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The launch of a small satellite won’t fix the the drought in the American West—now entering its fourth year—and it won’t change the fact that January was the driest month in recorded California history. But the Soil Moisture Active Passive mission might at least tell scientists and farmers something new about that drought, and maybe how much […] The post A New Satellite Will Watch the Western Drought from Space appeared first on WIRED.

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The President's 2016 budget asks for ambitious funding to fight antibiotic resistance, and combatting that healthcare peril may be the one thing both parties can agree on. The post The White House 2016 Budget Includes Big Funding for Antibiotic Resistance appeared first on WIRED.

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This week, the Internet abounded with important questions: How can someone who's trademarking a random phrase not look like a villain in these days of information wants to be free? Why shouldn't you piss off Comcast? Why are error pages the hot new thing on a certain website? The answers to all of these (and more) await you here, as we round up what you need to know about the last seven days on this wild wooly web. The post While You Were Offline: Taylor Swift Gets Hacked and Comcast Enrages the Internet appeared first on WIRED.

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In the latest installment of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, playwright Glen Berger discusses his time on the ill-fated Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. The post What Went Wrong With the Spider-Man Musical appeared first on WIRED.

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Watch John Sherman use a voice synthesizer to place the first computer-assisted pizza delivery order in history. The post Tech Time Warp of the Week: Return to 1974, When a Computer Ordered a Pizza for the First Time appeared first on WIRED.

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The Super Bowl’s branding lacked consistency, which was likely the result of the NFL commissioning different firms to design it every year. The post The Evolution of the Super Bowl’s Zany Logos appeared first on WIRED.

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Good news: Verizon Wireless will soon let its users stop the invasive tracking of its ‘perma-cookie.’ The post Verizon Will Let Customers Sidestep Its Privacy-Killing ‘Perma-Cookie’ appeared first on WIRED.

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It’s a well-known fact that Facebook’s flagship feature, News Feed, is run by algorithms. But Facebook knows that it can do better than relying solely on these cold computations. The post Facebook Is Making News Feed Better By Asking Real People Direct Questions appeared first on WIRED.

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There'll be time to sleep, but for now, here’s what the middle stretch of the Sundance Film Festival looked like from our vantage point The post Sundance’s Second Act: All The Films We’ve Caught in the Past Three Days appeared first on WIRED.

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It's been a long seven months, but Game of Thrones has finally given us something to hold onto until its fifth season arrives in April. The post Rejoice: Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Trailer Is Finally Here appeared first on WIRED.

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Imgur's new Video to GIF feature lets you pop in a URL and get a great-looking GIF within seconds. Here's how it compares to similar tools. The post How Imgur’s New GIF-Maker Stacks Up Against Other Tools Out There appeared first on WIRED.

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I am old enough to be of the generation that grew up with vinyl. Unlike the romantics of today I remember the scratches, the arguments over borrowing my brother’s records, putting them on my worn and generally abused record player and the reality that after the first few plays, even with that brand new stylus, […] The post Vinyl or CDs: Tech Doesn’t Do Sentimental — Listening Habits Show What’s Next for Cloud appeared first on WIRED.

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Back in the 1960s, the race was on between the United States and the USSR to see who could get to the moon first. That high-stakes competition ushered in a new era of space exploration featuring incredible levels of ingenuity, creativity, and scientific mastery. Now, decades later, we are on the verge of yet another […] The post The New Space Race: Bringing Internet to the Other 4 Billion appeared first on WIRED.

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Jay-Z's empire may soon be a little bit larger. The rapper and business mogul is about to get into the streaming music business. The post Jay-Z Enters Streaming Music Industry, With Bid to Acquire Swedish Company appeared first on WIRED.

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The order of specific units, or syntax, is important for many types of acoustic communication, including human speech and birdsong. But does the effectiveness of visual communication depend on syntax as well? That’s what Kevin Woo, of SUNY Empire State College, and Guillaume Rieucau, of the Institute of Marine Research in Norway, wanted to find […] The post In Lizard Visual Displays, Order Matters appeared first on WIRED.

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An easy to read guide to where cycling is relaxing and where it’s stressful. The post Measuring Brainwaves to Make a New Kind of Bike Map for NYC appeared first on WIRED.

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Built as a support vehicle for an ice-driving academy in Lapland, Finland, the Nissan Juke Nismo "RSnow" looks perfect for chasing down Yetis. The post A Nissan Juke on Tank Treads Is as Glorious and Ridiculous as You’d Imagine appeared first on WIRED.

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All kinds of people turn out for Sundance every January, and they tend to stick together in packs. And one of those groups is really just the worst. The post Journalists, Please Stop Being the Worst People at Sundance appeared first on WIRED.

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While it's not perfect, the new Toshiba Chromebook 2 manages to do what other Chromebooks could not: deliver a really nice 13.3-inch 1080p screen while keeping the price reasonable. The post Review: Toshiba Chromebook 2 appeared first on WIRED.

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In a future of persistent, personalized ads on-screen and off, ad-defeating mechanisms could become a necessary countermeasure The post Adblock for Real Life. Adblock for Real Life! appeared first on WIRED.

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When you think of bodybuilding, certain images come to mind — shiny, rock-hard abs, too-small bathing suits, and lots and lots of flexing. Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek had never been to a bodybuilding event before, but knew he couldn’t pass up a chance to photograph the World Bodybuilding & Physique Sports Federation’s International Austrian Championships in Vienna. De Koekkoek wanted to see the behind-the-scenes process that turned ordinary men and women into glimmering, pumped up demigods. The post The Freakish Tans and Surprising Friendships of Pro Bodybuilding appeared first on WIRED.

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As debate over free community college tuition continues in Congress, one private equity mogul and philanthropist is working to give students a head start at college for free online. The post The Grand Plan to Give Everyone a Free Year of Online College appeared first on WIRED.

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If I learned anything from Honey I Shrunk the Kids, it’s that turning into a human that’s small enough to fit in a Cheerio comes with a unique set of challenges. Scorpions become even bigger jerks than when you’re normal-sized, for instance. And your dad almost eats you because you’re inside a Cheerio. But what […] The post Absurd Creature of the Week: The World’s Tiniest, Most Adorable Snake Can Curl Up on a Quarter appeared first on WIRED.

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The smartest, richest tech companies in the world all posted their quarterly earnings this week, and if you had to draw one lesson from the results, it's this: mobile matters. More than anything. The post The Smartest, Richest Companies Can’t Crack Mobile. The Future Belongs to Anyone Who Can appeared first on WIRED.

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These posters are a tribute to the groundbreaking work Braun commissioned for its packaging designs. The post Revisit the Design Genius of Braun in the 1960s, With These Tribute Posters appeared first on WIRED.

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