Articles by

Eric Niiler

The Cost of Preventing Deaths by Climate-Driven Heat

A new formula measures the “mortality cost of carbon” and how much would have to be removed...

Extreme Heat Could Also Mean Power and Water Shortages

An extraordinary drought in the West, plus dry lakes and reservoirs, mean there will be less water...

Biologists Mask Up to Protect Bats (Yes, Bats) From Covid-19

New federal guidelines ask scientists to wear protective gear to keep the virus from jumping back into...

How Risky Is It to Send Jeff Bezos to the Edge of Space?

Today's commercial spacecraft have a safety advantage, thanks to simpler designs and suborbital missions. But with rockets,...

NASA’s MOXIE Experiment Is Making Oxygen on Mars

Future crews on the Red Planet will need it to make propellant for the trip home. Scientists...

Brood X Cicadas Are Here! We Got Up Close So You Don't Have To

Researchers only get a chance to study Brood X every 17 years. WIRED came for the ride—and got up...

Storm ‘Price Tags’ Could Reveal the Cost of Global Warming

A new study shows that climate-driven sea level rise made the damage from Superstorm Sandy $8 billion...

Melting Mountain Glaciers May Not Survive the Century

Scientists crunched 20 years’ worth of satellite data to estimate the melt rate across the planet, and...