Michael Dee Tressler

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WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

You Built What?!: A Tesla Coil Gun That Produces Foot-Long Sparks

Modeled after a Nerf gun--but with 200,000 volts under the hood<p>While browsing a bookstore near his home in Seattle last year, Rob Flickenger came across a graphic novel titled <i>The Five Fists of Science</i>. The story portrays inventor Nikola Tesla as a crime fighter who battles his enemies with a pair …

New transistors offer high output at low voltage

A new type of transistor could pave the way for fast computing devices that would use very low energy, including smart sensor networks and implanted …

Noble gas molecule found in remains of exploded star

Astronomers have discovered a molecule in space that contains a noble gas. Until now, scientists thought such compounds only existed on Earth.<p>The …

How Facebook's New Machine Brain Will Learn All About You From Your Photos

Facebook poaches an NYU machine learning star to start a new AI lab that may very well end up knowing more about your social life than you do.<p>Facebook users upload 350 million photos onto the social network every day, far beyond the ability of human beings to comprehensively look at, much less …

When is the next meteor shower?

No major meteor showers are predicted until the Lyrid shower, peaking on the morning of April 23, 2015. Between now and then … fireball season!<p>After …

Long-lasting greenhouse gas breaks all the records

A newly identified greenhouse gas shatters all other records for the chemical’s potential to contribute to climate change.<p>Perfluorotributylamine …

China's lunar rover Jade Rabbit lands on the moon – video

Footage released by Chinese state media shows China's unmanned Chang'e 3 lander as it touches down on the moon on Saturday. The lander carries a six-wheeled lunar rover called Jade Rabbit which will explore the moon for three months. It is the first soft landing of a probe on the moon in nearly 40 …

Where's The Best Of What's New?

<b>We're still adapting our Best of What's New pages from prior to 2014--thanks for your patience!</b><p><b>Until then, take a look at our 2014 BOWN winners.</b>

The FDA will take a closer look at the safety of antibacterial soaps

Millions of Americans rely on soaps and body washes labeled "antibacterial" or "antimicrobial" to kill germs and prevent illnesses. But the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) isn't convinced that the products do what they claim — and says they might pose longterm health risks that outweigh any …

Icy Europa May Have First Evidence For Active Plate Tectonics on an Alien World

SAN FRANCISCO – Scientists may have spotted the first evidence for active plate tectonics on another world. Jupiter's moon Europa is covered in an …

How to Purify Water With Fruit Peels | WIRED

The peel: future compost that gets between you and your fruit. But one scientist is set on transforming this annoyance into a valuable resource. …

Water May Be Flowing On Mars Right Now

Curiosity has uncovered ancient, once-wet lakebeds, but there might be some active streams, too.<p>The intrepid Mars rover Curiosity has already confirmed that water once flowed on Mars, but that it's long since dried up. Still, that doesn't mean there's not flowing water now, too.<p>NASA data has long …

My friend gave me a bitcoin. Now what?

Use this crypto-currency to fund ambitious projects<p>So you've got yourself a bitcoin. Congratulations! Its value was hovering around $100 at press time. But what can you do with your newly acquired digital riches? Quite a lot, as it turns out—especially if you have a penchant for projects.<p>More and …

The Big Bang May Not Have Spawned The Universe After All

Our universe might actually be the result of the collapse of a four-dimensional star.<p>According to a new paper posted on Arxiv, the Big Bang may not have been what we think it is. In fact, there may have been no Big Bang at all--our universe may have come from an entirely different source.<p>The Big …

Long-range forecast: sunny spell will wipe out life on Earth

If the end of the summer, the short, cold days, and party conference season were not enough to bring on the gloom, scientists have calculated when life on Earth must come to an end.<p>In a report that manufacturers of diaries may wish to note, researchers worked out when the sun will grow so warm that …