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Startup bringing FPS-like features to real-world paintball games

Startup Innovis Labs is looking to bring technology used in many first-person shooters to the paintball and airsoft fields with <i>Project Overwatch</i>, a mobile app that will integrate GPS tracking features and voice chat into real world games.<p><i>Project Overwatch</i> is currently seeking funding through …

Strange New Worlds: The Amazing Alien Planet Discoveries of 2013

While astronomers didn't bag that elusive first "alien Earth" in 2013, they made plenty of exciting exoplanet discoveries during the past year.<p>Here's …

Brown Dwarfs Star System, WISE 1049-5319, May Harbor Nearby Alien Planet

Astronomers have spotted signs of a possible exoplanet in a nearby system of twin failed stars. If confirmed, the alien world would be one of the closest to our sun ever found.<p>Scientists only discovered the pair of failed stars, known as brown dwarfs, last year. At just 6.6 light-years from Earth, …

How An Alien Invasion Figured Into The Origins Of The Zombie Apocalypse On 'The Walking Dead'

Before AMC’s <i>The Walking Dead</i>, there was Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel series, <i>The Walking Dead</i>, and before that, there was a pitch to get the comic series published. At the time, no one could’ve predicted a comic-book about the zombie apocalypse would’ve been successful, much less spawning the most …

Alien Planet May Lurk Around Nearby Failed Stars

Astronomers have spotted signs of a possible exoplanet in a nearby system of twin failed stars. If confirmed, the alien world would be one of the …

Bon Voyage, Voyager: Old Friends Take Stock

For the scientists who have emotionally traveled with NASA's Voyager mission for decades, 2013 will be remembered as the year they knew Voyager 1 had finally become the first explorer from Earth to enter the mysterious realm of interstellar space.<p>Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, both blasted off …

The Chinese village with the secret to long life

Her T-shirted charges trailing behind her, the young guide swept into Huang Puxin's home and flicked her tour flag towards the centenarian, who was waiting on the sofa beneath a giant bas-relief inscribed with the word "longevity". "The old man is 113," she mumbled into her headset, turning …

Alien or YouTubian? Intricate crop circle appears in California

Theories are cropping up to explain an intricate circular pattern discovered in a field of grass in California early Monday.<p>An aerial photographer spotted the giant crop circle in Salinas, Calif., from above on Monday.<p>“We were on a photo flight this morning and came across it," aerial photographer …

2013: The year in transport

The biggest, boldest, most ambitious vehicles and concepts we saw this year - from skyscraper-sized vessels to the Hyperloop.<p><b>More amazing image galleries of the year:</b><p>The year in weather<p>The year in space<p>The year in design and architecture<p>The year in wildife<p>People of the year

5 of the Craziest Science Facts Out There, Part 2

1. How heavy do you think a cloud is?<p>The typical cumulus cloud weighs 216,000 pounds, according to science correspondent for NPR Robert Krulwich. …

Andromeda Galaxy

Super effect on us from supermoons?

A supermoon’s extra pull of gravity creates higher-than-usual tides. But the moon’s pull doesn’t affect a human body nearly as powerfully as it does …

Astronomy

A Brainwave-Controlled Version of "Pong"

Few video games are more basic than <i>Pong</i>, but Charles Moyes and Mengxiang Jiang's version is incredibly complex. The two Cornell University students built a custom electroencephalography (EEG) device so they could control the game's onscreen paddle with their minds.<p>The alpha waves that EEG machines …

The tale of a wombat: a journey from Australia to Newcastle upon Tyne

Name: The governor’s wombat<br>Species: <i>Vombatus ursinus ursinus</i><br>Dates: ?-1798<br>Claim to fame: First wombat to leave Australia<br>Go visit: Great North Museum, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK<p>At the quayside in Newcastle Upon Tyne, a woman heaved a small barrel of spirits onto her shoulder, tasked with carrying it to …

The 7 Ships of the New Space Age

American engineers are designing and testing more new manned spacecraft than at any other time in history. Here are 7 vehicles that will change how we work and play in space.<p>American engineers are designing and testing more new manned spacecraft than at any other time in history. Here are 7 …

WIRED's Top Science Stories of the Year

A lot of our readers either love spiders, or love to hate spiders. Either way, in 2013 three spider stories are among our 13 most popular posts. …

Chelyabinsk meteorite hit the Earth like a warning shot fired from space

Just after sunrise on 15 February 2013, as commuters made their way along snow-covered roads to Chelyabinsk in south-west Russia, the clear blue sky was torn by a hurtling lump of space rock.<p>The meteorite appeared without warning, out of the sun, on a shallow trajectory. It thumped into the …

Her Is the Smartest Movie About Artificial Intelligence In Years

Either Spike Jonze is intentionally coy, or he really doesn’t care, one way or another, about science fiction cliches. That his new movie <i>Her</i> is the smartest, most thoughtful on-screen exploration of artificial intelligence (AI) in years appears to be a happy accident. Jonze didn’t consult with …

Can digital photos catch criminals in eye reflections?

Because the most commonly photographed objects are faces, researchers say it could be possible to mine detailed facial images for hidden …

Black Mirror

Scientists create glow-in-the-dark pigs using jellyfish DNA

Scientists at the South China Agricultural University announced last week that they had successfully engineered 10 piglets that could glow green under black light. By using a technique pioneered by the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Medicine, the researchers were able to isolate a …

Quadrantid Meteor Shower 2014 Will Peak on January 3

The Quadrantid Meteor Shower–the first meteor shower in 2014–started on December 28 and will peak on January 3.<p>The meteor shower will continue …

Making Someone Love You: Science vs. the Supernatural

Michael Busby is a Houston-area lawyer who has just filed a lawsuit against self-described psychic Melena Thorn, alleging that Thorn defrauded him of $2,700, which he gave to her in cash with the promise that the money would be "cleansed" and returned to him, at which point he was to put the money …

Giant floods likely carved U-shaped canyons

South-central Idaho and the surface of Mars have an interesting geological feature in common: amphitheater-headed canyons.<p>These U-shaped canyons with …

Earth Science

Mars One: Mission to Mars Narrows Down Astronaut Selection to 1,058 People

The Mars One mission, which aims to put humans on Mars by 2025, has narrowed down its astronaut selection from over 200,000 to 1,058 people, the …

Mars One Narrows List Of Wannabe Martians For 2025 Colony

A private company hoping to populate Mars has narrowed its applicant pool by 99.5 percent. Here's a by-the-numbers look at the remaining 1,058 applicants.<p>The number of Earthlings looking at a potential one-way ticket to Mars has just shrunk by 99.5 percent.<p>People started applying for a voyage to …

Mars One narrows applicant pool to 1,058 in first cut for 2025 colonization mission

Mars One, the organization attempting to send small teams of astronauts on a one-way trip to Mars, has made its first round of applicant decisions, selecting just over 1,000 people to move on to the next stage of what it hopes will be a decade-long, televised training and colonization mission. …

Lost Images Come To Life A Century After Antarctic Expedition

Conservators working to preserve artifacts from the early days of Antarctic exploration have uncovered century-old black-and-white negatives taken during Ernest Shackleton's 1914-1917 expedition but never printed.<p>A box containing 22 negatives was found frozen in a block of ice in a hut used first …

10 Ancient Archaeological Sites for Your World Travel Bucket List

Shares 7K<p>Typically, when ancient archaeological sites get some form of development, it’s a benefit.<p>With development comes better controlled access …

The Top 8 Robot Stories Of 2013

Will the robots be our friends or our overlords? With robots learning how to love and imagine, the day of reckoning is getting closer.<p>Editor’s Note<p>Want more of our best stories of 2013? Read all of our end-of-the-year round-ups, in all of these categories:<br>• Top Stories Of The Year<br>• Infographics<br>• …