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The mark pulls off a hat trick, referencing NASA's illustrious past, nodding to its dreams of taking us to new planets, and ditching the dated features of the old logo.

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What makes the Prius so fuel efficient? The hybrid drivetrain is a big part of it, yes, but put that into a box on wheels like the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen or even a Kia Soul and it’s not nearly so helpful. The Prius can deliver 51 mpg in no small part because Toyota engineers toiled tirelessly […]

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Robots like Jibo pose a fundamentally existential problem: Is a life lived with a robot servant the kind of life we should want to live?


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This week in TV was all about respect. Jessica Williams demanded respect for women. Mandy Patinkin demanded we respect one another in the search for peace. And Justin Theroux's jogging outfit demanded respect from Leftovers fans. For our part, we're here to show respect to Kacy Catanzaro, whose phenomenal run on American Ninja Warrior sadly came to an end this week, and to John Oliver, who admonished his critics for their lack of respect for the English language.

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For those who’ve just started using the beta, or are just anticipating its launch later this year, we’ve got some tips on how to best take advantage of the redesigned OS and its many new features. In this edition, we take on the new features in Calendar.

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It can be hard to take your eyes off a good GIF. Turns out, it can also be tough to take your eyes off a terrifying one.

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Cyborg Unplug is a gadget no bigger than a laptop charger that plugs into a wall and patrols the local Wi-Fi network for connected Google Glass devices, along with other potential surveillance gadgets like Google Dropcams, Wi-Fi-enabled drone copters, and certain wireless microphones.

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Boeing is building a laser cannon for the U.S. Army, and the new weapon has now proved it will be as capable at sea as on land. The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD)---basically a high-energy laser mounted on top of a big truck---was successfully used to blast some UAV drones and 60mm mortars out of the Florida sky earlier this year, Boeing announced Thursday.

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Well, here we are. Absurd Creature of the Week made it one year without getting canceled. It seems like just yesterday when I awkwardly asked WIRED’s resident GIF expert to make one of a pearlfish swimming up a sea cucumber’s bum. Or when I wrote about tiny marsupials that have sex until the males go […]

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Oculus VR gaming is coming to consumers this year, sort of. Here's what you'll be playing if you decide to adopt early.

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At first, an iPhone wallet likely would act as a surrogate for credit cards, a way to store the data of multiple cards but using the phone as the way to transfer that data instead of a swipe. But over time, the point of holding onto any of those cards, which become digital abstractions once they’re on the phone, likely will fall away. Instead, for all anyone with an iPhone is concerned, the way to pay will be Apple.

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John Martinis is one of the world’s foremost experts on quantum computing, a growing field of science that aims to process information at super high speeds using strange physics of very tiny particles such as electrons and photons. And now, after years as a physics professor at the University of California Santa Barbara, he’s headed […]

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The former CEO of a top Bitcoin exchange and one of his customers pled guilty today in Manhattan on charges relating to operating an unlicensed money exchange that provided Bitcoins to customers buying illegal drugs on Silk Road.

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Let’s be honest: When it comes to data breaches, it’s more fun hearing about titillating pictures of celebrities being stolen than the average cybercrime. But with all due respect to the celebrities whose privacy has been invaded, there’s a very different new hack that will likely take up far more of the FBI’s time, and […]

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I, like many, was absolutely blown away when I saw the movie Her by Spike Jonze. My head felt like an idea generator being overloaded with predictions and plans for new start-ups. With a paper and pen in hand to make notes I pushed myself to watch the film twice. Now, I have not come […]

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Mapping major fires from above makes a lot of sense, but it’s often complicated by smoke obscuring what is happening on the ground. However, satellites with special infrared sensors can essentially see through the smoke to the fire, and a new satellite launched last month can do this at the highest resolution yet. These images […]

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Whenever something is a awry, users get a push notification on their phone.

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The United States has appointed a new chief technology officer and, in turn, women across the country have gained a new role model as they attempt to break through the gender bias in the tech industry.

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Scientists use gullies made from melted ice, and their associated alluvial fans, to estimate the amount of ice frozen in the Martian soil.

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As many enjoy their summer getaway, a Canadian robot has just hitched (no hiking) from Nova Scotia to Victoria BC, a journey of some 6,000 kilometers. HitchBOT, the brainchild of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), is a friendly kind of helpless looking robot that appears to have a washing-up glove as a […]

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Nokia Lumia handsets consistently take some of the best smartphone photos out there. The company, now under Microsoft's watchful eye, continues that tradition with three new handsets.

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Long straightaways earn Monza the nickname “Temple of Speed,” but it's the corners that make getting the most out of the car tough for even the world's best drivers.

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The German audio giant has two new headphones: The Urbanite, a bass-forward and fashion-minded headset for club music, and an in-ear version of its hit Momentum model.

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Why have the Minnesota Vikings massively fumbled on bird safety?

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There is a burgeoning field within philosophy known as computational philosophy. This term covers a large amount of work being done, including everything from computationally discovering connections between different philosophical topics to artificial intelligence and the philosophy of mind. One fun example is how automated search methods found a connection between a medieval philosophical idea […]

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