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WIRED Space Photo of the Day for November 2014

wired.com — Follow Space Photo of the Day on Twitter The 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day Gallery The 2012 WIRED Space Photo of the Day Gallery For caption information and links to high-resolution images, please use the full-screen version of this gallery. For more mind-blowing space photos, see the entire WIRED Space Photo of the...
Nov 22, 2014

RT @wiredspacephoto: Incredible remastered mosaic of Europa is the best view of the moon yet. wrd.cm/1HAhusA pic.twitter.com/ER5oSWmfQx

Whose Privacy Will Uber Violate Next? Why Its Latest Bad Behavior Matters

wired.com — Update at 7:30 p.m. 11/18/2014: Uber just posted a new privacy policy to its blog in the wake of this controversy. Passengers in the sharing economy need to know what kind of ride they're buying.
Nov 22, 2014

@VantageAP are you going to pay @wired (or me) to syndicate my writing? vantageap.com/2014/11/whose-… What’s up with reposting in full w/o asking?

The Cutest and Weirdest Wild Animal Incidents This Week

wired.com — This Week in Wild Animals for November 21, 2014 Starfish were deflating. Polar bears were going bald. Fur seals were raping penguins. A 400-pound tortoise named Benjamin Franklin made an appearance outside a Walmart. This Week in Wild Animals is a public service for human beings compiled by Jon Mooallem, author of the book Wild...
Nov 22, 2014

RT @brookeborel: Love this series by @jmooallem: The Cutest and Weirdest Wild Animal Incidents This Week | WIRED wired.com/2014/11/cutest…

Nov 22, 2014

Love this series by @jmooallem: The Cutest and Weirdest Wild Animal Incidents This Week | WIRED wired.com/2014/11/cutest…

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Feminist Hacker Barbie Is Just What Our Little Girls Need

wired.com — Everyone hates Mattel's Computer Engineer Barbie book, but we've fallen in love with Feminist Hacker Barbie.

How Exactly Has Star Wars Made $37 Billion?

wired.com — In 2012, George Lucas sold his company Lucasfilm to Disney for the staggering sum of $4 billion. Even more staggering is the $37 billion that Star Wars has raked in over the past 40 years. The universe now comprises a vast array of products, from movies and TV shows to videogames and toys.

Revenge of the Meat-Eating Megatherium

wired.com — Unknown Island has to be one of the crummiest dinosaur movies ever made. Though it came out about 15 years after King Kong debuted, the plot is broadly the same and executed with less skill - young filmmaker hires a crew to go to an island swarming with prehistoric life; mayhem ensues.
Nov 22, 2014

@DeepFriedDNA @TwilightBeasts Other way, Jefferson classified it as predator-cat Megalonyx, but it was Megatherium wired.com/2011/06/reveng…

Never Alone Is a Harrowing Journey Into the Folklore of Alaska Natives

wired.com — What does it say that my favorite games this year have all been radar blips I discovered weeks before their arrival? Games like Shovel Knight , Valiant Hearts , , , Velocity 2X , and This War of Mine ?
Nov 22, 2014

RT @robhutti: "Never Alone" is a harrowing journey into the folklore of Alaska natives. Review: wrd.cm/1F9Doi8 pic.twitter.com/LOUQaEa07S@AngWxGrl

Nov 21, 2014

Never Alone Is a Harrowing Journey Into the Folklore of Alaska Natives | WIRED wrd.cm/1F9Doi8

Nov 21, 2014

RT @NeverAloneGame: "Never Alone Is a Harrowing Journey Into the Folklore of Alaska Natives." via @wired wired.com/2014/11/never-…

Harvard Researchers Build $10 Robot That Can Teach Kids to Code

wired.com — Mike Rubenstein wants to put robots in the classroom. Working with two other researchers at Harvard University, Rubenstein recently created what they call AERobot, a bot that can help teach programming and artificial intelligence to middle school kids and high schoolers. That may seem like a rather expensive luxury for most schools, but it's not.
Nov 22, 2014

Harvard Researchers Build $10 Robot That Can Teach Kids to Code #robotics buff.ly/1FdGxPX

Nov 21, 2014

First there was the $100 laptop, now there's the $10 robot: ow.ly/EGwY3 #edtech

Nov 21, 2014

RT @WIRED: Harvard researchers have built a robot to teach kids to code - and it costs just $10 wrd.cm/1xKjuv9 pic.twitter.com/eOi0JVG038

Nov 21, 2014

RT @WIRED: Harvard researchers have built a robot to teach kids to code - and it costs just $10 wrd.cm/1xKjuv9 pic.twitter.com/eOi0JVG038

This Tiny Engine Could Make Leaf Blowers Sound Less Like Jets

wired.com — Big engines like the 707-horsepower monster Dodge put in the Challenger Hellcat or Volvo's little four-cylinder that makes 425 ponies get all the attention these days. But there are millions of tiny engines doing tiny things (think garden trimmers, leaf blowers, that sort of thing) that we never give much thought to.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @eruptionsblog: You know what doesn’t sound like a jet? A rake. MT @WIRED: A tiny engine could make leaf blowers sound less like jets wrd.cm/1zKR4iE

Nov 21, 2014

A welcome advance RT @WIRED: This tiny engine could make leaf blowers sound less like jets wrd.cm/1r4lkzD  pic.twitter.com/mWPUeizL2d

Nov 21, 2014

This Tiny Engine Could Make Leaf Blowers Sound Less Like Jets | WIRED wired.com/2014/11/tiny-e…

Finally, a New Clue to Solve the CIA's Mysterious Kryptos Sculpture

wired.com — In 1989, the year the Berlin Wall began to fall, American artist Jim Sanborn was busy working on his Kryptos sculpture, a cryptographic puzzle wrapped in a riddle that he created for the CIA's headquarters and that has been driving amateur and professional cryptographers mad ever since.
Nov 21, 2014

New clue for Kryptos, that sculpture puzzle thingy at the CIA bldg that will probs not be decoded in your lifetime. wired.com/2014/11/second…

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5-Year-Old Becomes Youngest Person Ever Qualified to Install Microsoft Windows

wired.com — When Ayan Qureshi said goodbye to his dad and walked into a Birmingham, England conference center, he was just another five-year-old. But when we walked out, two hours later, he was something else: a five-year-old officially qualified to install and configure Microsoft's Windows operating system. Ayan Qureshi perhaps the youngest ever Microsoft Certified Professional.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @WIRED: A 5-year-old is now the youngest person ever qualified to install Microsoft Windows wrd.cm/1Fan5BU pic.twitter.com/S3dUhI0aMa

Nov 21, 2014

RT @WIRED: A 5-year-old is now the youngest person ever qualified to install Microsoft Windows wrd.cm/1zJO5a8 pic.twitter.com/y11Xnagrdl

Nov 21, 2014

RT @WIRED: A 5-year-old is now the youngest person ever qualified to install Microsoft Windows wrd.cm/1zJO5a8 pic.twitter.com/y11Xnagrdl

Aereo May Be Dead, But Internet TV Will Live On

wired.com — It's a sad day for Aereo and all those who believed in it. The startup, which allowed people to stream live broadcast television to their computers and mobile devices, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, just months after shutting down operations.

Urban Planning Ideas for 2030, When Billions Will Live in Megacities

wired.com — Courtesy NLÉ and Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas and MoMA Courtesy RUA Arquitetos and MAS Urban Design, ETH Zurich and MoMA Courtesy NLÉ and Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas and MoMA Courtesy RUA Arquitetos and MAS Urban Design, ETH Zurich and MoMA The statistics are staggering: Researchers predict that by 2025, the world will have 37 megacities, defined as urban areas with more than 10 million people.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @WIRED: By 2030, billions will live in megacities. These ideas could make them more liveable wrd.cm/1xXCEvn pic.twitter.com/3RfvbOhoOc

Nov 22, 2014

RT @WIRED: By 2030, billions will live in megacities. These ideas could make them more liveable wrd.cm/1xXCEvn pic.twitter.com/3RfvbOhoOc

Nov 21, 2014

This MoMA exhibition about urban planning in 2030 looks great. Opens tomorrow. wired.com/2014/11/urban-…

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Is Fantastic. We Ain't Even Mad It Was Cut in Half

wired.com — Walking into the new Hunger Games movie, it's easy to feel a sense of anticipatory disappointment. Thanks to the many times we've seen one book split into two films-it was vaguely annoying for Twilight, it'll be downright intolerable by the final Divergent movie-we're conditioned to think of the "Part 1″ of any series as the appetizer, the cinematic amuse-bouche you have to watch before waiting another year for the main course.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @AngryNerdWIRED: This Mockingjay review by @WaterSlicer is great even though she's too forgiving of the awful crime of book-splitting. wired.com/2014/11/hunger…

Nov 21, 2014

My thoughts on 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' if you want them. (TL:DR: I liked it.) wired.com/2014/11/hunger…

Nov 21, 2014

The cultural context @WaterSlicer brings to her excellent review of #MockingjayPart1 is straight awesome. [spoilrs] wired.com/2014/11/hunger…

Netflix Is the New Premium-Channel Standard

wired.com — Netflix received Emmy nominations yesterday for two of its original series, House of Cards and Arrested Development. With the entertainment industry recognizing what the streaming service is doing, it's time we realized that Netflix is the new standard in premium channels.
Nov 21, 2014

I wrote this thing about Netflix being the the new premium-channel standard. So yeah, not surprised by today’s news wired.com/2013/07/netfli…

How Designers Recreated Alan Turing's Code-Breaking Computer for Imitation Game

wired.com — Alan Turing may be the star of The Imitation Game, but the truly central figure in the film is Christopher. Named after Turing's childhood friend and first love, the machine not only breaks the German Enigma code during World War II, but also becomes a forbear to nearly every computer out there (including the one you're reading this on).
Nov 21, 2014

I'm fairly obsessed with Alan Turing. And 'The Imitation Game.' And this replica of Turing's Enigma-breaking machine. wired.com/2014/11/imitat…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @WIRED: How designers recreated Alan Turing's code-breaking computer for "Imitation Game" wrd.cm/1r5lvKY pic.twitter.com/zmSoPM85tu

Nov 21, 2014

How Designers Recreated Alan Turing's Code-Breaking Computer for Imitation Game - wrd.cm/1uO2nXi (by @WaterSlicer)

Tech Time Warp of the Week: How Bell Labs Recruited Computer Whizzes in the '70s

wired.com — Dennis Ritchie is gone. And Bell Labs is no longer the force it once was. But you can still visit them on the net. In the classic video above, Ritchie is among those who pitch Bell Labs to potential recruits somewhere towards the tail end of its heyday, in the '70s and on into the...
Nov 21, 2014

New post: Tech Time Warp of the Week: How Bell Labs Recruited Computer Whizzes in the ’70s wrd.cm/1AuE4kn

The XKCD Guide to the Universe’s Most Bizarre Physics

wired.com — Movies show changes over time by having the picture change over time. They show the passage of time using time itself. You could also use the third spatial dimension to represent time, lining up all the images to make a cube.
Nov 22, 2014

The XKCD Guide to the fourth, fifth etc. dimensions. Superbly done. dlvr.it/7byx3Z

Nov 21, 2014

RT @AstroKatie: xkcd does the physics of space and time dimensions and makes it look easy. wired.com/2014/11/xkcd-g… #scicomm

Nov 21, 2014

The XKCD Guide to the Universe's Most Bizarre Physics | WIRED wired.com/2014/11/xkcd-g…

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Our Definitive Ranking of

wired.com — There are a lot of characters in the Hunger Games franchise. They're actually fairly hard to keep track of. To help prepare you for today's release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1 , we'd like to offer a definitive ranking of each character and why they're important to Panem-just so you can keep them straight.