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WIRED December 2016

The Wired mission is to tell the world something they've never heard before in a way they've never seen before. It's about turning new ideas into everyday reality. It's about seeding our community of influencers with the ideas that will shape and transform our collective future. Wired readers want to know how technology is changing the world, and they're interested in big, relevant ideas, even if those ideas challenge their assumptions—or blow their minds.

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the italian job

WIRED art director Francesco Muzzi (left) and illustrator Giacomo Gambineri (right) collaborated on this issue’s travel package.Wired’s office is home to lots of unusual sounds: barking dogs, editor pun battles, and, in our design department, the mellifluous sounds of Italian as deputy creative director David Moretti and art director Francesco Muzzi debate, well … actually we have no idea. Moretti and Muzzi collaborated for wired Italia in Milan before they both moved to California to join the stateside version of wired. Muzzi often flexes his sizable infographic muscles for our Infoporn section, and in this issue he teams up with an old friend: Giacomo Gambineri, an Italian illustrator who created the visuals for December’s travel package. The two met in design school in Milan, worked together at Italian magazine IL,…

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how to see the world

My phone is constantly running out of memory. It’s full of apps and music, sure, but the bulk of the bloat is photographs. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Those pictures are how I chronicle my experiences—where I’ve gone, what I’ve seen, whom I’ve met. And since I post so many of them to social media, they’re also a version of who I am. I edit and design my Instagram feed … well, I’d say “carefully,” but “obsessively” might not be wrong. So on the occasion of wired’s first collaboration with our sibling magazine Condé Nast Traveler— it starts on page 81—I’d like to share my secret formula for a perfect digital travel diary.All Work …No spoilers! The print edition of WIRED operates at least three months ahead of…

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comments

GET YOUR KICKSMuch as we love sneakers, they wouldn’t normally be the subject of a huge story. But we’ve been waiting for this one for a long time. See, Nike’s HyperAdapt is no ordinary shoe: It’s an IRL version of Marty McFly’s power-lacing sneaker in Back to the Future Part II. I (Tinker Hatfield and Mark Parker, now Nike’s vice president of creative concepts and CEO, respectively, were the ones who originally gave director Robert Zemeckis the idea for the shoe almost 30 years ago.) Slip it on and an algorithmically controlled lacing engine perfectly tightens the HyperAdapt to your foot. Our video of the shoe, which featured Hatfield and lead engineer Tiffany Beers, broke every video record we have. Guess you’ve been waiting for it too.Re: “#WANT”: Inside Nike’s…

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stronger together

BILL COSBY has been accused of drugging and raping dozens of women over several decades. Roger Ailes is accused of harassing multiple women as far back as the 1960s. And then there’s all those Catholic priests. Indeed, when sexual predators, especially those in positions of power, get away with such crimes once, they often do it again and again until an overwhelming preponderance of accusations, evidence, and outrage brings them down.Perpetrators can get away with attacking so many because often when individuals report these crimes, they are ignored or discredited. But in the cases above, after multiple survivors— previously unbeknownst to one another—shared the same story, the authorities and the public started to take their accusations seriously. There’s strength (and credibility) in numbers, after all, but victims have few ways…

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what lies beneath

FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of years, the Siberian permafrost has been a giant freezer for everything buried within it. But global warming has put the frozen ground in defrost mode, and the tundra is now heating up twice as fast as the rest of the planet. “Permafrost is a silent ticking time bomb,” says Robert Spencer, an environmental scientist at Florida State University. As it thaws, the dirt could release a litany of horrors. Beware: The ice-beasts cometh.1. BacteriaTHREAT LEVEL: Sporadically scary Seventy-five years ago an anthrax outbreak in West Siberia felled herds of reindeer. In July those carcasses thawed and infected 23 humans, killing one.2. CarbonTHREAT LEVEL: Civilizationimperiling Taken together, the remains of ancient grass, moss, and animals buried in permafrost add up to some 1,500 billion tons of…

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#shopnow

TO GET TO the world’s weirdest mall, just open Instagram. You’ll find vendors hawking vintage Bruce Springsteen tour shirts, bookstores that specialize in self-help books from the ’60s, and, of course, a whole lot of enamel pins. It’s such a wonderful—and wonderfully addictive—way to shop that you won’t mind the extra step of inquiring about a purchase via a cell number or DM (the app lacks a formal way to buy stuff). If you have specific desires, try a few of these Instashops. Or roll the dice and browse #forsale or #shopnow to see what catches your eye.Vintage GeekeryFor a $40 Q action figure from Star Trek: The Next Generation or a $10 copy of 1989’s High Desert Kill: An Experiment in Terror, try @collectorswarehouse. Then there’s @faustian _comics for…

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