Sarah Zhang has a fascinating post over at Wired about the systematic study of Cold War-era nuclear test films that’s currently being undertaken by nuclear physicist Gregg Spriggs. One of the most interesting elements to the story is the fact that of the 7,000 films discovered so far, 4,000 are still classified.
Wired’s ongoing investigative series, Is Smashing Lego in Slo-mo Still Awesome?, continues with a TIE Fighter model that meets its unfortunate demise at the hands of a pair of falling rocks standing in for asteroids.
The best scene in Return of the Jedi isn’t when Vader kills the Emperor, or when the Death Star explodes, or even when Han Solo thaws out of carbonite. It’s when the Ewoks take down an AT-ST walker using a couple of giant swinging logs, and it’s just as satisfying when recreated with Lego.
For May the Fourth the folks at Wired decided to recreate one of the final scenes in Return of the Jedi where Vader’s Super Star Destroyer crashes head first into the Death Star and explodes. Except that instead of using a CG simulation, or even a movie-caliber model, they simply dropped the hard-to-find $800 Lego…
At the dawn of the world wide web, early adopters were scooping up domain names like crazy. Which led to quite a few battles over everything from MTV.com to McDonalds.com.
Hello, and welcome to another weekend installment of Reading List where we show off some of the great science and tech reads you might have missed (while continually reading gizmodo dot com, of course). This week's narrative big hitters comes from Motherboard, Wired, Quartz, and The New York Times. Take a break from…
Welcome to Reading List, a quick tour of this week's great prose around the interwebs. So, how's your Sunday going? Fall is in full swing, and we have a full plate of tech coming up this week. Embrace the slowness of Sundays and take a look at some of these long reads around the web you might have missed. We've got…
Just when you thought Edward Snowden was finally finished trying to convince you that he's a great American, the exiled whistleblower gave an unprecedented interview to Wired magazine. It wasn't just any writer asking the questions either. Snowden sat down for three days with James Bamford, the other NSA whistleblower.
A good computer mouse doesn't have to cost a ton of money, especially if you need it to travel, or you're on a budget. This week we're looking at five of the best mice on the market for around $20, based on your nominations.
You pop on a goopy strip, and a short while later you've got teeth as white and gleaming as polished tile. But how do those strips work? Wired explains, and when you zoom in to the individual ions flying around, it looks a lot like a sci-fi space attack.
In North America and Europe, we don't worry much about polio. Vaccination has eradicated this terrible, paralyzing disease in the first world. But far away, the poliomyelitis virus still thrives. Wired accompanied the teams that hope to wipe out polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The story is compelling.
The best music and art festival of 2013 isn’t happening in a park or on a boat. It’s taking place on a moving train. Profiled in Wired’s forthcoming Design Issue, artist Doug Aitken is packing a slew of artists and bands onto a train, crossing from New York to San Francisco over the course of ten days in September.…
Remember 1995? Yeah, me neither. But to refresh our memories, we've got an "In and Out" list from the December 20, 1995 edition of USA Today. This strange artifact (found in the University of California-San Francisco tobacco document archives) gives a peek at how mainstream America was thinking about shifting trends…
Head on over to Wired to check out a great collection of some of the biggest influencers of the "Digital Generation."
Ten percent better doesn't cut it for Larry Page. Neither does 50, 100, or 500. In an era of modest revision, the Google co-founder expects his company's products to outperform the status quo by no less than 10x. Because how else are you going to change the world?
After Chris Anderson's departure as Editor-in-Chief of WIRED after a 10 year run, rumors were swirling about who might be next to take the helm. Now, it's been announced that the next man for the job is former WIRED creative director Scott Dadich.
According to sources close to Condé Nast, WIRED will announce its new editor-in-chief tomorrow. The nearly 20-year-old tech magazine, which was run by Chris Andersen for the past 10 years, will have a new boss very, very soon.