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In its final season, Parks and Recreation jumped forward to 2017, setting the stage for more than a few digs at the influence of tech culture on America's communities. The post How Parks and Recreation Took Aim at Silicon Valley appeared first on WIRED.

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Astronauts have been held up as pioneers in the American consciousness since Alan Shepard became the first US astronaut to venture into space. Such people came to represent the limitless potential of humanity. As if that weren’t enough, they were pretty exceptional photographers too. On Thursday, Bloomsbury Auctions in London presents “From the Earth to the […] The post The First Selfie in Space and More Stellar Vintage NASA Photos appeared first on WIRED.

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On Friday, September 26, 2014, a telecommunications contractor named Brian Howard woke early and headed to Chicago Center, an air traffic control hub in Aurora, Illinois, where he had worked for eight years. He had decided to get stoned and kill himself, and as his final gesture he planned to take a chunk of the US air traffic control system with him. The post Why 40-Year-Old Tech Is Still Running America’s Air Traffic Control appeared first on WIRED.

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The construction of the tunnel was solid, but that doesn't mean it was going to last. The post Turns Out Boston Cyclists Can Engineer a Pretty Solid Snow Tunnel appeared first on WIRED.

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A robot that preserves the humble art of handwriting, thanks to lots of clever programming. The post Meet Bond, the Robot That Creates Handwritten Notes for You appeared first on WIRED.

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Until last summer, pretty much anyone buying or selling sex in the San Francisco Bay Area used myRedBook.com. For more than a decade, the site commonly referred to as RedBook served as a vast catalog of carnal services, a mashup of Craigslist, Yelp, and Usenet where sex workers and hundreds of thousands of their customers […] The post The Rise and Fall of RedBook, the Site That Sex Workers Couldn’t Live Without appeared first on WIRED.

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The tech world's most mysterious venture may soon pull back the curtain on its creation for a lucky few. The post Magic Leap CEO Teases ‘Golden Tickets’ for Its Augmented-Reality Device appeared first on WIRED.

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Today in court, a lawyer for venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers argued that Ellen Pao was a serial complainer, and that she did not have the necessary skills for her job. The post Kleiner Perkins Says Ellen Pao’s Dismissal Was About Skills, Not Gender Bias appeared first on WIRED.

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The success of the Pebble Time campaign begs the question: Who is Kickstarter really for? The post Pebble’s Insane Success Proves That Kickstarter Is Now a Marketing Tool appeared first on WIRED.

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The term "gritty reboot" has been bandied about so many times since Batman Begins that it has become a catchall dig at any attempt to revive a familiar pop-culture property. The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers reboot currently slated for summer 2016 is no different, but this fan film shows what could happen if the film went full throttle on the Grit Factor. The post This Dark and Bloody Power Rangers Fan Film Takes a Shot at Gritty Reboots appeared first on WIRED.

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Ellen Pao is suing her former employer, prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and the proceedings of the trial could have far-reaching implications for the tech world. The post In Silicon Valley Gender Bias Trial, Ellen Pao Lays Out Case Against Kleiner Perkins appeared first on WIRED.

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Henry Ford famously quipped that if he’d asked what people wanted, they’d have said, “faster horses.” There are countless numbers of ideas being funded every day that are aimed at essentially building faster horses. The result is that we have available an enormous embarrassment of riches in technology, information and economy – but how many […] The post Why Innovation Must Go Beyond Disruption appeared first on WIRED.

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The current debate in the United States and around the world over network neutrality pits architecturists against contentists. In many places, the emerging battle lines have coalesced around telecommunications companies on the one hand and Internet companies on the other. Established telecommunications companies are committing their reserves of financial, legal and political power to stop the […] The post Outflanking Network Neutrality: The Ubiquitous Broadband Strategy appeared first on WIRED.

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Facebook is releasing a new iPhone app through the Apple App Store, but it’s not for everyone. It’s for the world’s software designers. This morning, the social networking giant unloaded an app-ified version of Origami, the primary design tool the company used in creating Facebook Paper—the rather impressive news reader it released last year—as well […] The post Facebook Shares Its Design Secrets in the Apple App Store appeared first on WIRED.

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden didn’t mince words during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session on Monday when he said the NSA and the British spy agency GCHQ had “screwed all of us” when it hacked into the Dutch firm Gemalto to steal cryptographic keys used in billions of mobile SIM cards worldwide. “When the NSA […] The post Snowden: Spy Agencies ‘Screwed All of Us’ in Hacking Crypto Keys appeared first on WIRED.

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It’s early morning on my second day at Marum Crater, and as I drift in and out of sleep, I try to place the incongruous buzzing that seems to have awoken me. I unzip the tent’s vestibule and peer outside, where a small drone hovers in the distance, four blades whirring in synchrony and small […] The post Drone Vs. Volcano: How Robotic Flyers are Changing Exploration appeared first on WIRED.

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The new generation of “maker” tools like 3-D printers and milling machines promises to let anyone make virtually anything—from prosthetic limbs to firearms—in the privacy and convenience of his or her own home. But first, those tools have to get to customers’ homes. That’s going to be difficult for at least one new machine with […] The post FedEx Refuses to Ship a Digital Mill That Can Make Untraceable Guns appeared first on WIRED.

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The rapid recovery of the land after a volcanic eruption means that some impressive eruptions can be obscured geologically quick. The post New Volcano Identified in Central Colombia appeared first on WIRED.

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People will more readily dismiss unwelcome evidence if it is psychological in nature, than if it is from neuroscience. The post People Are More Willing To Dismiss Evidence From Psychology Than Brain Science appeared first on WIRED.

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Pebble's next gen smartwatch, Pebble Time, hopes to simplify the smartwatch user experience in an affordable, water-resistant design. The post Pebble Rethinks Its Smartwatch With a Colorful, Easier to Use Model appeared first on WIRED.

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In the latest installment of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy a panel of sci-fi fans discusses whether or not geeks should go out and see films like Jupiter Ascending. The post Should Sci-Fi Fans Support Bad Movies Like Jupiter Ascending? appeared first on WIRED.

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Unless you were living in Berlin about a decade ago, you probably haven't heard of Mocky. Back in the mid-2000s he was an electronic music artist in what he calls the "pre-D.M." music scene playing with folks like Peaches and Feist and doing shows at zoos. That's all changed. Listen to Mocky's new EP, Living Time: The Moxtape Vol. II, here. The post The Musician Who Made a Futuristic Record Without Any Electronic Sounds appeared first on WIRED.

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The director of "Resistance," a new documentary about antibiotic over-use in medicine and agriculture, explains why we should be worried that drugs no longer work. The post Resistance: The Movie That Will Make You Care About Antibiotic Misuse appeared first on WIRED.

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The view from soldiers and photojournalists in Afghanistan offers a glimpse of the boredom and the terror of war as they take us out on patrol, along for the raids and into the battles. And the best of them show us war through the eyes of those living with the horror. But this gritty reality is […] The post The 40,000 People in Bagram Air Base Haven’t Actually Seen Afghanistan appeared first on WIRED.

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When Kaspersky Lab revealed last week that it had uncovered a sophisticated piece of malware designed to plant malicious code inside the firmware of computers, it should have surprised no one. And that’s not just because documents leaked by Edward Snowden have shown that spy agencies like the NSA have an intense interest in hacking […] The post Why Firmware Is So Vulnerable to Hacking, and What Can Be Done About It appeared first on WIRED.

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