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Video: A Marine With A Prosthetic Hand Controlled By His Own Muscles

Staff Sergeant James Sides lost his right arm in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. Now he's the first patient in an FDA trial testing an implantable, muscle-connected controller for prosthetics.<p>Out on a routine reconnaissance mission in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, Marine Staff Sergeant James …

Prosthetics

How One Man's One-Way Trip To Mars Is Dividing His Family

Choosing between the Earthlings you love and the adventure of a lifetime<p>Ken Sullivan has applied for a one-way trip to Mars, and, good news, he's made it past the first round of Mars One applicants! Hooray! Surely nothing could stand in his way.<p>Except his wife and four children, who are less than …

Water Supply Will Struggle to Meet Demands of Thirstier World

There are already many countries where the scarcity of water affects people’s lives. While water for drinking may be first to come to mind, as …

Your Car Could Run on Volcano Power

Vulcanol is produced about 30 miles outside of Reykjavik, Iceland—it is a type of liquid fuel made with the help of a volcano.<p>A local geothermal …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Bald eagle deaths in Utah alarm and mystify scientists

SALT LAKE CITY — Buz Marthaler felt the once-proud aerial predator fall limp in his arms, and the veteran animal caretaker knew he was facing a mystery unlike any in his career.<p>Bald eagles are dying in Utah — 20 in the last few weeks alone — and nobody can figure out why.<p>Hundreds of the majestic …

UK pardons computing pioneer Alan Turing

Campaigners have spent years demanding that the UK exonerate computing legend Alan Turing, and they're finally getting their wish. Queen Elizabeth II has just used her royal prerogative to pardon Turing, 61 years after an indecency conviction that many now see as unjust. The criminal charge …

Edward Snowden looks back at NSA leaks, considers his personal mission accomplished

2013 is almost over, but revelations delivered this year about the amount of communications data the NSA has access to, and how it has acquired that data, will reverberate for much longer. The man at the center of the leaks, Edward Snowden, has spoken once again to <i>The Washington Post</i> in an …

​The Worst Lies You've Been Told About the Singularity

You’ve probably heard of a concept known as the Technological Singularity — a nebulous event that’s supposed to happen in the not-too-distant future. …

Singularity

The growing evidence that plants can think and communicate

Though plants have no brains, scientists have uncovered evidence that they do release chemicals that allow them to "communicate" with each other and …

The Budget Deal: An Okay End to a Very Bad Year for Medical Research

Congress's spending bill offers some relief to the National Institutes of Health, but Francis Collins says lawmakers are still scrimping on essential science.<p>Two-thousand thirteen will go down as one of the least predictable—and most political—years in history for American medical research.<p>In the …

Obama review panel: strip NSA of power to collect phone data records

• Review proposes greater authority for spying on foreign leaders<p>• Government 'should be banned from undermining encryption'<p>• Forty-six recommendations in 300-page report released early<p>The National Security Agency should be banned from attempting to undermine the security of the internet and …

San Francisco starts offering free WiFi, but only on Market Street

San Francisco promised city-scale free WiFi nearly seven years ago, and today it's finally acting on that promise -- if not quite with the same ambition it had in 2007. The city is now offering up to 50Mbps of gratis wireless internet, but only along a 3-mile stretch of Market Street between the …

Google reportedly testing smart thermostats in 'EnergySense' program

Google called it quits on a smart thermostat two years ago, but it looks like the company couldn't resist circling back to the idea. According to two of <i>The Information's</i> sources and a document reviewed by the outlet, Mountain View has been conducting a trial of Internet-connected thermostats to …

Study proves that you can secretly hijack an older Mac's webcam

If you believe common wisdom, it shouldn't be possible to take over most webcams without alerting users. The indicator LED is supposed to be hack-proof, after all. However, a pair of Johns Hopkins researchers have recently published a research paper showing that it's possible to control the camera …

Surveillance

Macbook webcams can be remotely activated without any sign

In a paper called iSeeYou: Disabling the MacBook Webcam Indicator LED, security researchers Matthew Brocker and Stephen Checkoway explained a method …

Soft Paternalism, or the Future of Authority and Obedience

This real-time global wind map will completely devour your weekend

The Day Google Became Skynet

Facial-recognition software uncovers a bizarre conspiracy in this short

Watch China's Chang'e 3 land on the Moon!

GIF<p>This weekend, China became the third country in history to put a spacecraft on the Moon with the soft-landing touchdown of its Chang'e 3 probe and …

How Facebook's New Machine Brain Will Learn All About You From Your Photos

Facebook poaches an NYU machine learning star to start a new AI lab that may very well end up knowing more about your social life than you do.<p>Facebook users upload 350 million photos onto the social network every day, far beyond the ability of human beings to comprehensively look at, much less …