You don't need to be one of the millions flying across the country for Thanksgiving to appreciate the beauty of an airplane. See more aerial photographs shot from airports and boneyards at the link in our bio. 📸: Mike Kelley | @mikekelley_
In 2019, NASA will send a capsule called Orion on an elaborate 25-day trajectory. First, the Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket ever built, will blast it into the ether. Then the capsule will coast 245,131 miles away from Earth, loop-de-loop around the moon, and scream back into Earth’s atmosphere at 24,500 miles an hour. In the early 2020s, NASA plans to do the same thing again but with a crew—sending humans farther into space than ever before. It’s one small step in a decades-spanning effort to send astronauts to explore asteroids, Mars, and beyond. See the rocket up close at the link in our bio. 📸: Vincent Fournier
The new Aston Martin Vantage, which will debut next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, starts around $150,000. It’s powered by a four-liter twin-turbo V8 that generates 505 pound-feet of torque, enough to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. More on @astonmartinlagonda's smartest 'affordable' car yet at the link in our bio.
📸: Drew Gibson
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In case you were wondering what it's like to rappel 1,000 feet down into a volcano, photographer Ulla Lohmann has you covered. Her photographs offer a peek into a world few people will ever see. More at the link in our bio. 📸: Ulla Lohmann | @ullalohmann
Each phase of an airplane's life has its own distinct beauty, which photographer Mike Kelley captures in his stunning series of aerial photographs, "Life Cycles." See more at the link in our bio. 📸: Mike Kelley | @mikekelley_
The new Tesla Roadster will be able to go over 250mph, says Elon Musk. So you might be holding on tight to that wheel. Check the link in the bio for more insane numbers about Tesla's surprise debut.
Surprise! Elon Musk shocked the crowd at the Tesla Semi event with what he claims is the fastest production car ever made: the new Tesla Roadster.
0-60mph in 1.9 seconds, a top speed of over 250mph, and 620 miles of range. It's not bad to look at either.
The brain has 86 billion neurons, and nobody understands how they all work. But scientists are still attempting to build a brain-computer interface that could outpace evolution. Read "Mind Control" from our December issue at the link in our bio.
📸: Dan Winters | @danwintersphoto
The most frustrating thing about the elaborate cyberharassment campaign was how hard it was for the victim to prove. She felt trapped in a world of anonymous abuse, and didn’t know if she could convince anyone that what she believed was happening was real. Our December cover story takes a rare look inside the all-too-common horror of digital harassment. Read "Nowhere to Hide" at the link in our bio.
📸: Yoshi Sodeoka, @yos_sod; Getty Images
Nearly all of us are giving away reams of sensitive information about ourselves online without understanding how it might be used, or what risks we might face in the future because of it. Read our cover story about the complexities of a relentless online harassment case at the link in our bio.
📸: Yoshi Sodeoka, @yos_sod; Getty Images
WIRED 25.12 | The relationship began as a fantasy, in a multiplayer online game. When she broke it off, every bit of information about her on the internet was weaponized, turning her life into a waking nightmare. Read WIRED’s December cover story on exposure in the internet era at the link in our bio. 📸: Yoshi Sodeoka, @yos_sod; Getty Images
Volcán de Colima is one of Mexico's most active volcanoes. It's also called Volcán de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire. Inhabitants of the town of San Antonio, Colima—where this photo was taken—often witness its eruptions. See more explosive photos at the link in our bio. 📸: Hector Guerrero
This is an insanely beautiful photo of rice. Yes, rice. One of China’s most important industries is also one of its oldest: rice. Today, the grain is its biggest crop, with farmers growing roughly 200 million tons—more than any other country, and nearly a third of the world's supply—every year. See more at the link in our bio.
📸: AP Images | @ap.images
Just because it's fall doesn't mean you have to stop dreaming of summer. Photographer Bernhard Lang captured this stunning image out of a helicopter in Tuscany, Italy. See more of his aerial photography at the link in our bio, and the full image at @blangphoto. 📸: Bernhard Lang | @blangphoto
This spectacular view of the Milky Way was captured in Chile, home of the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, seen in the foreground. The brightest star in the upper left of the frame is Antares, which is surrounded by the “galactic bulge,” a region that is dense in stars, while the brighter areas are regions of hot gas. See more space photos at the link in our bio. 📸: @esoastronomy | Babak Tafreshi
Can you spot the contraband in these airport baggage X-rays? Swipe through for clues.
On this day in 1895, German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen accidentally discovered the X-ray. Roentgen was conducting experiments with a Crookes tube when he noticed that the beam turned a screen 9 feet away a greenish fluorescent color, despite the tube being shielded by heavy black cardboard.
Roentgen concluded, correctly, that he was dealing with a new kind of ray, one that cast the shadow of a solid object when passed through an opaque covering from its point of origin. Not knowing what kind of ray he was dealing with, he called it an X-ray. The name stuck.