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On its journey from plant to ice cream cone, vanilla travels thousands of miles. Shady fields of waist-high vines in Madagascar, the South Pacific, or Latin America produce valuable fruit, which is cured, oxidized, and dried in an intensive sequence of events lasting several weeks. It’s then shipped to markets around the world, just as […] The post Are Microbes the Taste-Makers of the Future? appeared first on WIRED.

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Lasers and radioactive dating help scientists figure out how much muck the 2013 storms scraped out of the Colorado Rockies. The post Lasers Map the Earth That Moved in Colorado’s Epic Floods appeared first on WIRED.

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An updated version of Gmail for Android adds a universal inbox with conversation view for external accounts. The post Gmail Update Will Wrangle All Your Accounts Into One Inbox appeared first on WIRED.

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The commercials are the closest thing Star Citizen has to a conventional advertising campaign. The post The Oddly Compelling Spaceship Commercials of Star Citizen appeared first on WIRED.

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With a spray-on reflective coating called Life Paint, Volvo wants to make cyclists more visible to drivers at night. The post An Invisible Spray-On Paint to Keep Bikers Safe at Night appeared first on WIRED.

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Metabolic pathways are multi-step endeavors that process one molecule to another, all in the service of cellular health. But not every intermediate waypoint is always seen; they may be consumed quickly as enzymatic reactions progress toward their energy-yielding or food-procuring objectives, rendering potentially useful products invisible to scientists looking for new antibiotics or industrial chemicals. […] The post Assembling a Genome, Piece by Piece appeared first on WIRED.

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A new Android app lets you see how much data your apps are using when your phone is idle -- and what they do with it. The post This Free Tool Shows What Your Apps Are Doing When You’re Not Looking appeared first on WIRED.

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Tidal, the new streaming service backed by hip-hop mogul Jay Z, is being touted as an "artist-owned" endeavor. But is it any good for fans? The post Jay Z’s Tidal Is Great for Artists, But Maybe Not for Fans appeared first on WIRED.

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Netflix crystalized the idea of an internet service that streamed unlimited amounts of TV and movies into your home. It redefined television production with House of Cards, bringing a bona fide original series straight to the net. And with documentaries like The Battered Bastards of Baseball, it took the idea of original programming to new heights. But the company isn't finished. The post How Netflix Will Remake The Image On Your TV appeared first on WIRED.

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Here's how French directing duo Double Ninja made the drenched-in-gold Stanley Kubrick-inspired video for Mystery Skulls' "Magic." The post Go Behind the Scenes of Mystery Skulls’ New Gold-Clad Video appeared first on WIRED.

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Caesar Sengupta reaches into his hip pocket and pulls out a PC. About the size of a cigar, it's a tiny PC. But it's a PC. If you plug it into an LCD display or a TV, you can run the sort of software you typically run on a personal computer, from word processors and spreadsheets and email to online video. The post Google Unveils Chrome Stick That Turns Any Display Into a PC appeared first on WIRED.

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Use Google Maps to play a game of Pac-Man, generated from the roads you can find anywhere in the world. The post How To Play Pac-Man In the Taj Mahal, or Anywhere on Google Maps appeared first on WIRED.

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Angry Nerd is celebrating 100 episodes of his infamous rants! To mark the occasion he's decided to party like crazy by answering your questions. The post Angry Nerd’s 100th Episode Spectacular! appeared first on WIRED.

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DNA sequencing and synthesis are two sides of the same coin, the “read” and “write” functions of genetic material. The field and its requisite technology took off in the 1990s with the Human Genome Project’s effort to sequence billions of bases and unlock a new era of genetically informed medicine. The resulting science is still […] The post Short and Sweet: Why Modern Molecular Biology Needs Oligos appeared first on WIRED.

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What happens when you spin a CD too fast? The answer is that it shatters. The Slow Mo Guys captured some high speed video showing just how it breaks. The post What Happens When a CD Spins Too Fast? appeared first on WIRED.

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Today Amazon announces the Dash Button, a one-touch device for re-ordering common goods in your home. It's tied to a program that's designed to keep you from ever running out of things again. The post Amazon Is Going To Let Your Gadgets Order Groceries Automatically appeared first on WIRED.

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A crystal radio set is almost like magic. Sound appears, seemingly out of nowhere, powered not by cords and batteries, but by the very air around you. “You can’t quite work out how it comes alive,” says Julian Oliver. “But it just does.” Oliver is an artist and “critical engineer,” who for his most recent project […] The post An Old-School Crystal Radio That Broadcasts High-Tech News appeared first on WIRED.

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Before your dog picks a place to poop, there's sniffing and wandering, spinning and digging. What's behind his hunt for the elusive fecal bulls eye? The post Why Is My Dog Such a Picky Pooper? appeared first on WIRED.

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Long-exposure photographs capture the frantic hustle and isolation of rushing through Tokyo. The post Capturing the Bustling Crowds of Tokyo as a Frantic Blur appeared first on WIRED.

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The new Surface 3, the affordable tablet/laptop hybrid just announced today, proves Windows RT is dead. The post Microsoft Surface 3: Still Cheap, But Finally Full Windows appeared first on WIRED.

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Microsoft's beginning its epic Halo 5 marketing blitz with a mystery story and TV commercials, many moons before its October release. The post Prepare to Endlessly Hear About Halo 5 Until October appeared first on WIRED.

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Stickers are for suckers. Deck out your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air with a clip-on panel that lets you Lego it up. The post Turn Your Laptop Into a Lego Castle With This Clever Case appeared first on WIRED.

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As Silicon Valley bursts at its suburban seams, one tech company after another has been buying up properties throughout the region and embarking on ambitious development projects. The post Robber Barons Would Have Loved Facebook’s Employee Housing appeared first on WIRED.

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See this month's collection of products we've been testing and love, or the stuff from our lives that we own and never want to let go. The post March Product Madness: The Gear We Loved This Month appeared first on WIRED.

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Leap is a luxury bus service that lets affluent San Franciscans commute between two of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods while sipping fancy coffee. The post What Mass Transit Can Learn From Elitist Buses Like Leap appeared first on WIRED.

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