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There are thousands of hours of ski footage available online. And it all looks pretty much the same: A skier rips though virgin powder, sails off a steep ledge, or bravely forges new paths through pristine backcountry. It’s fun to watch for, oh, 30 seconds or so. Seen one, and you’ve seen them all. To […] The post What’s Harder Than Skiing at Night in an LED Suit? Filming It appeared first on WIRED.

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Mark Dyne knows a thing or two about investing money in the youngest of tech startups. He was one of the first investors in Skype, the internet communications outfit now owned by Microsoft, and he served on Skype’s original board. Now, he wants to help democratize this kind of startup investment, backing a new company […] The post Equity Crowdfunding Takes Another (Small) Step Forward appeared first on WIRED.

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Is Lev Grossman's saga truly worthy of shelf space alongside the masters? Not exactly. The post Why the Magicians Trilogy Will Never Be a Fantasy Classic appeared first on WIRED.

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It was 7 o’clock in the morning when the knocking on Dan Durrer’s front door woke him up. His dog started barking, and Durrer thought he was getting an early morning package. But when he opened the door, he wasn’t greeted by the FedEx man. He was face-to-face with a process server, a messenger from […] The post How Microsoft Appointed Itself Sheriff of the Internet appeared first on WIRED.

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Well played, Warner Bros. Just when everyone thinks that Robert Downey Jr.'s potential return as Tony Stark is the biggest news of the week—well, if someone can return before they've actually left, considering he's still signed up for the next two Avengers movies—you go and drop the names, dates, and casting announcements for no less than ten movies on our laps during a conference call. Well played indeed. Here are the highlights of the week's superhero movie news. The post Cape Watch: Warner Bros. Is Planning 10 DC Comics Movies, Including Wonder Woman appeared first on WIRED.

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No one needs a 300-horsepower motorcycle. And we doubt anyone was asking for one. But that doesn't mean we're unhappy Kawasaki took on the challenge of creating one, giving us the Ninja H2R. Beyond its awesomely insane (insanely awesome?) looks, the most powerful production motorcycle on the planet is the first to use a supercharger. That supercharger was designed by the branch of Kawasaki that spends most of its time building jet engines. The post Kawasaki’s Insane 300-HP Superbike Is Not for the Weak or Stupid appeared first on WIRED.

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By pressing a button from a safe distance, a cop can make the gadget's spikes spread across a lane and a half of traffic in 1.5 seconds. The post Remotely Deployed Tire Spikes Make Car Chases Safer for Cops appeared first on WIRED.

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SAM promises access to the Internet of Things with no circuit design or coding experience required. The post Tiny Toys That Make the Internet of Things as Easy as Lego appeared first on WIRED.

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The Knick wasn't instant much-watch TV. It wasn't, for example, all anyone was talking about after just two episodes like Game of Thrones. It was slow, moody, and—despite being set in a hospital at the turn of the last century—just another medical drama with a brooding antihero. It was like a sepia-toned Grey's Anatomy, minus the overly ambitious horny surgical interns, and it was easy to lose sight of Cinemax's excellent new program as the new fall TV season rolled in. Then it went from good to exceptionally good. Moreover, it became television you should watch when the finale airs Friday, even if you haven't seen an episode to date. Here's what you need to know to catch up. The post 6 Reasons to Watch the Knick Finale—Even if You Haven’t Watched All Season appeared first on WIRED.

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The fact that Apple is unveiling new iPads today—not last month—tells you everything you need to know about the declining importance of tablets. In early September, the Apple hype machine spun itself into full frenzy over the new, bigger iPhone 6 line and the Apple Watch, the company’s most important new product since the iPad […] The post The New iPads Don’t Really Matter. They’re Just Another Screen appeared first on WIRED.

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The towering load of steel can carry 18,000 20-foot containers; its propellers weigh 70-tons each; it’s too big to fit through the Panama Canal, though it can shimmy through the Suez. The post A Gorgeous Tour of the Largest Ship in the World appeared first on WIRED.

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Origami principles allow for a dual-canopy structure that utilizes planar tension. The post An Origami Umbrella That Has No Support Skeleton appeared first on WIRED.

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Compared to the tech tunnel vision of Silicon Valley, Pioneer Works seems like a hippy commune. The post A New Kind of Incubator Where Painters Rub Elbows With Physicists appeared first on WIRED.

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Yesterday, Lockheed Martin joined a long line of companies claiming to be hot on the trail of nuclear fusion, the long-promised savior of our energy economy. Unlike the atom-splitting fission reactions that run our submarines and nuclear power plants, fusion smashes atoms together at high temperatures, creating new particles in a reaction that emits massive […] The post So Lockheed Martin Says It’s Made a Big Advance in Nuclear Fusion… appeared first on WIRED.

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This month in Italy, three judges have a chance to undo the Kafkaesque nightmare that has ensnared some of the country’s top scientists for almost five years. So far it looks doubtful they will. In 2012, seven scientists and engineers were convicted of manslaughter for things they said and did not say in the days […] The post Italian Scientists Appeal Absurd Conviction for Quake Deaths appeared first on WIRED.

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Did you hear? Apple's having an event tomorrow. Here how to live stream it and follow along with our own coverage. The post Where to Watch Livestreams of Apple’s Big Thursday Event appeared first on WIRED.

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Speech recognition is hard, even for the world’s largest tech companies. Apple and Google draw on massive collections of recordings of real speech patterns to help tune the voice recognition algorithms that power Siri and Google Now. And even though those tools are impressive, they still spend an awful of time mangling your voice commands. […] The post How Crowdsourcing Will Help Startups Build Their Own Versions of Siri appeared first on WIRED.

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Editors’ note: This is the second part of series on how to tackle infectious disease outbreaks from doctors at the Mayo Clinic. Bentley, the dog belonging to the first person to have caught Ebola within the United States, is in quarantine at a naval base. Last week, Spain killed a dog that may have been […] The post Vaccines for Deadly Diseases Must Work on Both Animals and Humans appeared first on WIRED.

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Inky ferrofluid roils in response to stressful thoughts and smoothing as the observer calms down. The post A Trippy Mind-Reading Goo That Reacts to Your Emotions appeared first on WIRED.

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Wearable devices, in particular activity trackers — i.e. glorified pedometers — have skyrocketed wearable technology to the mainstream. Companies left and right are hopping on the wearables bandwagon with very limited success. The industry is calling it wearable fatigue. Wearables aren’t sticking because consumers are not willing to alter their behavior to accommodate the product. […] The post Wearable Fatigue? Stick It In Your Ear appeared first on WIRED.

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Ask any attendee at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to define “mobility,” and most would likely answer, “Having my device work anywhere at any time.” But is that all there is? We’ve had portable devices for decades, that’s nothing new. No, mobility means more. It has a much broader scope, especially to the developers responsible […] The post Mobility: Are We Missing the Big Picture? appeared first on WIRED.

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In 1958, Michael Young coined the term “meritocracy” in his book, The Rise of the Meritocracy. Young used the term satirically to depict a United Kingdom ruled by a system that favored intelligence and merit above all else, including past personal achievements. However, the concept of meritocracy has taken on a different meaning since Young’s […] The post Meritocracy: The Workplace Culture That Breeds Success appeared first on WIRED.

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Rejoice, cord-cutters. HBO has announced it will launch its own online video streaming service next year, no cable TV subscription needed. Until now, HBO’s streaming service, HBO GO, has required users to have an HBO subscription, but in an investor meeting on Wednesday, HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler acknowledged that this model excludes the […] The post Down With Cable! Why HBO Is Finally Launching a Standalone Streaming Service appeared first on WIRED.

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Google announced a few new Nexus devices today---the new Nexus 6 phone, the Nexus 9 tablet, and the Nexus Player, a streaming set-top box for movies and games. The post Google Announces New Nexus Devices and Makes Lollipop Official appeared first on WIRED.

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A is for Zebra helps kiddos work on their vowel sounds while providing an esoteric, slightly cheeky, and fascinating review of 20th century culture. The post A New Alphabet Book With Dozens of Offbeat Drawings for Every Letter appeared first on WIRED.

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