WIRED UK December 2016

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MAKING WIRED NO TIME FOR CRIME Photographer Jay Brooks embraced guerrilla tactics with Josh Browder (below) – a 19-year-old with an army of lawyer-bots: “We were by the Old Bailey in London, with lights on poles and sacks of batteries. We kept it quick and low-key enough that even a police officer on a mountain bike didn’t stop us.” GEAR OF THE YEAR ANDY BARTER WIRED’s annual Gear of the Year list was photographed by London-based Barter, who had everything from LEGO diggers to egg-shaped drones. “My favourite was the beautiful G Pinto ON turntable. I can definitely see that in my house…” IDEAS BANK CLAUDIA HAMMOND The author of Mind Over Money has a few ideas on why some people are better at saving than others: “English is a strong ‘future-time’ language, so a speaker might feel…

the wired universe

PRINT THE ROBOT HAS SPOKEN It’s always rewarding to see the fruits of WIRED’s labour getting noticed by the right people. But when we heard that our 11.16 Nasa picture story caught the eye of one of the space agency’s own robots – currently on-board the International Space Station, no less – it made our day. “Thanks for highlighting my amazing robot family,” @AstroRobonaut tweeted as it drifted in space. For once, a Twitter bot that’s actually worth paying attention to… In other WIRED/Nasa news, Benedict Redgrove, the man behind the feature’s amazing photographs, will take part in a Q&A with WIRED creative director Andrew Diprose at WIRED2016 on November 3-4. See wired.co.uk/wiredevent/wired2016 EVENT WIRED GOES TO ISTANBUL Last month, WIRED co-hosted an entrepreneurs’ evening in Istanbul in association with Pictet. The event focused on…

from the editor

Think of modern air travel, and you probably picture frustrating delays, absurd security theatre and – even more painful – having to turn your devices to airplane mode. So this month, to reward your loyalty, we’ve moved you up to seat A1 with a window view on the future of aviation. Flying cars, city-centre runways, vertical-take-off volocopters, the return of supersonic flight, even personal jetpacks – a surge in engineering innovation is about to transform what it means to fly in the 21st century. We first covered Bertrand Piccard in WIRED six years ago, when he had the audacious notion of piloting a solar-powered plane around the globe. Reality – in the form of gravity, drag, lack of sleep and all the other impediments facing a pilot carrying zero fuel –…

mordor? no, it’s hawaii

This ominous red substance is molten lava from the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent on the Kīlauea Volcano in Hawaii, exposed by a “skylight” in the roof of a developing lava tube. This one measures six metres across and reveals an active lava stream that is travelling to the upper right. “Skylights are extremely dangerous to approach from the ground,” says Christina Neal, scientistin-charge at the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. A USGS geologist took this photo from a helicopter on one of the team’s routine monitoring missions. Kīlauea is considered one of the world’s most active volcanoes. “This eruption has been going on nearly continuously since January 3, 1983,” says Neal. Since then, lava flows from the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent have added about 200 hectares of new land to…

hardware hacker

BARBARA BELVISI BUILDS hardware. Not with her hands, but with her venture capital firm Hardware Club, which helps startups find a market for connected physical products. Kano, ROLI and TrackR have all grown into multinational brands with the support of Belvisi, 31, and her co-founder Alexis Houssou, 30, who take startups after they have refined their product in an accelerator (Y Combinator, Highway1 and Startupbootcamp are among their partners). “They focus on helping startups at prototyping,” says Belvisi. “We then take care of the scaling phase and help the startups expand worldwide.” Belvisi and Houssou set up Hardware Club in May 2014 in Paris and San Francisco, before expanding to Taiwan in August 2015. The two French financiers saw a gap in the venture-capital market: entrepreneurs developing products with electronic components,…

ants on a career path

TO TRACK THE ANTS IN THE colony shown above, University of Lausanne biologist Danielle Mersch glued tiny QR codes to the insects’ backs – then filmed them for 41 days. The resulting 2.4 billion data points revealed three types of workers: cleaners, foragers and nurses for the queen and her brood. Their activity is visualised by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti in their new book Where the Animals Go. The pair previously examined urban humans in London: The Information Capital (Particular Books): “Once we began working with tracking data, says Cheshire, “it all felt oddly familiar.” Rowland Manthorpe Where the Animals Go (Particular Books) is out November 17 APPS OF THE MONTH SPACEHUB SpaceHub uses video feeds and GPS to keep amateur space-watchers up-to-date with astronauts and asteroids. It also aggregates tweets from…