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The March 3, 2015 eruption of Villarrica not long after it started, with an impressive lava fountain and accompanying ash plume. Photo by Araucania de Todos, used by permission. Early this morning, Villarrica in Chile produced a spectacular eruption that send a lava fountain hundreds of meters over the volcano’s summit crater (see above). The […] The post Fat? Sick? Blame Your Grandparents’ Bad Habits appeared first on WIRED.

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The March 3, 2015 eruption of Villarrica not long after it started, with an impressive lava fountain and accompanying ash plume. Photo by Araucania de Todos, used by permission. Early this morning, Villarrica in Chile produced a spectacular eruption that send a lava fountain hundreds of meters over the volcano’s summit crater (see above). The […] The post An Online Game That’ll Help Pay Off Your Student Debt appeared first on WIRED.

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The first few generations of self-driving cars will be hybrids: They’ll do some driving, and you’ll do some. When the car predicts a tricky situation ahead, like construction or rough weather, it will have you take over. The problem is, that switch cannot happen immediately. The whole point of letting the car do the driving (aside from increasing safety) is easing your burden so you can focus on crafting pithy tweets, texting, or do anything else you’d rather be doing. And while any rules the feds concoct likely will prohibit catching Zs behind the wheel, there’s no arguing that people won’t snooze anyway. The post What Crazy Dash Cam Videos Teach Us About Self-Driving Cars appeared first on WIRED.

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The first self-driving cars are expected to hit showrooms within five years. Their autonomous capabilities will be largely limited to highways, where there aren’t things like pedestrians and cyclists to deal with, and you won’t fully cede control. As long as the road is clear, the car’s in charge. But when all that computing power senses […] The post The DIY Robots That Ride Camels and Fight for Human Rights appeared first on WIRED.

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Here are some quick tips for saving videos from the internet for use in video analysis. The post Downloading and Saving Videos for Analysis appeared first on WIRED.

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Did we really just enact 300 pages of legally questionable, enormously costly, transformative rules just to help Netflix in a trivial commercial spat? The post Opinion: The FCC’s Net Neutrality Victory Is Anything But appeared first on WIRED.

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The Pebble Time Steel, a sharper, more professional take on the watch, with gold, silver, and steel bezels. The post The New Pebble Steel Is a Focused Vision for Smartwatches appeared first on WIRED.

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Sure, E.T. helped put Reese's Pieces on the candy map. But it wasn't just confectionary brands that benefitted from the 1982 movie. The post The Gear That Made E.T. the Pinnacle of Product Placement appeared first on WIRED.

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Google says its new wireless service will operate on a small scale, providing a new way for relatively few people make calls, trade texts, and access the good old internet via their smartphones. But the implications are enormous. The post How Google’s New Wireless Service Will Change the Internet appeared first on WIRED.

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There are gripes about the lack of 4K content right now, but it may not matter. Ultra HD sets are great for 1080p video, and 4K isn't all about TVs anyway. The post Don’t Worry, the Switch to 4K TV Should Be Painless appeared first on WIRED.

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Whether it’s the Ace comb James Dean sweeps through his manicured coif in Rebel Without a Cause or the souped up ’68 Mustang that Steve McQueen drives in Bullitt, product placement has been a part of movies going back to the advent of the medium. But ask someone to pick a film that exemplifies this […] The post Gun Group: We’ll Pay $15K for Your Carbon Fiber 3-D Printer appeared first on WIRED.

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Will Forte's new TV show The Last Man on Earth is sort of a funny version of I Am Legend (minus the vampire zombies). But sci-fi comedy has a grim history on American television. Angry Nerd hopes Forte's approach escapes the curse. The post Angry Nerd: The Last Man on Earth and the Sci-Fi TV Curse appeared first on WIRED.

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The first survey of New York City Rats in 90 years finds some have fleas that can carry plague. But don't panic. The post Plague, Fleas, and the Rats of New York City appeared first on WIRED.

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Ray Lane---former chairman of HP and president of Oracle, and a partner emeritus at storied Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers---said in court on Monday that he made a mistake in handling a sexual harassment report that was brought to his attention at the firm. The post Kleiner Partner Didn’t Immediately Investigate Allegations appeared first on WIRED.

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Ellen Pao walks to a courtroom in San Francisco Superior Court in San Francisco, California March 2, 2015. Robert Galbraith/ReutersRay Lane—former chairman of HP and president of Oracle, and a partner emeritus at storied Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers—said in court today that he made a mistake in handling a […] The post How Global Warming Helped Cause the Syrian War appeared first on WIRED.

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We wanted to know just how magical Magic is. So I was given a mission: Spend $500 stress-testing Magic. Bring it. The post I Spent $500 Trying to Stump the Magic Delivery Service appeared first on WIRED.

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A neurosurgeon thinks he can sew one person's head on another person's body, and he thinks he can do it in two years time. What's the problem? Um, everything. The post Full-Body Transplants Are an Insane, Wildly Unethical Idea appeared first on WIRED.

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Meet Sony's new Xperia mobiles: a light and slim 10-inch tablet, a mid-range waterproof smartphone, and two low-end phones, all with Android 5.0 Lollipop on board. The post Sony Unveils an Impressive New Generation of Xperia Devices appeared first on WIRED.

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SkyWard helps drone pilots navigate local regulations. The post The Internet of Anything: A Shortcut to Your Drone License appeared first on WIRED.

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On stage at the Mobile World Congress, the Facebook CEO tried to convince telecom operators that the free services offered by Internet.org won't kill their businesses. The post Mark Zuckerberg Tells Telecoms Why They Shouldn’t Fear Facebook appeared first on WIRED.

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Now that it's valued at $41 billion for its ambitious plan to transform transportation, Uber has decided that the future of its business is...print magazines? Just kidding. Well, sort of. The post Uber Launches a Magazine to Make Nice With Its Drivers appeared first on WIRED.

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The Veyron stands as the apex of the old-school automobile, a testament to the power of technology used without conscience or compromise. The post We’ll Never See a Supercar Like the Bugatti Veyron Again appeared first on WIRED.

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The act of buying a smartphone today feels less like choosing a gadget than picking sides in an endless feudal conflict, but there's one place where an unlikely ceasefire in the platform wars has emerged: the dashboard of your car. The post Your Car Doesn’t Care What Phone You Use appeared first on WIRED.

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If you own an iPhone or Android handset and care about your privacy, there’s no longer much of an excuse not to encrypt every conversation you have. Now a free, zero-learning-curve app exists for both text and voice that can keep those communications fully encrypted, so that no one but the person holding the phone […] The post One Free iPhone App Now Enables Encrypted Voice Calls and Texts appeared first on WIRED.

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World View broke the record for the highest-altitude parafoil flight late last week and inched closer to making near-space tourism a reality in the process. The post Flight Brings Us Closer to Balloon-Powered Space Tourism appeared first on WIRED.

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