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A photo project about bitcoin is a terrible idea, because there’s so little to see. But Megan Miller makes it work.

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This stick is no stooge. It has the brains of a puck, and most of the brawn. But because it's a stick, it's cheaper and simpler, and therefore a great option for people new to the whole puck-and-stick game.

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Well, that was a doozy of an episode. Here's everything you need to know about what happened, how it compares to the books, and what it means in the long run.

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Behind the scenes of a campaign that generated 80 million social impressions.

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As some of you might be aware, the WIRED website underwent some cleanup and upgrades a couple of weeks ago. No sooner than those fixes started to take effect and all us bloggers started feeling our way around a new blogging interface, we got slammed with a malware attack. I’m a simple historian, so I […]

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Civilization made a strategy game of humanity's past. Now it's looking to its future.

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Sometimes I should have a stiff drink on hand to dive into a week’s worth of comments, preferably a stout in this awesome glass. But this week was delightful. On the East Coast spring finally sprang and the sun seemed to evaporate everyone’s dour, interminable bad mood like so much old rain water. Here are just a few of the stories that brought out the best of you this week. Click on the headlines to read the whole articles. And happy weekend!

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In the latest episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy fantasy writer Elizabeth Bear explains why it took her nearly a decade to apologize to George R. R. Martin.

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Futurism + eye candy = what's not to love?

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Word that IAC reportedly spent $500 million to buy another 10 percent stake in Tinder, the popular dating app, was met by most of the tech world with a healthy dose of skepticism. After all, could a site that's just 20 months old with no revenue model to speak of really be worth $5 billion?

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The NSA knew about and exploited the Heartbleed vulnerability for two years before it was publicly exposed this week, and used it to steal account passwords and other data, according to a news report.

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The WIRED crew talks Faster Than Light, Rusty's Real Deal Baseball and more on this week's podcast.

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Facebook is ripping chat out of its flagship mobile app. That's going to be a big pain for users, but it's a signal that Facebook is ready for its app-centric future.

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Mat and Mike are back to grace your ears with news, opinions, and bags of freshly roasted coffee delivered right to your door.

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Scientists say it was the speed with which the landslide flowed downhill into the town of Oso, Washington in March that made it so deadly. This animation shows the slide's terrifyingly fast spread.

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This week's rumors include further evidence of larger iPhones and a new, motion-controlled version of Apple TV.

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A hacker sentenced to three and a half years in prison for obtaining the personal data of more than 100,000 iPad owners from AT&T’s unsecured website is about to go free, after a ruling today that prosecutors were wrong to charge him in a state where none of his alleged crimes occurred. Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer […]

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With talent like SZA and Elle Varner just starting out, the future's looking pretty damn bright.

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Chameleons are famous for their quick color-changing abilities. It’s a common misperception that they do this to camouflage themselves against a background. In fact, chameleons mostly change color to regulate their temperatures or to signal their intentions to other chameleons. Since chameleons can’t generate their own body heat, changing the color of their skin is […]

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Really? REALLY? Next you'll tell me people smoke roaches. Oh, wait....

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Cuttlefish are far and away nature’s most adept camouflagers, capable of observing their surroundings and perfectly adjusting not only their color but also their skin texture in just 250 milliseconds. And it’s not just about blending in: They can also launch truly bizarre displays of rippling colors to either intimidate rivals or hypnotize prey. Oh, also. They’re color blind. Yeah … scientists aren’t quite sure how that’s possible quite yet.

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If the big-data evangelists of Silicon Valley really want to “understand the world” they need to capture both its (big) quantities and its (thick) qualities.

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Alex MacLean deftly plays to our tendency to tease signals from noise with stunning aerial photos that reveal patterns in seemingly mundane things.

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The solar airplane that flew across the United States is back, bigger, better and turned up to 11.

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The booking video is an exhibit in miniature of the qualities that made Swartz such an effective activist, and makes his loss such an enduring shame.

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