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Perhaps the most contentious title out there is “World’s Greatest Mom.” My mother probably thinks she is, but so too does her mother, and I think they could both make pretty strong cases. But the sacrifices that human moms make pale in comparison to what’s going on in nature. There’s a bug, for instance, whose […] The post Absurd Creature of the Week: The Legless Amphibian That Eats Its Mother’s Skin appeared first on WIRED.

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A photogram is a type of photograph made without the use of a camera, by exposing photosensitive paper to light, making inanimate objects placed on the paper appear as silhouettes. Daniel Kukla has turned the idea of a photogram on its head by placing things on the paper that emit light themselves: fireflies. Kukla arrived at […] The post What Happens When You Let Fireflies Loose in Your Darkroom appeared first on WIRED.

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Not since Monica Lewinsky was a White House intern has one blue dress been the source of so much consternation. (And yes, it’s blue.) The fact that a single image could polarize the entire Internet into two aggressive camps is, let’s face it, just another Thursday. But for the past half-day, people across social media […] The post The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress appeared first on WIRED.

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You'd think that this game would involve skating around a discotheque throwing balls at other robots, and you'd be right. The post Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball Is as Amazing as You’d Expect appeared first on WIRED.

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These wireless speakers from Sweden have been improved from a previous version. They now have three streaming methods: AirPlay, Bluetooth, and Spotify Connect. The post Review: Nocs NS2 Air Monitors v2 appeared first on WIRED.

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People of London, meet the candidates for your newest bridge. The post London’s Fantastical Competition to Build Another Iconic Bridge appeared first on WIRED.

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Google kept a very low profile during the past year's lobbying over net neutrality. That doesn't mean that the company didn't care about the outcome though. In fact, laying low may have been the best thing Google could have done. The post How Google’s Silence Helped Net Neutrality Win appeared first on WIRED.

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A small Colorado-based company, Voormi, is touting a technology that produces a waterproof, breathable textile with only a single layer of material. The post New Fabric Tech Could Be Outerwear’s Biggest Advance in 40 Years appeared first on WIRED.

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Prominent venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers had always had an anti-discrimination policy. But before 2012, it was tucked away in a payroll file and never distributed. The post In Ellen Pao Trial, Kleiner Perkins Says It Didn’t Distribute Gender Discrimination Policy Until 2012 appeared first on WIRED.

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On a blog post at PLOS, the tropical disease expert Peter Hotez and postdoctoral fellow Jennifer Herricks take a run through the data on the biggest killers of children around the world in 2013, part of a new dataset from Global Burden of Disease study published in the January Lancet. The main one is malaria, […] The post Good News! Kids Aren’t Dying as Much as They Used To appeared first on WIRED.

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Google announced today that it will begin running ads in Google Play, in an apparent attempt to compete in a mobile advertising race that includes other frontrunners like Facebook. The post As Search Revenue Growth Slows, Google Opens Play Store to Ads appeared first on WIRED.

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It’s been just about 18 months since Neill Blomkamp followed up District 9 with Elysium, and in doing so left his native South Africa behind as a backdrop. Next weekend, however, he returns to theaters—and Johannesburg—with his new film, Chappie. Back is his friend and frequent collaborator Sharlto Copley, though in decidedly nonhuman form; Copley […] The post Neill Blomkamp Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Chappie appeared first on WIRED.

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Apple Pay is up and running and digital wallets are back in the limelight. Are merchants, consumers, and the market ready for mass adoption of digital wallets? Google Wallet’s poor early uptake comes to mind four years after its launch in 2011. We believe a combination of factors – part structural, part user experience – […] The post Digital Wallets: End of the Beginning or Beginning of the End? appeared first on WIRED.

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The FCC voted today to change the way it regulates internet providers in the United States. Net Neutrality advocates say it's a major victory for the internet. The post The FCC’s Vote to Protect Net Neutrality Is a Huge Win for the Internet appeared first on WIRED.

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Benjamin Black—who claims a role in the creation of modern cloud computing at Amazon—is now joining one of the key companies providing the rather complex tools that allow the world’s businesses to fashion their own cloud computing services. This week, Black moved to Pivotal, the rather ambitious outfit spun out of big-name tech companies EMC […] The post Cloud Computing Pioneer Moves to EMC’s Pivotal appeared first on WIRED.

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The glow of high-end music videos shines brightly in this week's round-up. Beautiful cinematography, rich lighting, celebrity cameos—this collection of clips just oozes class. But true to the egalitarian spirit of the Internet, we've also made space for the budget ballers out there in music land. Here are WIRED's favorite audio visuals of the week. The post Audio Visuals: Sleater-Kinney Gets Cartooned for Their Bob’s Burgers-Themed Video appeared first on WIRED.

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It’s commonly accepted that China is the largest nation on Earth by population, with more than 1.36 billion residents. But when today’s giants of Silicon Valley have as much ownership and control over our daily lives as traditional national governments do, it’s time to think more broadly in how we define a state. So if […] The post Opting Out of the Data Games – An Open Conversation for Facebook Friends appeared first on WIRED.

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Fact: Sexting is fun. Even celebrities who should perhaps know better are snapping nude selfies. But fret not, horny phone-clutching hordes, there is such a thing as safe sexting. Behold—four seemingly dirty images that, on closer inspection, turn out to be audaciously innocent. Study, practice, then hand this list to a nearby teen. —Lauren Bans […] The post How to Safe Sext appeared first on WIRED.

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Apple is holding an event March 9th in San Francisco. It could reveal more details about the Apple Watch, or perhaps, new MacBook Airs. The post Apple Invites Us to ‘Spring Forward’ at March 9th Event appeared first on WIRED.

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Motorola debuts a new version of Moto Maker. But instead of customizing a smartphone, users can design their own Moto 360 smartwatch. The post A Big Bet On Choice: Motorola Will Soon Let You Build Your Own Smartwatch appeared first on WIRED.

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OK, so maybe the Oscars were a little unkind to the superhero movie genre last weekend, but given the amount of big news from that side of the movie industry over the last seven days, it's clear who's likely to have the last laugh. The post Cape Watch: Viola Davis Joins Suicide Squad, Khal Drogo Gives Aquaman Sex Appeal appeared first on WIRED.

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In 1991, Alaska's governor proposed building a pipeline to bring his state's water to drought-stricken California. 25 years later, the state is in a worse drought, and the idea is still crazy as hell. The post Should Californians Resurrect a Plan to Pipe in Water From Alaska? appeared first on WIRED.

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The five-mile track will be built halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and be open to paying customers. The post Hyperloop Construction Starts Next Year With the First Full-Scale Track appeared first on WIRED.

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For five decades a 6.3-million pound behemoth of a machine, like a baseball diamond perched atop tank treads, has moved NASA rockets from their hangars to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral. Now the two Crawler-Transporters, stalwart workhorses of the American space program, is getting its first major upgrade. Maxing out at just a mile […] The post NASA Upgrades Giant Rocket-Carrying Vehicle appeared first on WIRED.

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Ingrid Burrington introduces us to this physical face of modern telecommunications in Networks of New York: An Internet Infrastructure Field Guide. The post A Field Guide to the Internet Infrastructure That Hides in Plain Sight appeared first on WIRED.

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