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Just because Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine is fictional doesn’t mean it’s immune to the effects of climate change. This map shows how, in the past 110 Galactic Standard Years, Tatooine has turned from a sprawling, desert wasteland into an even hotter sprawling, desert wasteland. It comes from Tatooine’s first Intergovernmental Report on Climate […]

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You are looking at the most precise gravity map ever made of a distant galaxy cluster. Using the map, astronomers have determined that the cluster is roughly 650,000 light-years across and contains enough matter to make 160 trillion suns. The cluster, known as MCS J0416.1–2403, is located about 4 billion light-years away and consists of […]

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Called Yelp Trends, the tool scours Yelp’s 57 millions reviews for how often certain words have been used in various cities.

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This beetle is fabulous and shiny. Also, purple.

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In her new book, Cristina de Middel has taken the original text from Chairman Mao Zedong’s Little Red Book and redacted most of the words, creating new and often times biting quotes that mock the statements of this once powerful communist leader.

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posted about 19 hours ago on wired news
There is a lot of excitement around the current trend to get more people to be into computer programming. Whether or not they end up becoming coders, we can all at least can gain a bit from “computational thinking.” Perhaps with this movement, computer users will all eventually become computational creators. Unlikely, but we can […]

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posted about 21 hours ago on wired news
The new Luc Besson movie Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson, opens in theatres countrywide tomorrow. It’s based on the immortal myth that we use only 10 percent of our brains. Johansson’s character is injected with drugs that allow her to access 100 percent of her brain capacity. She gains the ability to learn Chinese in an instant, […]

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posted about 22 hours ago on wired news
Data visualizations and infographics are already a staple of our daily media diet. Maybe they be part of our actual diet, too.

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As the latest superhero film looms large, some of you may be wondering if there are any comics you should read before seeing Guardians of the Galaxy. Admittedly, Marvel usually does a pretty good job of making films that anyone can enjoy, but if you really want to know what's up, here are five comics that can help you get started.

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posted about 22 hours ago on wired news
Everyone is familiar with the “red-eye” or “green-eye” effect. Here's why it happens and how to prevent it.

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Two years ago, you didn’t want to be Mark Zuckerberg. Sure, there’s the whole billionaire thing, but no personal fortune was going to buy the young CEO out of his first earnings call. The Wall Street skeptics were circling, and within little more than a month, the value of the Facebook shares on which that […]

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posted about 22 hours ago on wired news
The Case Maker Pro lets you change your iPhone case as easily as slapping another sticker on your laptop.

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Volvo's new XC90 SUV automatically applies the brakes if the driver turns in front of an oncoming car.

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posted about 22 hours ago on wired news
The Nokia Lumia 635 is among the first wave of handsets to launch with the latest update of Windows Phone 8.1 software out of the box. At only $130 or less, it's one of the best options for low-priced 4G phones.

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posted about 22 hours ago on wired news
This week at the trailer house, we get so many random goodies it's like a care package from your most eccentric aunt.

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It's the miracle of wireless telegraphy, as interpreted by that guy from college who could do cool tricks after bong rips.

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Hackers have long used malware to enslave armies of unwitting PCs, but security researchers Rob Ragan and Oscar Salazar had a different thought: Why steal computing power from innocent victims when there’s so much free processing power out there for the taking? At the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas next month Ragan and Salazar […]

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WIRED reports live from the first exciting day of Comic-Con 2014.

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Back in the day, breaking in your baseball glove was a summer rite of passage. Nike is looking to make that process obsolete.

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The popularity of drones is climbing quickly among companies, governments and citizens alike. But the rules surrounding where, when and why you can fly an unmanned aerial vehicle aren’t very clear. The FAA has tried to assert control and insist on licensing for all drone operators, while drone pilots and some legal experts claim drones […]

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Microsoft is trying to fix the chicken-and-egg problem it has on mobile.

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Chip Yates built an electric plane that can keep up with its gas-powered counterparts.

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Most volcanoes are inherently unstable features. They are constructed of loose piles of volcanic debris (tephra) and lava flows on relatively steep slopes. This means that they can be prone to landslides. This is especially so inside calderas, a depression formed by the collapse of the land surface. The inner slopes are usually steep and […]

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Investors are pouring millions into Urban Compass, a New York City-based startup that offers an antidote to Craigslist chaos.

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