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Heat, Pollution, and Skyscrapers Make Cities Have More Thunderstorms

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 2:00am

New research looked at nearly two decades of meteorological data from Georgia found that thunderstorms were slightly more likely to form over Atlanta than the surrounding rural areas.

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The One Feature a Great Smartwatch Needs

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 2:00am

Apple could move from the edge of the white-hot messaging space to its very center, simply by selling the most accessible messaging device.

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Hacker Claims Feds Hit Him With 44 Felonies When He Refused to Be an FBI Spy

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 1:45am

A year ago, the Department of Justice threatened to put Fidel Salinas in prison for the rest of his life for hacking crimes. But before the federal government brought those potentially life-ending charges against him, Salinas now says it first tried a different tactic: recruiting him.

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Strange, Vivid Nudes Meant to Tap Into Your Emotions

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 1:45am

Many photographers excel at nude portraiture, but few are so dramatic and experimental as Maciek Jasik. His figures, awash in a swirling ocean of color and fog, are hyper-emotive without letting you see them clearly. His aesthetic isn’t easily appreciated, but that’s exactly the goal.

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Surprise! America Already Has a Manhattan Project for Developing Cyber Attacks

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 1:40am

“What we really need is a Manhattan Project for cybersecurity.” It’s a sentiment that swells up every few years in the wake of some huge computer intrusion—most recently the Sony and Anthem hacks. The invocation of the legendary program that spawned the atomic bomb is telling. The Manhattan Project is America’s go-to shorthand for our […]

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Review: Fitbit Surge

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 1:14am

The Surge is less of a direct shot across Apple Watch's bow and more of a souped-up fitness tracker that provides minimal notifications from your smartphone. If you're an active type and you don't want to wear two devices on your wrist, you'll like it.

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Young, Attractive, and Totally Not Into Having Sex

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 1:00am

It’s Friday afternoon during finals week, and two undergrads at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville are lounging together on a battered couch in the student center, watching cartoons. They’ve only met twice before, but they’re all over each other. Rae, a tiny pixie of a sophomore wearing a newsboy cap, nuzzles up against Sean, […]

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Our Favorite Mechanical Keyboard Drops Some Weight and Width

Thu, 19/02/2015 - 12:45am

Love mechanical keyboards but hate how much desktop space they require? A new compact version of the awesome Das Keyboard 4 will have your click-addicted fingers rejoicing.

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Jack White Releases a Sweet Interactive Music Video for ‘That Black Bat Licorice’

Wed, 18/02/2015 - 10:55pm

Jack White's new video has multiple personalities. Which one you see depends on which keys you push. Check it out here.

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Facebook Says It Won’t Charge for an Ad Unless Someone Sees It

Wed, 18/02/2015 - 10:40pm

Facebook wants people to know that it only counts ads that are actually seen by humans.

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White House Names DJ Patil as the First US Chief Data Scientist

Wed, 18/02/2015 - 9:35pm

It's finally official: The White House has named DJ Patil its first ever Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy.

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The Ill-Fated 1930s Racing Tech That’s Mounting a Comeback

Wed, 18/02/2015 - 8:20pm

In the 1930s, the preselector manual gearbox was one of the coolest things going in mass-produced automobiles—until something better came along.

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Back to the Future of Higher Ed

Wed, 18/02/2015 - 7:50pm

Every year I look back to see how well I looked ahead. During my time at eCollege and then Pearson, I wrote a trend piece every January. What shiny new thing might capture people’s eyes or what big, over-arching concept was top of mind for educators. Looking back, I think I have about a 75-80% […]

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According to Hollywood, the Future of Sex Is Super Awkward

Wed, 18/02/2015 - 6:55pm

While it's obvious why sci-fi delights in giving us creepy looks at our carnal future, what's slightly less clear is why the execution are always so terrible.

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Is Social Media a Waste of Time?

Wed, 18/02/2015 - 6:41pm

Whether you’re every other freelance blogger at your local coffee shop (latte in hand) or a small business owner struggling to keep the lights on, it’s certainly a question worth pondering. The answer to such a question, relayed to us by a faceless sea of “gurus,” “experts” and tech start-up superstars is a resounding “Of […]

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Kirby Is Nintendo’s Triumphant Return to Touchscreen Gaming

Wed, 18/02/2015 - 6:00pm

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is a great new Wii U game. It also represents Nintendo's return to touchscreen gaming.

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Don’t Jump Out of Window Into Snow: But If You Do…

Wed, 18/02/2015 - 5:26pm

The great Boston Snow Jump Challenge of 2015. Jumping out of a window into piles of snow isn't so smart but it is possible. How deep does the snow need to be?

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The Sex Talk You Never Had With Your Parents

Wed, 18/02/2015 - 3:00pm

It’s time for a talk. The talk. Yep, S-E-X. Sure, your parents probably busted out the anatomy books when you were a kid. That goes there, those do that, etc. (Yuck!) And you may have taken some sex ed classes in school, or had frank discussions with your doctor. But here’s a dirty secret: When […]

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WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: Black Mirror

Wed, 18/02/2015 - 2:00pm

Now that you've gotten the umpteenth "it's a modern Twilight Zone" recommendation, it's time to binge your way through Black Mirror. Here's how to do it.

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The 5 Comics You Need to Read Right Now

Wed, 18/02/2015 - 2:00pm

With dozens of titles hitting the print (and digital) stands, deciding which comics to read isn't always easy. So we'll keep it simple: If you're only going to pick up a couple of comics or graphic novels right now, here are a handful that are worth your time and money this month.

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