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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...
From: Wired | By: Jordan Crucchiola | Friday, November 21, 2014
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There's really no technology story this week bigger than Uber. The hosts discuss. Also, browsers: What's up with them? The post Gadget Lab Podcast: Uber Mensches appeared first on WIRED....
From: Wired | By: Gadget Lab Staff | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Between each race is a hurried trip, slogging six jumbo jets worth of everything from cars, to fuel and motor oil, to forks and knives. The post This Is How You Ship an F1 Car Across the Globe in 36 Hours appeared first on WIRED....
From: Wired | By: Alex Davies | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Never Alone is a clever puzzle-platforming game based on the Alaskan Iñupiat culture. The post Never Alone Is a Harrowing Journey Into the Folklore of Alaska Natives appeared first on WIRED....
From: Wired | By: Matt Peckham | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Using a net-mounted sensor and a wrist-worn companion, the $150 ShotTracker is built to track your buckets and bricks on the basketball court. The post This Wristband Tracks Your B-Ball Skills and Suggests Shooting Drills appeared first on WIRED....
From: Wired | By: Tim Moynihan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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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. The...
From: Wired | By: Issie Lapowsky | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Mike Rubenstein has created a low-cost robot called AERobot, specifically designed to teach middle school and high school kids the fundamentals of robotics. The post Harvard Researchers Build $10 Robot That Can Teach Kids to Code appeared first on WIRED....
From: Wired | By: Davey Alba | Friday, November 21, 2014
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It's been a long week, and everyone is jonesing for that Thanksgiving break to put on their fattest pants and slip into football/food/movie comas. So we'll keep it simple. Here's a GIF of Benedict Cumberbatch being flirty with you, and the week's most...
From: Wired | By: Jordan Crucchiola | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Benedict Cumberbatch may be the star of The Imitation Game, but the film's truly central figure is the code-breaking computer Christopher. The post How Designers Recreated Alan Turing’s Code-Breaking Computer for Imitation Game appeared first on WIRED....
From: Wired | By: Angela Watercutter | Friday, November 21, 2014
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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,...
From: Wired | By: Jordan Golson | Friday, November 21, 2014
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With the Xperia Z3, Sony once again makes a fantastic piece of hardware that's marred by horrible software. The post Sony Xperia Z3 appeared first on WIRED....
From: Wired | By: Brent Rose | Friday, November 21, 2014
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How can urban planners make cities more livable for everyone? The post Urban Planning Ideas for 2030, When Billions Will Live in Megacities appeared first on WIRED....
From: Wired | By: Margaret Rhodes | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Yes, the new Hunger Games movie is an appetizer, but it also leaves you wanting more. The post The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Is Fantastic. We Ain’t Even Mad It Was Cut in Half appeared first on WIRED....
From: Wired | By: Angela Watercutter | Friday, November 21, 2014
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The colugo is the most accomplished mammalian glider of all—on account of being essentially a giant flap of skin—capable of soaring an incredible 200 feet from tree to tree. The post Absurd Creature of the Week: The Adorably Creepy Gliding Mammal...
From: Wired | By: Matt Simon | Friday, November 21, 2014
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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...
From: Wired | By: Jon Mooallem | Friday, November 21, 2014
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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...
From: Wired | By: Kim Zetter | Friday, November 21, 2014
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I won’t be able to post many (or any) posts on Beyond Apollo in the next few weeks because of holiday and work travel. I’ll be hauling along research material when I travel (I always do), but I doubt that I’ll have time to do much more than take...
From: Wired | By: David S. F. Portree | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Google Contributor asks people to pay a tiny amount to support the websites they love. But will it work? The post Google Launches Contributor To Reinvent the Way We Fund the Web appeared first on WIRED....
From: Wired | By: Issie Lapowsky | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Last year, a man named Carlin Dunne raced an electric motorcycle in the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. He reached the summit in a blistering 10 minutes flat, handily beating his closest competitor through the mountain's 156 curves by 21 seconds....
From: Wired | By: Alexander George | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Instruments recorded the thump of Philae’s first of three landings on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last week. The post This Is What It Sounded Like When We Landed on a Comet appeared first on WIRED....
From: Wired | By: Marcus Woo | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Our first look at the trailer for Telltale Games' Game of Thrones videogames, plus a WIRED exclusive reveal of an original character -- Maester Ortengryn. The post Your First Look at the Game of Thrones Videogame Trailer appeared first on WIRED....
From: Wired | By: Laura Hudson | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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A new computer modeling study suggests the human immune system has a better memory than scientists had thought for strains of the flu it’s encountered in the past. In the future, the researchers say, it might be possible to exploit this to design better...
From: Wired | By: Annie Sneed | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Apple is changing the wording on its free app purchases to avoid confusion and litigation. The post Apple Changes Freemium Wording in the App Store to Avoid Getting Sued appeared first on WIRED....
From: Wired | By: Christina Bonnington | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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This week Batman got a belated 75th anniversary present: the release of Legends of the Knight, a crowdfunded documentary that celebrates not only the crime fighting alter ego of Bruce Wayne, but more importantly the real-world impact that the character...
From: Wired | By: Graeme McMillan | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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More than two years after Julian Assange sought protection at the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK, a Swedish court is still demanding he return to that country to face questioning in a sex crimes investigation. Today a Swedish appeals court rejected Assange’s...
From: Wired | By: Kim Zetter | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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While Christopher Nolan was making Interstellar, he decided to show a model of the movie’s bots to his kids. They were extremely disappointed. “That’s not a robot,” they told him. “That’s a box.” Well, it’s true: Nolan’s intelligent...
From: Wired | By: Jason Kehe | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Researchers have combined nighttime satellite imagery with river maps to quantify where people and property are most in danger of flooding. The post Science Graphic of the Week: Nighttime Satellite Maps Show Increasing Flood Risks appeared first on WIRED....
From: Wired | By: Nick Stockton | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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If you happened to be the CEO of a startup that markets itself as Uber without the assholes, then this would be a great week for you. And so, it’s been a great week for Rakesh Mathur, the newly appointed CEO of Flywheel. The post Taxi-Hailing App Flywheel...
From: Wired | By: Issie Lapowsky | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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The fascinating backstory behind the azimuthal orthographic, the map projection that makes flat maps look like 3-D globes. The post Get to Know a Projection: Azimuthal Orthographic appeared first on WIRED....
From: Wired | By: Nick Stockton | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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The eBay-style contraband bazaar Evolution has grown more than 50 percent in drug offerings since September. The post How the Dark Web’s New Favorite Drug Market Is Profiting From Silk Road 2’s Demise appeared first on WIRED....
From: Wired | By: Andy Greenberg | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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A slew of mental health apps are coming out of academic institutions, research clinics and a number of start-ups. They all seek to facilitate the management of serious mental illnesses—such as severe depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia....
From: Wired | By: Davey Alba | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Jelle Martens Eight years ago, polish hacker Joanna Rutkowska was experimenting with rootkits—tough-to-detect spyware that infects the deepest level of a computer’s operating system—when she came up with a devious notion: What if, instead of putting...
From: Wired | By: Andy Greenberg | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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There's a row of books on a shelf in Marc ten Bosch's living room that contains a crash course in higher dimensions. Titles like Flatland. Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time and the Beauty That Causes Havoc. The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean Geometry...
From: Wired | By: Chris Suellentrop | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Randall Munroe is the author of What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, published in September. The post The XKCD Guide to the Universe’s Most Bizarre Physics appeared first on WIRED....
From: Wired | By: Randall Munroe | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Carl De Torres To get ahead in life, spend some time on the International Space Station. Why? Well, according to the theory of relativity, astronauts on the ISS age more slowly due to the spacecraft’s high orbital speed. It’s called time dilation,...
From: Wired | By: Seth Kadish | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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In almost every dystopian young adult movie you can count on many things: brave teens, societies divided, and distinguished women who stand at the heart of central conflicts. We would like to honor these elder stateswomen (and the wonderful actresses...
From: Wired | By: Jordan Crucchiola | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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The cargo trucks criss-crossing India are brash, psychedelic folk art. They're covered from bumper to bumper in religious iconography, talismans, and all manner of elaborate motifs, prompting the men behind their wheels to affectionately call them their...
From: Wired | By: Zachary Slobig | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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No one knows what the planet Gliese 667Cc looks like. We know that it is about 22 light-years from Earth, a journey of lifetimes upon lifetimes. But no one can say whether it is a world like ours, with oceans and life, cities and single-malt Scotch....
From: Wired | By: Lee Billings | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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The Awa Taccino from Takara Tomy lets you create sophisticated 3-D latte art at home. The post This Gadget Fires Foamy 3-D Pandas Into Your Lattes appeared first on WIRED....
From: Wired | By: Tim Moynihan | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Christoph Niemann One way to imagine dying is like time travel, except instead of journeying into the future or seeing Ancient Rome, you go to eternity, see nothing, and never come back. We have no idea where people go when they die; it’s what makes...
From: Wired | By: Jon Mooallem | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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NASA Quarks and leptons, the building blocks of matter, are staggeringly small—less than an attometer (a billionth of a billionth of a meter) in diameter. But zoom in closer—a billion times more—past zeptometers and yoctometers, to where the units...
From: Wired | By: Seth Kadish | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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To see back in time, you need a massive telescope—one big enough to capture light from when the first galaxies were formed, 13.5 billion years ago. Astronomers are clamoring to see this light, so NASA is obliging them by building the James Webb Space...
From: Wired | By: Eric Niller | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Along with the beta release of iOS 8.2, developers also got access to WatchKit. Here's what the SDK reveals about how apps will run on the device. The post With New Dev Kit, Apple Gives Us a Glimpse of How Its Watch Will Work appeared first on WIRED....
From: Wired | By: Christina Bonnington | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Leif Podhajsky Zheng He! Zheng He! Is there a better icon for interstellar voyaging? Between 1405 and 1433, Zheng set out from China on massive naval expeditions that reached as far as Mecca and Mombasa, journeys with more than 300 vessels and 28,000...
From: Wired | By: Charles C. Mann | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Valero Doval Mathematician Ian Stewart wants us to see what he sees. Which is kind of a problem, because he’s accustomed to envisioning some pretty impossible shapes: snowflakes in fractional dimensions, hypercubes in 4-D, 11-dimensional superstrings....
From: Wired | By: Jason Kehe | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Onformative Math Geeks extol its beauty, even finding in it hints of a mysterious connectedness in the universe. It’s on tank tops and coffee mugs. Aliens, apparently, carve it into crop circles (in 8-bit binary code). It’s appeared on The Simpsons....
From: Wired | By: Lee Simmons | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Christopher Griffith 1. An exhibitor loads the film reel onto the platter and threads the film through a set of rollers that remove debris and smoothly feed the film into the projector. 2. The new clamps allow longer films to extend to the very edge...
From: Wired | By: Julia Greenberg | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Chart: Thomas Porostocky Blade Runner; 007: Everett Collection Christopher Nolan owes a lot to 1977: Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Spy Who Loved Me—three movies he often cites as major influences. But more important, 1977 was...
From: Wired | By: Jordan Crucchiola And Jason Kehe | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Holiday shopping, that gay old American pastime, seems to get a little more cutthroat with each passing year. Now, thanks to Cash Dash, things are about to get even uglier. The post An App That Helps Retailers Steal Each Other’s Customers appeared...
From: Wired | By: Issie Lapowsky | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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About once a year, Florida harvester ants dig new nests, a mystery entomologists are eager to get to the bottom of. The post Ants Regularly Pack Up and Dig New Nests, and Nobody Knows Why appeared first on WIRED....
From: Wired | By: Nick Stockton | Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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