. Murray is currently playing in the Rafa Nadal Open in Spain, whilst Nadal is competing at the US Open. …
Rafael Nadal says he offered Andy Murray the use of his yacht to relax while the Scotsman continues his road back from injury. Murray is currently competing in the Rafa Nadal Open in Mallorca, which is only his third singles tournament of the year after un… [+2276 chars]
Prince Harry says flying by private jet was 'a unique circumstance' to ensure Meghan and Archie were safe
Prince Harry said he flew by private jet to keep Meghan and Archie safe. The Duke of Sussex was criticized for reportedly flying privately three times throughout the month of August, however the royal says it was "a unique circumstance." Actor Jameela Jamil r…
The Duke of Sussex has defended flying by private jet, saying it was "a unique circumstance" to keep Meghan Markle and baby Archie safe. Prince Harry and Markle reportedly flew private three times throughout the month of August, while at the same time urgi… [+2687 chars]
Germany’s far-right party has drawn controversial comparisons to Nazis and they’re forcing the country to reconsider how it deals with the Holocaust
Since the far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD) swept into federal and state parliament on a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment two years ago, the birthplace of Nazism has had to contend with a political party that tolerates Holocaust denialism, nationa…
BERLIN, Germany — Since the far-right Alternative for Germany party swept into federal and state parliament on a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment two years ago, the birthplace of Nazism has had to contend with a political party that tolerates Holocaust denial… [+10121 chars]