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Brendan I. Koerner

contributing editor

Brendan I. Koerner (@brendankoerner) is a contributing editor at WIRED and the author, most recently, of The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking.

The Loneliness of the Junior College Esports Coach

He tried to save his wife through the video game they loved—and nearly lost himself. Then he signed up to lead a fledgling team of gamers in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Blood, Lies, and a Drug Trials Lab Gone Bad

The system for testing pharmaceuticals in the US relies on contractors adhering to strict guidelines. But one of them chose profits over protocols.

One Man’s Amazing Journey to the Center of the Bowling Ball

Mo Pinel spent a career reshaping the ball’s inner core to harness the power of physics. He revolutionized the sport—and spared no critics along the way.

A Poker Pro Accused of Cheating Wants $330M in Damages

Mike Postle claims he was the victim of an elaborate online campaign to tar him as a fraud—and he's suing a dozen defendants.

The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart

Mike Postle was on an epic winning streak at a California casino. Veronica Brill thought he had to be playing dirty. Let the chips fall where they may.

During Lockdown, Google Maps Gives My Son a Way Out

From our kitchen in Queens, he had created a paracosm—a fantasyland. And his journey has led him not to Mordor but to minor-league baseball stadiums.

The Bird 'Snarge' Menacing Air Travel

When winged wildlife slams into aircraft, disasters can happen. Inside the world of bird-strike countermeasures, where “snarge” is the enemy.

Inside Minnesota’s Risky Plan to Deradicalize ISIS Recruits

In Minneapolis, one judge is hoping that a controversial new program can reform homegrown ISIS recruits back into normal young Americans.

Why ISIS Is Winning the Social Media War

Never before in history have terrorists had such easy access to the minds and eyeballs of millions.

The Strange Life and Mysterious Death of a Virtuoso Coder

Jerold Haas was on the brink of blockchain riches. Then his body was found in the woods of southern Ohio.

How Cities Reshape the Evolutionary Path of Urban Wildlife

If researchers can figure out how pigeons and rats evolve to thrive in hostile city habitats, it could help other beasts—including us—adapt to climate change.

Notorious Swatter Hit With 46 New Charges. He May Plead Guilty

Prosecutors in California have filed 46 new counts against Tyler Barriss for bomb threats, fraud, and swatting incidents nationwide. He’s angling to get the case transferred to Kansas and intends to plead guilty.

Forging a Relationship With the Internet’s Most Hated Swatter

A journalist strikes up a jail-cell correspondence with a man charged with instigating a fatal shooting. “Only by peering into the abyss of human malice can we divine how we can muster the strength to forgive the truly lost," he writes.

It Started as an Online Gaming Prank. Then It Turned Deadly

A $1.50 wager on a Call of Duty match led to a fake 911 call reporting a violent hostage situation in Wichita. Here’s how it all went horribly awry.

The Teens Who Hacked a Videogame Empire—And Went Too Far

Among those involved in David Pokora's so-called Xbox Underground, one would become an informant, one would become a fugitive, and one would end up dead.

The Supersonic Parachutes Carrying NASA's Martian Dreams

A new generation of space scientists is using high tech materials to resurrect the long-neglected supersonic parachute.

The Inside Story of the Great Silicon Heist

The tech economy runs on highly purified polysilicon. It’s pricey and difficult to trace. Two Alabama factory workers found it surprisingly easy to steal.

This Russian Hacker Makes Millions Targeting Slot Machines

This Russian mathematician-turned-hacker has cracked slot machines worldwide. His secret: seeing through pseudo-random numbers.

Russians Engineer a Brilliant Slot Machine Cheat---And Casinos Have No Fix

Digging through slot machine source code helped a St. Petersburg-based syndicate make off with millions.

7 Vehicles—and Fellow Passengers—of the Future

Better methods of travel will emerge soon. But no matter the vehicle’s greatness, you’ll still have to battle seatmates for total armrest domination.