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Watching his parents' murders was a major factor in Bruce Wayne becoming Batman. Two psychologists explain how coping with loss can lead to someone becoming a Dark Knight. The post We Asked Psychiatrists to Decode Bruce Wayne’s Emotional Problems in Gotham appeared first on WIRED.

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Never heard of the Imperial Kingdom of Calsahara? The Conch Republic? The Principality of Sealand? You’re not alone.​ Léo Delafontaine hadn’t either until 2012, when he visited the Republic of Saugeais, a self-proclaimed micronation in eastern France. He’s since become fascinated with “countries” unrecognized by world governments and organizations. His book Micronations​ documents independent states that are just as varied and interesting as their official counterparts. The post The World’s Tiniest Countries and the Eccentrics Who Rule Them appeared first on WIRED.

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Whether you're trying to meet up with a friend, or making sure a family member arrives at a destination safely, location sharing is a useful tool in iOS 8. The post How to Share Your Location in iOS 8 Messages appeared first on WIRED.

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The Intel MICA smart bracelet discreetly delivers messages in a couture package. It goes on sale in early December for $495. The post Luxurious Wearable for Ladies Is Covered in Snake Skin and Pearls appeared first on WIRED.

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Researchers in England have created new magic tricks, using artificial intelligence. The post These Two Magic Tricks Were Designed by AI Machines appeared first on WIRED.

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As the pace of its new hardware and software releases increases, the bugs in Apple's mobile operating system are multiplying and getting harder to squish. The post It’s Official—iOS 8 Is Apple’s Buggiest Release to Date appeared first on WIRED.

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Dan Winters He didn’t have to sculpt a life-size spaceship with functional hydraulic gears. He didn’t have to transport that spaceship to Iceland in a 747 cargo hold. But one day, during the filming of Interstellar, production designer Nathan Crowley found himself standing in water as far as he could see—a glacial wash only 2 […] The post Meet the Man Behind the Awesome Sets of The Dark Knight, The Prestige, and Interstellar appeared first on WIRED.

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Google gets most of the attention when it comes to self-driving cars. And when it isn’t getting all the love, people focus on the efforts of premier automakers like Audi and Tesla. But the autonomous vehicle that makes human driving a quaint pastime may well come from an auto industry stalwart many people have never […] The post A System That Any Automaker Can Use to Build Self-Driving Cars appeared first on WIRED.

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Sometimes a good old button is just the best way to get something done. The post A Real-World Button for Controlling Your Favorite Apps appeared first on WIRED.

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Before we have to say goodbye to The Newsroom forever, two WIRED writers—Jason Kehe and Jordan Crucchiola—are going to lovingly host walkthroughs of every episode until the series finale, doing real-time Gchat analysis of each one. Here's the first. The post We’ve Done a Comprehensive Recap of The Newsroom…In Gchat appeared first on WIRED.

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The wildly popular mobile messaging app on Monday announced a partnership with Square to allow Snapchat users to send cash via the app just as they would a text message The post Snapchat Now Lets You Send Money Too appeared first on WIRED.

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Ken Block takes his 845-horsepower, all-wheel drive 1965 Mustang to LA. The post Video: Ken Block Shreds LA in a Ludicrous 845-HP Mustang appeared first on WIRED.

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

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a great tactical game from Firaxis games. Its first expansion pack, Enemy Within, added so much amazing content that it made playing the game an entirely new experience. And now there’s a free—yes, free—mod that’s so good it makes the expansion pack feel like a tired retread. The post This Mod Is the Absolute Best Way to Play XCOM appeared first on WIRED.

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Pentagram partner Natasha Jen talks about her work on the American pavilion at the Venice Architecture Bienalle at WIRED by Design. The post Designing a Brand Simple Enough for Non-Designers to Use appeared first on WIRED.

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Today, in case you hadn't heard, marks the 36th anniversary of the Star Wars Holiday Special airing on CBS. (Though perhaps "airing" is too noncommittal a word; perhaps "assaulting viewers' eyes, ears, and brains" is a bit more fitting.) The post The Star Wars Holiday Special Wasn’t the Worst Thing to Come From 1978 appeared first on WIRED.

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Facebook has a long history of pushing the envelope when it comes data privacy and user rights, and one of the most egregious examples was its research on “emotional contagion,” where user news feeds were manipulated to study their reactions to negative posts. It may have sounded innocent enough to the data scientists in Menlo […] The post Battling the Datenkraken’s Business of Surveillance appeared first on WIRED.

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Carduino plugs into your car's diagnostics port, enabling you to add new features to your car, such as the ability to control your locks and windows from your smartphone. The post The Internet of Anything: The Little Box That Hooks Your Old Car Up to the Internet appeared first on WIRED.

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Instead of focusing on skills like eye-hand coordination, these games challenge our memory and observation says the designer The post Experimental Videogame Consoles That Let You Make One Move a Day appeared first on WIRED.

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Luxe sends valets to pick up your car and safely park it, for just $5 an hour. The post This On-Demand Valet App Could Make Driving Better for Everyone appeared first on WIRED.

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“I work in the automobile industry.” “I work in the pet products industry.” “I work in the small appliance industry.” We make statements like these all the time. So often, that we rarely give any thought to the notion of how we are defining industries in the process. But we do have a way of […] The post Smart Connected Products: Killing Industries, Boosting Innovation appeared first on WIRED.

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Thanks to a new deal with Spotify, Uber passengers will be able to tell drivers not just where they want to go but what they want to listen to on the way there. The post Uber Links with Spotify for On-Demand Music During Your Ride appeared first on WIRED.

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Facebook is reportedly testing a product called Facebook at Work, designed to let people, well, use Facebook at Work. The post Facebook Developing ‘Facebook at Work’ Service, Says Report appeared first on WIRED.

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How do you design an exhibit that showcases things we take for granted? The post A Sleek New Exhibit of the Telecom Inventions We Take for Granted appeared first on WIRED.

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Walker Pickering is from Texas, where football is almost a religion. As a kid, Pickering was on the field every Friday night, but he wasn’t wearing pads and catching passes or sitting in the stands and cheering. He was carrying a tuba and marching on the field. Pickering thought he was going to be band […] The post The Colorful, All-Consuming World of Marching Bands appeared first on WIRED.

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