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The dangers of a warming climate are frequently presented through an economic or an existential lens, either as a financial gamble whose costs may ultimately outweigh the short-term benefits, or a foreboding reflection of our unwise proclivity toward planetary engineering. But to Howard Frumkin, Dean and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the […] The post Climate Change Will be Hazardous to Your Health appeared first on WIRED.

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A single human showing explicit bias can only ever affect a finite number of people. An algorithm, on the other hand, has the potential to impact the lives of exponentially more. The post Algorithms Are Great and All, But They Can Also Ruin Lives appeared first on WIRED.

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The fable of the unicorn was one of the more famous passages in what are known as bestiaries, gorgeous compendiums of creatures both real and imagined that sold like mad---second only to the Bible itself. While they were passed off as solid knowledge, bestiaries were almost always wildly wrong about the natural world. Nonetheless, these charming tomes were indispensable to the beginnings of modern science, helping lay the groundwork for the field of zoology as we know it. The post Fantastically Wrong: Unicorns Dig Virgin Women, and Other Lessons From Medieval Bestiaries appeared first on WIRED.

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We turned off traction control, put it in first gear, held on the brakes, and slammed on the gas. The post Nothing But 8 GIFs of the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Doing Burnouts appeared first on WIRED.

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With the rise and fall of the Silk Road—and then its rise again and fall again—the last couple of years have cast new light on the Dark Web. But when a news organization as reputable as 60 Minutes describes the Dark Web as “a vast, secret, cyber underworld” that accounts for “90% of the Internet,” it’s time for a refresher. The post Hacker Lexicon: What Is the Dark Web? appeared first on WIRED.

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As smartphone-toting citizens prod municipal officials, cities around the world are embracing high-tech solutions to lots of problems. The post 11 Futuristic Ways to Improve Our Cities, From Robotic Rats to Talking Trash Cans appeared first on WIRED.

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On Monday, plans were announced for a new New York City park. There are a lot of flashy details attached to the Pier 55 news. The post A $170M Floating Park Designed for NYC’s Hudson River appeared first on WIRED.

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AvaTech's innovative new hardware/software tool could be the biggest advance in backcountry safety since the original transceiver locator beacon. The post Data-Gathering Snow Probe Will Help Skiers Avoid Avalanches appeared first on WIRED.

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From the kitchen to the couch to the yard, use this gear to complement your turkey, goose, or ham with a side dish of The Future. The post 13 Gadgets That’ll Blast Your Thanksgiving Into the Future appeared first on WIRED.

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Before writer-director Philip Kaufman brought Tom Wolfe's book The Right Stuff to the big screen in 1983, onscreen astronauts were little more than alien quarry or asteroid bait. In Kaufman's hands, however, spaceflight became a far more human pursuit—a story not of external threats but inner resolve. With its three-hour-plus run time and unconventional structure, the film—which tells the story of test pilots like Chuck Yeager and Gordon Cooper as they break the sound barrier and launch toward the exosphere—was almost as daring as its subject. (Kaufman calls it “the longest movie ever made without a plot.”) But it introduced an entire cinematic genre, what Quentin Tarantino has called the “hip epic,” inspiring everyone from Michael Bay to James Cameron, who hired its cinematographer for Titanic. Its dialog has become a go-to signifier of human accomplishment; director Rian Johnson celebrated landing his Star Wars gig by tweeting a clip from the movie. “Phil really pulled it off,” George Lucas says. None other than Christopher Nolan has called it “an almost perfect movie. The post An Oral History of the Epic Space Film The Right Stuff appeared first on WIRED.

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The Audioengine B2s take the innards of the company's A2+ speakers and puts them in a Bluetooth speaker with a 24-bit DAC. The post Audioengine Promises Premium Bass With Its High-End Bluetooth Speaker appeared first on WIRED.

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Stand up. Look at your feet. Now imagine boring a hole straight down. After nearly 8,000 miles that hole would break through to the other side—another hemisphere, another culture, another season, another world. Wherever it ends up, you and the other side are at antipodes, diametrically opposed points on Earth. The post Incredible Photos Taken at Exact Opposite Ends of the Earth appeared first on WIRED.

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The Galaxy Note 4 offers the most true-to-life colors on its display compared to leading tablets and phablets, according to DisplayMate's research. The post Galaxy Note 4’s Display Offers the Most Realistic Colors, Study Shows appeared first on WIRED.

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This drawing app could be the MS Paint of virtual reality. The post A Wild Look at What It’s Like to Paint Inside an Oculus Rift appeared first on WIRED.

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Once upon a time, people didn’t think tech companies were so sleazy. Remember those days, back in the late ’90s? Oh, you mean back when bubble-crazed investors showered Kozmo.com with a quarter-billion dollars to deliver toothpaste by bike messenger? When Pets.com had a Super Bowl ad? Okay, so maybe the World Wide Web never really […] The post The Web’s Not Dead Yet, As Long As These Indies Abide appeared first on WIRED.

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Tonight, the lame duck senate still run by the democrats voted on the USA Freedom Act, a bipartisan-backed bill to usher in NSA reform. The post Critical NSA Reform Bill Fails in the Senate appeared first on WIRED.

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Next week IBM will launch a new email service based around a simple idea: you should organize your email the same way you organize instant messages. The post Not One to Be Left Out, IBM Unveils Its Own Rethinking of Email appeared first on WIRED.

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​ Earlier this year, WIRED accompanied filmmaker Zak Penn into the New Mexico desert. The aim: Excavate a buried treasure trove of Atari videogame cartridges that were buried when the pioneering company’s fortunes went sour in 1983. The results, and the story behind the making of the infamous Atari version of E.T., are documented in […] The post Behind the Scenes of Xbox’s New Atari Documentary appeared first on WIRED.

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Uber must prove to its users once and for all that we can trust them with our most intimate data. The post Whose Privacy Will Uber Violate Next? Why Its Latest Bad Behavior Matters appeared first on WIRED.

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The buzz surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) has been constant, even if discordant. From appliance manufacturers to automotive companies, to marketing gurus, security specialists, journalists, the government and beyond – the IoT has been heralded as the inevitable future of all things digital. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, three-quarters of companies (75%) are […] The post How Millennials Created the IoT Without Even Knowing appeared first on WIRED.

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Rollers of the Realm is a brilliant idea: a mashup of pinball and RPG. And it almost works. The post Pinball and Role-Playing Games, Together at Last appeared first on WIRED.

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A new colorful map reveals the geological history of the asteroid Vesta. The post New Geologic Map Shows the Beauty of Asteroid Vesta appeared first on WIRED.

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