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Theodore Gray's new book, Molecules, is dedicated to exploring chemistry's building blocks on their own terms. The post New Book Explores the Building Blocks of Everything From Poison to Soap appeared first on WIRED.

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Here in the United States, we spend most of our time in an always-on world—a place where internet connections are as constant and reliable as the lights or running water. But this sort of always-on internet is very much a first-world luxury, and it appears to be confined to countries that were early users of […] The post The Internet Sleeps at Night. Really. appeared first on WIRED.

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In the latest installment of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast, a panel of writers discusses the popularity and even the psychogeographies of haunted houses. The post What’s Scarier, Haunted Houses or Haunted People? appeared first on WIRED.

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There were about a bajillion "oh, crap!" moments on The Knick finale last night. (OK, like, five.) But of those, the two most intense have real medical histories even more tragic than what went down on the show. Removing teeth to treat insanity? That happened. Using heroin to treat cocaine addiction? That's not too far from the truth, either. The post The Tragic Medical History Behind That Crazy Knick Finale appeared first on WIRED.

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It's happened to Twitter. And Tumblr. And Instagram. And now, Snapchat's day has finally come. The post Snapchat Ads Are Heading Your Way This Weekend appeared first on WIRED.

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New Apple hardware was released this week. Maybe you heard? The hosts (joined this week by WIRED writer Tim Moynihan), discuss new iPads and 5K iMacs. Also, new Nexus hardware, the best iPad games, and your Mother. The post Gadget Lab Podcast: Did You Hear That Apple Had an Event This Week? appeared first on WIRED.

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Bayonetta 2, Fantasy Life, Shadow of Mordor and more are on the docket for this week's Game|Life podcast. The post Game|Life Podcast: Software Sales Slump and Bayonetta Makes a Comeback appeared first on WIRED.

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Americans may have a Florida drug dealer to thank for expanding our right to privacy. Police departments around the country have been collecting phone metadata from telecoms and using a sophisticated spy tool to track people through their mobile phones—often without obtaining a warrant. But a new ruling out of Florida has curbed the activity […] The post Cops Need a Warrant to Grab Your Cell Tower Data, Florida Court Rules appeared first on WIRED.

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Silicon Valley just won a major victory in the war over patents. On Thursday, the White House announced that it has nominated former Google patent lawyer Michelle Lee as the next director of the USPTO. Lee, who holds a master’s degree from MIT in electrical engineering and computer science and a JD from Stanford Law […] The post Silicon Valley Wins! Obama Picks Ex-Google Lawyer to Head Patent Office appeared first on WIRED.

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On Friday afternoon Kickstarter suspended the crowdfunding campaign for Anonabox, an initiative to sell a tiny, $45 router that would run all the user's online traffic over the anonymity network Tor. The post Kickstarter Freezes Anonabox Privacy Router Project for Misleading Funders appeared first on WIRED.

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The JPMorgan Chase data breach rocked headlines early this month as the latest in a series of breaches hitting nearly a dozen financial companies in 2014 alone. The news also follows similar breach disclosures from Target, Home Depot, Albertsons and others. The massive security breach compromised 76 million households and seven million small business accounts. […] The post A Silver Lining in the JP Morgan Breach? appeared first on WIRED.

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While Apple didn't highlight it in during Thursday keynote, but the iPad Air 2 has a new SIM that could change the way you think of cellular network access. The post The iPad Air 2 Finally Lets You Easily Switch Between Carriers appeared first on WIRED.

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I previously wrote about my experience attending a one-week Design Thinking Boot Camp at the Stanford Design School (aka d.school). I was amazed with all the responses and comments I received through Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook where people asked me to write more. Boot Camp as a really fabulous experience, so I’m excited to share more. […] The post My Trip to D.School (Part II): Rapid Iteration for Repeatable Innovation appeared first on WIRED.

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Bruges-based De Halve Maan brewery is building an underground pipeline to move beer from its brewery in the city center to its bottling facility a few miles away. It makes a lot of sense practically speaking, but let’s be honest: Most people are probably concerned with how they can sneakily drill into the ground and […] The post Here’s How You Build a Beer Pipeline Across a Medieval City appeared first on WIRED.

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I think that at some point in the future, smart phones will have a built in infrared camera. But for now, you are going to have to use an IR camera add on. This is the Seek Thermal infrared camera. What do I think about it? Let’s find out. An Infrared Review But what does […] The post The Seek Thermal Infrared Camera for iPhone and Android appeared first on WIRED.

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“There’s a long and shared history of architecture and photography,” says Elias Redstone, author of a new book dedicated to that love affair. The post 17 of the Most Influential Architecture Photos of All Time appeared first on WIRED.

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Denis Wood is a maker of fascinating maps, and a cartographic iconoclast. He’s also a convicted sex offender. These facts create an uncomfortable tension in a new documentary film about Wood’s work and life. The 23-minute movie, Unmappable, premiers Oct. 18 at the New Orleans Film Festival. Wood has been challenging the bounds of traditional […] The post Iconoclastic Mapmaker With a Sordid Past Is the Subject of a New Documentary appeared first on WIRED.

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Few parasitoids are more bizarre or disturbing than the wasps of the genus Glyptapanteles, whose females inject their eggs into living caterpillars. Once inside, the larvae mature, feeding on the caterpillar’s body fluids before gnawing through its skin en masse and emerging into the light of day. And despite the trauma, not only does the caterpillar survive---initially at least---but the larvae proceed to mind-control it, turning their host into a bodyguard that protects them as they spin their cocoons and finish maturing. Then, finally, the caterpillar starves to death, but only after the tiny wasps emerge from their cocoons and fly away. The post Absurd Creature of the Week: The Wasp That Lays Eggs Inside Caterpillars and Turns Them Into Slaves appeared first on WIRED.

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When Evernote launched Evernote Market last fall, it left a lot of people scratching their heads. What was a company, built around software that’s meant to streamline our lives, doing shilling Evernote-branded socks? Twelve months and $12 million in sales later, we have our answer. “I don’t think anyone outside of our walls expected [that],” […] The post Why Evernote Is Selling a Line of Eames-Inspired Desk Accessories appeared first on WIRED.

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At first, a lot of people didn’t get the iPad. “It’s just a really big iPhone,” the voices said when the Apple tablet made its debut. Some even called it a really big iPod Touch. “The unanswered question is whether we really need a ‘third device’—something to fill the gap between smartphone and laptop,” PCWorld […] The post Apple Can’t Say What the iPad Is for, But That’s the Whole Point appeared first on WIRED.

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As a child, Maija Tammi wanted to be a pathologist. She doesn’t remember that childhood dream, but her family does. And though she grew up to be an artist, that early fascination with the body informed and shaped her latest project. The Finnish photographer recently released Leftover/Removals, a collection of stark and clinical images that […] The post Unsettling Medical Photos Explore Our Fascination With the Disgusting appeared first on WIRED.

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What would happen if you took a stack of tablet computers to a tiny schoolhouse in a remote part of Ghana and asked a group of fifth graders - who have never used a computer or the internet before - to use the mysterious devices to figure out the answer to a few basic questions? The post Going Global? The Growing Movement to Let Kids Learn Just by Tinkering appeared first on WIRED.

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Nathaniel Stern is underwater off the coast of Florida, scanning the view before him. But not just with his eyes; he also has an actual desktop scanner strapped to his scuba-suited body, uploading images to an on-board Windows tablet. A few jellyfish, a bit of coral, the expanse of blue—he scans them all. He isn't capturing these images for science or study, though. He's capturing them for art gallery walls. Stern is a digital artist, and for the past 10 years, this has been his art. The post This Guy Takes Awesome Underwater Photos With a Desktop Scanner appeared first on WIRED.

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Think of Skin Buttons as a stepping stone for improving outputs for things like notifications or even a projection of the screen itself. The post A Smartwatch That Projects Buttons Onto Your Skin appeared first on WIRED.

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This was a good week if you’re a gadget geek. First, Google unveiled a media streaming device and two new tablets, and then Apple graced the world with the iPad Mini 7. But the true gadget geek will tell you that none of this compares to The Star7, one of the great lost gadgets of […] The post Tech Time Warp of the Week: Get a Glimpse of the Lost Touchscreen Tablet of 1992 appeared first on WIRED.

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