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You no longer need a long string of characters to access Windows and Office 365. trib.al/NoDkTiy
Sure, an orbital flight without professional astronauts is unorthodox—but it just might work. trib.al/cBPIVjM
Join us right now on Twitter Spaces for a conversation with @kaifulee, @ChenQiufan, and WIRED’s @willknight on the release of #AI2041 and the future of #AI. Start listening here: trib.al/fdbkiZO
iOS, Windows, and Chrome all have zero-day vulnerabilities that hackers are going after. Now that the fixes are here, you need to install them asap. trib.al/3VCRkS4
A research paper that dubs some artificial intelligence models "foundational" is sparking a dispute over the future of the field. trib.al/0bIekHS
The Tour de France legend and anti-doping crusader is building an ultralight ebike that he hopes will be fun as hell to ride—and jumpstart a US carbon-fiber boom. trib.al/sPp8jzq
Human behavior has changed along with the virus and public health measures to contain it. For modelers, it’s a curveball. trib.al/WGD6nYf
Dozens of microchips scattered over the cortical surface might allow researchers to listen in on thousands of neurons at the same time. trib.al/R9Vtaf6
The cybersecurity world’s favorite catchphrase isn’t any one product or system, but a holistic approach to minimizing damage. trib.al/f2TGNrr
You shouldn't mess with some of them—but there are others you should be aware of. trib.al/ZeJb8g5
The tiny optical devices turn up in lane markers, road signs, bike gear and even on the moon, helping us see under low-light conditions. trib.al/vjOgVrB
Voice analysis of a 34-year-old recording proves that Ripper the musk duck “independently evolved” to mimic his human caretakers. trib.al/srrnJoy
Scientists taught an artificial neural network to imitate a biological neuron. The result offers a new way to think about the complexity of brain cells. trib.al/MeEzZmw
According to new documents, officers ask people they stop for their Facebook and Twitter account details, and then feed the data into Palantir. trib.al/pisUsk5
Overfishing, habitat loss, and climate change are driving species collectively known as chondrichthyan fishes toward a global crisis. trib.al/M3EbUUS
Plus: A TrickBot hacker arrest, a Fortinet VPN password leak, and more of the week's top security news. trib.al/FnjzDW0
A spate of studies claim that the disease was circulating in Italy long before the pandemic—but they struggle to support the theory. trib.al/14iPhUp
Catch up on the most important updates from this week. trib.al/AJ1m7uU
The ubiquitous messaging service will add end-to-end encryption to backups, keeping your chats safe no matter whose cloud they're stored in. trib.al/ti1nz9K
This week, we talk about the latest public health directives from the White House. trib.al/O5vUW8a
Using cameras aboard the Hayabusa2 spacecraft, Japanese scientists get a rare, close-up glimpse of a space rock’s structure. trib.al/9DQGtpK
A decade of work helped limit the spread of dangerous pathogens in medical settings. Overcrowding from Covid care is allowing infections to rise again. trib.al/JtzNolh
Last year in Nova Scotia, after 3-year-old Dylan Ehler vanished, online sleuths descended on Facebook groups to help find him. Then they lost their way. trib.al/4aarmab
The new finding underscores the complexity of marine mammals’ social life and cognition. It may also help save the snoopy cetaceans. trib.al/pmE32Iu
The email service says it was unable to appeal a Swiss court’s demand to log the IP address of a French climate advocate. trib.al/XiLEAmS
Even the most extreme internet infrastructure providers have turned their backs on the website for violating their terms of service. trib.al/faHvfcd
The fallout from the company's recent proposal has created a new opportunity to fix how it roots out abusive material across its devices. trib.al/UpkpdvY
Studies have been small and often not great. The best info so far says don’t use it, get vaccinated, and hang in there for the more promising meds being tested. trib.al/vlheVhz
Studies have been small and often not great. The best info so far says don’t use it, get vaccinated, and hang in there for the more promising meds being tested. wired.trib.al/wqrLkwW
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A new study illustrates just how geographically concentrated AI activity has become. trib.al/QOf3Yda
Developing AI is costly and time-consuming. Custom silicon can give companies an edge. trib.al/dmZ8c42
Mathematician Ian Stewart explains the twisty history of combinatorial optimization. trib.al/8mJIF7y
Cutting-edge devices used for quantum experiments have been bulky, finicky, and confined to academic labs—so far. trib.al/oMzvuTV
Ksenia Coffman’s fellow editors have called her a vandal and a McCarthyist. She just wants them to stop glorifying fascists—and start citing better sources. trib.al/DEupUFU
A new study shows how the Vietnam War–era initiative shaped a generation of star physician-researchers—and offers lessons that can be applied today. trib.al/515RjmT
DNA double-strand breaks are associated with cancer and aging. A new study shows neurons can use them to quickly express genes related to learning and memory. trib.al/0AZgrlS
Plus: A spyware ban, a big WhatsApp fine, and more of the week's top security news. trib.al/2XxRMZA
From glasswing butterflies to vanishing octopuses, evolution sometimes paints with colors that aren’t there. trib.al/yBQXWA9
A sustained backlash against a new system to look for child sexual abuse materials on user devices has led the company to hit pause. trib.al/x2FwtFs
Catch up on the most important updates from this week. trib.al/3FbXZvF
Deadly flooding in and around New York City dramatizes the risks to infrastructure that was wasn’t built to handle warmer, wetter climate. trib.al/LjeoGim
Looking forward to Labor Day? So are ruthless gangs of cybercriminals. trib.al/IxjhoTr
Just in case you needed more to worry about, mask-related acne is also breaking out nationwide. Here's how to get it under control. trib.al/3gPkOii
The late evolutionary biologist made a reputation—and enemies—by speaking out against the idea that genes are destiny. Science still needs people like him. trib.al/ihP6cVc
After a first attempt brought up an empty tube, the rover finally cored a sample. trib.al/IW1tfsH
Urban areas soak up the sun’s energy, dramatically raising temperatures. In the hurricane’s aftermath, Louisiana is sweltering without AC. trib.al/mfYAmQW
Hundreds of people are displaying similar behaviors to that of YouTube star Jan Zimmermann. Do they have a disorder or something more mysterious? trib.al/Rs3aht0
Now you can blame the primate brain. And neuroscientists are eager for a deeper look. trib.al/NJyG3zF
Hurricane Ida and California wildfires are two sides of the same coin: On a warmer planet, it’s getting harder to evacuate from extreme events. trib.al/cPqzvTU
Mask guidance continues to change. Here’s what you need to know, depending on who you are, to protect yourself—and, most importantly, others. trib.al/sHxgZ5o
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