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Concept cars as statements of the future: Unrestrained by safety regulations and practicality, automakers use them to show off their visions of what their products may look like in years to come. The reasonable ones often make it to production, like the Ford Atlas that presaged the 2015 F-150. The crazier ones… not so much. […] The post Toyota Invents a Wacky City Car It Thinks Millennials Will Want to Buy appeared first on WIRED.

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The first wristwatches were a flop. Called bracelet watches, they were seen as a rather unseemly replacement for the pocketwatch, a more discreet means of keeping track of the time. Though mass-produced versions first emerged in the 1880s, it wasn’t until 1927 that U.S.-made wristwatches finally outstripped sales of their entrenched competitor. It took a […] The post It’ll Take a Social Revolution for Americans to Embrace the Apple Watch appeared first on WIRED.

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Neurosurgeons in China have reported the case of a 24-year-old woman who, after a series of brain scans to investigate dizziness, has just discovered she was born without a cerebellum. This cauliflower-like structure looks like a mini brain (its name is Latin for “little brain”) and it hangs off the back of its bigger brother. […] The post At 24, Woman Discovers She Was Born Without A Key Brain Structure, The Cerebellum appeared first on WIRED.

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Some of the most recognizable and iconic conceptual spacecraft designs ever proposed are those of Wernher von Braun’s space popularization campaign of the 1950s. This post will look at just one of them in detail: the three-stage ferry rocket for launching crews and cargoes through Earth’s atmosphere into Earth orbit that appeared in the pages […] The post Wernher von Braun’s Fantastic Vision: Ferry Rocket appeared first on WIRED.

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The Ebola epidemic in Africa has continued to expand since I last wrote about it, and as of a week ago, has accounted for more than 4,200 cases and 2,200 deaths in five countries: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. That is extraordinary: Since the virus was discovered, no Ebola outbreak’s toll has risen […] The post The Mathematics of Ebola Trigger Stark Warnings: Act Now or Regret It appeared first on WIRED.

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In the latest installment of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, The Witch with No Name author Kim Harrison talks about how reinventing herself lead to success. The post Leading a Double Life Turned This Woman Into a Best-Selling Author appeared first on WIRED.

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Internet TV is the new thing. Except that it’s really old. Before Apple TV, Google Chromecast, the Amazon Fire TV, and Netflix—even before the mid-’90s glory of Microsoft’s WebTV—televisions were plugging into data networks, providing a means instantly grabbing digital goodies and communicating with people in distant places. Witness the video above, a news special […] The post Tech Time Warp of the Week: The TVs That Gave People a Taste of the Internet in the ’70s appeared first on WIRED.

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Famously pugnacious Uber CEO Travis Kalanick almost sounded contrite during an onstage interview at Techcrunch‘s Disrupt conference earlier this week. At one point, Michael Arrington, the founder of Techcrunch, asked Kalanick how he felt about being compared to Darth Vader. “I’m a Star Wars fan,” Kalanick replied, “but that’s a little intense.” He went on […] The post Anti-Taxi Campaign Shows Uber Can’t Afford to Play Nice appeared first on WIRED.

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Having new shoes that you need to “break in” because they hurt your feet (or dealing with shoes that always feel uncomfortable no matter how long you wear them) will soon be a thing of the past thanks to 3D Printing. Several shoe companies, including Nike, Feetz, and United Nude, are now using 3D Printing […] The post 3D Printed Shoes: A Step in the Right Direction appeared first on WIRED.

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It turns out that showrooming by smartphone-toting consumers isn’t quite the death knell for brick-and-mortar stores that the popular narrative made it out to be. Sure, shoppers are still getting a feel — quite literally — for some products in a traditional store and then running off to buy them online from a competitor. Amazon […] The post Consumers are Harnessing Tech to Return to Stores — Good News or Bad News First? appeared first on WIRED.

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In my review of the FLIR One, I mentioned that this would be an excellent device for a physics lab. So, here is my first “lab”, hopefully there will be more posts like this. The FLIR One Tech Specs states the camera can detect temperature differences down to 0.1°C. However, detecting temperature differences and measuring […] The post Testing the Accuracy of the FLIR One appeared first on WIRED.

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What sorts of wonders lie around you? Flip a rock and find out! The post International Rock Flipping Day appeared first on WIRED.

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We are now in an era where technological advances have allowed us to be “connected” more than ever before. With the Internet of Things quickly emerging and making its way into our businesses and everyday personal lives, the opportunity to capitalize on this revolution is at our fingertips, but we are also broadening the cyber […] The post Connected Home: A Next-Gen Botnet Army? appeared first on WIRED.

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Apple had the opportunity to lead from the front, but what we got this week is an iterative example of very good design that could have been great. The post The Disappointing Design of Apple’s New Gadgets appeared first on WIRED.

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The single-use device is gone---and with it, the very notion of cool that it once carried. The post On Death and iPods: A Requiem appeared first on WIRED.

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Destiny is a polished, interesting experience. I just don't know how much more of it I can play. The post Destiny Is Great, if You Can Ignore Your Life appeared first on WIRED.

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One of the biggest perks of creating album covers (sadly, a dwindling subgenre of graphic design work) is how few restrictions there are for designers. “It’s a fantastic platform for expression,” says Jon Forss of graphic studio Non-Format. When you work with other artists, “there’s an expectation to push things, and you can’t just rely […] The post This Custom Typeface Isn’t Perfectly Legible, and That’s the Point appeared first on WIRED.

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Here's a breakdown of the new settings and customizations you can make to your system in OS X Yosemite. The post OS X Yosemite: Handy Tips and Tweaks to Customize Your Experience appeared first on WIRED.

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At any given moment, it’s entirely possible that you’re making the same exact facial expression as someone halfway around the world. There’s no real way of knowing this, of course, but it’s lovely thought, nonetheless, to imagine one of the other 7 billion other humans on earth smiling or crying or raising an eyebrow in concert with you. A new project from digital artist Kyle McDonald, titled Sharing Faces, is an attempt to bring this intangible phenomenon of human connection to life. The post A Digital Mirror That Swaps Your Face With a Stranger’s appeared first on WIRED.

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The next generation of technology is presenting new opportunities—and new challenges—for film makers, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has launched a research project to study how technical details like frame rates, dynamic range, color gamut, and resolution affect the cinematic experience. The post For Filmmakers, Higher Frame Rates Pose Opportunities—And Challenges appeared first on WIRED.

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Feeling blue about all the student loan debt you've accumulated? Or about how the NFL punishes animal abusers more decisively than it punishes lady abusers? (Though we're still not totally over that either, Michael Vick.) Well then cheer yourself up with some musical numbers! We've got Janelle Monae for you R&B funk enthusiasts, Banks if you're feeling some ambient electro-pop, Nikki Minaj on the booty drop beat, and Jeff Goldblum for ... anyone with a pulse. Your interest rate may be suffocating, but at least you haven't had to hawk your dancing shoes. We hope. Here is the musical and the maddening from the past week in TV. The post Week’s Best TV: Ellen Twerks and Jeff Goldblum Sings the Jurassic Park Song appeared first on WIRED.

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Motorcycles are dangerous, even when the rider is skilled and the bike is outfitted with modern safety features. So what happens when you ditch the paved roads for natural terrain and instead of simply avoiding the boulder in front you, you decide to ride up and over it? You have trials motorcycle riding, either the […] The post The World’s Slowest Motorcycle Racing Is Also the Craziest appeared first on WIRED.

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There’s a robust third-party market for everything that connects to or protects the iPhone. And now that the Apple Watch is official, you can expect to see a new frontier of accessories and apps for the wearable device, too. The post The Next Great Gold Rush: Apps and Accessories for the Apple Watch appeared first on WIRED.

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“Sic semper tyrannis,” Brutus supposedly yelled as he helped assassinate Julius Caesar: Thus always to tyrants. John Wilkes Booth exclaimed the same to the panicked crowd in Ford’s Theater after he shot Lincoln. And in dark underground burrows in east Africa, I’m willing to bet the homely yet somehow charming naked mole rat is yelling […] The post Absurd Creature of the Week: The Naked Mole Rat Could One Day Save Your Life appeared first on WIRED.

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Formula E, the first all-electric racing series, begins this weekend with the inaugural Beijing ePrix. The post What You Need to Know Before the First Ever Formula E Race This Weekend appeared first on WIRED.

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