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Presenting the 2015 Subaru WRX STI . . . in 24 Hours Nürburgring Race-Car Form!

The 2014 Detroit auto show, the chosen venue for Subaru’s big reveal of the 2015 WRX STI, hasn’t even happened yet and, sure enough, we’ve already seen the 2015 WRX STI. While that car’s online debut wasn’t intentional—the photos leaked onto a Mexican website—the digital unveiling of its racing …

GM may be asked to give up Holden name in Australia

Never a people to go down without a fight, Australia is still lobbying to save local Holden production following the announcement from General Motors that its South Australia-based subsidiary would be closing up shop. Now, the state's premier (that's like a governor) is attempting to find another …

TOTD: What Car do You Hate That Others Find Attractive?

Everyone’s different. Just because several people like one thing doesn’t mean you have to, too. But when you’re just one of a few who doesn’t agree with everyone else, sometimes it’s hard to go against the crowd. Some might even lie about their true feelings. Today’s TOTD, however, allows those who …

The News for January 10th, 2014

Welcome to the Hooniverse News! This is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or the bull. I …

Photos: 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe

View photos from our first drive of the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe, including some nice smokey drift work from Senior Editor Jason Cammisa.

Big Screen Deal: Buttons vs. The Big Screen

Simple sells, but sometimes, buttons trump screens.<p>Over the years, Acura has weathered criticisms about a jumbo jet-like array of center console buttons. The result, at least with the brand's all-newMDX, is a severe case of overcorrection. Honda's upscale division boasts that the new car reduces …

A Green-Movement Website Shakes Up The Debate Over GMOs

A 26-part series on genetically modified food was not Nathanael Johnson's idea. And he didn't realize it would take six months, either.<p>Last year, Johnson was hired as the new food writer for Grist, a website for environmental news and opinion. Grist's editor, Scott Rosenberg, was waiting with an …

Super-Earths likely to have oceans and continents

Massive exoplanets might be more like Earth than has been thought.<p>Massive terrestrial exoplanets – planets outside our solar system – called …

Astronomy

The Most WTF Things We Saw At CES 2014

Breakdancing taxidermy, a cyborg twerking machine, and more of the most whyyyy stuff from this year's Consumer Electronics Show<p>The Consumer Electronics Show is home to the technology of the future, the stuff we'll be using tomorrow, here today. But with so many companies all vying for precious …

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The dark side of the moon is turquoise, say astronomers

In a demonstration of the power of science to ruin a perfectly respectable work of art, researchers have discovered the colour of the dark side of the moon.<p>Measurements from a telescope in Hawaii mean that pedants may now argue that, technically speaking, if one wanted to be entirely accurate, the …

Starfish Can See!

If you were a starfish, you'd have eyes on the ends of your legs.<p>The phrase "seeing stars" has a whole new connotation: Research suggests that sea stars, a type of five-legged starfish that usually appears blue in color, can see images with the tiny compound eyes at the ends of their legs. The eyes …

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UCLA meteorite collection finally reaches the public

The track lighting has been installed, the pamphlets have been printed, and the 357-pound metal space rock that crashed to Earth 50,000 years ago has been bolted to its small display table.<p>UCLA's Meteorite Gallery is officially open to the public.<p>To the casual observer, this small room on the third …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day for January 2014

Author: Adam Mann<p>06:30 am<p>Follow Space Photo of the Day on TwitterThe 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day GalleryThe 2012 WIRED Space Photo of the Day …

Wearable Sensor Turns Color-Blind Man Into 'Cyborg'

Wearable devices were all the rage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, from smart watches to Google Glass. NPR's Scott Simon talks to artist Neil Harbisson, who has gone beyond wearable technology and calls himself a cyborg. Harbisson considers the device he wears to correct …

Best images from China’s Chang’e moon mission so far

The mission set down on moon on December 14, 2013 at 9:12 p.m. Beijing time. China is the third country to land on the moon, after U.S. and former …

Why you can't travel at the speed of light

A short history of Einstein's theory of relativity<p>Albert Einstein is famous for many things, not least his theories of relativity. The first, the special theory of relativity, was the one that began the physicist's reputation for tearing apart the classical worldview that had come before. Special …

Mysterious Ancient Indian Metal Works Surpass Modern Technology

What is amazing about the Iron Pillar of Delhi is that, in spite of being at least 1,500 years old and possibly much older, it is so impenetrable to …

The 12 Best Products From CES 2014

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Northern Lights: Aurora Borealis Didn't Appear Over US After Solar Flare

Northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, didn’t end up appearing over the United States. Scientists had said they might make a rare appearance …

Northern Lights

The Five Most Disruptive Innovations at CES 2014

The launch this week of our Big Bang Disruption book added significant urgency to our annual search for the biggest disruptors at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.<p>After all, the book’s principal argument is that continued exponential improvements in price and performance of …

How Scared Should You Be of a Cyberwar?

Everything you need to know about the future of warfare.<p>Multiple justices of the U.S. Supreme Court—the people who will ultimately decide where the law stands on cyber-military issues—do not even use computers. P.W. Singer, director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and …

Coulter-Nile relishes bowling at the death

Ripoff nation: How Verizon and AT&T stacked the deck against cellphone users

Heads they win. Tails you lose<p>Lynn Stuart Parramore<p>January 10, 2014 2:24pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>If you live in America, there’s a good chance you’ve not been overjoyed by your wireless plan. Simply by using a device essential to your daily life, you have been screwed. …

Steam Machines are here, but who are they for?

Too many options can be a bad thing<p>Last year at CES in Las Vegas, Valve finally announced its long-rumored Steam Machine platform, designed to bring the PC gaming experience into your living room. At the time, the appeal was obvious: a small PC that fits under your television and lets you play the …

Facebook hit with lawsuit over “Like” ads – user says he never “Liked” USA Today

A Colorado man who claims Facebook(s fb) falsely told his friends that he “Liked” USA Today(s gci) has filed a lawsuit seeking at least $750 for …

Coinye responds to Kanye complaint, says currency now based on 'half-man half-fish hybrid'

The developers of Coinye — formerly known as Coinye West — have responded to a cease and desist letter from Kanye West with their own cease and desist, insisting that an updated version of their cryptocurrency is unrelated to the singer and now references a "half-man-half-fish hybrid who is wearing …

Bill Gates Is Not The Next CEO Of Microsoft, But His VC Investments Are Picking Up

Bill Gates may be one of the world’s most famous philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and guest editors, but could he be adding venture capitalist to the list? Over the past few years it seems that Gates has, in fact, been increasing his investment in startups.<p>Though not as active in venture capital as …