Shane Silva

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Why Hamilton Matters

<b>A young man</b> stands in the dark, waiting to take his shot. It is May 5, 2009, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is listening at the back of the East Room for his cue. The administration of the newly elected president, Barack Obama, has invited him to the White House to perform a song from <i>In the Heights</i>, his …

Barack Obama

China is no longer a nation of tech copycats

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

Americans: The Country Where the Dollar is Strongest Just Got Cheaper

It’s where you dollar goes furthest this year, and now the country has lifted big entry fees, to boot.<p>2016 is Argentina’s year—at least when it comes …

ADB says Asia economy to grow 5.7 percent in 2016 and 2017

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Softer growth prospects for China and a weak recovery in major industrial economies are expected to push down economic …

Amazon and Flipkart are speechless after India announces new foreign investment rules

The Indian government has clarified its policy for foreign direct investment (FDI) in the fast-growing e-commerce sector. And the new policy seems to have left some of the large incumbents dumbstruck.<p>India has allowed 100% FDI in online retail consumer businesses that operate as …

50 documentaries you need to see

Ten of the best nonfiction film-makers today choose their own favourites, from serial killer stories and studies in the horrors of war to meta pranks<p>• Storyville’s Nick Fraser on the power of the documentary form<p><b>The Texan director’s feature debut, The Act of Killing (2012), and its follow-up, The</b> …

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So Long, Plastic! This Man Invented an Algae Water Bottle That’s REALLY Biodegradable

Plastic water bottles are unfortunately ubiquitous in our “throw-away” culture. And while grabbing a plastic bottle on the go might seem convenient, …

Biodegradation

Landmark as lab creates synthetic cell with minimum genes needed for life

With 473 genes Syn3.0 is the simplest self-replicating cell known and could be basis for new organisms designed to make new antibiotics, fuels and drugs<p>Geneticists have established the minimum needed for life. They have designed and created a synthetic cell which can survive and replicate with just …

Could This Be the Most Comfortable Economy Airplane Seat?

Lie-flat airplane seat may not be news for business class travelers, but there's a design out there that would bring this luxury into Premium Economy …

Senate Blocks Bill To Create Voluntary National Standards For Labeling GMOs

The Senate failed to pass legislation on Wednesday that would have created national, voluntary standards for labeling genetically modified foods or GMOs. A coalition of environmentalists and chefs that favor mandatory labeling of GMOs applauded the action, but an industry group, the Corn Refiners …

Drone pilots sign up in droves to fly during emergencies

Nearly a fifth of FAA drone exemptions are for people who want to fly in a crisis.<p>You may see a lot of stories about civilian drone operators causing chaos during emergencies, but it's clearer than ever that many of them are willing to help out, too. Bard College has published Federal Aviation …

Microsoft will allow Xbox gamers to play against PS4 and PC players

Microsoft is announcing a big new feature for Xbox owners today: cross-network play. It's something the software giant has hinted at for years, and now it seems the reality of PS4, Xbox One, and PC players playing the same game together might finally happen. Developers building games for Xbox One …

Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72 million for a cancer death linked to one of its popular products

In a verdict announced late Monday night, jurors in the circuit court of St. Louis awarded the family of Jacqueline Fox $10 million of actual damages and $62 million of punitive damages, according to the family's lawyers and court records.<p>The verdict is the first by a U.S. jury to award damages …