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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 19, 2014

An enlightening @WIRED read on gender in STEM and online oafishness by three MIT computer scientists. wired.com/2014/12/mit-sc…

Dec 19, 2014

"The AMA became... 'a parody of what it’s actually like to be a woman working in a STEM field.'" a-eng.in/1AOQL6h via @TrampolinRocket

Dec 19, 2014

RT @katchow: You can probably guess how this turned out... MT @WIRED: 3 female MIT scientists held a Reddit AMA. wrd.cm/1z32HPQ

Dec 19, 2014

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Dec 19, 2014

MIT Computer Scientists Demonstrate the Hard Way That Gender Still Matters | WIRED wired.com/2014/12/mit-sc…

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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.

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

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

Dec 19, 2014

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

Dec 19, 2014

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

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

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

The Evidence That North Korea Hacked Sony Is Flimsy

wired.com — Today Sony canceled the premier of "The Interview" because of fears that terrorists might attack the theater showing the film. Movie theaters across the nation are also canceling screenings of the film in the run-up to its Christmas-Day opening. The actions show just how much power the attackers behind the Sony hack have amassed in...
Dec 17, 2014

Truth be told, I had a fraction of this written. I wanted to write this piece. @KimZetter did it a lot better. wired.com/2014/12/north-…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @isaacstonefish: "...China may have initiated a breach at Sony during business negotiations with the studio last year" wired.com/2014/12/north-…

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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.
Dec 19, 2014

Wait, Sony Pictures is a startup now? // RT @WIRED: At this startup, everyone can read each other's email wrd.cm/1z3FHQx

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 19, 2014

RT @evankirstel: Videogame Designers Could Learn a Lot From 19th-Century Board Games j.mp/13k7wv3

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-…

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.

The Savvy Plan to Combat Malaria With Mobile Phones

wired.com — Martin Edlund likes to say that malaria could be the first disease to be beaten by mobile phones. Yes, he happens to be the CEO of the non-profit Malaria No More, so he has to say stuff like that, but no, it's not a total pipedream.

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.

Tech Time Warp of the Week: The '90s TV Special That Profiled Hackers and Their Glorious Hair

wired.com — Dan Farmer looks more like the keyboard player for some New Wave band than a corporate cybersecurity guru. But thanks to a little tool he created called SATAN-short for Security Administrator Tool for Analyzing Networks-he was one of the leading security experts of the 1990s.
Dec 19, 2014

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The Evidence That North Korea Hacked Sony Is Flimsy

wired.com — Today Sony canceled the premiere of "The Interview" and its entire Christmas-Day release of the movie because of fears that terrorists might attack theaters showing the film. The actions show just how much power the attackers behind the Sony hack have amassed in a short time. But who exactly are they?
Dec 19, 2014

RT @YourAnonNews: Again... anybody who sounds sure that North Korea is behind the Sony hack does not know what they're talking about wrd.cm/1z71xb0

Dec 19, 2014

North Korea being responsible for the #sonyhack needs media skepticism. Good questions earlier from Wired: wired.com/2014/12/eviden…

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Inside the Buzz-Fueled Media Startups Battling for Your Attention

wired.com — Type By Dirk Fowler It's like a parody, spending time in a well-funded startup's office, with exposed brick walls and Great Big Screens Showing User Numbers and Pie Charts, just down the street from a food truck pavilion, sipping on a cup of roasted-one-block-away designer coffee while debating iPhone 6 versus iPhone 6 Plus.
Dec 19, 2014

Interesting Wired article on "the Buzz-Fueled Media Startups Battling for Your Attention". wired.com/2014/12/new-me… pic.twitter.com/EeOxwPmfUU

Dec 19, 2014

Inside the Buzz-Fueled Media Startups Battling for Your Attention | WIRED wired.com/2014/12/new-me…

Dec 18, 2014

Inside the Buzz-Fueled Media Startups Battling for Your Attention | WIRED fb.me/3MKidRZek

Dec 18, 2014

RT @christopherwink: Here's how much @wired is making depending on which platform you read this news startups story wired.com/2014/12/new-me… pic.twitter.com/MLM2HUf0sP

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These Dreamers Are Actually Making Progress Building Elon's Hyperloop

wired.com — When Elon Musk unveiled his idea for the Hyperloop in August of 2013, no one seemed sure what the next step would be. The Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO dropped a 57-page alpha white paper on us, noting he didn't really have the time build a revolutionary transit system that would shoot pods full of people around the country in above-ground tubes at 800 mph.
Dec 18, 2014

These Dreamers Are Actually Making Progress Building Elon's Hyperloop | WIRED wired.com/2014/12/jumpst…

Dec 18, 2014

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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.

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 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.

Satellite Map Shows Evidence of a Dangerous Arctic Warming Feedback Loop

wired.com — SAN FRANCISCO-One of the ways our planet manages its heat budget is by storing solar energy in the oceans. In recent years, the Arctic has been taking in more than its usual share of heat energy, which could be bad news for our steadily warming planet.
Dec 18, 2014

@WIRED: Satellite map reveals evidence of a dangerous Arctic warming feedback loop wrd.cm/1zBCfzy pic.twitter.com/snqVUJFjaP