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I Hire Engineers At Google–Here’s What I Look For (And Why)

This Googler explains how tech recruiting is becoming more holistic than it used to be, and what it takes to stand out.<p>The hiring experience for engineers isn’t what it used to be–and that’s partly by design. Here at Google, we’ve intentionally broadened the number of schools where we actively …

The Bicycle Problem That Nearly Broke Mathematics

<i>Editor’s Note (7/29/16): An earlier version of this story contained several biographical inaccuracies and did not give Jim Papadopoulos a chance to</i> …

More than a selfie stick: 5 GoPro extension poles that put you in the picture

While GoPro cameras are often used to record from the user’s point of view, wouldn’t it be more awesome if they recorded the user performing some …

How To Read People: 5 Secrets Backed By Research

We’d all like to learn how to read people like Sherlock Holmes. And research shows understanding things like body language is even more powerful than …

Body Language

Gadget Thirst Trap: the Impossible I-1, a pooping vacuum, and future 'Matrix' sunglasses

Hello, world! Welcome to my first weekly installation of Gadget Thirst Trap, <i>the website edition</i>. Some of you might know that I publish a Snapchat show every Friday under the same name. (Watch it!! Learn how to use Snapchat if you don’t know how yet!!) In it, I show you three gadgets from this past …

Scientists Prove Agriculture Has Existed for 25 Million Years

The earliest evidence for farming comes from insects, not humans.<p>A modern-day fungus farm. (Photo: Alison Harrington/CC BY-SA-2.0)<p>This week, a team …

Ancient Earth Had More Than Two Magnetic Poles

The history Earth's magnetic field is more complicated than you think.<p>Most of us don't often think about Earth's magnetic field, but without it, humans and most other life would be unable to exist. Earth's magnetic field protects our planet from harsh radiation blasted out of the sun. It's …

Earth Science

Chemists Figure Out How to Turn Plastic Into Fuel

Soon, your car engine may be running on your plastic trash.<p>Globally, we produce over 300 million tons of plastic every year, and every year over 8 million tons of it end up in our oceans. While we can recycle some plastics, so much gets thrown away that researchers are constantly looking for new …

Pollution

How To Set Up iPhone Reminders When You're In Or Out Of Your Car

How great would it be if you could remember everything that you needed to do when you need to do it? This is something that only a rare few can do …

Google and Levi's smart jacket to go on sale next year - watch what it can do - Pocket-lint

Google just gave us an update on its partnership with Levi's while at Google I/O 2016, confirming that a smart jacket is coming next year.<p>At last …

Wearable Tech
Backpacking

Lockheed Martin Wants To Send Humans To Mars In 12 Years

Orbiting laboratory could pave the way for a landing party<p>Before our species set foot on the moon, we orbited it first. The same will probably be true for Mars, and on Wednesday, Lockheed Martin plans to unveil its vision for a spacecraft that could make it happen. The "Mars Base Camp," as the …

The Mathematical Explanation for Why You Can't Catch a Falling Dollar Bill with Your Fingers

Here’s a really interesting mathematical explanation on how the “catch a dollar” trick works. You know the trick: a person holds a bill vertically …

Cool Stuff

7 of the best-looking tech gadgets money can buy

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Amazon With tech, function trumps form. You should still buy your gadgets based on how well they actually work. With some devices, …

Gear & Gadgets

Step inside some of the biggest, coolest experiments in the world

It has almost no mass, travels at essentially the speed of light, and has evaded scientific confirmation for three decades.<p>Meet the neutrino, which scientists hope will help them answer dozens of critical questions about the universe, including why it's full of matter.<p>Neutrinos are produced when …

Physics

10 Waterproof Gadgets That Can Brave the Outdoors

These waterproof tech gadgets will come really handy during your adventures.<p>Just because you're outdoors doesn't mean you should have to surrender all your technological comforts just for fear of them getting wet. Here are ten gadgets that can take a swim along with you if need be.

Gear & Gadgets

The 3 Big Technologies To Watch Over The Next Decade -- Genomics, Nanotechnology and Robotics

Many people take it as an article of faith that technology is changing the world, but in his new book, <i>The Rise and Fall of American Growth</i>, economist Robert Gordon says otherwise. He points out—accurately—that productivity, which surged between 1920 and 1970, has stalled since then and is likely to …

Richard Feynman

Take flight with these four great drone deals

With all the quadcopters and drones on the market, finding the right balance of value and quality can be tricky.<p>That’s why we’re highlighting four terrific deals on the best stunt-flying, video-streaming fun you can find!<p>The SKEYE Hexa Drone is a next-generation drone with supremely impressive …

Drones

These smart clothes will do everything from charge your phone to monitor your workout

Whether it's tracking your workout or charging your phone, these clothing options show how fashion is moving in a technologically-focused direction.<p>Here's a look at the smart clothing options out there right now:

Wearable Tech

Apple Watch tempered glass

Apple Watch tempered glass protector<p>with <b>magnesium body frame</b> (38mm / 42mm)<p>8-9H surface hardness, anti-shock, anti-scrtach<br>• High light transmittance, …

16 Gadgets We Loved In 2015

The best of Obsessed<p>In every issue of <i>Popular Science,</i> we round up our 10 favorite products of the month. Here's the cream of the crop of 2015--our most favorite out of 120 items that, even months after, we're still obsessed with. We bring you: the best of Obsessed.

10 apps you should use every day to be more productive

We hear a lot about the hazards of digital technology.<p>But there are thousands of apps that can help you get things done more efficiently and effectively.<p>We picked 10 of the best that you should be using daily, including one that helps you keep track of your to-dos and one that visually tracks your …

Apps

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The 11 best new iPhone and Android apps you might have missed recently

To help you find some apps that are fun and make your life a little easier, we've collected the best apps from the last month.<p>From powerful free photo apps to apps that vastly improve the way you listen to podcasts, you're bound to find something you'll enjoy.

Apps

Antimatter rockets could make humans an 'interstellar species'

WIRED 2015 is our annual two-day celebration of the innovators, inventors, artists and entrepreneurs who are reinventing our world. For more from the …

Space Travel

Spacecraft captures some of the best photos we've ever seen of Saturn's water-rich moon

NASA's spacecraft, Cassini, has been orbiting the ringed-planet Saturn for over 10 years, but some of the most interesting discoveries from the mission have come from its occasional visits next door to Saturn's enigmatic moon Enceladus.<p>In particular, Cassini has revealed evidence Enceladus harbors …

Astronomy