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The Stir Kinetic Desk M1 learns your routine, notifies you of the best times to sit and stand, and raises and lowers itself with its quiet motorized legs. The post A Smart Office Desk That Tells You When It’s Time to Stand appeared first on WIRED.

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In 1964, the great science fiction writer Stanisław Lem published his philosophical magnum opus Summa Technologiae. But it wasn’t translated into English (from Polish) until two years ago. Lem’s book is an exhilarating take on the future of humanity. It jumps from idea to idea throughout science and technology, with such sections as “The Statistics of […] The post A Premonition of the Digital Humanities, Fifty Years Ago? appeared first on WIRED.

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Flies are the best aerialists of all the insects -- how do they do that with only 2 wings? The post How Flies Fly appeared first on WIRED.

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“Typeface design doesn’t have rapid prototyping,” says designer Jonathan Hoefler. So his team invented a new tool. The post An Ingenious New Typeface Inspired by Old Maps, But Made With Algorithms appeared first on WIRED.

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Brain-branded drinks claim to boost your mental powers, but a study published last year suggests they could do the opposite The post ‘Brain Drinks’ Might Make You Less Smart appeared first on WIRED.

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The Sundance Film Festival is a wonderful celebration of nearly every kind of film imaginable. It's also set in Park City, Utah, which—although stunningly beautiful—is also really damn cold. Here are the films we're willing to wait in the cold to see. The post The 20 Movies We’ll Wait in the Cold to See at Sundance appeared first on WIRED.

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How does a wireless carrier get you to renew your phone contract? How does a bank persuade you to sign up for a new credit card? For Alex Vratskides, the CEO and co-founder of Persado, the answer is all in the messaging. The post This Startup Helps Companies Persuade You to Buy Anything appeared first on WIRED.

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After the first two weeks of 2015, it almost feels anticlimactic to not have a new Marvel Studios trailer to enjoy this week, but don't worry—there's still plenty happening in superhero movie world. Warner Bros. is having to deal with potential spoilers from a leaked T-shirt and losing a member of their DC Comics supervillain flick for 2016, and Fox is preparing to (finally!) let us see what Fantastic Four looks like. Meanwhile, what if there was a secret Avengers movie next year, except that it wasn't called Avengers? Here are the highlights of the past week in superhero movie news. The post Cape Watch: Tom Hardy Quits Suicide Squad and a Fantastic Four Trailer Looms appeared first on WIRED.

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This week in music videos we throw reason out the window! There's double murder (though, by the time the bodies are tallied, it's more like a quadruple homicide), an ode to creole seafood stew, a handful of girls behaving badly, a knight from the roundtable of Tron battling a supernova, vampirism, a whole bunch of celebrity cameos, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. It’s a beautiful day in the audio visual neighborhood. The post Audio Visuals: Sarah Silverman and Andy Samberg Sing Sleater-Kinney’s New Song appeared first on WIRED.

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A plan to store the world’s nuclear waste deep inside the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica, the two Catholic priests behind it, and how their quest contributed to the search for extraterrestrial life. The post These Priests’ Invention Could Help Us Drill Into Icy Alien Worlds Someday appeared first on WIRED.

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A head-mounted camera shows how a bird of prey chases down its prey. The post Science Graphic of the Week: Raptor’s-Eye View of the Hunt appeared first on WIRED.

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How Harry Dreyfuss invented a concept that we all live with today. The post How the Home Telephone Sparked the User-Centered Design Revolution appeared first on WIRED.

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DADO Labs is trying to help established companies get in on the Internet of Things before startups eat their lunch. The post The Internet of Anything: A Startup That Gets Old Device Companies Hip to the Net appeared first on WIRED.

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Ori and the Blind Forest, coming March 11 for Xbox One, bills itself as a "Metroidvania," but it takes inspiration from many more places. The post An Anime-Inspired Platformer That’s as Beautiful as It Is Mind-Bending appeared first on WIRED.

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The following is excerpted from Island on Fire: The Extraordinary Story of a Forgotten Volcano That Changed the World, by Alexandra Witze and Jeff Kanipe (Pegasus Books, 2015). The post A Visit to the Forgotten Volcano That Once Turned Europe Dark appeared first on WIRED.

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The Bowthorpe Oak is a massively thick, millennium-old tree in Lincolnshire, England that once was rumored to hold three dozen people in its enormous, hollowed-out trunk. Beth Moon photographed the leafy giant some 15 years ago and was struck by this tree's solemn nobility and overwhelming presence. Thus began a pilgrimage that would take her around the world to document the planet's most ancient trees. The post The Most Ancient and Magnificent Trees From Around the World appeared first on WIRED.

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In a wide-ranging phone conversation, WIRED spoke with Gates about this year’s letter, global inequality, and President Obama’s tax proposals. The post Bill Gates on His 15-Year Plan, Capitalism’s Downside, and Measles at Disneyland appeared first on WIRED.

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United States Senators stood up for what they believed in today—and it wasn’t pretty. The post Here Are All the Senators Who Do and Don’t Believe in Human-Caused Climate Change appeared first on WIRED.

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A Bitcoin exchange operator who pled guilty to supplying $1 million in digital currency to people buying drugs on Silk Road was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday. Robert Faiella, who used the name BTCking online, had been arrested last year and charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering and operating an unlicensed money […] The post Bitcoin Exchange Operator Sentenced to 4 Years for Silk Road Transactions appeared first on WIRED.

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President Obama's State of the Union address covered a wide range of topics, but at its heart, was a focus on the importance of women as drivers of economic stability. The post A Key Issue in Obama’s State of the Union: Advocating for Women at Work appeared first on WIRED.

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LG's first Android Wear device was pretty bland-looking, particularly when compared to the beautiful round Moto 360. Now, LG is back with a round watch of its own. The post Review: LG G Watch R appeared first on WIRED.

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Its holographic interface looks cool. But Windows 10 still won't put Microsoft back in the most important race. The company came to the new mobile world last. And that's where it will likely remain. The post Windows 10 Looks Pretty Cool, But Microsoft Is Still So Far Behind appeared first on WIRED.

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Lapka's concept sensors explore how Project Ara could change not just smartphones, but perhaps medical devices, scientific instruments, and educational tools, too. The post Wild Concept Sensors for Google’s Modular Phone appeared first on WIRED.

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"Bike Sense" flashes LED lights, plays a bicycle bell, and taps a driver on the shoulder when a cyclist is nearby. The post Jaguar Land Rover’s Virtual Backseat Driver Could Stop You Hitting Cyclists appeared first on WIRED.

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Wired subscribe SCROLL DOWN Satya Nadella’s Got a Plan to Make You Care About Microsoft. The First Step? Holograms By Jessi Hempel On a campus notable for tight security and secret offices, Building 92 is a rare beacon of openness. Guests can enter without a Microsoft ID and browse corporate history in the visitor center […] The post Satya Nadella’s Got a Plan to Make You Care About Microsoft. The First Step? Holograms appeared first on WIRED.

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