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what rick gates' guilty plea means for mueller’s probe

today’s guilty plea by rick gates might be one of the least surprising developments in the mueller investigation: it had been clear that the former trump campaign aide would likely seek a deal almost since the day gates and his business partner and former trump campaign chairman paul manafort were indicted in october, and we’ve seen reports for weeks that negotiations between mueller and gates have been underway.the move does, though, apply new pressure to manafort, who will now face in court not just the bank records that originally led to his indictment but also testimony from his former close associate and accomplice in the money-laundering scheme that allegedly involved upward of $60 million. when it comes to manafort, gates—who w...




the struggle to predict—and prevent—toxic masculinity

the struggle to predict—and prevent—toxic masculinitysign insubscribesearchsign inphotovideobackchannelmagazinewired insiderget our newsletterwired’s biggest stories delivered to your inbox.submitauthor: adam rogersadam rogersscience02.23.1803:04 pmthe struggle to predict—and prevent—toxic masculinityhow can we know which delinquent boys will turn into men who criminally disregard others' rights?hélène desplechin/getty imagessharesharetweetcommentemailauthor: adam rogersadam rogersscience02.23.1803:04 pmthe struggle to predict—and prevent—toxic masculinityhow can we know which delinquent boys will turn into men who criminally disregard others' rights?hélène desplechin/getty imagesterrie moffitt has been trying to figure ou...




the doomsday l train shutdown just might save new york city

like y2k and the mayan prophecies concerning december 21, 2012, the apocalypse heading for new york city comes with that “mark it on your calendar” feature you just don’t get from surprise nuclear attack. here, the end-of-the-world date in question is april 2019, when one of the key linkages between manhattan and brooklyn will shut down.in 2012, superstorm sandy flooded the the 92-year-old canarsie tunnel, which takes straphangers under the east river, with 7 million gallons of seawater. so, in just over a year, the stretch of the l subway train that runs from the west side of manhattan, along 14th st, and through the tunnel into brooklyn will go on a 15-month hiatus. a full shutdown, the metropolitan transportation authority says, is ...




what rick gates' guilty plea means for mueller’s probe

today’s guilty plea by rick gates might be one of the least surprising developments in the mueller investigation: it had been clear that the former trump campaign aide would likely seek a deal almost since the day gates and his business partner and former trump campaign chairman paul manafort were indicted in october, and we’ve seen reports for weeks that negotiations between mueller and gates have been underway.the move does, though, apply new pressure to manafort, who will now face in court not just the bank records that originally led to his indictment but also testimony from his former close associate and accomplice in the money-laundering scheme that allegedly involved upward of $60 million. when it comes to manafort, gates—who w...




grab sweet outdoor gear deals: proof, nomad, black diamond, lthr

the worst part about the end of february? we've had months and months of winter, with more grimly cold and slushy weather to come. but the best part about february is that boutique outdoor retailers like huckberry are now putting a ton of cold-weather gear on sale, while you still have plenty of wet, chilly, or windy weather to enjoy it. here are our picks from huckberry's winter clearance sale.proof nomad pant$73 at huckberry ($25 off)once upon a time, you had to buy pants for working and pants for playing. now you don't! the nomad pants have four-way stretch, repel stains, and is bluesign-approved for environmentally-friendly production practices. they're also designed in san francisco.malvaux number 1 knife$215 at huckberry ($35 off)y...




beware this incredibly silly—but still effective—tax scam

it's almost tax day, which also means it's peak tax fraud season. the internal revenue service has played some epic games of cat-and-mouse with phone and online scammers over the past 10 years, but the latest scamming trend for 2018 has a particularly devious twist.here's how it works: attackers use a taxpayer's stolen identity information to fraudulently file their returns for a refund. they allow that refund to direct deposit into the victim's actual bank account. then the real fun starts. the scammers—posing as the irs—call the victim, demanding that they return the wrongfully allocated refunds. since the victim presumably hasn't yet filed their own taxes, it's easy for them to assume a mistake was made—and send their money t...




gadget lab podcast: a deep dive on apple's homepod

we discuss the good and bad points about the homep...




facebook's mandatory anti-malware scan is invasive and lacks transparency

when an oregon science fiction writer named charity tried to log onto facebook on february 11, she found herself completely locked out of her account. a message appeared saying she needed to download facebook’s malware scanner if she wanted to get back in. charity couldn’t use facebook until she completed the scan, but the file the company provided was for a windows device—charity uses a mac.“i could not actually run the software they were demanding i download and use,” she says. when she tried instead to log in from her computer at work, facebook greeted her with the same roadblock. “obviously there is no way for facebook to know if my device is infected with anything, since this same message appeared on any computer i tried to ...




what rick gates' guilty plea means for mueller’s probe

today’s guilty plea by rick gates might be one of the least surprising developments in the mueller investigation: it had been clear that the former trump campaign aide would likely seek a deal almost since the day gates and his business partner and former trump campaign chairman paul manafort were indicted in october, and we’ve seen reports for weeks that negotiations between mueller and gates have been underway.the move does, though, apply new pressure to manafort, who will now face in court not just the bank records that originally led to his indictment but also testimony from his former close associate and accomplice in the money-laundering scheme that allegedly involved upward of $60 million. when it comes to manafort, gates—who w...




the struggle to predict—and prevent—toxic masculinity

the struggle to predict—and prevent—toxic masculinitysign insubscribesearchsign inphotovideobackchannelmagazinewired insiderget our newsletterwired’s biggest stories delivered to your inbox.submitauthor: adam rogersadam rogersscience02.23.1803:04 pmthe struggle to predict—and prevent—toxic masculinityhow can we know which delinquent boys will turn into men who criminally disregard others' rights?hélène desplechin/getty imagessharesharetweetcommentemailauthor: adam rogersadam rogersscience02.23.1803:04 pmthe struggle to predict—and prevent—toxic masculinityhow can we know which delinquent boys will turn into men who criminally disregard others' rights?hélène desplechin/getty imagesterrie moffitt has been trying to figure ou...




inside the panoptic studio, the dome that could give robots super-senses

inside the panoptic studio, the dome that could give robots super-sensessign insubscribesearchsign inphotovideobackchannelmagazinewired insiderget our newsletterwired’s biggest stories delivered to your inbox.submitauthor: matt simonmatt simonscience02.22.1809:00 aminside the panoptic studio, the dome that could give robots super-sensessharesharetweetcommentemailauthor: matt simonmatt simonscience02.22.1809:00 aminside the panoptic studio, the dome that could give robots super-sensesin a chilly basement room at carnegie mellon university sits a giant dome that looks like part physics experiment, part that chamber darth vader kicks back in. wires and electronic boxes stud the walls, which curve nearly 14 feet in the air. but this space was...




there's no one way to explain how flying works

there's no one way to explain how flying workssign insubscribesearchsign inphotovideobackchannelmagazinewired insiderget our newsletterwired’s biggest stories delivered to your inbox.submitauthor: rhett allainrhett allainscience02.22.1810:00 amthere's no one way to explain how flying workssharesharetweetcommentemailauthor: rhett allainrhett allainscience02.22.1810:00 amthere's no one way to explain how flying workslet's be clear—airplanes are complicated. sure, it's entirely possible to get a piece of paper and fold it in a particular way so that it flies. but the physics of flight isn't trivial. it's even harder to give an explanation of the forces on a flying aircraft in a short video—which is what i did with my recent wired v...




'annihilation' review: a thrilling, terrifying surrealist trip

something strange is happening in science fiction. mutating flowers. people with eels for intestines. crocodile-shark hybrids, part-plant deer, and moaning skull-faced boar-bears. (oh my.) such are the flora and fauna of what's now being called, rather neatly, the new weird, the genre's version of the grotesque—though it's only "new" in the sense that it's finally rupturing, like miraculous sidewalk weeds, up through the literary cracks. that's thanks, in very large part, to a very small book called annihilation.when it came out in 2014, the first in a three-part series, many people professed to love it. perhaps a few of them genuinely did. it was never, however, a book to love; in 195 pages, jeff vandermeer transcribed a complete nig...




how trump conquered facebook without russian ads

it’s not every day that a former work colleague gets retweeted by the president of the united states.last friday, rob goldman, a vice president inside facebook’s ads team, rather ill-advisedly published a series of tweets that seemed to confirm the trump administration’s allegations regarding the recent indictments of 13 russian nationals by special counsel robert mueller. to wit, the tweets said that the online advertising campaign led by the shadowy internet research agency was meant to divide the american people, not influence the 2016 election.antonio garcía martínez (@antoniogm) is an ideas contributor for wired. before turning to writing, he dropped out of a doctoral program in physics to work on goldman sachs’ credit trading...




gothamist, laist, and dcist will return, thanks to a boost from public radio

after billionaire joe ricketts announced the shuttering of local news organizations gothamist and dnainfo last fall, readers across the country mourned the loss of the beloved sites, and worried about the vulnerability of journalism in the digital age.now, a consortium of public radio stations, including wnyc in new york, wamu in washington dc, and kpcc in southern california, has banded together to bring some of those sites back from the dead. the three stations are acquiring the assets of gothamist and some of its associated sites, including laist, dcist, and dnainfo. the deal was spearheaded by gothamist founders jake dobkin and jen chung, and is being funded by two anonymous donors who have contributed an undisclosed sum to acquire th...




university of washington researchers can wirelessly charge a phone using lasers

having to plug your phone in every night probably bums you out. near-field wireless chargers like the ones samsung sells are cool, but short-range. like, the phone has to be sitting on the plate, at which point, you could just plug it in. and while some science is out there that says devices might be able to harvest electricity from ambient wi-fi, that just doesn't provide enough power.one possible solution? here is a hint: pew pew!a team of electrical engineers at the university of washington are suggesting that, yes, the solution to all your charging problems is lasers. "you could build a phone case that had the receiver integrated into it, and then buy the laser setup," says vikram iyer, the lead author of a paper the team wrote about ...




permafrost experiments mimic alaska’s climate-changed future

permafrost experiments mimic alaska’s climate-changed futuresign insubscribesearchsign inphotovideobackchannelmagazinewired insiderget our newsletterwired’s biggest stories delivered to your inbox.submitauthor: j. madeleine nashj. madeleine nashscience02.22.1807:00 ampermafrost experiments mimic alaska’s climate-changed futuresteven miley/getty imagessharesharetweetcommentemailauthor: j. madeleine nashj. madeleine nashscience02.22.1807:00 ampermafrost experiments mimic alaska’s climate-changed futuresteven miley/getty imagesthis story originally appeared on high country news and is part of the climate desk collaboration.struggling to keep my balance, i teeter along a narrow plankway that wends through the rolling foothills near d...




the security command center protecting the winter olympics

it’s a sunday during the winter olympic games in south korea, at one in the afternoon—at least in this simulation. the us security forces in charge of protecting team usa receive word of an explosion outside the main entrance of the hockey arena, where teams have been battling for gold.“fans begin to panic, resulting in a stampede,” says donald grinder, a crisis management expert with the state department’s foreign service institute. his first question to the room full of special agents, analysts, and intelligence experts goes to mark woods-hawkins, deputy olympic security coordinator at the diplomatic security service: how do you start gathering the information the team will need to address the unfolding crisis?“we’ll first re...




'annihilation' review: a thrilling, terrifying surrealist trip

something strange is happening in science fiction. mutating flowers. people with eels for intestines. crocodile-shark hybrids, part-plant deer, and moaning skull-faced boar-bears. (oh my.) such are the flora and fauna of what's now being called, rather neatly, the new weird, the genre's version of the grotesque—though it's only "new" in the sense that it's finally rupturing, like miraculous sidewalk weeds, up through the literary cracks. that's thanks, in very large part, to a very small book called annihilation.when it came out in 2014, the first in a three-part series, many people professed to love it. perhaps a few of them genuinely did. it was never, however, a book to love; in 195 pages, jeff vandermeer transcribed a complete nig...




this startup is challenging mechanical turk—on the blockchain

the promise of the gig economy—that it would empower workers to be their own bosses, liberate them from tyrannical office culture, and let creative types chase their dreams while maintaining a side hustle—is wearing thin. on-demand startups like uber and postmates have spawned countless lawsuits from workers claiming they’ve been misclassified and underpaid, while platforms like amazon mechanical turk have become infamous for pocketing 20 percent fees on microtasks that pay an average wage of $2 per hour. now, two entrepreneurial brothers think they can rehabilitate a corner of the gig economy with blockchain technology—and they’ve just raised just over $60 million to do so.gems is the brainchild of rory and kieran o’reilly, brot...