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Which plants can I grow indoors or in low-light conditions?

Do you love the idea of having plants in your home but are worried that you don’t have enough sunlight in your house for them to thrive? The good …

13 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Stock

Got your cursor hovering over the “buy” button? Please hold your fire. Before putting your cash on the line to buy a stock, take the time to answer these key questions about the opportunities, risks and your expectations.<p>Here are seven questions to guide your research and uncover what makes a …

Internet Freedom Is Actively Dissolving in America

Broadband access is declining, data caps are becoming commonplace, surveillance is increasing, and encryption is under attack.<p>It's the end of 2015, and one fact about the internet is quickly becoming clear this year: Americans' freedom to access the open internet is rapidly dissolving.<p>Broadband …

How did milk become a staple food?

Milk is regarded, along with bread, as one of the staples of the Western diet. But, Veronique Greenwood discovers, that’s only a very recent phenomenon.<p>In the modern pantry pantheon, milk occupies a curious place. It's right up there with bread as one of the most basic and important foodstuffs in …

How No Man’s Sky creator is using clever tech to build a truly indie game universe

Sean Murray isn’t creating just one new world. He’s creating a whole universe of them in his sci-fi game No Man’s Sky, which uses a clever technology to mathematically generate new worlds for players to explore.<p>This “procedural” technology has been around for a while, but it hasn’t been used on …

How The Future Is Really Built

The future, in retrospect, always seems inevitable. When Steve Jobs unveiled a sleek new device, it felt like it was just meant to be. When Elon Musk gives an interview, it almost seems as if he had dreamt Tesla up in his childhood bedroom and only gotten around to it more recently. Yet that’s not …

Calif. escort charged in client's heroin death

SAN FRANCISCO — An alleged prostitute has been charged with manslaughter for injecting a Google executive with heroin and then leaving him to die of an overdose on board his yacht.<p>Alix Tichelman, 26, who is being held on manslaughter and other charges, did not enter a plea Wednesday when she …

Video Games Could One Day Replace Job Interviews

Forget Google-style brain busters and followup interviews, the best way to vet potential employees may just be through a video game.<p>Some companies -- like Xerox and Shell, for instance -- are considering sorting potential job candidates using a video game to compile and analyze data about …

Why The Lego-Style 'Phonebloks' Concept Will Fall Apart

The idea of a modular smartphone with individually swappable pieces is genius. Too bad it's impossible.<p>The Phonebloks concept, an idea for a block-based "modular" smartphone, is a borderline-brilliant, environmentally conscious, I-should've-thought-of-that victory of design. If you aren't familiar, …

Gear & Gadgets

An army of robot baristas could mean the end of Starbucks as we know it

Starbucks’ 95,000 baristas have a competitor. It doesn’t need sleep. It’s precise in a way that a human could never be. It requires no training. It can’t quit. It has memorized every one of its customers’ orders. There’s never a line for its perfectly turned-out drinks.<p>It doesn’t require health …

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11 Recipes That Will Change How You Cook Forever

You might think you make these 11 basic recipes well, but we have some game-changing tips that will make them even better<p>We admit it: There are some things we still don't know how to make. But there are also things that people think they make well that they actually completely ruin. Like scrambled …

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Pro Bowl uniforms have new look

In what might be seen as Nike's boldest move since it began its deal as the official on-field apparel brand of the NFL last season, the world's …

An Inflatable Concert Hall And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Small Animals See The World In Slow Motion

This is why it's so hard to catch a fly bare-handed.<p>Ever wonder how a fly or a chipmunk can evade your clumsy human grasp so easily? A new study published in Animal Behavior finds that, generally, the smaller the animal, the more information it can see in a small amount of time. That means certain …

Vibrating shoes could be the future of navigation and wearable tech

<i>This article was taken from the September 2013 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online,</i> …

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BASE jumper's terrifying 1,000-foot fall caught on GoPro

For many of us, the video below of Matthew Gough falling 1,000 feet after his parachute malfunctioned during a BASE jump is like watching a common nightmare brought to life.<p>Remarkably, the video bears even more similarities to that horrible falling dream than first meets the eye, in that in the …

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Spotify debuts weekly top 50

This week the most streamed song on Spotify in the U.S. is "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and the most shared song on social networks is "Lift Me Up" by Five Finger Death Punch.<p>How did this information become available?<p>Spotify launched a new feature Tuesday that provides weekly updates …

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Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: the next console war pits living room against cloud

Microsoft and Sony's consoles are alike, but their visions diverge<p>We think of video game consoles as being principally about, well, the games. But when the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 went head-to-head in 2006, it wasn't games that truly determined the victor. What eventually drove the Xbox 360 to …

Pentagon gives green light: Now those hundreds of thousands of iPhones, iPads, and iPods can actually be used

Two months ago we reported that the U.S. Department of Defense had ordered as many as 650,000 iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches from Apple.<p>Now, after passing Pentagon tests, the devices are actually approved for use.<p>Before authorizing any devices for use in security-conscious military environments, …

Robot helps house-bound boy attend school

When Lyndon Baty was born six weeks premature with a life-threatening condition, polycystic kidney disease (PKD), doctors gave him two years to live. Now aged 17, Lyndon requires constant medical attention. PKD has prevented his body from developing at a normal rate, and he's unable to attend …

Job Opening Suggests Sony is Adding Speech Recognition to PS4

It looks like Sony will be adding speech recognition to its next wave of PlayStation products. The company has posted a job opening on LinkedIn for a “Speed Recognition Engineering Intern,” which will be responsible for developing speech detection and signal processing in noisy environments this …

Grow First, Ads Later: Facebook’s Strategy For Desktop, Mobile, And Now Instagram

When you’re spreading like wildfire, why douse the flames to make a few bucks? Facebook’s willingness to wait on advertising helped its site and mobile apps grow massive, and now it’s applying the same strategy to Instagram. Wall Street is clamoring for Facebook to earn back the $700+ million it …

New Artificial Electric Skin Will Let Robots Feel for Real

There are plenty of robot arms out there, but what about robot skin to cover them in? A new kind of piezotronic transistor mesh could make for …

How The New $100 Bill Will Foil Counterfeiters

The most complicated $100 bill yet<p>For as long as there has been money, there've been people trying to make fake money. In the U.S., the latest effort to stop counterfeiting will arrive October 8, when the next $100 bill is released.<p>The Federal Reserve has mixed in new features to make the bill more …

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev charged with using weapon of mass destruction

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, was charged at his hospital bed on Monday with using and conspiring to use …

What nation does most cyberspying?

In case there’s any doubt about which country is the world’s top industrial cyberspy, a new report adds to the mounting pile of evidence — it’s China.<p>Verizon’s new Data Breach Investigations Report issued Monday estimates that 96 percent of recorded, state-affiliated attacks targeting businesses’ …

Sony says 'Ratchet & Clank' movie in production, will hit theaters in 2015

Fans of Sony's <i>Ratchet & Clank</i> know that the franchise has always been a natural fit for the silver screen, thanks to the series' visual style, outrageous characters, and heavy use of cutscenes. Now Insomniac Games appears to have reached the same conclusion, confirming at <i>PlayStation Blog</i> that an …

Razer agrees to honor fake coupon code, sell thousands of items at 90 percent discount

Three days ago, gaming hardware manufacturer Razer found itself in a bit of a mess. By simply typing in "1234,"customers at Razer's UK online store discovered a rogue coupon code would give them an absurd 90 percent off any of the company's products. Needless to say, thousands of orders piled up …