Category: Wired

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A Classical Math Problem Gets Pulled Into Self-Driving Cars

A Classical Math Problem Gets Pulled Into Self-Driving...

A century ago, the great mathematician David Hilbert posed a probing question in...

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These Spinning Disks of Gas and Dust Reveal How Planets Get Made

These Spinning Disks of Gas and Dust Reveal How Planets...

Detailed images of disks swirling around young stars show the details of how solar...

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Maybe DNA Can’t Answer All Our Questions About Heredity

Maybe DNA Can’t Answer All Our Questions About Heredity

Carl Zimmer's new book _She Has Her Mother’s Laugh_ is a book about the question...

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Climate Change Made Zombie Ants Even More Cunning

Climate Change Made Zombie Ants Even More Cunning

The parasitic fungus that drives ants to sabotage their own colonies has adapted...

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The Wild Logistical Ride of the Ebola Vaccine's High-Tech Thermos

The Wild Logistical Ride of the Ebola Vaccine's High-Tech...

The hardest part of deploying a new Ebola vaccine is teaching people what it’s for....

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Facebook Is Giving Scientists Its Data to Fight Misinformation

Facebook Is Giving Scientists Its Data to Fight Misinformation

For the first time, researchers will be able to access Facebook's data and publish...

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How to Get a Robot to (One Day) Do Your Chores

How to Get a Robot to (One Day) Do Your Chores

If we are going to have home assistants that set our tables and fold our clothes,...

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23andMe Is Suing Ancestry Over Some Pretty Ancient IP

23andMe Is Suing Ancestry Over Some Pretty Ancient IP

And the outcome of the case could reshape the genetic genealogy testing industry....

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Why Darpa Wants Everyone to Launch Tiny Satellites

Why Darpa Wants Everyone to Launch Tiny Satellites

A flock of little guys is less vulnerable to attack than one big bird. Also, you...

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The Messy, Malodorous Mystery of Marin's Dead 60-Foot Whale

The Messy, Malodorous Mystery of Marin's Dead 60-Foot Whale

The messy, malodorous mystery of a dead 60-foot whale—just one of three to wash...

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*The Expanse*’s Epstein Drive Has Some Awesome Physics Baked In

*The Expanse*’s Epstein Drive Has Some Awesome Physics...

You should never show a physicist a spaceship's control panel.

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Did Science Miss Its Best Shot at an AIDS Vaccine?

Did Science Miss Its Best Shot at an AIDS Vaccine?

For 35 years, researchers have been trying to beat the virus that causes AIDS. For...

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The 'Thanksgiving Effect' and the Creepy Power of Phone Data

The 'Thanksgiving Effect' and the Creepy Power of Phone...

Researchers used smartphone-location data and polling results to peer into millions...

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The Key to Cracking Cold Cases Might Be Genealogy Sites

The Key to Cracking Cold Cases Might Be Genealogy Sites

A forensic DNA firm that works with law enforcement says it has uploaded 100 files...

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Why Scientists Turned This Taxidermy Bird Into a Robot

Why Scientists Turned This Taxidermy Bird Into a Robot

Spoiler: It’s a sage grouse sexbot.

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Hurricane Season 2018 Has a Lot to Learn From Last Year

Hurricane Season 2018 Has a Lot to Learn From Last Year

The storms of 2017 were the costliest and deadliest ever. And they taught the world...

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