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Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart's Disappearance to This Scrap of Metal

wired.com — Even a piece of metal can get a second chance. In 1991, a group of researchers investigating the disappearance of Amelia Earhart found a sheet of aluminum on the island of Nikumaroro in the Western Pacific. Earhart's plane, a Model 10 Electra, mysteriously vanished near the island on July 2, 1937.
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RT @WIRED: Why it took 23 years to link Amelia Earhart's disappearance to this scrap of metal wrd.cm/1E6OPZy pic.twitter.com/pCCiooE9ax

Oct 30, 2014

Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart's Disappearance to This Scrap of Metal wired.com/2014/10/metal-…

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RT @JenLucPiquant: Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart's Disappearance to This Scrap of Metal | WIRED wired.com/2014/10/metal-…

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Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart's Disappearance to This Scrap of Metal | WIRED wired.com/2014/10/metal-…

Oct 30, 2014

Hello, Hollywood, going to need a Amelia Earhart + Fred Noonan castaway movie, thanks wrd.cm/10662Tp

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Science Graphic of the Week: How Magic Mushrooms Rearrange Your Brain

wired.com — A new way of looking at brain activity may give insight into how psychedelic drugs produce their consciousness-altering effects. In recent years, a focus on brain structures and regions has given way to an emphasis on neurological networks: how cells and regions interact, with consciousness shaped not by any given set of brain regions, but by their interplay.

Pirate Bay Founder Convicted on Hacking Charges

wired.com — The founder of the file-sharing site Pirate Bay was found guilty today in Denmark on hacking charges unrelated to the web site. Swedish national Gottfrid Svartholm was found guilty of hacking into servers belonging to the U.S. technology firm CSC after being partially acquitted of other hacking charges in Sweden.
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Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm convicted on hacking charges - wrd.cm/107UbUZ

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Gottfrid Svartholm, founder of Pirate Bay, is now a convicted hacker wired.com/2014/10/pirate…

Apple's Fingerprint ID May Mean You Can't 'Take the Fifth'

wired.com — While there's a great deal of discussion around the pros and cons of fingerprint authentication, no one's focusing on the *legal* effects of moving from PINs to fingerprints. Because the constitutional protection of the Fifth Amendment may not apply when it comes to fingerprints (things that reflect who we are) as opposed to passwords and PINs (things we need to know).

Winning Microscope Photographs Are Beautiful, Intriguing, and Creepy

wired.com — The winner's of Nikon's annual Small World microscope photography contest this year include images of transgenic kidneys, a cricket's tongue, spider eyes, and a scarlet pimpernel. The first-place photograph was chosen out of more than 1,200 entries from 79 different countries.

How Facebook Could End Up Controlling Everything You Watch and Read Online

wired.com — Given that links appear to be more clickable when shared on Facebook, online publishers have scrambled to become savvy gamers of Facebook's News Feed, seeking to divine the secret rules that push some stories higher than others.
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How Facebook Could End Up Controlling Everything You Watch and Read Online | WIRED wrd.cm/1sLu5xR

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How Facebook Could End Up Controlling Everything You Watch and Read Online wrd.cm/1zPGbja

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Online publishing: "Facebook can pull the plug in one go, any time they want to." rafat.org/post/101378283…. Also: wired.com/2014/10/facebo…

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Hacker Dreams Up Crypto Passport Using the Tech Behind Bitcoin

wired.com — If bitcoin's true believers ever found their tax-free libertarian utopia, Christopher Ellis could be in charge of the passport office. Ellis has built software that lets anyone create what he calls a "World Citizenship" passport.

These Creepy Lego Creations Are Definitely Not Kid-Friendly

wired.com — When Mike Doyle published the anthology volume Beautiful LEGO last year, he wrote that "this book is a small collection of some of the impressive models that I have come across in my time." From all appearances, he's had a busy year since, because he's already back with a sequel that embraces the darker side of everyone's favorite brick-based artform.

Tim Cook Tells the World 'I'm Proud to Be Gay'

wired.com — Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken a major step toward breaking what many call "the glass closet," openly admitting in a new personal essay that he's "proud to be gay." In the essay published Thursday by Businessweek , Cook acknowledges that while he's open about his sexuality with friends and colleagues and has never denied it publicly, he hasn't acknowledged it publicly until now.
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RT @WIRED: In a moving statement, Tim Cook tells the world 'I'm proud to be gay' wrd.cm/1sMHrdd

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RT @WIRED: In a powerful, moving statement Tim Cook tells the world 'I'm proud to be gay' wrd.cm/1sKqoIN

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Can't wait for the day when this isn't news, but still, cool moment in time. Tim Cook: "I"m Proud to Be Gay" wired.com/2014/10/tim-co… @WIRED

The Best Thing About Microsoft's Health Platform Is That It's Not Microsoft-Only

wired.com — With Apple Health and Google Fit offering a centralized fitness and wellness-tracking platform for iOS and Android users, did anyone really expect Microsoft to sit quietly and leave its mobile OS lacking? Of course not: Microsoft has been working on a health tracking platform of its own.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @gadgetlab: The best thing about Microsoft's Health platform and Band are that they're not Microsoft-only wired.com/2014/10/micros… by @redgirlsays

This Guy's Quest to Track Every Shot in the NBA Changed Basketball Forever

wired.com — Kirk Goldsberry Jeff Wilson As a kid, Kirk Goldsberry was a rabid basketball fan. But this was the 1980s, and living near Penn State meant his house wasn't quite close enough to Philadelphia to get 76ers games on TV. And so, casting about for a team, he latched on to Dominique Wilkins and the Atlanta...
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RT @KimZetter: Wired editor @markmcc's new book on sports technology is out today -Faster, Higher, Stronger. Check out the excerpt wrd.cm/1nTlopB

Oct 30, 2014

Wired editor @markmcc's new book on sports technology is out today -Faster, Higher, Stronger. Check out the excerpt wrd.cm/1nTlopB

The Real-Life Inspiration for the Super Friends' Hall of Justice Is in Danger

wired.com — When the Super Friends of the classic 1970s cartoon series gather at the Hall of Justice, Cincinnatians find it eerily familiar---after all, the hideout drew inspiration from the Queen City's Union Terminal. But now the art deco masterpiece is in need of some super friends itself.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @WIRED: The real-life inspiration behind the Super Friends' Hall of Justice is in danger wrd.cm/1E6JvoR

A Pseudo-Scientific Analysis of Warm Bodies and the Zombie Tropes It Defies

wired.com — Warm Bodies, the latest film from 50/50 director Jonathan Levine, asks us to suspend even more disbelief than the average zombie movie - and not just because it's a love story between an undead Romeo and a living girl.

Zombie Neuroscientist Explains the Ant-Like Behavior of

wired.com — The first World War Z trailer is out, and the long-anticipated adaptation of Max Brooks' zombie novel looks fairly cool. But it raises one important question: What's up with all those swarming zombies? Where are the slow-moving hordes like those in The Walking Dead or the fast-running lone rangers of 28 Days Later?

How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse Using Science

wired.com — In the event of a zombie apocalypse it will probably help to have: a baseball bat, a gun, a chainsaw and a plethora of blunt objects. Also, it helps to possess a strong grasp of neuroscience.

Doctor Who and Spider Phobia

wired.com — Why do so many people hate spiders? A group of researchers set out to try to answer that question... with Doctor Who. Really. Purkis et al. 2011. But what about the Empress of Racnoss? The allocation of attention to spiders and Doctor Who in a visual search task is predicted by fear and expertise.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @Laelaps: No, we're not "genetically programmed" to fear spiders. Some @bbcdoctorwho-based science explains why wired.com/2014/01/doctor… @bug_gwen

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RT @bug_gwen: @jtotheizzoe @fcain Evolution of spider fear is not supported; speculation. So many cultures don't have it. + wired.com/2014/01/doctor…

Sliders, Knobs, and Dials That Give Your Tablet a Physical Interface

wired.com — Using a touchscreen device requires a certain amount of hand-eye coordination. It's not exactly golf, but there's still a disconnect between your brain, your eyes and your fingers, as anyone who's attempted a creative act on the glassy screens knows. Worse yet, touchscreens have a serious tactile deficiency.

This Fiery Tool Finishes Your Meat With a Blast of Heat

By Joe Ray
wired.com — A few years back, on a walk among the spice shops and bodegas of Manhattan's Chinatown, I spied a storefront that looked like it was owned by a hard-drinking chemist. Fernet and Aperol commingled with beakers, pipettes, and books-stacks and stacks of books. I knocked on the door to ask what they did.

Movie House | WIRED

wired.com — I still have fond memories of my bajillion-disc DVD player. This was back in the early 2000s, when switching between Go and Fight Club without getting off the sofa was still impressive. Now we have fancy movie servers from luxury A/V companies like Kaleidescape.
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But seriously, the @kaleidescape Cinema One is really tempting. Would love to review it myself. wired.com/2014/10/kaleid…

Oct 30, 2014

Sigh. I really need to buy this but I don’t really want to choose between it and iMac. wired.com/2014/10/kaleid…

Oct 30, 2014

Oh man GIVE ME THIS. RT @WIRED: This gadget will rip and store 4TB of movies. Our review: wrd.cm/13lbPqv pic.twitter.com/Uqo5YGqUlF