Poisoned Air in Paris, Intel’s New Chips, and More News

Paris is dealing with dangerous lead poisoning, Intel has a new set of chips, and Greenland is in the midst of a dangerous heat wave. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today's Headlines The Notre Dame fire spread toxic lead dust over Paris Three months after the devastating Notre Dame cathedral fire, reports show that lead-poisoning tests in some locations surrounding the cathedral are registering 500 to 800 times the official safe level. Two months ago, Paris officials apparently told local schools that there was no significant health risk. Intels new chips have finally arrived For months, Intel has been …

Elon’s Brain Computer, Big Tech’s Big Day in Congress, and More News

Elon Musk unveiled a plan to thread wires through your brain, there's finally a way to automatically cancel free trials, and tech execs took the congressional stand. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today's Headlines Elon Musk is planning to stitch a computer into your brain Last night, Elon Musk presented the first product from his company Neurolink: a tiny computer chip attached to ultra-fine, electrode-studded wires, stitched into living brains by a robot. If the technology works, it will pick up signals from across your brain and translate them into code to do things like control a computer, or …

A Deadly Tick Virus, Extreme Seasonal Weirdness, and More News

A deadly tick can make you allergic to bacon and carries a mystery virus, cities are turning to Waze for help with car accidents, and you might be paying too much for your PlayStation 4. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today's Headlines This meat-allergy tick also carries a mysterious killer virus. The Lone Star tick, famous for making people suddenly allergic to red meat, has a new weapon: the Bourbon virus. Scientists know little about how the Bourbon virus behaves, but they do know it can kill you, and they worry that it could be silently spreading through human …

Ancient Potheads, a Russian Troll Controversy, and More News

Researchers have discovered the existence of ancient potheads, an Alphabet-owned company conducted a controversial Russian troll experiment, and local politicians could save us from the crypto-pocalypse. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute round up as an email every week day? Sign up here! Today's Headlines Ancient peoples smoked the chronic at funerals New evidence suggests that 2,500 years ago, ancient people in what is now western China smoked marijuana while playing ritualistic music. Researchers analyzed ancient incense burners from funerals that tested positive for cannabis—and the stuff was relatively high in THC content, by ancient standards. It's a glimpse into how cannabis spread around the world and how humans …

Scientists Save a Sick Teen, Hackers Steal $40 Million, and More News

Viruses from a freezer saved a dying teen, hackers stole millions, and Adam Savage has some organization tips for you. Here's what you should know, in two minutes or less. Today's Headlines Genetically tweaked viruses just saved a sick teen A teenage girl in London found herself in life-threatening peril from cystic fibrosis, a genetic condition where the lungs can’t clear mucus or disease-causing bacteria. She had already had double lung transplants and was running out of options. So her doctors turned to scientists at the University of Pittsburgh, where the world's largest collection of bacteriophages—viruses that prey solely on bacteria—was stored in freezers. Scientists identified phages that could attack the bacteria assaulting the patient, and now she is slowly …

Sunscreen in Your Bloodstream, Googles Conference, and More News

Sunscreen chemicals are slipping through your pores, Google has big conference coming, and Game of Thrones made an "oopsie." Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. PSA: Sunscreen chemicals can seep into your bloodstream A new clinical trial from the FDA suggests that, contrary to what sunscreen manufacturers have been saying, the UV blocking chemicals in sunscreen do, in fact, seep into your bloodstream. Don't toss those tubes just yet though; thus far there isn't any evidence that anything harmful is happening because of it. What to expect from Google's big conference tomorrow Google's I/O conference is tomorrow. You can watch it on wired.com, but before you do, read our rundown of what we expect …

Elon’s Court-Approved Twitter-Sitter, Measles in LA, and More News

The dust has finally settled on Tesla CEO Elon Musk's battle with the SEC, LA is under quarantine, and the US is falling behind in SIM-swap hacking. Here's the news you need to know in two minutes or less. Elon Musk is getting a stricter Twitter-sitter Musk and the SEC have reached a settlement in their court clash over his tweets. The Twitter kerfuffle stems from an incident when the agency asked a federal judge to hold Musk in contempt of court for violating an agreement that a Tesla lawyer would pre-approve all of his written communications—including tweets. Now, Musk and the SEC set stricter and more specific terms for Musk’s official Twitter babysitter, namely that it would be “an …

Game of Thrones Returns, a New Star Wars Trailer, and More

Tech news you can use, in two minutes or less: Winter is coming It's true: The final season of Game of Thrones begins this Sunday. We collected the biggest GoT fans in the office to chat about their hopes and dreams for the future of Westeros. Haven't caught up on the show? We recommend binge-watching it backward. Disney+ is ready to take over the world Disney's long-discussed streaming service, Disney+, will launch November 12. What's the deal, you ask? It will be $6.99 a month, have movies from Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and all of Star Wars (!), as well as a compliment of TV shows from Disney, National Geographic, and Fox. If you live in a house with kids, good …

5Gs Potential Health Hazard, Zucks Deleted Posts, and More News

Tech news you can use, in two minutes or less: 5G: Cool for your cellphone, terrible for your health? 5G, the cell phone network that promises to exponentially increase data speeds for all, might help load a web page faster but could also hurt your health. It turns out your sweat glands act kind of like antennas in response to the high frequency waves planned to be used in the service, and funding for research on the health effects is relatively slim. 5G is still in its infancy in the US though, so here's to hoping research about its potential health hazards catch up with the technology itself. Facebook had a hell of a weekend Over the weekend, Facebook poked …