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In a 2011 Greenpeace report called “How Dirty is Your Data?", Apple earned the dubious distinction of being the among the worst climate offenders. Not long afterwards—though Apple says the announcement was long in the making—the company proclaimed its intent to power all its operations via renewables like wind, biogas, hydro, and solar.

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A Q&A with Writer Michael Lewis on rigging Wall Street and why regulators may not solve the problem.

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Plenty of automakers make retro-modern vehicles that combine an old-school ethos with modern technology. But none of them do it quite like Morgan Motor Co., which was retro before retro was a thing.

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Netflix has spent years building and improving its recommendation engine, and even sponsored a $1 million contest to improve its algorithm. But not every company has the time or money to build a system like that. Using a new open source offering from Mortar Data, one engineer should be able to get a custom recommendation engine up and running in about a week's time.

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One of the more surprising ripple effects of the 2008 economic crash is the resurgence of independent gold prospecting in California.

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Bryan Pijanowski wants to capture the sounds of the world on a single day, and he needs your help. Beginning on Earth Day of this year, Pijanowski hopes to enlist thousands of people in recording a few minutes of their everyday surroundings with his Soundscape Recorder smartphone app.

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This week's episode of Game of Thrones is here to remind us of the truth: this is not a pleasant story.

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How do you get kids to eat lunch at school, and get them to do so consistently?

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Facebook is trying its darndest to split its everything-and-the-kitchen-sink site into a collection of narrowly focused apps. Co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently referred to this “unbundling [of] the big blue app” as a top priority. But events of the past few days have highlighted how hard it will be to achieve this vision.

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Could something like Google's Project Ara work for gaming machines, too?

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Boom Boom is a Bluetooth speaker that will acquire new functionalities the longer you own it.

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Even in today's rapidly evolving world of technology, there are few things that make your jaw drop when you see them in real life. Honda’s ASIMO is one of those things.

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If the Comcast-Time Warner deal must go through, the FCC should impose the seven rules I outline below. But first, some background on Comcast’s special place in what is looking increasingly like our new Gilded Age.

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One of the most close-knit fandoms in comics has rallied around a character who's only recently found her way to the front lines.

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In celebration of 4/20 on Sunday, Mat and Mike spend this week's show getting high — on technology!

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WIRED editors talk Trials Fusion, PAX East and more on this week's Game|Life podcast.

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Little more than six months after Apple tried to rev up a more diversified market for its iPhones by releasing a “premium” model (the 5s) and a “cheap” model (the 5c), the supposedly fancier phone is now available for free.

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Bonobos have earned a reputation as a “sexy” ape. Sexual activity — in many creative forms — plays a large role in bonobo society. Sexual contacts occur often, in virtually all partner combinations and in a slew of different positions. Bonobo society is also known to be more egalitarian and peaceful, especially compared with their […]

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Welcome to the weekly roundup of comments on WIRED that really added something to the conversation. Below are the best conversations going on across the site this week.

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These little bees make their nest in an unusual place

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Colorful hummingbirds and butterflies flit across the page in constant motion, like an Audubon guide come to life

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This week's Apple rumors include more hints about the iPhone 6's final design and speculation about a new, Shazam-like song ID system for iOS.

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Adding a physical keyboard to an iPad mini is an easy and inexpensive way of converting the small tablet into something closer to a laptop. OK, more like a netbook.

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Special Forces teams are all about silently penetrating remote areas and executing complex, lightning-fast raids. Now DARPA is developing a new vehicle to soundlessly race commandoes to their missions: stealthy, hybrid-powered motorcycles.

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The idea for the coffee-table tome is simple: The author traveled around the world, photographing record collectors in their homes with their vast libraries.

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