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Sonos Adds Simpler Wi-Fi Streaming to All of Its Speakers

Tue, 02/09/2014 - 5:55pm
Can’t decide what song to listen to on your Sonos speakers today? You should start with "The Bridge Is Over" by Boogie Down Productions. That's because you won’t need the $50 Sonos Bridge to stream music to the company’s speakers anymore.






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No One Tweets Like the Japanese, and That Was a Huge Problem for Twitter

Tue, 02/09/2014 - 10:44am
Twitter engineer Mazdak Hashemi says the Japanese tweet like no one else on earth.






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Why Your Library May Soon Have Laser Cutters and 3-D Printers

Tue, 02/09/2014 - 10:44am
A survey by John Burke at Miami University found that 109 libraries in the US had a makerspace or were close to opening one. Others are hosting events like Wikipedia edit-a-thons, where residents plumb the library's resources to create articles about local history.






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The Funky, Sometimes Impressive Motorcycles of Communist Eastern Europe

Tue, 02/09/2014 - 10:44am
The Communist domination of Eastern Europe after World War II wasn’t kind to the development of motorcycles.






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Angry Nerd: Are You Ready for Grant Morrison’s Mind-Bending Multiversity?

Tue, 02/09/2014 - 10:44am
The Multiversity spans 52 parallel universes and features characters like a Nazi Superman and a vampire Batman. Keeping track of everything requires an infographic. It's a lot. That said, Grant Morrison's new, mind-bending mini-series still encompasses everything that's right in the alternate reality comic book world. Angry Nerd is ready to dive in.






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How Movies Trick Your Brain Into Empathizing With Characters

Tue, 02/09/2014 - 10:44am
There’s a scene near the end of Black Swan, where Nina finally loses her grip on reality. And when people watch it, their brain activity bears some resemblance to a pattern that’s been observed in people with schizophrenia, said Talma Hendler, a neuroscientist at Tel Aviv University in Israel, said at a recent event here sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.






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5 Futuristic Food Wrappers That You Don’t Have to Throw Away

Tue, 02/09/2014 - 10:44am
Before it’s even time for dinner, the food-to-trash transfer has happened several times. Nixing that transfer entirely is the task at hand for Hannah Billqvist and Anna Glansén.






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The Next Big Thing You Missed: Startup Aims to Give Everyone the Mighty Shipping Power of Amazon

Tue, 02/09/2014 - 10:44am
The premise of Shyp is simple by design---the next best thing to pure teleportation. Download the app, take a picture of the thing you want to ship, put in the address where you want it to go, and done.






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You Should Have a Say in Your Robot Car’s Code of Ethics

Tue, 02/09/2014 - 10:44am
One solution to this ethical problem is to adopt the same approach in engineering that has been tried and tested in healthcare: a robust standard of informed consent.






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Recording the Frenzy of Soccer Goalkeeping, 1,000 Times a Second

Tue, 02/09/2014 - 10:44am
The chance to find out more about what happens with goalies in practice and in games is what British sports scientist Chris Barnes had in mind when he came up with the concept of a goalkeeper-specific tracking monitor three years ago.






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Drug Market ‘Agora’ Replaces the Silk Road as King of the Dark Net

Tue, 02/09/2014 - 10:44am
For two and a half years, the Dread Pirate Roberts and his Silk Road black market ruled the Dark Web. But last year’s FBI’s takedown of that narcotics smorgasbord opened the underground trade to competitors. Now those sites have a new leader, one that’s bigger than the Silk Road ever was and continues to grow […]






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WIRED Space Photo of the Day for September 2014

Tue, 02/09/2014 - 1:00am
Follow Space Photo of the Day on Twitter The 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day Gallery The 2012 WIRED Space Photo of the Day Gallery For caption information and links to high-resolution images, please use the full-screen version of this gallery. For more mind-blowing space photos, see the entire WIRED Space Photo of the […]






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The Creature Feature: 10 Fun Facts About the Thorny Devil

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 6:06pm
The thorny devil (Moloch horridus) is also known as the thorny dragon or the mountain devil. It’s a small (up to 8 inches in length), spiky lizard native to Australia. They live in the arid scrubland and desert of the interior of the continent. Thorny devils are the only species in the genus Moloch, and […]






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Three Pathways to the 1980s

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 4:18pm
In the 1966-1967 period, NASA began serious planning for its post-Apollo future. Alas, Apollo was widely seen as a means of demonstrating U.S. technological might on the world stage, not as a first small step beyond Earth. Our society’s rapid abandonment of the moon causes me to question whether we have every truly qualified as […]






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Two Common Misconceptions About Learning

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 1:29pm
It’s another semester with a new group of students. This semester, I have a class of elementary education majors (using Physics and Everyday Thinking). In the course, students build basic physics ideas after collecting data from particular experiments. Overall, this is an awesome course. It seems that most of the students gain a greater understanding […]






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Lunch Carriers That’ll Keep Your Soups Steamy and Your Food Partitioned

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 10:40am
Lunchbox wizardry used to mean packing your juice pouch to keep your apple from smooshing your PB&J. Today’s carriers are built for more discerning appetites. Bon appétit!






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Defuse a Bomb With Friends In This Brilliant Oculus Game

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 10:40am
You've always wanted to defuse a bomb in real life. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes gives you that chance.






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An Interactive Ceiling That Undulates as You Pass Under

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 10:40am
The effect is meant to mimic the generative movement of the ocean.






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13 Sweet, Affordable Cars to Take Back to School

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 10:40am
As a student, you need your car to handle a few essential tasks. It should be able to haul sports gear, get student-budget-ready gas milage, be reliable enough to avoid costly repairs, have a solid safety rating, and still stand apart from the rest of the crowd. Sure, you could just pick up a Corolla […]






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This Selfie-Friendly Camera Is Good for Non-Egomaniacal Photography, Too

Mon, 01/09/2014 - 10:40am
Olympus is positioning the newly announced PEN E-PL7 as a step-up camera for smartphone photographers. And true to that billing, it has a 180-degree flip-down touchscreen for framing and shooting selfies.






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