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These Optical Illusions Trick Your Brain With Science

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 12:30pm

An award-winning book on optical illusions explains the science of tricking your brain.

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We Asked Psychiatrists to Decode Bruce Wayne’s Emotional Problems in Gotham

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 12:00pm

Watching his parents' murders was a major factor in Bruce Wayne becoming Batman. Two psychologists explain how coping with loss can lead to someone becoming a Dark Knight.

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The World’s Tiniest Countries and the Eccentrics Who Rule Them

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 12:00pm

Never heard of the Imperial Kingdom of Calsahara? The Conch Republic? The Principality of Sealand? You’re not alone.​ Léo Delafontaine hadn’t either until 2012, when he visited the Republic of Saugeais, a self-proclaimed micronation in eastern France. He’s since become fascinated with “countries” unrecognized by world governments and organizations. His book Micronations​ documents independent states that are just as varied and interesting as their official counterparts.

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How to Share Your Location in iOS 8 Messages

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 11:30am

Whether you're trying to meet up with a friend, or making sure a family member arrives at a destination safely, location sharing is a useful tool in iOS 8.

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Luxurious Wearable for Ladies Is Covered in Snake Skin and Pearls

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 11:30am

The Intel MICA smart bracelet discreetly delivers messages in a couture package. It goes on sale in early December for $495.

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These Two Magic Tricks Were Designed by AI Machines

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 11:30am

Researchers in England have created new magic tricks, using artificial intelligence.

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It’s Official—iOS 8 Is Apple’s Buggiest Release to Date

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 11:30am

As the pace of its new hardware and software releases increases, the bugs in Apple's mobile operating system are multiplying and getting harder to squish.

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Meet the Man Behind the Awesome Sets of The Dark Knight, The Prestige, and Interstellar

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 11:30am

Dan Winters He didn’t have to sculpt a life-size spaceship with functional hydraulic gears. He didn’t have to transport that spaceship to Iceland in a 747 cargo hold. But one day, during the filming of Interstellar, production designer Nathan Crowley found himself standing in water as far as he could see—a glacial wash only 2 […]

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A System That Any Automaker Can Use to Build Self-Driving Cars

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 11:30am

Google gets most of the attention when it comes to self-driving cars. And when it isn’t getting all the love, people focus on the efforts of premier automakers like Audi and Tesla. But the autonomous vehicle that makes human driving a quaint pastime may well come from an auto industry stalwart many people have never […]

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A Real-World Button for Controlling Your Favorite Apps

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 11:30am

Sometimes a good old button is just the best way to get something done.

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We’ve Done a Comprehensive Recap of The Newsroom…In Gchat

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 12:40am

Before we have to say goodbye to The Newsroom forever, two WIRED writers—Jason Kehe and Jordan Crucchiola—are going to lovingly host walkthroughs of every episode until the series finale, doing real-time Gchat analysis of each one. Here's the first.

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Snapchat Now Lets You Send Money Too

Mon, 17/11/2014 - 10:02pm

The wildly popular mobile messaging app on Monday announced a partnership with Square to allow Snapchat users to send cash via the app just as they would a text message

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Video: Ken Block Shreds LA in a Ludicrous 845-HP Mustang

Mon, 17/11/2014 - 9:15pm

Ken Block takes his 845-horsepower, all-wheel drive 1965 Mustang to LA.

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Watch Live: The Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

Mon, 17/11/2014 - 9:00pm

The Leonid meteor shower peaks tonight. Watch it live online.

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This Mod Is the Absolute Best Way to Play XCOM

Mon, 17/11/2014 - 8:15pm

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a great tactical game from Firaxis games. Its first expansion pack, Enemy Within, added so much amazing content that it made playing the game an entirely new experience. And now there’s a free—yes, free—mod that’s so good it makes the expansion pack feel like a tired retread.

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Designing a Brand Simple Enough for Non-Designers to Use

Mon, 17/11/2014 - 8:15pm

Pentagram partner Natasha Jen talks about her work on the American pavilion at the Venice Architecture Bienalle at WIRED by Design.

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The Star Wars Holiday Special Wasn’t the Worst Thing to Come From 1978

Mon, 17/11/2014 - 8:07pm

Today, in case you hadn't heard, marks the 36th anniversary of the Star Wars Holiday Special airing on CBS. (Though perhaps "airing" is too noncommittal a word; perhaps "assaulting viewers' eyes, ears, and brains" is a bit more fitting.)

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Battling the Datenkraken’s Business of Surveillance

Mon, 17/11/2014 - 7:33pm

Facebook has a long history of pushing the envelope when it comes data privacy and user rights, and one of the most egregious examples was its research on “emotional contagion,” where user news feeds were manipulated to study their reactions to negative posts. It may have sounded innocent enough to the data scientists in Menlo […]

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The Internet of Anything: The Little Box That Hooks Your Old Car Up to the Internet

Mon, 17/11/2014 - 7:20pm

Carduino plugs into your car's diagnostics port, enabling you to add new features to your car, such as the ability to control your locks and windows from your smartphone.

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Experimental Videogame Consoles That Let You Make One Move a Day

Mon, 17/11/2014 - 6:00pm

Instead of focusing on skills like eye-hand coordination, these games challenge our memory and observation says the designer

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