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Fantastically Wrong: That Time People Thought a Comet Would Gas Us All to Death

On May 6, 1910, Halley’s comet approached Earth and killed England’s King Edward VII, according to some superstitious folk. No one could definitively say how it did, but it certainly did. And that wasn’t its only offense. The Brits also...Show More Summary

In Hunt for Earth’s Twin, Astronomers Get Closer Than Ever

SEATTLE — Astronomers announced today the discovery of eight new planets in their stars’ habitable zones, the region where liquid water can exist on a planetary surface. Three of these planets are similar in size to Earth, nearly doubling the number of possible Earth twins found so far. Show More Summary

Turns Out the Internet Is Bad at Guessing How Many Coins Are in a Jar

A few weeks ago, I asked the internet to guess how many coins were in a huge jar (below). For more than 27 years, my parents had saved their spare change. My mother recently trucked the whole load to a bank to cash in, and in so doing...Show More Summary

LIVE: Watch Elon Musk’s SpaceX Try to Land a Rocket on a Barge

At 6:20 Tuesday morning, the private space flight company founded by Elon Musk will attempt to land a rocket. Back on Earth. The unmanned Falcon 9 spacecraft will first head to the International Space Station, delivering supplies and...Show More Summary

What’s Up With That: You Hate Pictures of Yourself

You hate pictures of yourself because the camera doesn't lie. The post What’s Up With That: You Hate Pictures of Yourself appeared first on WIRED.

Another Court Denies Legal Rights for a Chimpanzee

For the third time in less than a year, a historic bid for legal rights for chimpanzees has been denied. On Friday, a New York state appeals court upheld a lower court's ruling that Kiko, a chimp owned by a couple in Niagara Falls, is not a legal person with a right to be free, or at least less-imprisoned. Show More Summary

The Physics of a Flawless Triple Cork 1620 Snowboard Flip

Thanks to Pearl Tesler, of San Francisco’s Exploratorium, for assisting with the physics Peter Oumanski At the X games’ Snowboard Big Air jump event, an entrant has about 2.4 seconds of air time in which to impress the judges. That’s not a lot, but it’s enough for Maxence Parrot. Show More Summary

The Space Missions and Events We’re Most Looking Forward to in 2015

This year will be another exciting one for space exploration. While 2014 may be remembered as the year we landed on a comet(!), 2015 may be known as the year of Pluto (and other dwarf planets). The New Horizons spacecraft begins itsShow More Summary

Scientists Discover the First Protein That Can Edit Other Proteins

A new graphic shows how that DNA isn't the only thing in charge of handing out code for proteins. The post Scientists Discover the First Protein That Can Edit Other Proteins appeared first on WIRED.

Our Most Popular Science Image Galleries of 2014

Collecting awesome images of science is something we really enjoy, and some of our most popular WIRED Science galleries each year are also among the most fun for us to put together. This gallery of galleries contains your favorites from this year, which means this is a master list of some truly beautiful, incredible, and disturbing image collections. Show More Summary

WIRED’s Top Science Stories of the Year

Our most popular science stories this year covered a really broad range of topics. Your favorites included stories on cat behavior, quantum mechanics, black holes, absurd creatures, traffic, maps, and blood tests. The post WIRED’s Top Science Stories of the Year appeared first on WIRED.

Biochemists Are Turning Genetically Modified Yeast Into Perfume and Opioids

GETTY IMAGES Yeast. Is there nothing it can’t do? Scoop it up from nature and it makes alcohol. Fiddle with the genes and you can coax it to produce gasoline. Useful, but such synbio projects tend not to be cost-effective. Now, though,...Show More Summary

Forecasting Avalanche Danger for the Country’s Most Treacherous Snowpack

Benjamin Rasmussen To understand what’s happening at the top of a snow-covered mountain, you have to dig. Granular analysis of snowflakes can tell local ski resorts and government agencies which layers of snow are destined for collapse. Show More Summary

9 Amazing and Gross Things Scientists Discovered About Microbes This Year

We can’t see them, but they are all around us. On us. In us. Our personal microbes have us outnumbered by orders of magnitude, but scientists are only beginning to understand how they influence our health and other aspects of our lives. Show More Summary

The Year’s Most Awesome Photos of Space

For nearly three years, we have been gathering the best, most interesting, most beautiful photographs of space we could find, delivering one of them to you each day. Here are 35 of our favorites among this year's bunch. The post The Year’s Most Awesome Photos of Space appeared first on WIRED.

Machine Intelligence Cracks Genetic Controls

Every cell in your body reads the same genome, the DNA-encoded instruction set that builds proteins. But your cells couldn’t be more different. Neurons send electrical messages, liver cells break down chemicals, muscle cells move the body. Show More Summary

The Creepiest Science and Nature Stories of 2014

WIRED's writers have a pretty high tolerance for gross stuff. Here are the science stories from 2014 that topped out our ick meters. The post The Creepiest Science and Nature Stories of 2014 appeared first on WIRED.

The Craziest Sci-Fi Fantasies That Got Closer to Reality This Year

It goes without saying that the future hasn't officially arrived until we have flying cars and jetpacks. But that doesn't mean 2014 didn't see some awesome advances that bring science fiction closer to reality. The post The Craziest Sci-Fi Fantasies That Got Closer to Reality This Year appeared first on WIRED.

The Chemical Reactions That Make Hand Warmers Heat Up

What's inside Hothands Super Warmers? The post The Chemical Reactions That Make Hand Warmers Heat Up appeared first on WIRED.

The Best Shots of Earth NASA Took From Space in 2014

There are many great Earth-observing satellites circling the planet these days. Digital Globe's new WorldView 3 has incredible 30-centimeter resolution, and Planet Lab's flock of minisatellites may someday soon be able to image every spot on Earth, every single day. Show More Summary

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