Even if you haven't seen this movie, you've seen this movie. The post Enough With the Unoriginal Sci-Fi. Looking at You, Life appeared first on WIRED.
I mean, you could, but you probably wouldn't want to.
A shiny metal body, new gestures and 4K video prove the G5 is still the budget phone king.
If you think Marvel and DC superheroes receive too many reboots, you clearly haven't kept tabs on the Power Rangers TV series. What began as an excuse to reuse costumed-battling footage from the Japanese show Super Sentai has spawned 24 incarnations since 1993. Twenty-four! Who knows—if Batman had gotten close to that number, Val Kilmer might have worn the suit a second time.
Despite all of those years and versions, Power Rangers waited until this week for its first motion-picture treatment (well, okay, not really, but the less said about the 1995 film, the better). Weirdly, the results don't feel all that interesting as a film. Instead, viewers get a taste of what could have been the best TV treatment the series has ever seen.Mighty Friday Night Lights?
The film follows five small-town teens going through various adolescent crises. The town's football hero falls from grace after a prank goes awry. The popular girl burns all bridges with an ill-advised text. One autistic kid misses his dead father in a big way, while two others have very different stressful issues with their own parents.
The Lindlund ruler closes the gap between analog and digital design. The post The Clever Lindlund Ruler Measures the Digital and Physical Worlds appeared first on WIRED.
We're continuing this week's theme of hypercars and electric vehicles with unnecessary amounts of power thanks to a video sent to us by the nice people at Formula E. You may remember late last year that the Nio EP9 set a new EV record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, lapping the 12.9-mile (20.7km) track in 7:05.12. Well, the complete lap has now been uploaded to YouTube for your viewing pleasure:
The man behind the wheel was Peter Dumbreck, who holds the distinction of being one of two people who have flipped a Mercedes endurance racer at Le Mans (the other is Mark Webber). Dumbreck has a much calmer time in the EP9, which looks to be extremely stable from the onboard video.
The video doesn't feature any telemetry so we don't know what the car's max speed is, but some very rough back of the envelope calculations suggest Dumbreck averages about 140mph on the uphill climb from Bergwerk to Klostertal (3:10-3:45 in the video) and at least that on the long Döttinger Höhe straight (6:15-6:45). That ride down the Ring's longest straight looks extremely bumpy, though.
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Until just minutes before we hit publish on this story, Google was using a YouTube channel run by a fan of Hezbollah to promote potentially lethal drones.…
In this week's episode of The Expanse, our gang wants to get to Ganymede, but the Rocinante is a little too recognizable. Pretending to be a Martian Navy boarding party, Holden and Amos commandeer a Belter freighter, the Weeping Sonambulist, which was transporting relief supplies to the crippled agricultural outpost. Things get worse for the Sonambulist's owners when the local cops on Ganymede decides to alter the terms of their bargain, taking all the relief supplies instead of a smaller cut. It's a tough life out there among the asteroids for the little person.
Bobbie Draper finally gets to ride a dropship down Earth's gravity well, but it isn't the ride she always pictured. The Martians are visiting Manhattan to attend the peace conference. There's obviously little good faith between the two delegations, and there's plenty of posturing from both sides. Much to Gunny Draper's disgust, the Martians accept responsibility for causing the Battle of Ganymede, offering up the late private Travis as a scapegoat. But Avasarala isn't buying it, and even though Draper was told to keep it quiet, she spills the beans about the man without the pressure suit.
The show does a good job this week of conveying just how alien Earth is to the Martians. Bright sunlight, oppressive gravity, and vast horizons would surely be disconcerting to someone used to life in the subterranean tunnels of Mars. It also gives you a good sense of how much contempt the Martians feel for Earth, filled with disgust at a civilization they think has squandered its resources and lies around in idle poverty.
piece. Then, the e-mail came: "Nathan, Your TV interviews will begin at 2:45pm. Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal are paired together."
Huh? When Life was announced as the closing film for South by Southwest, I knew I'd be taking the review reins from Senior Space Terror Editor Lee Hutchinson. I didn't know I'd be agreeing to do this. A-list celebrity interviews don't happen often (if at all, sorry Matt Damon) around Ars, and they definitely don't happen in person. They don't happen on camera, either.
According to Gareth Edwards, the scene almost didn't happen. Here's how he pulled it off. The post Rogue One’s Director Reveals the Secrets of That Crazy Vader Scene appeared first on WIRED.
These new billboards can reverse thousands of vehicles' worth of nitrogen dioxide emissions.
Commentary: Royal Jordanian Airlines takes to Twitter to offer an amusing list of things to do if you don't have your laptop or tablet.
Web browsers could be blocked from accessing sites caught up in a row over basic security tools.
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Twitter, the profitless microblogging website, has floated the idea of offering a paid-for version of its Tweetdeck product – and this is going down amongst the site’s users like a cup of lukewarm vomit.…
M3 call for papers has a week to run
Events There are just seven days left until we close the call for papers for M3, and we would really love to hear how you’re putting artificial intelligence, machine learning and predictive analytics to work in business.…
"Synlight," as it's called, puts out light 10,000 times as intense as that of the sun. The post Photo of the Week: Scientists Fire Up the World’s Largest Artificial Sun (Without Melting Earth) appeared first on WIRED.
JBL's new top-end model in its "value" E-Series Bluetooth headphone line doesn't quite wow, but does deliver solid sound and a comfortable fit.
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IBM UK appears to have fired the starting gun on a 2.0 redundancy programme for the Infrastructure Services Delivery division – before the first one has even concluded.…
Don't be fooled: This isn't a flagship phone, it just has a flagship price.
Director Daniel Espinosa and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick say they strove for scientific realism so the thriller's life-form would be all the more terrifying.