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On Monday, Indiegogo launched Indiegogo Life, a standalone service that lets people raise money for emergencies, medical expenses, celebrations and other important life events. The post Indiegogo Life Is a New Charitable Crowdfunding Platform appeared first on WIRED.

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Uber's surge pricing is automated. Let's get that out of the way before discussing what just happened in Sydney. The post What Uber’s Sydney Surge Pricing Debacle Says About Its Public Image appeared first on WIRED.

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Are the standard strand of christmas lights connected in series or parallel? What's the difference between series and parallel anyway? The post Are Christmas Lights in Series or Parallel? appeared first on WIRED.

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To intone the words “I can’t breathe,” surrounded by thousands of others doing the same, is an act of intense empathy. Linguist Ben Zimmer explains why. The post Pronouns of Protest: The Linguistic Power of “I Can’t Breathe” appeared first on WIRED.

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New research suggests physicists, computers and brains employ the same procedure to tease out important features from among other irrelevant bits of data. The post AI Recognizes Cats the Same Way Physicists Calculate the Cosmos appeared first on WIRED.

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Game designer Ian Bogost talks about fun at WIRED by Design. The post A Game Designer Explains the Counterintuitive Secret to Fun appeared first on WIRED.

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Pardon us. We're still trying to catch our breath after chasing down all the excellent trailers that dropped this week. New Pixar, new YA dystopia, new apocalypse porn, new Doctor Who and more and more and more! Bountiful as it was, though, we'd be lying if we said we've watched any of these trailers as many times in a row as the new teaser for Mad Max: Fury Road. Watch them all here. The post Mad Max Nukes Every Other Trailer This Week appeared first on WIRED.

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Lamba Wars answers the question of what happens when you build a real-time strategy game in one of the most celebrated, beloved game universes ever created. The amazing mod puts a real-time strategy game within the world of Half-Life 2, pitting human Rebels against the alien Combine race in a battle for survival. After surviving […] The post A Mod That Adds a Real-Time Strategy Game to Half-Life 2 appeared first on WIRED.

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If Exodus: Gods and Kings demonstrates anything it's that Ridley Scott may need a break from feature filmmaking. Where should he spend that sabbatical? TV. The post Maybe Making Movies Isn’t for You Anymore, Ridley Scott appeared first on WIRED.

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Autonomous cars will require maps that differ in several important ways from the maps we use today for turn-by-turn directions. The post Autonomous Cars Will Require a Totally New Kind of Map appeared first on WIRED.

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For more than a decade, the visually-impaired have been locked in an excruciatingly slow and circuitous battle against US copyright laws. The post E-Book Legal Restrictions Are Screwing Over Blind People appeared first on WIRED.

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Automotive supplier Delphi uses robots to push buttons tens of thousands of times, to make sure its products can survive years on the road. The post The Robot That Tests Car Buttons by Pressing Them 50,000 Times appeared first on WIRED.

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The plan was to make an Internet magazine that mixed hard-hitting reporting and in-depth features with wicked, Spy magazine-style satire. And the occasional kitten video. But The Racket is dead now. The post The Terrorist Tactics of The Racket, and How It Almost Upended Journalism appeared first on WIRED.

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While the weather rages outside, keep your brain simmering with one, or all, of our favorite science books from 2014. The post The Best Science Books We Read in 2014 appeared first on WIRED.

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A human singer shares the bill with a chorus of cube-shaped robots. The post Tiny Robotic Backup Dancers Controlled by a Singer’s Voice appeared first on WIRED.

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Over the next five years the company will roll out over 100 new outposts dedicated to their line of Reserve coffees. The post To Compete With Fancy Brewers, Starbucks Opens a Shrine to Coffee appeared first on WIRED.

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These gifts are pricier than the other items on our Wish List, but they are all beautiful and luxurious. Some are downright extravagant. But all are guaranteed to make the special person in your life overjoyed. The post Wish List: 20 Extravagant Gifts Over $500, From Sleek Watches to Muscle Cars appeared first on WIRED.

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Instagram’s now got more than 300 million users worldwide, and they’re uploading some 70 million photos and videos each day. Trying to imagine what even a fraction of that looks like will make your head explode, Metagramme makes it a little easier. The post Metagramme Blends Your Recent Instagrams Into One Weird Photo appeared first on WIRED.

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Designed for every kind of terrain, these new boots are quick-drying, ultra-lightweight, super-grippy, and equipped with extras like titanium cleats and blade-resistant ceramic toe caps. The post A Tactical Boot Made for Civilians That’s Hard-Core Enough for Marines appeared first on WIRED.

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Long-time readers of this blog will recall that occasionally I “reintroduce” it. I do this because its underlying concept is sufficiently strange to confuse some people. Beyond Apollo is a space history blog, but with a difference; it looks at space plans that did not happen. The plans that did not make it often represent […] The post What is Beyond Apollo? appeared first on WIRED.

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Even for those not dealing with terrible weather this week, there's been a lot going on over the last seven days. So much so, in fact, that you've probably been prioritizing what needs your attention and what can just slide. That is why we've come up with this short guide to what's been happening on the Internet over the last week. Read on for everything you need to know. The post While You Were Offline: Hollywood Gives You More Reasons to Hate It appeared first on WIRED.

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Disney's new hit film Big Hero 6 features a charming post-credits appearance by none other than Stan Lee. The film's directors Don Hall and Chris Williams had long discussed creating such a "button" for their movie, but weren't sure they could spare the time or resources to produce one. Then they saw Guardians of the Galaxy and realized they had to have one. So they rushed one through that surprised even the staff that worked on the film. The post Stan Lee’s Surprise Scene in Big Hero 6 Almost Didn’t Happen appeared first on WIRED.

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The Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight. Watch it live online. The post Watch Live: Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight appeared first on WIRED.

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In an increasingly cold world, all we need for a little warmth is a smiling pile of poo. The post What Makes Texts Feel Like Real Communication? The Smiling Poo Emoji appeared first on WIRED.

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It's a big day on Wall Street for hardcore tech. The post Two Silicon Valley Startups Enjoy Strong Debuts on Wall Street appeared first on WIRED.

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