Comic-Con 2018: *Doctor Who*’s First Female Doctor Will Bring a New Generation of Whovians

A fun game if you ever find yourself at a comics convention: Try to spot as many gender-swapped cosplayers as you can. Throughout years of going to Comic-Cons and other fan gatherings, I’ve spotted women in drag as Loki, Harry Potter, and—before Paul Feig’s reboot—various Ghostbusters. (However, this tends to be a one-way phenomenon; rarely, if ever, have I seen men dressed as Catwoman or Stranger Things‘ Eleven, at least in a way that wasn’t going for laughs.)

And one of the most popular targets for women in male cosplay have been the Doctors. Doctor Who’s main character, who gets regenerated every couple of seasons, is essentially an alien—a Time Lord—so is strictly speaking genderless, but the previous dozen Doctors have all been played by men. Which of course means the BBC show’s fans, both male and female, hit convention floors dressed as one of those dudes. But today, when BBC brought their new Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, to Comic-Con read more

What’s Really Behind Apple’s New MacBook Pro Keyboard

When Apple introduced its new MacBook Pro last week, it didn’t just infuse it with faster processor and more RAM. It also introduced a new keyboard design, purportedly to make things quieter. But a detailed teardown completed by repair site iFixit Thursday shows a much more likely catalyst: keeping out dust and other particles, so that the keyboard won’t break.

Apple’s previous keyboard design (found on MacBooks dating back to 2015 and MacBook Pros from 2016 until this most recent version) has been prone to key failure. Debris gets under the keyboard and has no way to get out again, resulting in unresponsive keys. While Apple has previously downplayed the extent of the problem, it’s pervasive enough to have inspired three class action lawsuits, and prompted a rare acknowledgement from Cupertino last month that something is amiss.

While Apple has offered to fix any affected keyboards for free for the next several years, the new MacBook Pro appears to be its first read more

Uganda’s Regressive Social Media Tax Stays, at Least For Now

The Ugandan parliament referred a controversial new social media tax to a committee for further consideration on Thursday, after protesters took to the streets of Kampala last week. The tax, which went into effect July 1, charges 200 Ugandan shillings (or $0.05) per day of use for 60 mobile apps, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and WhatsApp. Critics say it puts an undue burden on the poorest members of society, and that it is an assault on freedom of expression.

“The primary motivation behind [the social media tax] is to silence speech, to reduce the spaces where people can exchange information, and to really be able to control, with the recognition that online platforms have become the more commonly used way for sharing information,” says Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn, and the Great Lakes.

While Uganda’s social media tax is the first of its kind, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, it follows read more

The Stars of the Comic-Con ‘Predator’ Panel? Thomas Jane’s Feet

Over the course of five Predator films, the titular alien hunters have taken on jungle grunts, LA cops, and even a few xenomorphs. But at a panel for the forthcoming sequel The Predator at Comic-Con International, it was revealed there was an equally super-powered warrior residing among the movie’s cast: Thomas Jane.

“Thomas,” asked Sterling K. Brown, The Predator‘s Will Traeger, “would you do everyone a favor and show them your feet real quick?” Jane, the star of such Comic-Con-beloved hits as The Expanse and The Punisher, obligingly propped his bare toes on the table. “Thomas doesn’t wear shoes!” Brown exclaimed. “He walked everywhere in Vancouver, in the middle of winter, with nothing on his feet. I thought, ‘You should be cold right now!'”

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How a #MeToo Facebook Group Became a Tool for Harassment

Last year, as thousands of women shared their stories of sexual assault and harassment with the hashtag #MeToo, Amanda, a 30-year-old from Oregon, was looking for a supportive place to share her own experiences. Soon enough she was invited by a friend to join a Facebook group for survivors of sexual assault that had thousands of members.

The group was easy to find: As recently as this month, the page associated with it ranked higher in some search results than the #MeToo page verified by Facebook. The group, which also had “me too” in the name, looked legitimate to Amanda. Best of all, it was “closed,” meaning that while the group showed up in search results, new members needed an admin’s approval to join and only members could see what was posted in it.

“People shared the most intimate moments of trauma with these people,” says Amanda. (WIRED is declining to include her last name to protect her privacy.)

Then suddenly earlier this month, Amanda noticed the read more

Tired of Waiting For ‘Kingdom Hearts III’? Check Your Phone

Kingdom Hearts 3 was announced more than a decade ago. It was never intended to come out immediately—instead, it would follow a planned series of spin-offs and side games from Square Enix, each of which would fill in gaps in the story and set in motion important plot threads, all of which would eventually be resolved in the third numbered installment, the finale of the current major narrative arc.

In truth, the publisher probably didn’t intend to wait a decade. But due to a bevy of complicated factors, here we are, in 2018, awaiting the release of Kingdom Hearts 3 next January. Finally, KH3 will join The Last Guardian and Final Fantasy XV in the pantheon of vaporware made flesh, (or at least made data). If you, like me, are a bit cowed by the prospect of these final few months of that wait, though, there may be respite—in the form of a two-year-old mobile game?

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Gorilla Glass 6 Is More Durable and Built For the Future

There’s no shame in cracking your smartphone’s screen. It happens, especially to the bold and the caseless. Better to focus on all the times it doesn’t happen, those fumbles where the phone hits the floor and bounces back unscathed. For that, you can thank Gorilla Glass, the miracle material found in every iPhone and Android flagship display for over a decade. And Gorilla Glass 6, announced this week, isn’t just tougher—it’s built for the future of phones.

Start with what Gorilla Glass 6 can do. Corning, the company that makes it, says it has focused here on durability over time. In its own testing, the next generation of Gorilla Glass held up over 15 drops from a height of 1 meter on rough surfaces. That’s up to twice what Gorilla Glass 5, released two years ago, could manage.

“That’s what we were trying to solve, that kind of competitive, continuous drop,” says Corning division vice president Scott Forester. By contrast, Gorilla Glass 5 prioritized read more

Nonprofit for Migrants Declines a Donation from Salesforce

A Texas-based nonprofit helping migrant families detained at the US southern border has refused a substantial donation from Salesforce after the tech company declined to cancel its contracts with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Over the past month, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) received more than $20 million in donations, and a flood of media attention, following a viral Facebook fundraising campaign started by two former Facebook employees that was touted as a sign of the tech industry’s power for good.

The nonprofit’s work caught the attention of Salesforce, which offered RAICES a $250,000 donation. RAICES said it would only accept the money if Salesforce dropped its contracts with CBP. Salesforce would not, so RAICES refused the donation.

In an email to Salesforce on Monday, Jonathan Ryan, RAICES executive director, wrote, “Pledging us a small portion of the money you make from CPB [sic] contracts will not distract read more

Aerial Images Capture Swathes of Amazon Rainforest Destroyed by Gold Mining

Typical aerial photographs of the Amazon rainforest show a green expanse of trees so thick you can’t see ground. But the ones Ernesto Benavides captures are almost entirely brown, revealing a wasteland pocked by muddy, gaping holes where trees once fought for light.

Benavides’s images depict illegal gold mining camps inside the Tambopata National Reserve, a 1,061-square-mile park where more than 12,000 species of plants, insects, and animals make their home. Benavides photographs them from the open doors of helicopters manned by armed police. “From the air, you can see the whole ecosystem has been affected,” he says. “It’s sick.”

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A Comprehensive Guide to the Physics of Running on the Moon

One day humans will have a permanent presence on the moon. Right? One day it’s going to happen. So, how are we going to live on the moon? And maybe a more important question—how are we going to move around there? In preparation for our lunar colony, let me look at three motions that we could do on the moon: jumping, running, and turning.

Let me note that this analysis is inspired by Andy Weir’s recent novel Artemis. I’m not going to spoil the plot except to say there is a girl that moves around on the moon. Weir does a pretty nice job describing what would be different about moving on the moon as compared to the Earth.

What is different about the moon compared to the Earth? The biggest difference is the gravitational field on the surface. On the Earth, the field has a strength of 9.8 Newtons per kilogram (we use the symbol g for this). This means that a free falling object (no air resistance) would have a downward acceleration of 9.8 m/s2. read more