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Yesterday β€” January 18th 2021Wired

How to Bust Your Spotify Feedback Loop and Find New Music

By Victoria Turk, WIRED UK
Does the algorithm know you too well? Here’s how to shake up your recommendations for a more varied listening experience.

The 7 Best Drones for Every Budget

By Scott Gilbertson
Whether you want to battle Star Wars spaceships or shoot a cinematic masterpiece, one of these picks is going to be perfect for you.

It’s Not Just You: Everyone’s Mental Health Is Suffering

By Eric Ravenscraft
If you’re thinking, β€œOh, I just need to suck it up,” stop. What you’re feeling is real. Here’s how to cope.

The Autonomous Saildrone Surveyor Preps for Its Sea Voyage

By Eric Niiler
The robo-vessel will map the ocean floor, and its solar-powered sensors will sample fish DNA and collect climate data.

What You Lose When You Turn Into an Animal

By Jason Kehe
In Pixar’s new film, Soul, the protagonist wakes up in the body of a cat. It’s a common enough tropeβ€”but it gets messier the more you think about it.

Why Do Exploding Barrels Make Video Games So Much More Fun?

By Jeremy Signor
Elemental reactions, like shooting a dynamite-filled barrel or using an ice spell to cross a stream, are an important way for designers to bring worlds to life.

Covid, Schools, and the High-Stakes Experiment No One Wanted

By Sandra Upson
Reopening in the fall was a massive gamble. At one high-poverty elementary school, navigating the risks paid off.

Trump’s Worst, Most Bizarre Statements About β€˜the Cyber’

By Andy Greenberg
Over the course of his presidency, he managed to be consistently wrong, outrageous, and dangerous in equal measure. We look back at his most notorious remarks.

Virgin Orbit Just Launched a Rocket From a 747

By Daniel Oberhaus
Launching rockets from planes is a decades-old concept that never really took off. Billionaire Richard Branson thinks its time has come.
Before yesterdayWired

17 Bags, Backpacks, Cubes, and Straps to Protect Your Camera

By Julian Chokkattu, Gear Team
There are dozens of ways to tote around your photo and video gear. We’ve reviewed our favorites.

The US Government Needs to Invest in Digital Design

By Ro Khanna , Shaun Modi
Our nation’s failure to invest in information technology has severely limited our Covid response. A federal chief experience officer could change that.

The Crooked, Complex Geometry of Round Trips

By Patrick Honner
Imagine if we lived on a cube-shaped Earth. How would you find the shortest path around the world?

Want to Write a Book This Year? These Tools Can Help

By Harry Guinness
We spoke to two award-winning authors for their tips on how to make it from start to finish. Here's how they take notes, organize chapters, andβ€”yesβ€”get comfy.

Share Streaming Accounts? Set Up Separate User Profiles

By David Nield
Here's how to keep your recommendations and history at least semi-private. No one needs to know how much Bridgerton you watched.

Former DOD Head: The US Needs a New Plan to Beat China on AI

By Nicholas Thompson
In an interview with WIRED, former secretary of defense Ash Carter discussed how to build morality into AIβ€”and make sure other countries do too.

Climate Change Needs an Operation Warp Speed

By Clive Thompson
If the Covid vaccine push has proved anything, it’s that big government works.

If Covid-19 Did Start With a Lab Leak, Would We Ever Know?

By Roger Pielke Jr.
The two major investigations into the origins of the pandemic are compromised by potential conflicts of interest. Those problems need to be fixedβ€”fast.

The FBI Has Made Over 100 Arrests Related to the Capitol Riot

By Brian Barrett
Plus: A dark web takedown, a bitcoin scam, and more of the week's top security news.

The Physics of Reddit's Spinning Solar System Icon

By Rhett Allain
If the dots on the loading screen were planets, is their motion realistic? And can we actually model it?

DJI's Latest Compact Drone Is a Blast to Fly

By Scott Gilbertson
The Mini 2 is still lightweight yet has enough flying power for some windy conditions, and it comes equipped with a better camera.