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In 1837, the Scottish scientist Thomas Dick had a big idea. A really, really big idea: Build “a huge triangle or ellipsis of many miles in extent, in Siberia or any other country.” He figured that because there are some 22 trillion aliens living in our solar system, 4.2 billion of which are on the […] The post Fantastically Wrong: The Scientist Who Thought 22 Trillion Aliens Live in Our Solar System appeared first on WIRED.

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Way back in 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson initiated a series of tariff increases on brandy, dextrin, potato starch and, weirdly, light trucks valued at more than $1,000. He did this in response to a trade war with the Europeans, who were in a snit because inexpensive American chicken that was flooding the market over there, hurting continental chicken farmers. The post Cheap American Chicken Gave Us This Weird Subaru Pickup appeared first on WIRED.

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Welcome to Omnipresenz, your chance to "explore the world with a human avatar." The post A Freaky Idea for Remote-Controlled Sightseeing With Human Avatars appeared first on WIRED.

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Tesla is facing a question with which it really hasn't had to contend with since becoming a public company in 2010: If gas is cheap, why would anyone need to own an electric car? The post Falling Gas Prices Are Fantastic. Unless You’re Tesla appeared first on WIRED.

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This list contains at least a few gift ideas that'll take your cooler-than-you loved one by surprise. These items start at $250, but they stop at your door this holiday season. The post Great Gifts Between $250 and $500, From Fancy Wagons to Budget Laptops appeared first on WIRED.

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From a pyrotechnics chemistry kit to a DIY submersible, here is our holiday wish-list for science nerds. The post 13 Holiday Gifts That’ll Delight Your Favorite Science Nerd appeared first on WIRED.

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There are a lot of satellites surrounding our planet, observing and imaging its surface. But some of the sharpest, most capable among them belong to Digital Globe. Now, the company has released 25 of their best shots of 2014 for you to judge. Digital Globe’s new flagship satellite, WorldView-3 was launched earlier this year with […] The post 25 of Most Interesting Photos of Earth From Space This Year appeared first on WIRED.

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Sambunaris has been traveling the country for 15 consecutive summers, living, sleeping and working out of her car. Her images are full of endless horizons and breathtaking skies. Though there are no people in her photos, we see humanity's mark in the mining, railways, and highways that plow through the wilderness. The post Great American Landscapes Forever Altered by Human ‘Progress’ appeared first on WIRED.

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Eric Schmidt wants you to know that robots are your friend. The post Eric Schmidt: Don’t Fear the Artificially Intelligent Future appeared first on WIRED.

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The popular file-sharing service Pirate Bay was taken down today following a raid in Sweden by police who seized servers and computers. The Pirate Bay portal went down Tuesday morning after Swedish police raided a server room in Stockholm over alleged copyright violations. In addition to its file-sharing section, Pirate Bay’s forum Suprbay.org was also […] The post Pirate Bay Has Been Raided and Taken Down: Here’s What We Know appeared first on WIRED.

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There are a lot of good full-lengths dropping today, but we're concentrating on those one-offs that trickle onto the internet all day, every day. The post A Purity Ring Track and Sia Remix Top This Week’s Playlist appeared first on WIRED.

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A dinosaur may have once snacked where you're sitting. A founding father may have argued for freedom, right where you stand. Fifty years from now? It could be robots napping in your bed, not you. These very notions—about the fluidity of time and our relationship to it—are at the center of artist Richard McGuire's charming new graphic novel, Here. The post 5 Reasons to Read the Time-Traveling Graphic Novel Here appeared first on WIRED.

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YouTube's end-of-year recap videos are 100-million-view affairs, and this one aims to be no different. Here's how this year's massive undertaking happened. The post How YouTube Crammed an Entire Year Into Its Epic ‘Rewind’ Video appeared first on WIRED.

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Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States and former Google executive, wants every child to be able to code.  That’s a sweeping but practical vision. If we’re teaching students the languages of letters and numbers to be able to speak, understand, and impact this world — math, science, technology, and code must be […] The post Why the Future Will be Made by Creators, Not Consumers appeared first on WIRED.

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If you love ambient music, then you know the name Ghostly International. Now, the label is reuniting with Adult Swim for an all-new compilation. The post Adult Swim Wants to Stuff Your Stocking With Relaxation This Holiday appeared first on WIRED.

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Since my new book on brain myths was published, one question has surprised me the most - do brain myths matter? Yes, they do. Here are 10 ways. The post 10 Ways That Brain Myths Are Harming Us appeared first on WIRED.

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If you are looking for an entertaining book that explores the nature of science, I recommend Chad Orzel's Eureka! Discovering Your Inner Scientist. The post Book Review: Eureka! Discovering Your Inner Scientist appeared first on WIRED.

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Google has spent the past decade-and-a-half perfecting the science of recognizing patterns in the chaos of information on the web. Now it's applying that expertise to searching for clues to the genetic causes of autism in the vast sea of data contained in the human genome. The post Google Opens Its Cloud to Crack the Genetic Code of Autism appeared first on WIRED.

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My version of Things I Love, but for nature loving kids and adults. The post Nature Nerd Holiday Gift Guide appeared first on WIRED.

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The amount of change in the IT industry over the last few years has been incredible. A challenge for some, an opportunity for others, a whirlwind for many. One theme runs through all of the most impactful trends causing change: open technologies.  The evolution of open cloud computing, or Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), has brought forth a wide […] The post Why the Cloud Foundry Foundation Is a Game-Changer appeared first on WIRED.

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TV may be in the middle of a golden era, but that's no excuse for you to skip out on the best movies of the year. In his latest installment, Angry Nerd gives you his recommendations for the ten most underrated movies of 2014, including Only Lovers Left Alive, Snowpiercer, The Raid 2, and Edge of Tomorrow. The post Angry Nerd: The Most Underrated Movies of 2014 appeared first on WIRED.

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Ije Nwokorie, managing director of brand consultancy Wolff Olins, talks about Code M, an initiative to help fight malaria. The post Designing a Brand to Help Wipe Malaria Off the Earth appeared first on WIRED.

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Now that the Doctor Who's eighth season (since its revival in 2005) is hitting Blu-ray and DVD, WIRED asked the Peter Capaldi what he's learned playing the Twelfth Doctor. Here are five of his takeaways from his first year as the madman inside a blue box. The post 5 Lessons Peter Capaldi Learned From Doctor Who appeared first on WIRED.

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There's a biological explanation for why running feels so sucky for people who are just getting started. The post What’s Up With That: Why Running Hurts Every Part of Your Body appeared first on WIRED.

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Let’s say you’re out drinking with your buddies, things get out of hand, you pull out your smartphone, you take a selfie in the middle of all this drunken revelry, then you take 30 or 40 more, and, without hesitation, you start uploading them to Facebook. It’s a common thing to do. But Yann LeCun […] The post Facebook Envisions AI That Keeps You From Uploading Embarrassing Pics appeared first on WIRED.

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