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Social Distancing Has People So Bored They Are Littering Counting Seeds in Pieces of Fruit

Having to spend days on end indoors has so people so incredibly bored that they are coming up with all kinds of bizarre ways of passing the time. Case in point one Vietnamese math student who recently spent a day meticulously extracting every ...

Man Plays Dead to Circumvent Coronavirus Lockdown

You’ve probably seen people hiding in the bushes and wearing all kinds of silly disguises in order to go outside without being stopped by police, but now you can add faking death to the list of things people have resorted to in order to circumvent ...

For Homeless People, Covid-19 Is Horror on Top of Horror

“There is nothing,” a desperate poster writes, and a dozen others agree. Online communities dedicated to homelessness, like Reddit’s r/homeless, were already places to vent about unlivable living situations, but as the Covid-19 outbreak continues, ...

The (Political) Science Behind Trump’s Coronavirus Approval Ratings

The following two things are somehow both true: First, the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis has been a dangerous mix of denial, disinformation, and delay, oscillating between simple incompetence and possible malevolence. ...

11 Best Mattresses You Can Buy Online (2020): Memory Foam, Hybrid, and More

Shopping for the best mattress online is a waking nightmare, and picking the wrong one can literally cause bad dreams or kill your back. It doesn't help that the online market is flooded with options, or that there are more dedicated mattress ...

5 Comics to Catch Up on While Self-Quarantined

So, you’re stuck at home and Netflix, Hulu, and even Disney+ are beginning to lose their luster after just a couple of weeks. (To be fair, that’s probably because you’ve not watched The Rocketeer enough, but we’ll let that slide for now.) With ...

China Flexes Its Soft Power With ‘Covid Diplomacy’

Sunday, as President Trump sought to deflect criticism for shortages of medical equipment by accusing hospital staff of stealing masks, several aircraft carrying much-needed supplies from China were arriving at airports in Europe and Africa. The ...

How a Crispr Lab Became a Pop-Up Covid Testing Center

This week, the IGI volunteers are running the last of their validation studies. That involves hitting the same limits of detection 19 times out of 20, and reproducing positive and negative results produced at other labs. While they don’t have to ...

HTC Vive Cosmos Elite Review: One Step Forward, Several Steps Back

You know that meme, the one with the cartoon dog sipping out of a mug and saying to himself, this is fine? All the while, the room around him is burning to the ground? Yeah, that one. If you've never read the full comic strip, the story continues ...

Disney Is Donating 100,000 N95 Masks to Covid-19 Relief

Hello, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED’s entertainment news roundup. Once again, the coronavirus is dominating the conversation in the pop culture world. Who's talking about it? Well, Elton John, J. K. Rowling, and Disney, for ...

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