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The Next Big Thing You Missed: Email's About to Die, Argues Facebook Co-Founder

When Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz ran the company's engineering team – in those heady days when Facebook was still taking over the world – he …

A Smart Movie That Questions Evolution (Yes, It's Possible!)

The words "molecular biology thriller" don't come up a lot when describing movies, but director Mike Cahill's <i>I Origins</i> aims to be different. The …

Desktop Foundry

Here’s another “meta-project:” a DIY project that in turn makes other projects. It’s a miniature, working foundry that casts real metal parts safely on your desktop. Make custom jewelry, tiny trinkets, diecast-style game tokens — then remelt them and recast, again and again.<p>What makes it all …

Hypersonic Successor to Legendary SR-71 Blackbird Spy Plane Unveiled

Lockheed Martin's famed Skunk Works has finally unveiled the long-awaited successor to the SR-71 Blackbird. <i>Aviation Week</i> <i>and Space Technology's</i> Guy …

Urbee 2, the 3D-Printed Car That Will Drive Across the Country

It may look like a bean, but the hybrid car Urbee 2 can get hundreds of miles to the gallon—and it's made mostly via 3D printing. In two years, it could become the first such vehicle to drive across the United States.<p><b>In early 1903, physician and car enthusiast</b> Horatio Nelson Jackson accepted a $50 …

13 of the Year’s Best Infographics

Author: Kyle VanHemert. Kyle VanHemert Design<p>Date of Publication: 10.07.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p><b>Map of a New America by Neil Freeman</b>. …

Watch: This Brilliant Lego Calendar Syncs With Google | WIRED

Vitamins, a design studio in London, built themselves a Lego calendar. <i>Photo: Vitamins</i><p>It offers a tactile way to keep track of the months ahead--and …

We Are One Step Closer to a Lightsaber

Scientists at Harvard and MIT discover the basis of a new form of matter—the ability for light to interact.<p><b>The lightsaber may be the most coveted sci-fi gadget</b> in film history, and scientists from Harvard and MIT have taken a first step in achieving humanity's collective dream of owning the …

Scientists Make Photons Act Like Real-Life Light Saber

Photons are particles without mass; until now, our understanding has been that they do not interact with each other at all. That's why, when you shine two lights at each other, they don't bounce off and throw light all over the place; the photos simply pass right through. But new research from …

4 Ways That Quantum Technology Could Transform Health Care

You probably don’t grasp the finer points of how quantum mechanics works, but scientists are using its tricky rules to make medicine faster, less painful, and more personalized.<p>In July, the International Conference on Quantum Technologies brought together the leading minds in physics to discuss the …

Scientists reveal new breakthrough in uncrackable quantum cryptography

After yesterday's NSA codebreaking revelations, there's some good news for cryptography. A Toshiba research lab has announced a crucial breakthrough in quantum cryptography, the last truly unbreakable form of encryption, which could pave the way for a new generation of private communications …

Watch: A Teeny Robot Creates Graffiti With Light | WIRED

Vacant lots are rare in Japan, but artist Wit Pimkanchanapong recently filled one with a robotic insect that creates abstract patterns with light.</i> …

How Are Those Cities of the Future Coming Along?

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The Open Hand Project is an open source initiative with the goal of making robotic prosthetic hands more accessible to amputees. | Check out 'The …

Vindskip ship concept uses the hull as a sail

With its Vindskip (or Windship), the Norwegian designers at Lade AS have come up with an intriguing concept for a partly wind-powered "hybrid" …

$116 laser 3D printer lights up Kickstarter

A Canadian start-up makes serious waves on Kickstarter with a cheap photolithographic-based 3D printer, part of a mega effort to drive down costs -- and confusion -- commonly associated with consumer 3D printing.<p>Life's peachy for the Peachy Printer, a prototype 3D printer that collected more than …

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Why Living Cells Are The Future Of Data Processing

Biocomputers make maps, run logic gates, perform binary calculations and more.<p>Not all computers are made of silicon. By definition, a computer is anything that processes data, performs calculations, or uses so-called logic gates to turn inputs (for example, 1s and 0s in binary code) into outputs. …

Sea-Doo Spark: A Throwback Watercraft You Can Actually Afford

Affordable, small, and fun, the new Spark by Sea-Doo is a modern take on an old idea.<p><b>On Sale Date:</b> Now<p><b>Base Price:</b> $4999<p><b>Competitors:</b> None<p><b>Powertrain:</b> 900-cc I-3, 60 hp or 90 hp<p><b>Fuel Economy (est.):</b> 1.94 gallons per hour<p><b>What's New:</b> The all-new Sea-Doo Spark just might be the world's first retro …

How To 3-D Print Your Own Invisibility Cloak

Now you see it...<p>The invisibility cloak Harry Potter brandishes against dark lords and nosy professors is now a reality—at least in microwave light. Duke University engineer Yaroslav Urzhumov has designed a plastic disk that makes a small object placed in its hollow center invisible to frequencies …

Mark the Dates of a 2015 Summer Movies Awesomeness

I'm not sure we will see again a year of movie awesomeness as 2015 will be. P<b>irates of Caribbean 5, Star Wars 7, Avengers 2, Superman - Batman movie,</b> …

What It Takes to Design, Build, and Fly Your Own Reno Air Racer

Author: Jason Paur. Jason Paur Autopia<p>Date of Publication: 09.13.13.<p>Time of Publication: 4:10 pm. 4:10 pm<p>Right now, Elliot Seguin is exactly where he …

Infographics: The Colors Mentioned Most in 10 Famous Books | WIRED

<i>The Wonderful Wizard of Oz</i> is predominately green with a sizable strip of yellow thanks to mentions of Emerald City and the yellow brick road. <i>Image:</i> …

2014 Kia Soul: A Subtle Update for the Quirky Crossover

The second generation of Kia's compact front-drive quasi-crossover looks very much like the 2009 original. But aside from powertrains, almost every element is new.<p><b>On-Sale Date:</b> October 2013<p><b>Base Price:</b> $15,495 to $18,995<p><b>Competitors:</b> Fiat 500L, Hyundai Veloster, Mini Countryman, Nissan Juke, Nissan …

Half a Century of Saving the World: X-Men and the Avengers Turn 50 | WIRED

Today marks the golden birthday of two classic Marvel teams — the X-Men and the Avengers, both of whom made their comics debut on September 10, 1963, …

This Is the iPhone to Buy

The big media event is over, and the new iPhones have been presented to the masses. Now the most important question: Which one should you put on your …

How the 'Failure' Culture of Startups Is Killing Innovation

Far from being the measure of disgrace it once was, failure now seems to be a sort of badge of honor. But underlying many popular Silicon Valley …

The New Xbox One Is Awesome—But at What Price?

Microsoft reveals all the juicy details of its next-generation console. Xbox One is shaping up to be an incredible device, but will it give gadget buyers sticker shock?<p><b>Redmond, Wash.—</b>At Microsoft's Xbox Campus today, the company gave a first look at its next-generation console, the Xbox One, which …

Hands On With Xbox One Hardware

We go behind the scenes with the upcoming Microsoft console and its upgraded controllers and Kinect.<p><b>Redmond, Wash.</b>—Microsoft systematically toured journalists through its Xbox campus after the Xbox One unveil here yesterday, ushering us from station to station to view its modeling shop, hardware …

Can Kepler, NASA's Planet-Hunter, Be Saved?

Two broken reaction wheels have paralyzed NASA's premier planet-hunting telescope. Can it be salvaged?<p><b>From its orbit around the sun</b> 40 million miles from Earth, the Kepler space telescope stares toward the Cygnus constellation, watching for planets that might reveal themselves by passing in front …