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Ideas

The Secret to Being Lucky

Everything happens for no reason.
Ideas

Forget Disruption. Tech Needs to Fetishize Stability

Breaking things is an ethos for the bored, for people who live in reasonable climates and don’t have tanks in the street. That isn’t us anymore.
Fiction

Six-Word Sci-Fi: Stories Written by You

Here's this month's prompt, how to submit, and an illustrated archive of past favorites.
Ground Rules

The Big Business of Burying Carbon

The porous rock beneath the Gulf Coast launched the petroleum age. Now entrepreneurs want to turn it into a gigantic sponge for storing CO2.
Cloud Support

Am I an Idiot for Wanting a Dumber Phone?

WIRED’s spiritual advice columnist offers counsel to a reader overwhelmed by apps, dings, and beeps.
Big Neuropharma

The High-Stakes Race to Engineer New Psychedelic Drugs

As psychedelic therapies for mental health go mainstream, companies are recruiting chemists to create patentable versions of hallucinogens. Critics say it’s all a bad trip.
Space Odyssey

How the Secret ‘Project Galileo’ Gave Rise to the MoonSwatch

Omega and Swatch's timepiece isn't just a hype juggernaut. The collaboration has revolutionized materials, manufacturing, and more.
Instant Messaging

Meet the Lobbyist Next Door

What do a Real Housewife, an Olympic athlete, and a doula have in common? They’re all being paid by an ad-tech startup as influencers—peddling not products but ideologies.
Alternate Historian

Humans Have Always Been Wrong About Humans

The Dawn of Everything fundamentally shifted my view of … everything. I had to meet one of the minds behind its world-tilting revelations.
Non-Player Character

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.
Off the Grid

Here Comes the Sun—to End Civilization

Every so often, our star fires off a plasma bomb in a random direction. Our best hope the next time Earth is in the crosshairs? Capacitors.
Metal Music Machine

This Designer Guitar Is Made From a Bent Sheet of Steel

Meet the Cosmo, an all-metal electric axe with pickups that can be repositioned to create custom sounds.
Uncharted Territory

A Photographer Captures Earth as a Strange New World

Inspired by an 18th-century naturalist, Christopher Edward Rodriguez set out to document our climate-changed planet with fresh eyes.
getting the axe

After Layoffs, Crypto Startups Face a ‘Crucible Moment’

The hard times could be a harbinger for everyone else.
Rapid Test

When Covid Came for Provincetown

In a queer vacation hot spot on Cape Cod, an ad hoc community proved that Americans can stifle large outbreaks—if they want to.
Ideas

The Genre-Transcending Mastery of The Staircase

The true-crime tale lends itself to the fact-fiction danse macabre.
IDEAS

Life Is Great in the Age of No Secrets

It was fun looking at the world as a huge conspiracy theory, but then I realized: There’s no such thing as hidden knowledge. 
Cloud Support

Prediction Engines Are Like Karma: You Get What You Stream

WIRED’s spiritual advice columnist on the virtues of sharing a streaming profile and screwing with algorithms.