Ed Thompson

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The Problem and the Solution

The other morning I went to a Starbucks I am well acquainted with and know the flow of customer traffic. I went at a time when there would be a really good cross section of people: high school and college students, young adults, and older people. I concentrated at first on high school students; I …

Flight MH370, Boston Bombers Manhunt, and Overhyped Privacy Scares

Some of my best friends are digital rights advocates. They worry about privacy, tell me “all systems are connected” and that I should stop using credit cards or electronic payments to prevent governments from building dossiers about me. I’m glad they exist, and I support their efforts – sometimes …

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 …

Why Nest will be bigger for Google than Android

Nest is a company that makes smart smoke detectors and smart thermostats. That’s neat, but that gadget business alone is not worth $3.2 billion, the price Google just paid for Nest. There are a bunch of reasons Google was willing to give Nest’s investors a 20x return on their investment, including …

Internet of Things

3 Reasons Why The Economy Has Done Better Under Democratic Presidents

Democratic presidents tend to preside over better economies than Republican ones, but that may be down to pure luck, according to a recent paper from Alan Blinder and Mark Watson at Princeton.<p>Since the end of World War II, the U.S. economy has grown at an average real rate of 4.35% under Democratic …

Know this about Windows 7 sales, support cutoff dates

Don't worry, Windows 7 fans: There's still another year until PC makers must stop selling new machines with that OS preloaded.<p>The long, slow march toward end-of-life of Microsoft's currently most popular operating system is under way.<p>As of October 30, 2013, Microsoft ceased selling boxed copies of …

Cutoff

Half an operating system: The triumph and tragedy of OS/2

IBM doesn't make consumer, desktop operating systems anymore for a reason.<p>It was a cloudy Seattle day in late 1980, and Bill Gates, the young …

America's first next-gen aircraft carrier takes high tech to sea

The USS Gerald R. Ford has been under construction for years. Today, the first-of-its-class carrier will be christened, ushering in an era of high-tech aircraft carriers.<p>The world's most-advanced aircraft carrier should be meeting a bottle of champagne today. Head on.<p>The USS Gerald R. Ford will be …

Military

America's Most Popular Boys' Names Since 1960, in 1 Spectacular GIF

An infographic depiction of the epic battle between "Michael" and "Jacob"<p>Call it Jacob's ladder.<p>When it comes to the most popular names for baby boys in the United States, "Michael" long held sway. For most of the 1960s, and then on throughout the '70s and '80s (and almost all of the '90s!), the …

When Playing Video Games Means Sitting On Life's Sidelines

A facility outside Seattle, surrounded by pine trees, is a refuge for addicts — of technology.<p>There are chickens, a garden and a big treehouse with a zip line. A few guys kick a soccer ball around between therapy appointments in the cottage's grassy backyard.<p>The reSTART center was set up in 2009. …

10 of the Most Dangerous Space Walks Ever Done

The blockbuster film Gravity features one heart-stopping emergency in space after another, most of them outside the confines of a spacecraft. Real-life emergencies during extravehicular activity, or EVA, are more rare, but they do happen.<p>The blockbuster film <i>Gravity</i> features one heart-stopping …

Why the world’s bees are dying: They’re stressed out

Scientists have struggled for years to pinpoint the cause of the global crash in bee populations, an affliction known as Colony Collapse Disorder. Everything from pesticides to poor nutrition to automotive exhaust has been blamed for the apian apocalypse. But if British scientists are right, bees …

Ecology

What Happens If An Astronaut Floats Off In Space?

In short: he's in trouble.<p>In the film <i>Gravity</i>, which opens this month, two astronauts are on a spacewalk when an accident hurtles them into the void. So what would actually happen if you went, in NASA's terminology, "overboard"?<p>NASA requires spacewalking astronauts to use tethers (and sometimes …

Protect Your Garden With Cover Crops

Grass crops such as oats and rye have an additional benefit, explains Vern Grubinger, vegetable and berry specialist with University of Vermont …

Environment: News & features

Environment

US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina – secret document

Exclusive: Journalist uses Freedom of Information Act to disclose 1961 accident in which one switch averted catastrophe<p>A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over …