WIRED UK July - August 2016

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6 期号



MAKING WIRED LOOKING FOR A SIGN Photographer MichaelSugruesetoutforwhatmay be one of the most dangerous places in the US – the very active tectonic plates of theSanAndreas Fault–to shootAndresMeira, inventor of the Grillo earthquake sensor: “The brief was to find a ‘San Andreas Fault’ sign that also had the sweeping Californian wilderness behind it, togive a sense of scale. That’s actually a lot harder than it sounds. We had a reference image from WIRED’s picture editor, and it took a bit of internet sleuthing to find out where it was.We found the Google Maps coordinatesandarrangedtomeetMeirathere. Except whenwearrived, therewasnosign.Wehadto drive up and down the road until we found the right place–there’sno mobile coveragein the desert…” DECISIONS, DECISIONS… Making it intoWIRED’s Gear section is a tough call – but when we’re running our annual round-up of things…

the wired universe

EVENT COCKTAILS IN TEL AVIV WIRED recently gathered 80 of Tel Aviv’s top founders and investors for cocktails in the city’s Norman Hotel, sponsored by Pictet. We wanted to find out how such a tiny country is producing so many tech successes. Our conclusion: it’s not the falafel, it’s because they aim for a global market from the start. SUPPLEMENT TIME: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT We hope you’re enjoying the free Time supplement with this issue. You may have noticed that some of the pages have a Digital Extra! badge on them (there’s one on the bottom-right corner above). They’re there to let you know that if you want to explore these tantalising timepieces in more detail, you can download the supplement – it’s also free digitally – for your iPad or iPhone. You’ll find it…

from the editor

This is not WIRED’s sports issue. Let’s get that clear from the start. Yes, we go deep inside Team Sky’s bike-training squad, hold our breath alongside the most ambitious Red Bull athletes and deconstruct Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 steering wheel. But that’s because we wanted to understand how to optimise performance – from the psychology that enables winning to the science of boosting personal energy. What could WIRED readers – whatever their individual levels of fitness – learn from the world’s best-prepared, most data-enabled sports teams that they could then apply to their personal and professional lives? How could we all embrace the lessons learned daily by sport’s ultimate winners? That’s why it’s our science editor, not a sports specialist, who’s written both our cover story on Chris Froome’s training regime…

magic:0 science:1 (sorry)

The San people of Namibia believed these rings were bubbles blown by a dragon under the Earth. For years, scientists struggled to identify the cause of phenomenon, with theories ranging from poisonous bushes, carbon dioxide leakage and ant or termite activity. But, sadly, such fanciful origins have now been ruled out. The circles, ranging from two to 15 metres in diameter – shown here in the Namib-Naukluft National Park in Namibia – emerge fromthe behaviour of grasses in very dry regions. “It’s a selforganising mechanism,” says Stephan Getzin from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Germany, who has co-authored a “fairy circles” study. Grasses suck up water and nutrients, killing vegetation to leave spots with a hard crust. “When it rains, the circles are a source of water,” says Getzin.…

super duper data router

THIRTEEN MINUTES. THAT’S HOW LONG IT TOOK aerospace engineers waiting in Germany to see an image of a group of ships near the Brazilian coast (inset, right). For the European Space Agency (ESA), it’s a record. “The typical duration to get the image to an end user in Europe is in the range of hours,” says Michael Witting, ESA’s European Space Data Relay (EDRS) project manager. The image was the first proof-of-concept of Europe’s forthcoming SpaceDataHighway, a high-speed satellite-to-Earth data connection developed by the ESAand Airbus Defence and Space,made possible by satellites such as the EDRS-A(above) being prepared for its launch on January 29. It sends information to Earth at 1.8 gigabits per second,more than90times theamountof data thatanaverage internet connectioncansendin thesametime. To create the image, an ESAsatellite acquired radar data of…

ninety seconds to duck and cover

EARTHQUAKESCANSTRIKEQUICKLY, SOJUSTA few seconds’ warning makes a difference. Andres Meira’s mission is to save lives inMexico – one of the most seismically active countries in the world – by using low-cost sensors tosendtremorupdates viaan app.“Youmeasurethemovementofthegroundwhere the earthquake is occurring and transmit an alert to vulnerable cities,” saysUK-bornMeira, 39 (above). Earthquakes travel at 4kps, whereas internet latency in Mexico is less than half a second, so cities further away from the Pacific fault line can receive warnings of up to 90 seconds. In 2014, Meira created Grillo, a receiver to give Mexicans access to the government’s early-warning signal – only to find it limited and unwieldy.“We changed course and created our own infrastructure which would be more reliable and scalable,” he says. The updated Grillo uses an accelerometer connected to a microcontroller…