Inside Cameo, the Celebrity Shoutout App Hungry For Fame

Cameo lets you buy personalized greetings from sports stars, singers, influencers, and zoo animals. What does it say about the nature of modern celebrity?

Source: Wired UK
Published: Sep 1, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,632 words)

The Climate Crisis Has Sparked a Siberian Mammoth Tusk Gold Rush

Mammoth ivory has been touted as an “ethical” alternative for the continuing illegal ivory trade that is threatening an entire living species with extinction, but at what cost?

Source: Wired UK
Published: Nov 18, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,145 words)

‘It’s Bullshit’: Inside the Weird, Get-Rich-Quick World of Dropshipping

” $750,000 of sales, and around $100,000 of profit for Despin, in just 11 months. To this day, he has never seen or touched the product.”

Author: Sirin Kale
Source: Wired UK
Published: May 1, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,035 words)

The impossible fight to save Jakarta, the sinking megacity

“Whether the city saves itself, or whether it becomes the first megacity lost to environmental catastrophe, will depend on a combination of ground-level social change and engineering works of unprecedented scale to hold back the tide.”

Source: Wired UK
Published: Oct 15, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,594 words)

This economist has a plan to fix capitalism. It’s time we all listened

Mariana Mazzucato, author of The Value of Everything and “one of the most influential economists in the world,” first set out to rewrite a narrative of corporate innovation that omitted the role of the state’s early investments in risk-taking. Now the European Parliament has just approved Mazzucato’s proposal for Horizon Europe, a set of concrete, measurable policies designed to invest heavily in moonshot solutions in five defined mission areas: “adaptation to climate change; cancer; healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters; climate-neutral and smart cities; and soil health and food.”

Source: Wired UK
Published: Oct 8, 2019
Length: 17 minutes (4,394 words)

Yuval Noah Harari on what the year 2050 has in store for humankind

In an excerpt from his new book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, bestselling author Yuval Noah Harari argues that we must teach our children how to develop the mental and emotional flexibility to cope with the profound uncertainty to come.
Source: Wired UK
Published: Aug 12, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,423 words)

The Long, Noble and Stinky Quest to Make Human Shit Useful

There’s gotta be something we can do with it instead of mixing it with potable water. Enter: the poop composters.

Source: Wired UK
Published: Jul 31, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,370 words)

The Dizzying Story of Symphony of the Seas, the Largest and Most Ambitious Cruise Ship Ever Built

Every “ship at sea is its own island,” but not all of them come equipped with a zipline, 40 restaurants and bars, and a laser-tag facility.

Source: Wired UK
Published: Apr 1, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,593 words)

In the future, your body won’t be buried…you’ll dissolve

For humans over the centuries, our dead have been embalmed, buried, and cremated. Now, a process called alkaline hydrolysis — using a machine called the Resomator — is being called a more environmental, less expensive, and attractive alternative.

Source: Wired UK
Published: Aug 15, 2017
Length: 17 minutes (4,276 words)

Giving Stephen Hawking a Voice

When Stephen Hawking lost his voice, he sought a different scientific breakthrough.

Source: Wired UK
Published: Dec 2, 2014
Length: 11 minutes (2,777 words)