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Last year, WIRED's giant robot mech took Comic-Con International by storm. This year, the effects wizards at the Stan Winston School set out to top their previous creation, crafting a nearly 14-foot tall, 2,000 pound creature to amaze the crowd this week in San Diego. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the building of this mind-blowing creation.

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With the Fire Phone, everything around you exists to be bought on Amazon. The phone deconstructs and decentralizes the entire concept of a store. It's essentially Amazon’s brick-and-mortar strategy.

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Mt. Fuji might be gearing up for an eruption, but can we really trace it back to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake?

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We tend to think of musical instruments in fixed terms: that’s a guitar, this is a saxophone, that’s a synthesizer. Colten Jackson, however, plays an instrument that's hard to classify.

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This amazing mass emergence is a giant orgy. And good news about water quality.

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Although bats are known for using echolocation to orient and navigate, they draw on a suite of senses to get around. A new study reveals another ability: bats use patterns of polarized light in the sky to navigate. Richard Holland and Stefan Greif, of Queen’s University Belfast, with Ivailo Borissov and Yossi Yovel of the […]

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General Electric wants to bring clean, reliable, efficient, and affordable energy to the masses, and in a rare move for the 122-year-old company, it's launching a startup to do it.

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Malware isn’t meant to be entertaining, and yet, many of the viruses that sneak their way into our computers are really just malicious displays of extreme creativity.

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Take off. Rise. Soar. Bank. Turn. Stall. Swoop. Dive. Land. For each of the different kinds of flying an airplane has to do, there’s an ideal shape and configuration for its wings. Even though bird-like flappability isn’t feasible with struts and steel, engineers since the dawn of aviation have been trying to make wings that […]

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David Schwen | Wheel: Getty Hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek have proven more clearly than anyone in the world how vulnerable cars are to digital attack. Now they’re proposing the first step towards a solution. Last year the two Darpa-funded security researchers spent months cracking into a Ford Explorer and a Toyota Prius, terrifying […]

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The ReWalk is the first bionic exoskeleton approved by the FDA for personal use. Here's the story of how it came to be.

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The Mega Hammock measures 8 x 15 feet and is hand-crafted from ripstop nylon and black webbing by an FAA certified parachute rigger. Oh, and it'll fit three people.

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Whoever fired a missile at Malaysia Flight 17 could have learned to do so in less than a week.

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Ubisoft's new game teaches about World War I through the mechanics of a side-scrolling puzzle game.

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Oversleep causes a feeling similar to feeling hung over and it's caused by the same biological function that gives you jet lag.

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It's scheduled to wrap production in the fall, stars well-known actors, and boasts a deep bench of design and production talent. But this one won't be co-starring Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana.

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Every time you step off of an airplane, there's a fight going on inside your mobile phone. It's a war for dominance, and it plays out in airports across the world. The casualties are dropped calls, and Paula Doublin is one of the generals.

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Using Robin's system an office drone can walk into a meeting room and feel like a queen.

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Before all the old mom-and-pop roadside motels disappear, photographer Eric Cousineau has made it his mission to preserve at least some of them on film. For over a decade he's crisscrossed the United States, visiting dozens for a series he calls, appropriately, American Motel.

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Bugatti’s next car will be a hybrid. It’s not surprising that the proud manufacturer of the Veyron Super Sport, the king of all excessive automobiles, is taking a route that makes most people think of the dinky eco-mobiles and their self-satisfied owners. It’s surprising that it has taken it this long to do so.

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It's an unsung form of creativity in the smartphone age: the thoughtful design of our mobile apps. What follow are lessons from three different UX designers about how to master mobile. TIPS ON MOBILE GAME DESIGN FROM ANDERS HEJDENBERG Designer 1337 & Senri Gothenburg, Sweden Elsa Jenna Make Chunks A game's vivid background art can […]

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Elsa Jenna Your phone is now a recording studio, a music school, and a Guitar Center. Thousands of music apps enable you to do everything from autotune your voicemail greeting to compose a symphony. But it turns out that when you talk to professional musicians about what they use to create and perform music, their […]

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Keira Rathbone Teju Cole was stuck in traffic in Mumbai when an idea came to him. He had recently written a short story and he thought, why not share it in tweets? Cole is the author of two books of fiction, Open City and Every Day Is for the Thief. He's also a prolific voice […]

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Maciek Jasik For 13 years, Manhattan photographer Meagan Cignoli worked to capture the perfect moment. But now she's also trying to make those moments move—weaving them together on Vine, Twitter's app for sharing six-second videos shot on phones. Her movies, tiny animations that unfold into absurd, diorama-like dreamscapes, became an instant hit with fans; she […]

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Maciek Jasik It's bright but cold and the yellow cabs and skyscrapers are on some Big Apple snow-globe shit—the whole thing looks like a Hollywood back lot. Fifty-third and Fifth Avenue is an aggressively New York corner and one I usually avoid for reasons of: It's gross. At 11 am on a Friday the workers […]

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