Inside the Early Days of China’s Coronavirus Coverup

“The dawn of a pandemic — as seen through the news and social media posts that vanished from China’s internet.”

Author: Shawn Yuan
Source: Wired
Published: May 1, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,696 words)

Productivity is Not Working

” Despite being various flavors of neurotic workaholic, my roommates and I have discovered that right now, while our personal productivity matters, what matters more immediately is that we all manage to live in the same house without killing each other.”

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 17, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,792 words)

To Run My Best Marathon at Age 44, I Had to Outrun My Past

“After 20 years of long-distance competition, I ran my fastest. All it took was tech, training, and a new understanding of my life.”

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 20, 2020
Length: 27 minutes (6,971 words)

The Devastating Decline of a Brilliant Young Coder

“Lee Holloway programmed internet security firm Cloudflare into being. But then he became apathetic, distant, and unpredictable — for a long time, no one could make sense of it.”

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 14, 2020
Length: 28 minutes (7,112 words)

Why Old-Growth Trees Are Crucial to Fighting Climate Change

Science has a lot to earn about the way ecosystems hold and process the Earth’s carbon, and how efforts like reforestation can help improve those systems’ effect on climate change. Two things are clear: Virgin forests sequester a lot of carbon, and humanity can’t keep clear-cutting forests and burning fossil fuels the way we have been.

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 1, 2020
Length: 21 minutes (5,253 words)

The Secret History of a Cold War Mastermind

“Gus Weiss, a shrewd intelligence insider, pulled off an audacious tech hack against the Soviets in the last century. Or did he?”

Source: Wired
Published: Mar 11, 2020
Length: 36 minutes (9,000 words)

How a Hacker’s Mom Broke Into a Prison—and the Warden’s Computer

“Security analyst John Strand had a contract to test a correctional facility’s defenses. He sent the best person for the job: his mother.”

Source: Wired
Published: Feb 26, 2020
Length: 5 minutes (1,279 words)

How North Korean Hackers Rob Banks Around the World

The Hermit Kingdom is pulling off massive, technologically advanced bank heists that funnel tens of millions into the regime’s pocket.

Source: Wired
Published: Feb 28, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,269 words)

A Brutal Murder, a Wearable Witness, and an Unlikely Suspect

Karen Navarra was a quiet woman in her sixties who lived alone. She was found beaten to death. The neighbors didn’t see anything. But her Fitbit did.

Source: Wired
Published: Sep 17, 2019
Length: 29 minutes (7,400 words)

Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet

What happens when you give thousands of pedants a place online to let loose the full force of their passions? Something flawed, but beautiful.

Source: Wired
Published: Feb 17, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,445 words)