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The inside story of two anarchists' quest to create ungovernable weapons, untouchable black markets, and untraceable money.

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In honor of this week's Emmy nominations, this week's roundup of best TV clips honors the people and shows WIRED thinks should win.

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If passwords are considered the bane of the data security industry, it’s partly because humans are awful at choosing them: By some counts, we still pick “password” a facepalm-inducing one in 20 times. But a study from two researchers at Microsoft and Princeton suggests there’s hope for those much-maligned secret strings of charters. Randomly generate […]

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wrote a very long memo this week outlining the future as he sees it for the company. But his memo fails to offer products, ideas, or values to believe in, and it ends up missing its mark.

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What if Renaissance painters had been insects? The art might look like this.

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When they hover, hummingbirds move their wings more like a buzzing insect than a flapping bird. But, unlike tiny insects, hummingbirds are large enough to stir up the air as they move. Now scientists have attempted to model exactly how hummingbird wings interact with the air as they hover. To build the model, the scientists […]

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Today Amazon introduced a new file storage and collaboration service called Zocalo that---on first blush, at least, looks like it might be a Dropbox killer. Much like Dropbox and other cloud storage services, Zocalo lets you sync files between the Amazon cloud and your phone or PC. It has a business twist too, helping IT staffers control who gets access to which files.

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Today, a bill passed out of committee that would legalize unlocking your cell phone to transfer it to another carrier. Here's how a passionate group of activists made it happen. You can follow their lead.

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Tatiana Maslany, the star several times over of BBC America's excellent sci-fi thriller Orphan Black, was not given an Emmy nomination for the second year in a row today, and fans on the internet have decided that is total crap. But honestly, is it?

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It's a mad mad mad mad world at the movies this week. Biblical Egypt is on the brink of death-by-plagues, along with the credibility of Ridley Scott; Ben Affleck is a hunted man; Terry Gilliam is re-opening his freak show with Christoph Waltz as the main attraction; and there's a mighty big sharknado brewing over Manhattan. Thank the gods we have galaxy guardians and a Mockingjay to lift our spirits and protect us from evil doers, because these trailers are packing a ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb sized punches!

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When 86-year-old photographer James Prigoff paused to photograph a natural gas storage tank in Boston ten years ago, he was simply doing what countless of tourists have done before. The colorful tank, painted with a rainbow-like design, is a popular photo op. He had no reason to suspect his snapshot would prompt an ominous visit by a federal agent months later and the addition of his name to a government database of suspicious activity.

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People are not good at dealing with randomness. We tend to perceive patterns that aren’t there. One example of this is the hot-hand bias: the tendency to perceive streaks in sequential events when the probabilities are in fact random. This phenomenon was first noticed in basketball. Both fans and players erroneously believe a player’s chance […]

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The Yeti Hopper weighs 5.5-pounds empty, and it can hold up to 6.5 gallons of camping treats---enough room for an 18-pack of oat sodas or a 20-pound bag of ice.

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Rather than free you from your smartphone dependence, LG's new G Watch ends up being even more of a distraction.

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For years now, smart watches like Samsung's Gear Live have been "coming soon." Well, here they are. And it's worth thinking about what they do, and how well they do it.

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Scholarship is a conversation between individuals and across the generations. And this conversation can often be mapped. We can look at who cites who in the scientific literature or we can look at who collaborates with each other. We can also look at annotations, because in this long conversation, scholars can have comments on each […]

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Fotodiox’s replica crystal DSLRs won't take photos, but they will hold a bunch of paper down on your desk (and look good doing it).

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Is it too much to ask for a comic book flick that doesn't rely on three crappy prequels for the plot to make sense? Let's lose the complicated, interwoven storylines and focus on quality standalone films. Angry Nerd explains why Marvel's new Guardians of the Galaxy gets it just right.

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Few photos of the Underground Railroad exist, which is why Jeanine Michna-Bales has spent months following the known routes North, photographing the homes, forests and caves where those escaping slavery sought shelter.

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The new rule may be obnoxious, but it’s not stupid.

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In-cockpit cameras might help us solve the mystery of Malaysia Flight 370, but pilots are dead set against the idea.

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Andy Serkis is well on his way to becoming a whole new breed of Hollywood power-player, a multi-hyphenate like never before: performance-capture-actor-director-studio-honcho. Or something like that.

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Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum are planning a trip to Mars. They’ve been hashing out the details for 20 years now, and alternate between being extremely excited and utterly terrified by the prospect, refusing to discuss it after 5 p.m. to avoid nightmares. The couple’s far-out dreams of space travel differ from those of many […]

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Outbreak is a tribute to the Human Microbiome Project, an on-going scientific study of the vast, diverse colonies of bacteria that live inside us.

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When lab-grown food ends up in the home, how might we interact with it?

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