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Equinox Explained: Why Earth's Seasons Will Change on Sunday

The seasons will change this Sunday (Sept. 22), with the Northern Hemisphere moving into autumn and the South emerging from winter into spring.<p>The …

Watch: Jaw-Dropping Software Makes 3-D Models From Any Photo

There was a time not long ago when digital image editing was something left to the experts. Then tools like iPhoto and Instagram came along and …

An Algorithm That Makes a Computer Paint Like a Human | WIRED

Kynd uses code to create paintings that mimic human techniques. <i>Image: Kynd</i><p>His Abstrakt series is an experiment in digitally painting with oils. <i>Image:</i> …

What’s Flying Above Your Head? Far More Than You Think | WIRED

Take to the heavens! It seems like a good idea. Dodge all the obstacles of the terrestrial rat race, in the limitless, empty, peaceful skies. But …

Box.com Melds Google and Microsoft Into Document Engine of the Future

Aaron Levie, the 28-year-old CEO of Silicon Valley startup Box, happened to notice that ex-Microsoft kingpin Steven Sinofsky was returning to the …

Inside Dropbox’s Quest to Bury the Hard Drive | WIRED

That’s where the roster of tech stars comes in. Ruchi Sanghvi and Aditya Agarwal came from Facebook, where Sanghvi was the social network’s first …

Here’s How You Cram a Recording Studio Inside a Speeding Train | WIRED

Justin Stanley connects a tube condenser microphone for an upcoming recording. Stanley is in charge of all of the recordings with <i>Station to Station</i>, …

Access Thousands of Repair Guides (And Add Your Own) With iFixit's Android App

When it comes to teardowns and repairs, iFixit is one of our favorite go-to sources. The site contains thousands of useful guides, and with the …

A Skyscraper That Can Disappear Using High-Tech Camouflage | WIRED

South Korea recently granted construction permits for the Infinity Tower, a proposed skyscraper that can disappear with the push of a button. <i>Image:</i> …

Timeline: Plutonium-238’s Hot and Twisted History

• Author: Dave Mosher. Dave Mosher Science<br>• Date of Publication: 09.19.13. 09.19.13<br>• Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Revisit the heated and messy …

The Greatest Nuclear-Powered Space Missions of All Time | WIRED

Most spacecraft power themselves by absorbing the sun's energy with solar panels. Beyond Earth’s comfortable, brightly lit cradle, however, outer …

Titanium Bullets, Rocket Sleds, and C-4: How the U.S. Tested the Safety of Nuclear Batteries | WIRED

To explore the solar system’s darkest, deepest, and most frigid territories, nuclear batteries are the best power sources available. There is, …

NASA's Plutonium Problem Could End Deep-Space Exploration

In 1977, the Voyager 1 spacecraft left Earth on a five-year mission to explore Jupiter and Saturn. Thirty-six years later, the car-size probe is …

Why all we knew about planets is wrong

We thought we knew how planets form, but the discovery of hundreds outside our Solar System changed all that, even what type of world can house life like ours.<p>Up to only a couple of decades ago the perception of our Solar System was so simple. Every planet is unique: Saturn has its spectacular …

Science: the religion that must not be questioned

You'd think from the way that science tends to be reported in the popular prints, as they used to be called, that Professor Helsing von Frankenstein goes into the dungeon laboratory of his castle one morning, dons his white coat and – by elevenses, and working completely alone – discovers a way to …

Where Do Dreams Come From?

Dreamland might not require so much imagination after all.<p>When we close our eyes and drift off to sleep, something in our mind spins us fanciful tales of teeth falling out, bouncing around in giant marshmallows in the sky, failing midterms in classes we've never taken, taking a walk in the park …

NASA Scientists Answer Your Burning Questions About Voyager 1

Voyager 1 has officially entered interstellar space. How long will the spacecraft have power? When might it reach another star? The NASA team answered these questions and more on Reddit.<p>NASA announced yesterday that its Voyager 1 spacecraft, which blasted off in 1977 and is the farthest human-made …

Moon’s near side is its dark side

Moon image via US Naval Observatory<p>Tonight – September 30, 2017 – see if you can make out the dark areas on tonight’s waxing gibbous moon. These …

How a Scottish physicist formulated the equations that showed us how to electrify the world<p>Maxwell's Equations first appeared in "A dynamical theory of the electromagnetic field", Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, in 1865. These are the equations of light, the mathematical …

Your science questions answered

<b>Q. How many times would a light year go around planet Earth?</b> asks Michael Sorel<p>A. When it comes to hopping between planets and stars, the concepts of distance and time can become mind-boggling. Luckily, we have the light year to help us to get a grip on the vastness of the universe. If you took a …

Everything You've Ever Been Told About How You Learn Is A Lie

Three myths your teachers told you about how your brain learns, debunked<p>When I was in middle school and high school, teachers loved to impart various tidbits of wisdom about the way students learn during lectures, always couched in such a way as to indicate these were scientifically accepted facts.</i> …

Vanish from the Internet With This One-Stop Website

Even if you're not Edward Snowden, there are times when excising your social media presence is necessary. Companies usually don't make it easy, …

How Do You Map America’s Scary Shortage of Fresh Food?

Author: Liz Stinson. Liz Stinson Design<p>Date of Publication: 09.04.13.<p>Time of Publication: 10:45 am. 10:45 am<p>Nathan Yau's data visualization maps the …

Your PC Is Ruining Your Vision. Here's How to Beat Eye Strain

Staring at the computer all day is horrible for your eyes. All those brightly colored pixels clashing with the lighting around you while you stare at …

Healthcare Startups Can Save Lives — And Rake in Big Money

Author: Ryan Tate. Ryan Tate Business<p>Date of Publication: 09.05.13.<p>Time of Publication: 9:30 am. 9:30 am<p>Ron Gutman wants to bring back the village …

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 …

No More Night? The Meaning of the Loss of Darkness

For Earth's first 4 billion years of existence, light and dark followed a predictable 24-hour cycle. Across an ever-increasing amount of Earth's …

Voyager 1 Becomes First Man-Made Object to Reach Interstellar Space

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft, which launched in 1977, has officially entered interstellar space and is now more than 19 billion kilometers from our …