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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 in Modern Art. A young-adult novel called The Boy Who Reversed Himself. They're all devoted to helping our brains break out of the three dimensions in which we exist, to aid our understanding of a universe that extends beyond our perception. The post One Man’s Quest to Build a Mind-Warping Four Dimensional Video Game appeared first on WIRED.

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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 death so scary and awful. But the sense that they […] The post The Startup That Lets You Communicate from Beyond the Grave appeared first on WIRED.

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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 crew, excursions far bigger and longer than those of Columbus more than […] The post The Tricky Ethics of Intergalactic Colonization appeared first on WIRED.

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Trying to beautify your bedtime routine? Here are 23 possibilities. The post 23 Gorgeous Products That’ll Turn Your Bedroom Into an Oasis of Calm appeared first on WIRED.

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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.

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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. Only a hint of a to-and-fro oscillation in the star it orbits, detectable by Earth's most sensitive telescopes and spectrographs, lets astronomers say the planet exists at all. The planet is bigger than our world, perhaps made of rocks instead of gas, and within its star's “habitable zone”—at a Goldilocks distance that ensures enough starlight to make liquid water possible but not so much as to nuke the planet clean. The post The Ugly Battle Over Who Really Discovered the First Earth-Like Planet appeared first on WIRED.

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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.

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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 Telescope. The Webb will operate 1 million miles from Earth in […] The post How a Superchilled Telescope Will Look Back at the Dawn of the Universe appeared first on WIRED.

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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 run out of names. Then keep going, a hundred million times smaller still, and you finally […] The post We All Might Be Living In An Infinite Hologram appeared first on WIRED.

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When the WIRED staff found out that Interstellar director Christopher Nolan was going to guest-edit our December issue, we were all super-excited but knew we’d need to execute on a tight timeline. A few days later, we were told that the theme would be space, time, and other dimensions. As a photo editor, I immediately […] The post 24 Photographs Taken at the Exact Same Moment All Around the World appeared first on WIRED.

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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. Twice. What’s the deal with Euler’s identity? Basically, it’s an equation about numbers—specifically, those […] The post The Baffling and Beautiful Wormhole Between Branches of Math appeared first on WIRED.

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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. So when the University of Warwick professor and author writes about these freaky geometries, he relies on an analogy—a […] The post A Guide to Flatland: What It’s Like to Live in Two Dimensions appeared first on WIRED.

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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 the year his dad took him to the theater to see 2001: A Space […] The post The Impact of Borges, Brazil, and MC Escher on Interstellar appeared first on WIRED.

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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 of the platter without flying off. 3. As the movie plays, the […] The post Interstellar Was So Big It Almost Broke IMAX appeared first on WIRED.

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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 first on WIRED.

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LinkNYC is an ambitious plan to blanket NYC in super-fast Wi-Fi, paid for by ads. The post NYC’s New Pay Phones Will Provide Super-Fast Wi-Fi—And Super-Smart Ads appeared first on WIRED.

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Amazon promises to power all of its data centers with renewable energy in the long-term. But it hasn't revealed how it plans to do that. The post Amazon Vows To Run On 100% Renewable Energy appeared first on WIRED.

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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.

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Over time, the show that failed at feeling British grew into its own skin, bringing heart to its humor. Soon, you weren’t just laughing at the characters and their workplace foibles; you were rooting for them, too. The post WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: The Office (US Version) appeared first on WIRED.

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If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the options, we humbly offer our weekly guide to shows you should check out. (And none of them are Serial!) The post The Three Podcast Episodes You Can’t Miss This Week appeared first on WIRED.

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The history of our relationship with technology is simple: we purchased machines and devices that we expected to fulfill a certain need. Be it a computer for sending emails, an e-reader for reading books on the go, or a smartwatch for helping us stay on top of notifications, we interact with technology with predictable reciprocity. […] The post Has Artificial Intelligence Outsmarted Our Emotions? appeared first on WIRED.

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Facebook’s social network got so big, it had to build the thing an entirely new foundation. It’s a story that shows just how far the giants of the internet must go to ensure that their services can reliably juggle traffic from hundreds of millions of people across the globe. It wasn’t just that Facebook had […] The post How Facebook’s Programming Tools Are Remaking Wikipedia, Baidu, and Box appeared first on WIRED.

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