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Space Tourism Isn’t Worth Dying For

wired.com — A brave test pilot is dead and another one critically injured- in the service of a millionaire boondoggle thrill ride. To be clear: I like spaceships. A lot. I went to the first landing of the space shuttle post-Challenger disaster.
Nov 01, 2014

RT @burritojustice: “That pilot died not for space but for a luxury service provider.” wired.com/2014/10/virgin…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @jonronson: Imagine this article being written in the 30s about aviation RT @WIRED: Space tourism isn't worth dying for wrd.cm/10br5nP

Oct 31, 2014

This misses the point, propaganda or not, Apollo initiative was responsible for a vast majority of tech we use daily wired.com/2014/10/virgin…

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4-Acre Spider Web Engulfs Building

wired.com — How many spiders does it take to creep you out? 10? 100? How many spiders make an "extreme spider situation"? The Baltimore Wastewater Treatment Plant put out a call for "extreme spider" help in 2009, when a giant spiderweb covered almost 4 square acres of their facility.
Oct 31, 2014

!! @EWErickson: A four acre spider web engulfs a building. Your welcome. fb.me/6YSAc1Pc8

Oct 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! Here's 100 million spiders living in an old building in Baltimore wired.com/2014/10/4-acre…

Oct 31, 2014

So gross. RT @samrhall: 4-acre spider web. That's four ACRES! In a building. More than 107 MILLION spiders. bit.ly/1tJ32bE

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Why Facebook Just Launched Its Own 'Dark Web' Site

wired.com — Facebook has never had much of a reputation for letting users hide their identities online. But now the world's least anonymous website has just joined the Web's most anonymous network. In a first-of-its-kind move for a Silicon Valley giant, Facebook on Friday launched a Tor hidden service, a version of its website that runs the anonymity software Tor.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @Amirmizroch: Tor may be the next basic privacy protection Silicon Valley companies will be expected to offer their users. wired.com/2014/10/facebo…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @a_greenberg: Good for Facebook for leading on Tor support: wired.com/2014/10/facebo… But also kind of the dark net equivalent of your dad joining Facebook

Oct 31, 2014

RT @a_greenberg: Good for Facebook for leading on Tor support: wired.com/2014/10/facebo… But also kind of the dark net equivalent of your dad joining Facebook

Oct 31, 2014

Good for Facebook for leading on Tor support: wired.com/2014/10/facebo… But also kind of the dark net equivalent of your dad joining Facebook

Bat-Eating Spiders: The Most Terrifying Thing You'll See Today

wired.com — Adult Proboscis Bat ( Rhynchonycteris naso) entangled in a web of Argiope savignyi at the La Selva Biological Station, northern Costa Rica (photo by Mirjam Knörnschild, Ulm, Germany). Dead vespertilionid bat entangled in the web of a female Nephila pilipes in the Aberdeen Country Park, Hong Kong (photo by Carol S.K.
Oct 31, 2014

The bats have 4-ft wingspans. (Just kidding) (Nuke from orbit) MT @WIRED: bat-eating spiders wrd.cm/1wNcZ6Y pic.twitter.com/4R4d3MTxn3

Oct 31, 2014

RT @WIRED: These photos of bat-eating spiders are the scariest thing you'll see today wrd.cm/1wNcZ6Y pic.twitter.com/vo157TjRxU

Oct 31, 2014

This answers the Spiderman v Batman question. RT @WIRED: Photos of bat-eating spiders wrd.cm/1wNcZ6Y pic.twitter.com/fKDqvnGOmo

Nike's Digital Guru Hints at the Post-FuelBand Future

wired.com — At a recent Nike event in New York City, the sportswear company staged a runway show to announce a new line of workout apparel for women, co-created by Brazilian designer Pedro Lourenço and trotted out by supermodel Karlie Kloss.

No Automation, One Shot at Landing: It's Really Hard to Fly SpaceShipTwo

wired.com — Friday morning, Virgin Galactic's spaceship, meant to eventually take wealthy passengers on brief rides into space, crashed during a test flight over southern California. One of the pilots onboard was killed, the other suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital.

These Are the Most Exquisitely Weird Spiders You Will Ever See

wired.com — These are the most beautiful and strange spiders you will ever see.

Absurd Creatures of the Week: Real-Life Animal Zombies That Are Way Cooler Than Your Costume

wired.com — A staggering number of creatures out there (and even some fungi) have figured out how to mind-control their unfortunate hosts. In Absurd Creature of the Week, I've covered quite a few of these. But today I present to you my five favorites: Real-Life Zombies That I'm Sorry to Say Are Cooler Than Your Zombie Halloween Costume That You Really Just Phoned In.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @kadhimshubber: Not going to tell you what's up with this snail, but rest assured it's gross and disturbing wired.com/2014/10/absurd… pic.twitter.com/H1dhmWl3zQ

Oct 31, 2014

This: fly larvae that occupies an ant’s head, mind-controls it out of the colony, and pops its head off. #realzombie wired.com/2014/10/absurd…

Everything We Know About the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crash

wired.com — What's Going On? During a test flight over the Mojave Desert today, Virgin Galactic's spaceship suffered a "serious anomaly" and crashed. Two pilots were on board the plane, as is typical during test flights, and media reports claim that one parachute was seen on the ground.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @WIRED: Everything we know about the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash (UPDATED) wrd.cm/1tqiIPP

The Most Terrifying Non-Horror Movies We've Ever Seen

wired.com — All week, people have been talking about horror movies, and we're no different. But there's plenty of stuff out there that's way more terrifying than home invasion or evil clowns. Okay, maybe nothing's scarier than evil clowns, but the point is that we all have our own fear-it's what makes us all special snowflakes!-and for every weird phobia or anxiety, there's always a movie that unwittingly triggers it.
Oct 31, 2014

Oh man, such great stuff in here: The most terrifying non-horror movies we've ever seen wired.com/2014/10/scarie…

Oct 31, 2014

Here at @WIRED we did a collection of our favorite scary non-horror movies. Mine's 'Little Children' ... ::shudder:: wired.com/2014/10/scarie…

Why Tim Cook's 'Proud to Be Gay' Essay Means So Much to the Workplace

wired.com — Apple CEO Tim Cook became the first openly gay CEO on the Fortune 500 list on Thursday, after publicly acknowledging his sexuality with a personal essay published to the web. The move was widely heralded as the start of a new chapter for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people in the workplace-and for good reason.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @WIRED: Why Tim Cook's 'Proud to Be Gay' essay means so much to the workplace wrd.cm/1wNS1H1

Oct 31, 2014

Why Tim Cook's 'Proud to Be Gay' Essay Means So Much to the Workplace wired.com/2014/10/tim-co…

Tech Time Warp of The Week: Remembering the Max Headroom Incident, One of the Creepiest Hacks Ever

wired.com — Hacking into the Home Depot credit card system, the financial records at JP Morgan Chase? Child's play! Try hacking into the feed of a local Chicago television station and replacing the sport anchor with a really creepy incarnation of Max Headroom. Around 9 o'clock on November 22, 1989, Chicago residents witnessed this epic hack.
Oct 31, 2014

New post: Tech Time Warp of The Week: Remembering the Max Headroom Incident, One of the Creepiest Hacks Ever wrd.cm/1zS7z0d

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.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @WIRED: Update: Convicted Pirate Bay founder was sentenced to 3.5 years on hacking charges in Denmark wrd.cm/1wN53m9

Oct 31, 2014

Pirate Bay founder found guilty in Denmark of hacking; sentenced today to 3.5 years in prison - wrd.cm/1wPBjsg

Oct 30, 2014

Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm convicted on hacking charges - wrd.cm/107UbUZ

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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.
Nov 01, 2014

Science Graphic of the Week: How Magic Mushrooms Rearrange Your Brain | WIRED wrd.cm/1yKqNQZ

Oct 31, 2014

interesting, but that graphic means precisely nothing. brain on acid has prettier noise than one that's not? bollocks wired.com/2014/10/magic-…

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Game|Life Podcast: Nintendo Downgrades Amiibo Figures

wired.com — If you've been following the story of Nintendo's Amiibo figurines, you may have seen the little mini-controversy: The recent builds of the figures shown to the press and in Nintendo's new marketing video look downgraded from the ones displayed at the E3 Expo (and on the Amazon product pages, where fans have been able to pre-order the figures for some time).
Oct 31, 2014

Podcast time! Why Amiibo's downgrade seems like a very anti-Nintendo thing to do, feat. @usebomswisely + @provenself wired.com/2014/10/gameli…

Watch: Take a 70,000-Foot Ride in the Sky With Virgin Galactic Test Pilots

wired.com — We're a sucker for anything that puts us in the cockpit of an exciting flight, and Virgin Galactic has kindly obliged. A day after the successful second test flight of SpaceShipTwo, the company out to define commercial space travel released a video combining a camera view out the tail showing the rocket motor plume, with audio from the test pilots during the 20-second powered flight.
Oct 31, 2014

Watch: Take a 70,000-Foot Ride in the Sky With Virgin Galactic Test Pilots | WIRED wired.com/2013/09/video-…

How Facebook Sped Up Its iPhone App by Nearly 50%

wired.com — You weren't imagining things. The Facebook iPhone app was getting slower. In 2012, the social networking giant launched its first native iPhone app, and over the next two years, according to Facebook engineer Adam Ernst, its all-important News Feed gradually slowed down as the company beefed up the app with new features.
Oct 31, 2014

New post: How Facebook Sped Up Its iPhone App by Nearly 50% wrd.cm/1nWFyz1

Gadget Lab Podcast: Modular Phones, Microsoft's Wearable, and Technology and Stuff

wired.com — What do you want for Halloween? Lollipops? Please fill the plastic pumpkins at the ends of our outstretched arms with sweet new Android hardware. We promise we'll let mom check it for hazards before we shove it in our mouths.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @gadgetlab: This week's Gadget Lab Podcast: @mat and @snackfight talk modular phones, Microsoft's wearable, other stuff wired.com/2014/10/gadget…

Why You Need Not Fear the Poor, Misunderstood Brown Recluse Spider

wired.com — It's hard to think of a critter that inspires as much hyperbolic hysteria as the brown recluse spider. They're pretty much universally hated. If you believe the tales, these small arachnids are biting people all day, every day, producing massive, stinking flesh-craters that require months of intensive care and perhaps a prosthetic appendage.
Oct 31, 2014

Say hello to the brown recluse! This spider is nowhere near as dangerous as legend has it: wired.com/2013/11/poor-m… pic.twitter.com/yNb6oB5TJv