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The colugo is the most accomplished mammalian glider of all—on account of being essentially a giant flap of skin—capable of soaring an incredible 200 feet from tree to tree. The post Absurd Creature of the Week: The Adorably Creepy Gliding Mammal That’s Basically Just a Big Flap of Skin appeared first on WIRED.

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With the Xperia Z3, Sony once again makes a fantastic piece of hardware that's marred by horrible software. The post Sony Xperia Z3 appeared first on WIRED.

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Yes, the new Hunger Games movie is an appetizer, but it also leaves you wanting more. The post The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Is Fantastic. We Ain’t Even Mad It Was Cut in Half appeared first on WIRED.

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In 1989, the year the Berlin Wall began to fall, American artist Jim Sanborn was busy working on his Kryptos sculpture, a cryptographic puzzle wrapped in a riddle that he created for the CIA’s headquarters and that has been driving amateur and professional cryptographers mad ever since. To honor the 25th anniversary of the Wall’s […] The post Finally, a New Clue to Solve the CIA’s Mysterious Kryptos Sculpture appeared first on WIRED.

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I won’t be able to post many (or any) posts on Beyond Apollo in the next few weeks because of holiday and work travel. I’ll be hauling along research material when I travel (I always do), but I doubt that I’ll have time to do much more than take notes. The good news is that […] The post A brief hiatus and dark skies in danger appeared first on WIRED.

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Lawmakers are talking about turning off the water spigot at the massive data center operated by the National Security Agency in Bluffdale, Utah. The post Utah Considers Cutting Off Water to the NSA’s Monster Data Center appeared first on WIRED.

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Google Contributor asks people to pay a tiny amount to support the websites they love. But will it work? The post Google Launches Contributor To Reinvent the Way We Fund the Web appeared first on WIRED.

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Last year, a man named Carlin Dunne raced an electric motorcycle in the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. He reached the summit in a blistering 10 minutes flat, handily beating his closest competitor through the mountain's 156 curves by 21 seconds. That kind of time is impressive for a gasoline-powered superbike. It is downright amazing for an electric motorcycle. The post This 200-MPH Electric Hyperbike Is Coming to American Streets appeared first on WIRED.

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These days, you can hardly have a technology conversation without talking about the Internet of Things (IoT). And when that conversation shifts its focus to the industrial sector, including energy, Oil & Gas, Power & Utilities, and petrochemicals, among others, the discussion changes to what is being called the “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT). So […] The post What’s Missing from the Industrial Internet of Things Conversation? Software appeared first on WIRED.

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Instruments recorded the thump of Philae’s first of three landings on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last week. The post This Is What It Sounded Like When We Landed on a Comet appeared first on WIRED.

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Google and Facebook aren't just tools you use -- they're often a core part of your online identity. Indie Hosters wants to give you back control over your identity. The post A New Service Will Help You Wrest Your Online Identity From Google appeared first on WIRED.

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A new computer modeling study suggests the human immune system has a better memory than scientists had thought for strains of the flu it’s encountered in the past. In the future, the researchers say, it might be possible to exploit this to design better vaccines. The post Surprising Study of Human Immune Responses Could Lead to Better Flu Vaccines appeared first on WIRED.

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Our first look at the trailer for Telltale Games' Game of Thrones videogames, plus a WIRED exclusive reveal of an original character -- Maester Ortengryn. The post Your First Look at the Game of Thrones Videogame Trailer appeared first on WIRED.

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This week Batman got a belated 75th anniversary present: the release of Legends of the Knight, a crowdfunded documentary that celebrates not only the crime fighting alter ego of Bruce Wayne, but more importantly the real-world impact that the character has had on readers and fans since his debut in 1939's Detective Comics #27. The post Legends of the Knight Explains Why We All Want to Be Batman appeared first on WIRED.

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Apple is changing the wording on its free app purchases to avoid confusion and litigation. The post Apple Changes Freemium Wording in the App Store to Avoid Getting Sued appeared first on WIRED.

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The Internet age has given us blisteringly fast connectivity to the World Wide Web, cloud computing, nearly instant collaboration and high definition face-to-face video communication with our peers around the world. Yet in terms of our rate of economic productivity, we have not only stalled in the past several years but also taken hugely dramatic […] The post The Internet Just Isn’t That Big a Deal Yet: A Hard Look at Solow’s Paradox appeared first on WIRED.

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Marc Newson, who recently joined Apple as a special adviser, has been working with Bretta to design a shotgun for the modern age. The post Apple’s Newest Designer Reimagines the Shotgun appeared first on WIRED.

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More than two years after Julian Assange sought protection at the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK, a Swedish court is still demanding he return to that country to face questioning in a sex crimes investigation. Today a Swedish appeals court rejected Assange’s request to rescind the warrant for his arrest. The ruling forces Assange to […] The post Swedish Court Rejects Julian Assange’s Appeal to Dismiss His Arrest appeared first on WIRED.

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While Christopher Nolan was making Interstellar, he decided to show a model of the movie’s bots to his kids. They were extremely disappointed. “That’s not a robot,” they told him. “That’s a box.” Well, it’s true: Nolan’s intelligent machines, which he dreamed up with production designer Nathan Crowley, look for all the universe like slabs […] The post How FX Wizards Brought Interstellar’s Strange Bots to Life appeared first on WIRED.

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If you happened to be the CEO of a startup that markets itself as Uber without the assholes, then this would be a great week for you. And so, it’s been a great week for Rakesh Mathur, the newly appointed CEO of Flywheel. The post Taxi-Hailing App Flywheel Expands to Help Cabbies Fight Big Bad Uber appeared first on WIRED.

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Researchers have combined nighttime satellite imagery with river maps to quantify where people and property are most in danger of flooding. The post Science Graphic of the Week: Nighttime Satellite Maps Show Increasing Flood Risks appeared first on WIRED.

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I can’t help myself. I keep thinking of this io9 post with an interesting question. Let me refine it just a little bit. You are going back in time to the year 1234 AD to a location somewhere in Europe. For some crazy reason, you can bring one “thing” with you. What do you bring? […] The post What’s the Best Item to Carry With You During Time Travel? appeared first on WIRED.

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The fascinating backstory behind the azimuthal orthographic, the map projection that makes flat maps look like 3-D globes. The post Get to Know a Projection: Azimuthal Orthographic appeared first on WIRED.

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An effort is under way to make working with wet stuff easier in the hope of putting biology on more equal footing with less viscous technologies. The post This Robot Could Make Creating New Life Forms As Easy As Coding An App appeared first on WIRED.

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Wired subscribe       Time. Space. Dimension. Interstellar director Christopher Nolan invites you explore the world in five dimensions Time. Space. Dimension. Interstellar director Christopher Nolan invites you explore the world in five dimensions Shelf Portrait Nine easter eggs from the bookshelf in Interstellar Shelf Portrait Nine easter eggs from the bookshelf in Interstellar […] The post Explore Time, Space, and Multiple Dimensions With Guest Editor Christopher Nolan appeared first on WIRED.

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