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Why Country Rules the Airwaves: 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 […]
A final post from the Superbug blog, with sincere thanks to readers, colleagues and editors.
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Costa Rica hasn't burned any fossil fuel for energy in almost three months. How'd they do it?
The post Water, Fire, and Costa Rica’s Carbon-Zero Year So Far appeared first on WIRED.
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 […]
The punk rocker frog changes the texture of its skin to better blend in with its surroundings, which is very weird for a vertebrate.
The post Absurd Creature of the Week: ‘Punk Rocker Frog’ Has Shape-Shifting Spikes and Teen Angst appeared first on WIRED.
The US Navy has developed a prototype diving device that could cut down on helium costs, and enable more salvage operations.
The post A Navy Diving Suit That Recycles Wasted Oxygen and Helium appeared first on WIRED.
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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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.
The post Why Iceland Is the World’s Greatest Genetic Laboratory appeared first on WIRED.
If you're looking for the beginnings of an Atlantic hurricane this season, point your eyes and satellites at Africa.
The post To See the Birth of an Atlantic Hurricane, Look to Africa appeared first on WIRED.
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.
The post My Quest to Reengineer a Legendary Beer in a Dirty Kitchen appeared first on WIRED.
Two questions: How fast was she going and how hard would the grab be?
The post Could Black Widow Really Snag Cap’s Shield on a Motorcycle? appeared first on WIRED.
The Large Hadron Collider is finally back in fighting shape. Hopefully this time it won't explode.
The post Earth’s Most Powerful Physics Machine Gets Back in Action appeared first on WIRED.
Boeing has a patent to protect humans from shockwaves caused by explosions. Is this a sci-fi force field? No, not really.
The post That Boeing Force Field? It Probably Won’t Ever Work appeared first on WIRED.
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.
The post “We Are Not Ready”: Ebola Analysis from Front-Line Workers (And Bill Gates) appeared first on WIRED.
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.
The post Inside Laser Printer Toner: Wax, Static, Lots of Plastic appeared first on WIRED.