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WIREDWIRED

WIRED October 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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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Conde Nast US
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paula scher

RELEASE NOTES: THE ILLUSTRATORS IN THIS ISSUESchers Philadelphia Explained installationPaula Scher—the formidable designer responsible for everything from the iconic brand logos of Citibank and Shake Shack to the Public Theater’s bold posters—says the best piece of advice she ever received is to “illustrate with type.” And illustrate she has, attracting particular acclaim for her large-scale typographic murals, like the hand-painted map of Philadelphia shown above. So Scher was a natural choice to design the opener of Peter Rubin’s story about the world of competitive word wizardry. Scher, who’s based in New York, took 150 original puns (generated by nine wired editors, who created a Slack channel for that express purpose) and fitted, scaled, and constructed 38 of them into the story’s rollicking opener. The volume, she says, was important in…

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good eats

If all you think about is your next meal, we totally supportthat—as long as you really think about it: about what you’re keating, what went into it, if it’s good for you, how sustain-able it is, and whether there’s a better alternative. We tack-led these questions in our August cover story (“What to EatToday”), preparing everything from drought-friendly reci-pes to a periodic table of proteins. Plus, celebrity chef DavidChang wrote about his secret to crafting insanely great dishes (“The Theory of Deliciousness”). Sometimes that means dunking a fried chicken leg in caviar.Re: “What to Eat Today”“FEW MAGAZINES DO THEMED PACKAGES BETTER THAN WIRED.”Jake Bullinger (@jakebullinger) on Twitter“Am I the only one who sees the Alien chest-burster in the shadow of the cover of the latest issue?”Alex Rodriguez on WIRED.com(No, you’re…

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argumentwatching the police let’s all start filming, early and often

(PHOTOGRAPH: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)ONE MORNING, on a dingy sidewalk along LA’s Skid Row, two police officers surrounded an older homeless man who was, according to residents, popping sunflower seeds into his mouth. One officer pinned the man against a wall; another punched him in the back of his skull. After landing a knee to the man’s ribs, the cops tackled him to the ground. Half an hour later, paramedics loaded his beaten body into an ambulance.That day about eight years ago, members of a local activist group, the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN), had stumbled upon the scene and whipped out cameras to capture the beating. I study policecommunity relations for a living, and I showed up just after the man was taken away. Despite the brutal treatment…

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have a blast see a spacex rocket launch

THE SECONDS before a SpaceX launch are tense. The ground shakes, plumes of smoke engulf the Falcon 9, and you can’t help holding your breath and crossing your fingers. Will it work? Will something blow up? And will SpaceX once again manage to land the rocket’s reusable first-stage booster back on Earth? ¶ When I was at Cape Canaveral last December, things were not looking up: SpaceX had suffered through a year of crash landings and one major explosion. Hoping to witness a success, I ventured to the beach to find a spot close to Landing Zone 1, along Florida’s famous Space Coast. I nestled my computer in the sand to track the mission’s progress and awaited the countdown with a group of nervous bystanders. ¶ The roar of the…

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bionic battlefield the first cyborg olympics

IN POP CULTURE, CYBORGS can fly, throw cars, and blow up buildings. Nobody will be doing any of those things at the world’s first-ever cyborg Olympics—the Cybathlon in Zurich, Switzerland, this October—but the action promises to be miraculous for a different reason. Using the latest bionic technology, disabled competitors will pair up with prosthetics developers to accomplish tasks ranging from bread slicing to bike racing. We don’t know which of the 59 teams will triumph, but here are some of the top contenders.1. Many Small StepsIn 2012, NASA teamed up with roboticist Peter Neuhaus to build an exoskeleton for space exploration. Out of that project grew Mina v2, a robotic suit that moves paraplegic competitor Mark Daniel across the floor. By operating a joystick and a button on his crutches,…

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jargon watch

atomic memory n. /-'tä-mik 'mem-rē / A storage technology that uses a single atom to encode a bit of data. It’s still (really) slow, but researchers have built a 2-D device that works. Extended into three dimensions, it would shrink the Library of Congress to the size of a pollen grain. stomach tap n. / 'st-m k 'tap / A surgically implanted tube and belly valve that let you pump food out of your body after a meal. The FDA has approved it for weight loss, but one physician calls it “mechanized bulimia.” Spidey n. / 'spī-dē / A gene that controls the stickiness of flies. Ordinarily it causes them to grow a protective waxy coating. Switch it off and gunk accumulates on the fly’s skinny legs until it gets…

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