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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.

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.

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.

The Unwritten Laws of Physics for Black Women

I just wanted to be a scientist, not a trailblazer. But in my field, people like me are anomalies—and we face constant scrutiny for our race and gender.

Volodymyr Zelensky on War, Technology, and the Future of Ukraine

In a one-on-one interview with WIRED, the embattled president expresses clarity amidst the chaos.
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.
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.
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.
It's a Metathor

The Multifarious Multiplexity of Taika Waititi

He makes big movies and little movies, funny movies and sad movies—but mostly big-little funny-sad movies. Waititi is a bundle of contradictions.
Ideas

The ‘Form’ Element Created the Modern Web. Was It a Big Mistake?

A little HTML widget gave us all-powerful Amazon and Facebook. There's no closing Pandora's text box now.
Things They Carried

‘How Are They Weapons? That’s Only a Flashlight!’

During the protests in Hong Kong, young people carried laser pointers, umbrellas, and plastic ties—objects that sometimes led to their arrest, and years of legal limbo.
Ideas

Volodymyr Zelensky and the Art of the War Story

Video dispatches from the Ukrainian president skillfully dissolve Putin’s delusions. We would all do well to listen.
War Games

The US Military Is Building Its Own Metaverse

Defense tech companies have latched on to the metaverse hype—but what they’re building will be a far cry from Meta’s virtual world.
Next!

Bill Gates Is So Over This Pandemic

The acerbic optimist thinks anxious people (like me) need to move on from Covid and start planning for the next vicious pathogen.
Cloud Support

Can Social Media Be Redeemed?

WIRED’s spiritual advice columnist on Jack Dorsey’s remorse for his role in creating a centralized internet and what it signals for the rest of us.
just dao it

Paradise at the Crypto Arcade: Inside the Web3 Revolution

The new movement wants to free us from Big Tech and exploitative capitalism—using only the blockchain, game theory, and code. What could possibly go wrong?
#sheinhaul

Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control: Inside Shein’s Sudden Rise

The Chinese company has become a fast-fashion juggernaut by appealing to budget-conscious Gen Zers. But its ultralow prices are hiding unacceptable costs.
Ideas

With the Clock Running Out, Humans Need to Rethink Time Itself

Time is political by nature—governing everything from election cycles to environmental policies. Could reconfiguring the hours restore humanity's hope for the future?
power down

Broken Charging Stations Could Be Stalling the EV Movement

Range anxiety is bad enough. But even when they find a station, drivers often have to deal with broken equipment. 
Dirty Computers

Welcome to Janelle Monáe’s Dreamworld

In her new book, the artist and Afrofuturist icon conjures an apocalyptic—and hopeful—vision of the future.
Cloud Support

Do I Really Need to Back Up All My Data?

WIRED’s spiritual advice columnist on external hard drives and the value of digitized memories.
Ideas

The Intoxicating Pleasure of Conspiratorial Thinking

What a remorseful January 6 insurrectionist taught me about why we believe.