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Why Country Rules the Airwaves: Chronicling the Genre’s Continuing Moment and Challenging Future in One Music-Filled Night

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 9:41pm
 Chronicling the Genre’s Continuing Moment and Challenging Future in One Music-Filled Night

The brief walk from dressing room 9 to the stage of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry takes about 20 seconds, but passes decades of country music’s most prized heritage. There’s the photo of Dolly Parton with Paul McCartney, next to the piano Richard Nixon played and just down the hall from the “duets” room inspired by […]

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Get Your Shots, Wash Your Hands, Thanks, and Goodbye

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:19pm
Get Your Shots, Wash Your Hands, Thanks, and Goodbye

A final post from the Superbug blog, with sincere thanks to readers, colleagues and editors.

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Soon, Humans Will Follow Robots Into Deep Space

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:44pm
Soon, Humans Will Follow Robots Into Deep Space

The crewed space program and the robot space program are two different things with two different purposes. And we need them both.

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Water, Fire, and Costa Rica’s Carbon-Zero Year So Far

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:17pm
Water, Fire, and Costa Rica’s Carbon-Zero Year So Far

Costa Rica hasn't burned any fossil fuel for energy in almost three months. How'd they do it?

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GlowScript Tutorial 8: Gravity and Orbits

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:04am
 Gravity and Orbits

How do you model the Earth-moon system? Here is a tutorial using GlowScript to model the motion of the moon around the Sun.

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Thank You From Zoologic

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 9:15am
Thank You From Zoologic

I’m sorry to say that this will be my last post at Zoologic. It’s been a pleasure bringing you the weirdest and most intriguing animal news, and I’ll miss writing here. I want to thank Wired for providing me with this forum that allowed me to explore the latest in animal behavior and cognition. It’s […]

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Absurd Creature of the Week: ‘Punk Rocker Frog’ Has Shape-Shifting Spikes and Teen Angst

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:00am
 ‘Punk Rocker Frog’ Has Shape-Shifting Spikes and Teen Angst

The punk rocker frog changes the texture of its skin to better blend in with its surroundings, which is very weird for a vertebrate.

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Dragonflies: Masters of Air and Water

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 5:50pm
 Masters of Air and Water

A new book on dragonflies showcases photos of these flying predators.

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A Navy Diving Suit That Recycles Wasted Oxygen and Helium

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:06pm
A Navy Diving Suit That Recycles Wasted Oxygen and Helium

The US Navy has developed a prototype diving device that could cut down on helium costs, and enable more salvage operations.

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The Deep Interdisciplinarity of Everything Around Us

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 9:30am
The Deep Interdisciplinarity of Everything Around Us

Well, it’s time to say goodbye. I’ve been privileged to be writing the Social Dimension blog for Wired for over three years now but it is drawing to a close. Over the course of this blog’s run, I’ve tried to highlight the deep interdisciplinary connections all around us, often using mathematical ideas to stitch together […]

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NASA’s Plan to Give the Moon a Moon

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 8:20pm
NASA’s Plan to Give the Moon a Moon

It sounds almost like a late '90s sci-fi flick: NASA sends a spacecraft to an asteroid, plucks a boulder off its surface with a robotic claw, and brings it back in orbit around the moon.

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Why Iceland Is the World’s Greatest Genetic Laboratory

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 2:00pm
Why Iceland Is the World’s Greatest Genetic Laboratory

Iceland is unique in many ways: It has active volcanoes, semi-tasty whale-based dishes, and a kickass travel advertising campaign. It’s also the best place in the world to do genetic research.

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To See the Birth of an Atlantic Hurricane, Look to Africa

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:30am
To See the Birth of an Atlantic Hurricane, Look to Africa

If you're looking for the beginnings of an Atlantic hurricane this season, point your eyes and satellites at Africa.

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The Sad Decline of Florida’s Space Coast

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:00am
The Sad Decline of Florida’s Space Coast

The shuttle program may have ended, but dreams of space can be found all over the Florida coast.

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My Quest to Reengineer a Legendary Beer in a Dirty Kitchen

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 6:45am
My Quest to Reengineer a Legendary Beer in a Dirty Kitchen

The mysteries of so-called sour beers like Belgian lambic aren't as much about brewing as they are about microbes, the yeasts and bacteria that give the beers their special flavors.

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Could Black Widow Really Snag Cap’s Shield on a Motorcycle?

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:57pm
Could Black Widow Really Snag Cap’s Shield on a Motorcycle?

Two questions: How fast was she going and how hard would the grab be?

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Earth’s Most Powerful Physics Machine Gets Back in Action

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:38pm
Earth’s Most Powerful Physics Machine Gets Back in Action

The Large Hadron Collider is finally back in fighting shape. Hopefully this time it won't explode.

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That Boeing Force Field? It Probably Won’t Ever Work

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 4:56pm
That Boeing Force Field? It Probably Won’t Ever Work

Boeing has a patent to protect humans from shockwaves caused by explosions. Is this a sci-fi force field? No, not really.

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“We Are Not Ready”: Ebola Analysis from Front-Line Workers (And Bill Gates)

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 4:15pm
 Ebola Analysis from Front-Line Workers (And Bill Gates)

A new report from Doctors Without Borders excoriates the international response to Ebola, and at the annual TED conference, Bill Gates outlines how to do better next time.

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Inside Laser Printer Toner: Wax, Static, Lots of Plastic

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 2:40pm
 Wax, Static, Lots of Plastic

We got to wondering what’s actually in that toner cartridge … so we busted one open. Bad idea! But we’re all cleaned up now and back with answers.

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