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Inside a red-bricked building on the north side of Washington DC, internist Shantanu Nundy rushes from one examining room to the next, trying to see all 30 patients on his schedule. Most days, five of them will need to follow up with some kind of specialist. And odds are they never will. Year-long waits, hundred-mile […]

Climate Change Is Killing Us Right Now

March 20, 2019 | Story | No Comments

This story originally appeared on New Republic and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A young, fit US soldier is marching in a Middle Eastern desert, under a blazing summer sun. He’s wearing insulated clothing and lugging more than 100 pounds of gear, and thus sweating profusely as his body attempts to regulate the heat. But it’s 108 […]

In February 2016, the leaders of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced that they had successfully detected gravitational waves, subtle ripples in the fabric of space-time that had been stirred up by the collision of two black holes. The team held a press conference in Washington to announce the landmark findings. Quanta Magazine About […]

Early on Friday, WarnerMedia announced it was shuttering FilmStruck, its streaming service that traffics exclusively in classic Hollywood and arthouse movies–everything from On the Town to Seven Samurai to Night of the Living Dead. In a statement, the company noted that the FilmStruck was “largely a niche service,” a fact that was actually part of […]

As I understand it, the whole point of cooking a turkey is to take it at some temperature and then increase it to a higher temperature. Sure, maybe there's something about family togetherness in there, but really, Thanksgiving is all about thermal transfer. The USDA recommends a minimum internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). I guess […]

Get Ready for a Schooling in Angular Momentum

March 20, 2019 | Story | No Comments

It's almost always the last topic in the first semester of introductory physics—angular momentum. Best for last, or something? I've used this concept to describe everything from fidget spinners to standing double back flips to the movement of strange interstellar asteroids. But really, what the heck is angular momentum? Let me start with the following […]

Trailers. Casting announcements. Development snarls. Box-office battles. Now that the entertainment world has a news churn to rival cable news, it's impossible to keep tabs on everything. May we introduce, then, The Monitor, Wired’s new twice-weekly round-up of what you might have missed in the hyper-drive-fast world of popular culture. (Yes, we've used the name […]