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Cover Story: Jennifer Lawrence, Star without a Script

In a mere six years, Jennifer Lawrence has blazed past every marker of Hollywood stardom, with no sign of slowing down: next month’s science-fiction romance Passengers will be followed by movies with Steven Spielberg, Adam McKay, and Darren Aronofsky. In unreal circumstances, Lawrence is learning …

Home Invasion

The Man Who Cleans Up After Plane Crashes

Robert Jensen has spent his career restoring order after mass fatalities: identifying remains, caring for families, and recovering personal effects. Here’s how he became the best at the worst job in the world.<p>A team stumbled and hacked its way through the jungle. The group had a vague idea of where …

Airplanes

War in space: Kamikazes, kidnapper satellites and lasers

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> It was May 2014 when a small team of American airmen monitoring a Russian satellite launch saw something they had never seen before. An object the team thought was a piece of debris from the launch suddenly came to life.<p>"The one object that we assumed was a piece of debris …

Space Exploration

China is at the forefront of manipulating DNA to create a new class of superhumans

Would you want to alter your future children’s genes to make them smarter, stronger, or better looking? As the state of science brings prospects like these closer to reality, an international debate has been raging over the ethics of enhancing human capacities with biotechnologies such as so-called …

Molecular Biology

The ‘Danger Drone’ Is a $500 Flying Hacker Laptop

Two researchers have created a proof-of-concept for a cheap, multi-functional, hacker drone.<p>One of the biggest challenges for hackers who want to get into more secure and isolated networks is physical. If the network is well protected, you might need to be physically close to it to hack it—and …

We're Not Just Fact-Checking Mr. Robot—We're Hack-Checking It

Sam Esmail, the creator/writer/director of* Mr. Robot*, promised that the second season of his hit show would get dark fast. He wasn't kidding. Last …

Layman’s Intro to #AI and Neural Networks

Simply put, any algorithm that has the ability to learn on its own, given a set of data, without having to program the rules of the domain …

This ‘Demonically Clever’ Backdoor Hides In a Tiny Slice of a Computer Chip

Author: Andy Greenberg. Andy Greenberg Security<p>Date of Publication: 06.01.16.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>Security flaws in software can be …

University of Michigan

What Is Ransomware? A Guide to the Global Cyberattack's Scary Method

Ransomware is malware that locks your keyboard or computer to prevent you from accessing your data until you pay a ransom, usually demanded in …

Welcome to the Dark Net, a Wilderness Where Invisible World Wars Are Fought and Hackers Roam Free

Through the eyes of a master hacker turned security expert, William Langewiesche chronicles the rise of the Dark Net—where weapons, drugs, and information are bought, sold, and hacked—and learns how high the stakes have really become.<p>I. The Back Door<p>His name is not Opsec, but I will call him that …

Security

8 Deadly Commands You Should Never Run on Linux

Linux’s terminal commands are powerful, and Linux won’t ask you for confirmation if you run a command that will break your system. It’s not uncommon …

Some Like It Bot

Algorithms are getting better at entertaining us.<p>Artificial intelligence has captured the rhythm of science fiction. For example, the script of a new …

Rise of the RoboMasters

We went to China's Silicon Valley to see the front lines of the robot wars<p><b>The lights dimmed</b> inside the Shenzhen Bay Sports Stadium as the countdown to the match began. "Wu, si, san, er, yi!" A chime sounded and two teams of robots sprang into action across an intricately constructed battlefield. In …

Researchers Show How to "Steal" AI from Amazon's Machine Learning Service | WIRED

Author: Andy Greenberg. Andy Greenberg Security<p>Date of Publication: 09.30.16.<p>Time of Publication: 11:06 am. 11:06 am<p>How to Steal an AI<p>In the …

What programming language should you learn first?

Which programming language should you learn first? ʇdıɹɔsɐʌɐɾ :ɹǝʍsuɐ<p>Most people’s journey toward learning to program starts with a single late-night …

The code I’m still ashamed of

If you write code for a living, there’s a chance that at some point in your career, someone will ask you to code something a little deceitful – if …

The most breathtaking natural wonder in every state

Picking 50 wasn't easy, but here are the most beautiful natural attractions in each state.<p><i>Melissa Stanger contributed to an earlier version of this post.</i>

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The Hot New Millennial Housing Trend Is a Repeat of the Middle Ages

Communal living is hardly a departure from tradition—it's a return to how humans have been making their homes for thousands of years.<p>For most of human history, people were hunter-gatherers. They lived in large camps, depending on one another for food, childcare, and everything else—all without …

The dark side of Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was an unpleasant man who wrote macabre books – and yet children around the world adore them. Perhaps this shouldn’t surprise us, writes Hephzibah Anderson.<p>Once upon a time a small orphan was packed off to live with his aunts. They were a sadistic pair, these sisters, and rather than …

Books

A $50 device and an app can easily steal your PC's log-in

You'd think protecting your computer with a strong password can keep it safe, but apparently, all it takes to steal your log-in credentials is a $50 piece of hardware and an app. According to R5 Industries principal security engineer Rob Fuller, he was able to pilfer usernames and passwords from …

Dust to dust: mourning the dead at Burning Man

Tony Edwards, a long-term Burning Man attendee, spent last Thursday observing his sixth wedding anniversary at the festival’s temple. He was also returning the ashes of his late wife, Laura Diamond, to the place where they had exchanged their marital vows.<p>A mother of four grown children, Laura – or …

Festivals

Ancient tattoo artists still making their mark in Jerusalem

<b>Jerusalem (CNN) —</b> For 700 years, Christian pilgrims have sought out the Razzouk family for their specialist skills.<p>As tattoo artists, they would ink people to commemorate their spiritual journey to Jerusalem.<p>And they're still very much open for business today, in a dusty back ally in the Old City. …

Body Art

Turn any hard drive into networked storage with Raspberry Pi

A NAS solution can cost several hundred dollars. If you have an unused Raspberry Pi and a few hard drives lying around, you can make one yourself without spending a dime.<p>Networked hard drives are super convenient. You can access files no matter what computer you're on -- and even remotely.<p>But …

Raspberry Pi

The Long, Remarkable History of the GIF

Inside the internet's long, doomed quest to replace its most iconic and flawed filetype.<p>November 5, 1999, was Burn All GIFs Day. Had you visited its homepage that Friday, you would have seen the movement's game plan laid out as plainly as its name: "On Burn All GIFs Day, all GIF users will gather …

Will the Internet of Things make us superhuman?

We often highlight our frailties when we fail — we are, after all, only human.<p>However, technology is quickly redefining what it means to be human. There is no denying that we are considerably different from the people who came before us, not only in that we successfully wield technology to overcome …

15 documentaries on Netflix right now that will make you smarter

And with binge-worthy titles like "Making a Murderer" and the vast ESPN "30 for 30" library being just a click away, you can get a lot of great nonfiction viewing any night of the week. You'll learn a lot more about the world, but don't worry — you'll also be entertained.<p>Here are 15 documentaries …

These Are Some of the Best Drone Photos in the World

"...after the drone came out from the clouds the view was spectacular and got me completely astonished and, without brea<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Francesco …

To Be a Better Leader, Learn This FBI Hostage Negotiation Tactic

Before getting to yes, strive for “that’s right.”<p>As a strategic messaging and positioning consultant, I preside over lots of contentious meetings. …

D&D on your tablet and in your browser, complete with dice and a Dungeon Master

Bring your party together and play, wherever they are<p>Roll20, one of the most popular virtual tabletop solutions, will now offer officially licensed Dungeons & Dragons content from Wizards of the Coast. The browser-based software includes both video and voice chat, and even integrates with Google …