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The other day I had what could be considered a bit of an … overreaction. On a crowded train during my morning commute to WIRED there was an old lady who looked kinda mean sitting with her purse splayed on the seat next to her. What a...Show More Summary
Birds, like chickens and pigeons, bob their heads so the world won't be a blur when they walk. The post What’s Up With That: Birds Bob Their Heads When They Walk appeared first on WIRED.
Try gift-wrapping a soccer ball, and you will quickly encounter the geometric abyss between paper’s inherent flatness and a sphere’s natural curves. The post Physicists Conjure Curves From Flat Surfaces Using Japanese Folding Art appeared first on WIRED.
Mammograms cut your risk of dying from breast cancer by 20 percent! That's good. But you have a 10 percent chance of being sent on for a biopsy that reveals the scan to be a false positive (ouch)! Or it can lead to unnecessary, unpleasant treatment (ugh). Show More Summary
All things considered, for the first try, the Falcon could’ve done worse. Technically, Falcon did hit its target—just at the wrong angle, and a bit off-center. The post Why Elon Musk Doesn’t Mind That His Rocket Crashed Into His Robot Boat appeared first on WIRED.
In the hunt for extraterrestrial life, scientists started by searching for a world orbiting a star just like the sun. After all, the steady warmth of that glowing yellow ball in the sky makes life on Earth possible. But as astronomers...Show More Summary
In Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the crew of the Nautilus takes a break from going for swims and pissing off native islanders to admire an armada of strange beasts floating along the surface, swimming backwards by blasting water out of their bodies. Show More Summary
A new video from NASA's Science Visualization Studio lets track the spiky, yet steady, decline of Arctic sea ice. The post Science Graphic of the Week: Perrenial Arctic Sea Ice Continues to Shrink appeared first on WIRED.
Friend, have you felt your manly vigor waning? Have you experienced shaky nerves or sexual debility? Fear not! A cure is at hand. Experience the restorative virtues of Dr. Sanden's electric belt, guaranteed to enliven the elements of manhood and make the bodily organs strong, vigorous, and free of pain. Show More Summary
Editor’s note: This article is also available in English. Dentro de la nube que está cubriendo perpetuamente el pequeño pueblo de San Juan Yaee, Oaxaca, Raúl Hernández Santiago se pone en cuclillas en el techo del ayuntamiento y comienza a taladrar. Show More Summary
Without a network, a cell phone doesn’t really know how to do anything. And by and large, that network is provided—and, therefore, controlled—by a company that wants to make a profit off its subscribers. If there aren’t enough subscribers in a particular region, cellular providers simply refuse to install their infrastructure there. Show More Summary
At the height of World War II, a four-year-old British girl was sent to bed but could not sleep. Sitting on edge of her bed, fiddling with its ornamental knobs and staring out the window, the girl heard a scratching noise. Then, outShow More Summary
People often squint to try to see better. Why is that? The post What’s Up With That: How Squinting Helps You See Better appeared first on WIRED.
Many of the maps that go viral on the internet make professional mapmakers cringe due to terrible color schemes, landmass-distorting projections, and amateurish composition. You won’t find any of that nonsense here. The maps in this gallery were selected by a panel of cartographers and designers for the second volume of the Atlas of Design. Show More Summary
Stephen Hawking always starts his lectures with the same quip: “Can you hear me?” His characteristic delivery, a blend of humor and complicated theoretical physics, is the kind of performance that Hawking, 72, is now well known for,Show More Summary
Stephen Hawking first met Gordon Moore, the cofounder of Intel, at a conference in 1997. Moore noticed that Hawking’s computer, which he used to communicate, had an AMD processor and asked him if he preferred instead a “real computer” with an Intel micro-processor. Show More Summary
Geologists have installed earthquake sensors to measure the rowdy rumblings of Seattle Seahawks fans. The post Geologists Are Going to Measure Seattle Seahawk Fans’ Feetquake appeared first on WIRED.
What I’m about to say could well ignite sectarian conflict within the Star Wars fan community, but I’m pretty sure I know what the inspiration for Yoda was. It was a tiny, wide-eyed, positively adorable primate that bounds around the forests of Indonesia and the Philippines and Borneo: the tarsier. Show More Summary
A supercomputer-powered simulation shows how thunderstorms, jet streams, and cyclones affect the weather at the edge of space. The post Science Graphic of the Week: Mesmerizing Animation Shows the Turbulent Weather at the Edge of Space appeared first on WIRED.
As a journalist digging into the long-term potential for shale oil—how much oil it might supply, and at what economic and environmental costs—I wanted to create a map showing the extent of this drilling boom to help me look for trends. In this post, I’ll explain how I did that. The post Adventures in Mapmaking: Mapping a Fracking Boom in North Dakota appeared first on WIRED.