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Some of the world’s most brilliant minds are working as data scientists at places like Google, Facebook, and Twitter—analyzing the enormous troves of online information generated by these tech giants—and for hacker and entrepreneur Jeremy Howard, that’s a bit depressing. Howard, a data scientist himself, spent a few years as the president of the Kaggle, […]

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A recent trend seems to be the evaluation of higher education institutions. I’m not sure about other states, but in Louisiana the state funding each university receives is partly based on “performance metrics”. Personally, I think all of these things are just silly. At one point or another, I have heard administrators and politicians saying […]

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For those who’ve just started using the beta, or are just anticipating its launch later this year, we’ve got some tips on how to best take advantage of the redesigned OS and its many new features. In this edition, we take on Apple’s systemwide search, Spotlight.

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Saul Leiter, a New York photographer who died last November, has always been recognized as one of the most important street shooters of his time by those in the art world. But it wasn't until recently that his work came to be known, and loved, by the general public.

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Consider the following question that has been asked at actual Google job interviews: How much does the Empire State Building weigh? Now, there is no correct answer to this question in any practical sense because no one knows the answer. Google isn’t interested in the answer, though; they’re interested in the process.

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My father worked for over 30 years in construction, falling off of ladders and getting slivers of metal in his eye and generally bleeding profusely. He toiled like a maniac so our family could eat, all while furthering one of humanity’s most indispensable inventions: large-scale construction of shelter. From the most modest roof that my […]

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I tend to react to media announcements with a certain cynical optimism, even when it pertains to something I love. But when I heard Sierra was coming back? I freaked out.

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Attention evil geniuses! Mind-controlled robots aren’t that expensive. Chip Audette just built one by attaching his laptop to less than $500 in specialized equipment and writing a little custom software code. The robot—really a Hexbug Spider—is connected to some nifty brain-wave-reading hardware called OpenBCI. WIRED wrote about this open source project back in January as […]

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White hat hacker Ben Caudill is halfway through his sandwich when he casually reaches over to his iPhone, swipes the screen a few times, then holds it up to me. “Is that you?” he asks. It is, but nobody was supposed to know. He’s showing me one of my posts to Secret, the popular anonymous […]

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In the near decade that's passed since director Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller brought the Miller's noir comic Sin City to the big screen, filmmaking technology has gotten better, comic book movies have become an official Big Deal, and 3-D has become a lot more palatable. What's more surprising is that my ability to watch women being hit (or, to use the local parlance, watching dames get roughed up) has withered from Minimal to None.

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This week's Apple rumors point to a possible bulbous lens on the iPhone 6 and the debut of a reversible USB end on the next Lightning cables.

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5,000 patients died last year from healthcare-associated infections (HAI) in the United States. The culprit is usually unwashed hands.

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Facebook says that hundreds of online companies have adopted its plan to let mobile apps operate more like the world wide web, seamlessly linking together in much the same way that pages do inside your web browser. According to Facebook’s Vijay Shankar, these companies have published over 3 billion “App Links” to the net, exposing […]

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Here's the first thing I learned when riding a pair of RocketSkates: 12 mph might seem slow, but strap a pair of motorized roller skates to your feet and that speed becomes instantly terrifying.

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ATLANTA—Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol have recovered. The two American aid workers, who since early August had been receiving treatment for Ebola at Emory University Hospital, are being released—hospital officials in Atlanta cited multiple clean blood tests for both. Standing in front of a press conference this morning, Brantly simply said “I am thrilled to be […]

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The marathon to end all marathons is upon us, but your DVR only has so much space. Thankfully we've devised this handy guide—based on IMDB user ratings, cult status, and recommendations from the show's staff—so you don't get buried.

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Researchers created visual and DNA analysis of how anoles regenerate their tails.

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Anonymity online is as precious as it is problematic. This company may have the solution.

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I have a confession: I don’t know how to use YouTube. Not that I don’t know how to upload a video, or watch one, or even embed one in a blog post. I don’t know how to use YouTube to find anything I’d actually want to watch. No doubt, it’s a sign of creeping middle […]

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The female caller was frantic. Why, she asked 911 dispatchers, hadn’t paramedics arrived to her home? She’d already called once to say her husband was writhing on the floor in pain. “Hurry up!,” she’d pleaded, as she gave the operator her address. And then she hung up and waited for help to arrive, but it […]

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World War I was shaped by the new vehicles developed during the four years of conflict. A century after the start of the war, we’re looking back at the most remarkable vehicles—the planes, cars, tanks, ships, and zeppelins—it helped bring about. Aviation and the automobile were in their infancy when World War I started in […]

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Daniel Agdag works with a limited arsenal of tools: a surgical scalpel, some cardboard, every so often a circular cutter and lots of glue. But from that humble toolkit, he makes sculptures that are mind-bendingly complex. For the past 10 years, the Melbourne, Australia artist has been building intricate cardboard sculptures in the form of […]

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Cody Littley’s new hard drive can only hold a single kilobyte of data—about one millionth of what you can cram onto those finger-nail-sized microSD cards—and it can’t exactly slide into the back of your smartphone. But it’s still an impressive creation. Littley built it himself, inside the virtual world of Minecraft. It’s one of those […]

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So you can’t read music. Or carry a tune. No big deal.

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The U.S. Government wants to hire more people like Mikey Dickerson. He’s the former Google engineer the White House recently tapped to lead the new U.S. Digital Service. Dickerson has impeccable credentials. He comes from one of Silicon Valley’s most successful companies. He flew into Washington a year ago to salvage the disastrous Healthcare.gov website. […]

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