The Biggest Danger From This Year's Historic Wildfire Season

Wildfires are tearing across Alaska and western Canada at a record-breaking rate this summer. But stands of blackened trees and cross-continental plumes of smoke are only the most visible signs of damage from the 300 or more fires currently raging. The biggest concern may be what’s happening below ground. » 7/07/15 8:30pm 35 minutes ago

Linux Creator Linus Torvalds Laughs at the AI Apocalypse

Over the past several months, many of the world’s most famous scientists and engineers — including Stephen Hawking — have said that one of the biggest threats to humanity is an artificial superintelligence. But Linus Torvalds, the irascible creator of open source operating system Linux, says their fears are idiotic. » 7/07/15 7:35pm Today 7:35pm

I Tried Some Aphrodisiacs, and Didn’t Even Get a Stupid Placebo Effect

People have ascribed sexual powers to certain foods for centuries, but there’s absolutely no scientific evidence any of them will actually give you anything beyond calories and vitamins. But what the hell? Every so often, I’ll try some out and let you know what they’re like. As you read, imagine that I take a bite and… » 7/07/15 6:50pm Today 6:50pm

"iPhone Keeps Restarting" Glitch Is Driving the Internet Crazy

At first I thought it was just my old 5s—in the middle of an activity, it freezes for a few seconds, blanks out to the Apple screen, and restarts. Then friends reported the same restarts with varying iPhone models and iOS versions. Now the problem is so common, it’s become a meme unto itself. » 7/07/15 5:05pm Today 5:05pm