How SpaceX Became a Major Player in the U.S. Space Industry

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… » 10/26/14 4:00pm 10/26/14 4:00pm

This May Be The End of Shampoo As We Know It

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… » 10/12/14 4:00pm 10/12/14 4:00pm

Snowden: The Worst NSA Revelations Are Yet to Come

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. » 8/13/14 10:15am 8/13/14 10:15am

Inside the Push to Wipe Out Polio From the Furthest Corners of Earth

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. » 11/22/13 10:49am 11/22/13 10:49am

This Glowing Train Is Bringing Art, Music, and Yurts to Middle America

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.… » 8/20/13 12:20pm 8/20/13 12:20pm

Virtual Reality Was In, Sony Was Out: Trends From USA Today in 1995

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… » 7/03/13 6:11pm 7/03/13 6:11pm

The First Issue Ever of Wired Is Available on the iPad Now

Seminal tech nerd magazine Wired was one of the first to jump onto the iPad magazine train. You probably subscribed anyway, but the iPad version is pretty great. Now the very first issue, from back in January 1993, is available for free on the iPad. The highlight is probably a 12,000-word oral history of the… » 6/04/12 6:40pm 6/04/12 6:40pm