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A year after tackling how close together prime number pairs can stay, mathematicians have now made the first major advance in 76 years in understanding how far apart primes can be. The post Mathematicians Make a Major Discovery About Prime Numbers appeared first on WIRED.

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The Infiniti Concept Vision Gran Turismo is a frankly ludicrous concept "car" designed for the Gran Turismo 6 video game. The post What an Infiniti Would Look Like if There Were No Laws of Physics appeared first on WIRED.

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You still haven't done your shopping? Don't worry. We're going to save your butt with these last-minute ideas you can still have under the tree (or at least on a doorstep) by Christmas Day. The post 15 Last-Minute Gifts That Will Help You Save Christmas appeared first on WIRED.

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When Thomas Ella gets a text message on his smartphone, he can sometimes tell what it says without reading it. Instead, he feels it: An app called Mumble! “plays” the text as a pattern of vibrations, syllable by syllable, using higher-intensity vibrations when a message has exclamation points or capitalizations. After a few weeks of using the app, Ella developed a sort of tactile ESP, an ability to recognize texts as coming from particular friends and to distinguish a significant message that needs a reply from an “LOL” that doesn’t. “It’s cool,” he says, “to have a reason not to pull out my phone.” The post Soon Your Tech Will Talk to You Through Your Skin appeared first on WIRED.

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Designer Thomas Weil and Quentin Weisbuch met while working at a design agency in Paris. Fed up with the endless parade of sandwiches for lunch, the two decided to spice things up. The culinary challenge? Burgers. The rules? None, except they had to be edible. Because lunch break is only so long, Weil and Weisbuch gave themselves 90 minutes to come up with an idea, run to the store, and cook the burger. Using their office kitchen, the men began experimenting. Things quickly spiraled out of control. The post Burgers That Look Like Asteroids and Margaret Thatcher, Because Why Not appeared first on WIRED.

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Hydrogen is the most common kind of normal matter in the universe. Perhaps the universe is trying to tell us something, for the most common chemical element makes an excellent energetic rocket fuel. That does not mean, however, that it is easy to manage. Odorless and colorless hydrogen gas becomes liquid, and thus dense enough […] The post Centaurs, Soviets, and Seltzer Seas: Mariner 2’s Venusian Adventure (1962) appeared first on WIRED.

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In the latest episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, writer Naomi Klein discusses dystopian fiction and her new capitalism-vs.-the-climate nonfiction book This Changes Everything. The post Dystopian Fiction’s Popularity Is a Warning Sign for the Future appeared first on WIRED.

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From the reactions to Sony pulling The Interview to the end of the beloved Serial, a lot happened on the Internet last week. Catch up here. The post While You Were Offline: 30,000 People Buy Bull Poop, George R.R. Martin Freaks Out Over The Interview appeared first on WIRED.

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Finished the Serial podcast and want to know what all those people and places looked like without just using your imagination? Here's every Google image search you were scared to do until it was over. The post Every Serial-Related Google Image Search You’ve Been Afraid to Do appeared first on WIRED.

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On Friday, Google filed a lawsuit in federal court against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. The post As Its Battle With Hollywood Returns, Google Takes Aim at Mississippi Attorney General appeared first on WIRED.

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When asked to predict the future, it’s hard to forget that the totally automated future that expo organizers and Sci-Fi prognosticators prepared us for has not come to pass. We are all still waiting for our flying cars — not to mention the end of email spam. In fact, we’ve recently come to realize that without […] The post Predictions for 2015: Power to the People appeared first on WIRED.

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Apple is not the only company that benefits from a system where cost-saving efficiencies come with a human toll. The post Apple Isn’t the Only One to Blame for Smartphone Labor Abuses appeared first on WIRED.

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They were a discussion topic on Google’s Earnings Call and were a focus at I/O. Facebook created a standalone initiative called App Links to take a leadership position. Long time internet watcher John Battelle claims the quickening is nigh. What is it about deep links that has everyone so worked up? Today, they help us […] The post If You Think Deep Links Are a Big Deal Now, Just Wait appeared first on WIRED.

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In his end-of-year press conference today, President Barack Obama called the decision by Sony Pictures Entertainment to cancel the release of its film The Interview a “mistake.” “I am sympathetic to the threats they face,” Obama said. “Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake…. “We cannot have a society in which […] The post Obama’s Bold Sony Statement: Canceling The Interview Was a ‘Mistake’ appeared first on WIRED.

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In 1996, the first episode of Internet Cafe looked at the net's hacker problem. Not a lot has change since then. The post Tech Time Warp of the Week: The ’90s TV Special That Profiled Hackers and Their Glorious Hair appeared first on WIRED.

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On Friday, Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram from $19 billion to $35 billion. The post Instagram Is Now Worth $35 Billion, Eclipsing Twitter (Again) appeared first on WIRED.

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Martin Edlund likes to say that malaria could be the first disease to be beaten by mobile phones. Yes, he happens to be the CEO of the non-profit Malaria No More, so he has to say stuff like that, but no, it’s not a total pipedream. The post The Savvy Plan to Combat Malaria With Mobile Phones appeared first on WIRED.

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The new Leveraxe Vipukirves 2 has a wonky, cherry-red axe head that's not only bizarrely shaped, but gives it the power to tear a log a new one. The post Review: Leveraxe Vipukirves 2 appeared first on WIRED.

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The nominations are open for the 2014 Pliny for Volcanic Event of the Year! The post 2014 Pliny for Volcanic Event of the Year: Nominations Open! appeared first on WIRED.

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The set up is effectively giving lamps a voice, which is an interesting idea to ponder. The post A Trippy Orchestra Made Entirely From Lamps and Electricity appeared first on WIRED.

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Here is a book review of Randall Munroe's What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Questions. Overall, a great book. I recommend it. The post Book Review: What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions appeared first on WIRED.

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"Ask us anything!" we wrote for our Reddit Ask Me Anything session last Friday. And then, boom: “Why does it matter that you're female?” “Why should your gender matter if you’re talking about research?” Dozens of questions like these were interspersed with marriage proposals and requests to "make me a sandwich." The post MIT Computer Scientists Demonstrate the Hard Way That Gender Still Matters appeared first on WIRED.

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A feral cat broke into a Russian airport and ate $1,000 worth of seafood, a black bear beat up a Santa Claus, and a tiger released into the wild by Vladimir Putin was caught on camera devouring a pet dog in China for two hours. The post This Week’s Weirdest Wild Animal Encounters appeared first on WIRED.

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What do you get when you cross an evil Christmas elf, a Heisman winner, sex toys, and Kendrick Lamar? Why, you get this week's best TV, of course! Read on. The post This Week’s Best TV: The Hobbit Goes to The Office and Kendrick Lamar Rocks Colbert appeared first on WIRED.

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Treating patients with the deadly Ebola virus takes doctors, drugs, and a whole lot of chlorine. The post Running an Ebola Clinic in Sierra Leone Is All About Containment—And Chlorine appeared first on WIRED.

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