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Here's One Way Facebook Might Be Changing the Electorate

In the U.K. at least.<p>We often hear about Facebook’s incredible power over election results—it’s something I’ve reported on frequently this year. This week, we got a sense of just how outsize that power may be.<p>Tuesday, June 7, is the last day for U.K. citizens to register to vote in the referendum …

Europeans aren’t actually that into mulitlingualism

It is now well known that growing up with two or more languages brings a wealth of cognitive advantages. Multilingualism is not only a laudable achievement in a tolerant society, it is also of great social benefit to individuals. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that bilinguals are better at …

Europe

Man v machine: can computers cook, write and paint better than us?

Artificial intelligence can now win a game, recognise your face, even appeal against your parking ticket. But can it do the stuff even humans find tricky?<p>One video, for me, changed everything. It’s footage from the old Atari game Breakout, the one where you slide a paddle left and right along the …

The foul reign of the biological clock | Moira Weigel

It seems like the concept of the biological clock has been with us forever. In fact, the metaphor was invented in the late 1970s. And it has been used to reinforce sexist ideas ever since<p>I wasted years with x!” I have never heard a straight man say this. But when a woman does, after a breakup, …

Fertility

This Plus-Size Male Model Understands Body Positivity

We've been fighting the fight for size acceptance for what seems like eons, and it's recently seeming like things are finally paying off. With more …

Plus Size

How Giphy's Alex Chung created a $300 million GIF empire

<i>This article was first published in the June 2016 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted</i> …

Teenage Refugees Tell Us the Horrors They Went Through to Get to Europe

The UK will be taking in up to 3,000 unaccompanied minors who've been forced to flee their home countries. We spoke to some young refugees about their journeys so far.<p>When David Cameron did a U-turn on Wednesday and agreed that the UK could take in up to 3,000 unaccompanied minors after all, I …

Why Are You Always Staying Up Past Your Bedtime?

The consequences of not getting enough sleep are evident to all of us—and yet we’re constantly staying up later than what our internal biological …

The challenge and opportunity of augmented reality

Interest in this topic is off the charts, and tech investors are eager to learn everything they can about this burgeoning market.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech …

Get Inspired: How the Invictus Games have saved me

Invictus Games 2016<p><b>A team of 110 athletes will be representing the United Kingdom at the Invictus Games, which take place in Orlando, Florida from 8-12 May.</b><p>The team is made up of wounded, injured and sick serving military personnel and veterans, and the event, the brainchild of Prince Harry, will …

Exclusive: London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Religious Extremism, Brexit and Donald Trump

Sadiq Khan, 45, was declared the new mayor of London in the early hours of Saturday, becoming the most powerful Muslim politician in Europe. A …

Great Britain

From Trump to Clinton, the race for the White House is powered by delusion | Richard Wolffe

With the presidential primaries only weeks away, both political factions have their head in the clouds<p>We have reached the point of the long presidential primaries where some clarity has normally been reached. After several months of overproduced TV debates, over-hyped candidate interviews and …

Government

Beijing may have finally pushed Hong Kong’s lapdog government too far

The abduction of a Hong Kong bookseller, allegedly over an upcoming book about an ex-girlfriend of Chinese president Xi Jinping, has sparked unprecedented criticism from Hong Kong’s normally pro-Beijing government.<p>Lee Bo, an employee with Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay Bookstore, went missing last …

Hong Kong

Top 20 Films of 2015: Part Two (10-1)

Welcome to our rundown of the top ten films of 2015. To see the various cinematic delights that comprised the remainder of our top twenty, you can …

Pop Culture Archives

The World Cup and a Justin Timberlake concert. That's going to be some night.<p>The actor who voiced Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace was not in a …

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AP: Global supermarkets selling shrimp peeled by slaves

SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand (AP) — Every morning at 2 a.m., they heard a kick on the door and a threat: Get up or get beaten. For the next 16 hours, No. 31 and his wife stood in the factory that owned them with their aching hands in ice water. They ripped the guts, heads, tails and shells off shrimp …

Olive Garden

From social media to the catwalk, is fantasy beauty failing young women?

After ‘fat shaming’ on trains and a campaign for health checks for models, do we risk creating unachievable and narrow ideals of body image that do more harm than good?<p>Type “body image” into Google and up come tens of millions of results. It is about a decade since the term became part of everyday …

Social Media

Berlin Tattoo Festival: Pictures

Body Modification

Windows turns 30: a visual history

Windows 1.0 also set the stage for the mouse. If you used MS-DOS then you could only type in commands, but with Windows 1.0 you picked up a mouse and moved windows around by pointing and clicking. Alongside the original Macintosh, the mouse completely changed the way consumers interacted with …

Windows 10

The murderers next door

In a remote corner of Romania, neighbours kill each other over tiny strips of land. Betrayed by their rulers, these rural communities have resorted to violent assertion of their rights<p>In the poor and remote province of Maramureş in the northern Carpathians, cut off by bad mountain roads from the …

Would you wear a chip in your brain?

<i>This article was first published in the December 2015 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted</i> …

Neurophilosophy

Volvo shows what the interior of a self-driving car will be like

When we discuss autonomous — or self-driving — cars, we often talk about smoother traffic, fewer accidents and more efficient driving. Arguably, …

Commuting

How language can affect the way we think

Keith Chen (TED Talk: Could your language affect your ability to save money?) might be an economist, but he wants to talk about language. For …

This 81-year-old woman is the last person who speaks her tribe's language, so she's making a dictionary

There are literally thousands of languages in the world — but, unfortunately, there are also countless languages, dialects, words, and phrases lost …

The ethical case for allowing doping in sports

A stunning report from the World Anti-Doping Agency has made a series of allegations against Russian athletes and authorities, including the accusation that a Russian laboratory deliberately destroyed 1,400 blood and urine samples ahead of a visit by inspectors. The report recommends the suspension …

Doping

There's A Huge Theatre In France's Massive Refugee Camp

“In the theatre you can become a different character. You can put on a different voice and suddenly you don’t have to be Syrian or Sudanese. You don’t even have to be a refugee anymore.”<p>CALAIS, France — “I was an actor in Iraq,” Alan said. “I did the voices for <i>Tom and Jerry</i> in Kurdish.”<p>Alan Ahmad, …

The world in 2065: what do social scientists think the future holds?

A writing competition held by the Economic and Social Research Council asked PhD students to look 50 years into the future. Here are the winning pieces<p>Ignorant as I am, I don’t think I’d ever fully appreciated the breadth of disciplines involved in social science until I was asked to help judge the …

Northern Ireland

The integrated school that could teach a divided town to live together

Can you solve conflicts between ethnic groups by forcing them to interact? A remarkable experiment is taking place at Waterhead academy in Oldham – and the results could change how we fight prejudice<p>Radiyah and Olivia live in Oldham and are best friends. They are 12 years old and met on transition …