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MIT Computer Scientists Demonstrate the Hard Way That Gender Still Matters

wired.com — "Ask us anything!" we wrote for our Reddit Ask Me Anything session last Friday. And then, boom: "Why does it matter that you're female?" "Why should your gender matter if you're talking about research?" Dozens of questions like these were interspersed with marriage proposals and requests to "make me a sandwich."
Dec 20, 2014

Sooo...3 MIT computer scientists host Reddit Q + A yesterday about women in STEM, and the trolls come out: wired.com/2014/12/mit-sc…

Dec 20, 2014

RT @Asher_Wolf: How 3 female MIT scientists' AMA became a parody of what it’s actually like to be a woman working in a STEM field wired.com/2014/12/mit-sc…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @WIRED: Three female MIT scientists held a Reddit AMA. You'll never guess what happened next: wrd.cm/1ACsEYK

Dec 19, 2014

RT @KimZetter: 3 MIT scientists did Reddit AMA to discuss gender probs in STEM fields, which hilariously reconfirmed gender problem wrd.cm/1w5Sv6R

Dec 19, 2014

.@jeanqasaur and two other female computer scientists write on the (sadly predictable) response to their reddit IAMA wrd.cm/1wuDL6I

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What 800 Nerds on a Cruise Ship Taught Me About Life, the Universe, and Snorkeling

wired.com — Ian Allen Ian Allen Adam Savage, host of the tv show MythBusters, has a workshop in San Francisco's Mission District. The walls and shelves-pretty much every surface, actually-are covered in movie and TV costumes and props, some actually used in filming and some replicas Savage acquired or made.
Dec 21, 2014

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Dec 21, 2014

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Dec 21, 2014

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Dec 19, 2014

When you sail on a nerd cruise, the nerd cruise sails into you. @jetjocko, his inner demons, and 3K geeks—on a boat. wired.com/2014/12/nerd-c…

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Dystopian Fiction's Popularity Is a Warning Sign for the Future

wired.com — Dystopian fiction is hot right now, with countless books and movies featuring decadent oligarchs, brutal police states, ecological collapse, and ordinary citizens biting and clawing just to survive. For bestselling author Naomi Klein, all this gloom is a worrying sign.
Dec 21, 2014

"We’re taking a future of environmental catastrophe for granted." Naomi Kelin on dystopian fiction, via @storyvilled: wired.com/2014/12/geeks-…

Dec 21, 2014

RT @ArtsJournalNews: Dystopian Fiction Is So Hot Because We Think Drastic Climate Change Is Inevitable - Wired buff.ly/1x9Ehc8

Dec 21, 2014

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How a Remote Town in Romania Has Become Cybercrime Central

wired.com — Three hours outside Bucharest, Romanian National Road 7 begins a gentle ascent into the foothills of the Transylvanian Alps. Meadowlands give way to crumbling houses with chickens in the front yard, laundry flapping on clotheslines. But you know you've arrived in the town of Râmnicu Vâlcea when you see the Mercedes-Benz dealership.
Dec 20, 2014

What does my native Romania have in common with Nigeria? Apparently a well-oiled cybercrime underground. Who knew? wired.com/2011/01/ff_hac…

Obama's Bold Sony Statement: Canceling The Interview Was a 'Mistake'

wired.com — In his end-of-year press conference today, President Barack Obama called the decision by Sony Pictures Entertainment to cancel the release of its film The Interview a "mistake." "I am sympathetic to the threats they face," Obama said. "Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake....
Dec 19, 2014

RT @KimZetter: Obama's Surprisingly Strong Statement on Sony: Canceling The Interview Was a 'Mistake' - wrd.cm/1v1nXD4

Dec 19, 2014

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Dec 19, 2014

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Dec 19, 2014

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Absurd Creature of the Week: The World's Goofiest-Looking Spider Is Actually a Brutal Ninja

wired.com — Hannah Wood Hannah Wood Hannah Wood Hannah Wood Jeremy Miller Tamas Szüts Hannah Wood Hannah Wood Hannah Wood Hannah Wood Jeremy Miller Tamas Szüts Among Inspector Gadget's many strange features-teeth that fly around on their own (go, go gadget teeth) and a flower that pops out of his hat (go, go gadget flower) and of course gadget Spanish translation -it's his telescoping neck that seems to most defy conventional biology.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @wiredscience: Assassin spiders use their mega long jaws to grab other spiders w/o getting bit themselves. wrd.cm/13JySMn pic.twitter.com/W3aNBaIDwN

Dec 19, 2014

RT @wiredscience: Assassin spiders use their mega long jaws to grab other spiders w/o getting bit themselves. wrd.cm/13JySMn pic.twitter.com/W3aNBaIDwN

Dec 19, 2014

@mrMattSimon has done it again - a mesmerizing profile of the goofiest looking spiders I've ever seen! wired.com/2014/12/absurd…

While You Were Offline: 30,000 People Buy Bull Poop, George R.R. Martin Freaks Out Over The Interview

wired.com — It was tempting, admittedly, to just put one story in the column this week, and retitle it "Yes, Sony didn't release a James Franco movie because of terror threats and the need to fulfill a 30 Rock punchline from five years ago," but apparently that's "too easy" and "unprofessional." Go figure.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @WIRED: While You Were Offline: 30,000 people buy bull poop, George R.R. Martin freaks out over "The Interview" wrd.cm/13nBqhO

Please Stop 'Burning In' Your Earphones

wired.com — OK, audiophiles: real talk. Earphone makers seem to be either too polite or scared to say anything. And the people in the industry who should know better are only actively encouraging a ritual. So let me say it for them: Earphone burn-in is a bunch of hokum.

At This Startup, Everyone Can Read Each Other's Email

wired.com — After the Sony mega-hack, protecting email privacy may seem paramount. But at digital payments startup Stripe, email isn't kept all that private in the first place. Recently, Stripe openly detailed the internal system it uses to achieve what it calls "email transparency," saying "almost all" messages inside the company can be read by all employees.

Our Favorite Maps of the Year Cover Everything From Bayous to Bullet Trains

wired.com — This hand-drawn map depicts a modern technology (the high-speed railway between Beijing and Shanghai) with an older aesthetic. Dong Zheng / Atlas of Design A choropleth map is a common way to represent socio-economic data, with the intensity of color corresponding to a country's birth rate or GDP.

Peter Jackson Must Be Stopped

wired.com — J.R.R. Tolkien once said that "believable fairy-stories must be intensely practical. You must have a map, no matter how rough." But in Peter Jackson's new and final Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which opened Wednesday, there is no map. There's not even a plan.

Instagram Is Now Worth $35 Billion, Eclipsing Twitter

wired.com — Instagram, everyone's favorite little social network, isn't so little any more. On Friday, Citigroup raised the valuation of the photo and video sharing network from $19 billion to $35 billion, right on the heels of Instagram announcing that it now has 300 million monthly active users.
Dec 20, 2014

That didn't take long. RT @WIRED: Instagram is now worth $35 billion, eclipsing Twitter (again) wrd.cm/1sHVe6n

Review: Leveraxe Vipukirves 2

wired.com — If your trusty old wood-splitter just hasn't been cutting it lately, give Heikki Kärnä's invention a try. The now-retired Finnish air controller's cleverly simple wood-chopping device is called the Vipukirves 2. Technically, it's just an axe, though it probably doesn't look like any axe you've seen before.
Dec 19, 2014

That's like cheating @TimOBrien: “@WIRED: Review: This axe's ingenious design takes the effort out of splitting wood wrd.cm/1x5LY3l

Dec 19, 2014

@WIRED: Review: This axe's ingenious design takes the effort out of splitting wood wrd.cm/1x5LY3l pic.twitter.com/Casj2WGZey

If Cavemen Had CAD, This Is the Home They'd Design

wired.com — Today's houses exist largely to insulate us from the natural world, but there was a time when our dwellings were closely tied to the elements. We settled on terrain that protected us from predators; we huddled around fires; we cleared caves.

Videogame Designers Could Learn a Lot From 19th-Century Board Games

wired.com — If we put one of this year's blockbuster videogames into a time capsule, what would the people playing it 100 years later think about us? Videogame developer Julia Keren-Detar wants to get us thinking about this before it happens.
Dec 21, 2014

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Dec 19, 2014

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Dec 19, 2014

RT @simoncarless: Neat @Wired piece re: what video games can learn from 19th C. board games, themed on @quiltingcrow's GDC 2015 talk: wired.com/2014/12/board-…

An App That Uses AI to Pick Outfits for You

wired.com — Henry Kang traces the roots of his company to a rather typical moment he shared with his wife, Shawna. She was getting dressed one morning, and she asked him that all-too-familiar question: "What can I wear with this?" Kang immediately remembered a silly scene from the movie Clueless, where the film's protagonist, Cher, faces the same question.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @WIRED: Finally, Cher's clothes-picking computer program from "Clueless" is real wrd.cm/13mrW6A pic.twitter.com/ONa6NnkMyw

Dec 19, 2014

Attn @tsedeye RT @WIRED Finally, Cher's clothes-picking computer program from Clueless is real wrd.cm/13InfVV pic.twitter.com/AO92u32DIJ

How Colorado Keeps 9,000 Miles of Highway Clear of Snow

wired.com — Most people don't think about their local highway departments unless they're inconvenienced by road construction, for instance, or a bad plowing job during a snowstorm. That's how governments work after all-people don't give them much thought until something goes wrong.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @jlgolson: This was super fun to write RT @WIRED: How Colorado keeps 9,000 miles of highway clear of snow wrd.cm/1sGC8xw pic.twitter.com/D4qn43EOqx

This Week's Weirdest Wild Animal Encounters

wired.com — A feral cat broke into a Russian airport and ate $1,000 worth of seafood, a black bear beat up a Santa Claus, and a tiger released into the wild by Vladimir Putin was caught on camera devouring a pet dog in China for two hours.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @WIRED: This week's weirdest animal encounters: A feral cat broke into a Russian airport and ate $1,000 worth of seafood wrd.cm/13mcHus