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The latest installment of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy looks at the massive business empire of Star Wars. The post How Exactly Has Star Wars Made $37 Billion? appeared first on WIRED.

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Can't keep up with everything people are talking about on the World Wide Web? Don't worry. We read the Internet so you don't have to. The post While You Were Offline: Here’s All the Internet You Need to Catch Up On appeared first on WIRED.

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Everyone hates Mattel's Computer Engineer Barbie book, but we've fallen in love with Feminist Hacker Barbie. She's the brainchild of Kathleen Tuite, an independent computer programmer based near Santa Cruz, California, who spent a half-day on Wednesday hacking together a website where people could re-caption the original book, hacking it to fix all of its pastel-hued problems. The post Feminist Hacker Barbie Is Just What Our Little Girls Need appeared first on WIRED.

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Dennis Ritchie is gone. And Bell Labs is no longer the force it once was. But you can still visit them on the net. In the classic video above, Ritchie is among those who pitch Bell Labs to potential recruits somewhere towards the tail end of its heyday, in the ’70s and on into the […] The post Tech Time Warp of the Week: How Bell Labs Recruited Computer Whizzes in the ’70s appeared first on WIRED.

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There are a lot of characters in the Hunger Games franchise. They're actually fairly hard to keep track of. To help prepare you for today's release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, we'd like to offer a definitive ranking of each character and why they're important to Panem—just so you can keep them straight. The post Our Definitive Ranking of Hunger Games’ Most Important Characters appeared first on WIRED.

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There's really no technology story this week bigger than Uber. The hosts discuss. Also, browsers: What's up with them? The post Gadget Lab Podcast: Uber’s in Big Trouble, Even if It’s Making Gobs of Money appeared first on WIRED.

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Between each race is a hurried trip, slogging six jumbo jets worth of everything from cars, to fuel and motor oil, to forks and knives. The post This Is How You Ship an F1 Car Across the Globe in 36 Hours appeared first on WIRED.

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When people talk about “the next big thing,” they’re never thinking big enough. It’s not a lack of imagination; it’s a lack of observation. I’ve maintained that the future is always within sight, and you don’t need to imagine what’s already there. Case in point: The buzz surrounding the Internet of Things. What’s the buzz? […] The post The Internet of Things Is Far Bigger Than Anyone Realizes appeared first on WIRED.

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The Internet you experience is as unique to you as your fingerprint. Websites that have worked themselves into our routines and vocabularies have begun to figure out what kind of people we are. By developing algorithms that track our online habits, tech companies have created online experiences that are deeply personal and self-determined. At its […] The post The Internet of Me: Creating a Personalized Web Experience appeared first on WIRED.

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Never Alone is a clever puzzle-platforming game based on the Alaskan Iñupiat culture. The post Never Alone Is a Harrowing Journey Into the Folklore of Alaska Natives appeared first on WIRED.

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Using a net-mounted sensor and a wrist-worn companion, the $150 ShotTracker is built to track your buckets and bricks on the basketball court. The post This Wristband Tracks Your B-Ball Skills and Suggests Shooting Drills appeared first on WIRED.

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It's a sad day for Aereo and all those who believed in it. The startup, which allowed people to stream live broadcast television to their computers and mobile devices, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, just months after shutting down operations. The post Aereo May Be Dead, But Internet TV Will Live On appeared first on WIRED.

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Mike Rubenstein has created a low-cost robot called AERobot, specifically designed to teach middle school and high school kids the fundamentals of robotics. The post Harvard Researchers Build $10 Robot That Can Teach Kids to Code appeared first on WIRED.

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It's been a long week, and everyone is jonesing for that Thanksgiving break to put on their fattest pants and slip into football/food/movie comas. So we'll keep it simple. Here's a GIF of Benedict Cumberbatch being flirty with you, and the week's most noteworthy television. The post Week’s Best TV: Jon Stewart Proposes to Benedict Cumberbatch appeared first on WIRED.

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An exhibition that explores how we can use light, space and materials to change our view of the world around us. The post 9 Works of Art That Bend Your Senses appeared first on WIRED.

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A 5-year-old has passed the Microsoft Certified Professional Exam, making him perhaps the youngest IT pro in the world. The post 5-Year-Old Becomes Youngest Person Ever Qualified to Install Microsoft Windows appeared first on WIRED.

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Benedict Cumberbatch may be the star of The Imitation Game, but the film's truly central figure is the code-breaking computer Christopher. The post How Designers Recreated Alan Turing’s Code-Breaking Computer for Imitation Game appeared first on WIRED.

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Big engines like the 707-horsepower monster Dodge put in the Challenger Hellcat or Volvo’s little four-cylinder that makes 425 ponies get all the attention these days. But there are millions of tiny engines doing tiny things (think garden trimmers, leaf blowers, that sort of thing) that we never give much thought to. But just as there are engineers pondering how to make big engines more powerful, so too are there engineers pondering how to make tiny engines more powerful. The post This Tiny Engine Could Make Leaf Blowers Sound Less Like Jets appeared first on WIRED.

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This Week in Wild Animals for November 21, 2014 Starfish were deflating. Polar bears were going bald. Fur seals were raping penguins. A 400-pound tortoise named Benjamin Franklin made an appearance outside a Walmart. This Week in Wild Animals is a public service for human beings compiled by Jon Mooallem, author of the book Wild […] The post The Cutest and Weirdest Wild Animal Incidents This Week appeared first on WIRED.

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How can urban planners make cities more livable for everyone? The post Urban Planning Ideas for 2030, When Billions Will Live in Megacities appeared first on WIRED.

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The colugo is the most accomplished mammalian glider of all—on account of being essentially a giant flap of skin—capable of soaring an incredible 200 feet from tree to tree. The post Absurd Creature of the Week: The Adorably Creepy Gliding Mammal That’s Basically Just a Big Flap of Skin appeared first on WIRED.

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With the Xperia Z3, Sony once again makes a fantastic piece of hardware that's marred by horrible software. The post Sony Xperia Z3 appeared first on WIRED.

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Yes, the new Hunger Games movie is an appetizer, but it also leaves you wanting more. The post The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Is Fantastic. We Ain’t Even Mad It Was Cut in Half appeared first on WIRED.

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In 1989, the year the Berlin Wall began to fall, American artist Jim Sanborn was busy working on his Kryptos sculpture, a cryptographic puzzle wrapped in a riddle that he created for the CIA’s headquarters and that has been driving amateur and professional cryptographers mad ever since. To honor the 25th anniversary of the Wall’s […] The post Finally, a New Clue to Solve the CIA’s Mysterious Kryptos Sculpture appeared first on WIRED.

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I won’t be able to post many (or any) posts on Beyond Apollo in the next few weeks because of holiday and work travel. I’ll be hauling along research material when I travel (I always do), but I doubt that I’ll have time to do much more than take notes. The good news is that […] The post A brief hiatus and dark skies in danger appeared first on WIRED.

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