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The Weird Quantum Behavior of Light, Captured in a Lab

The Weird Quantum Behavior of Light, Captured in a LabSubatomic particles—photons, let’s say, or electrons—sometimes also act like waves. And waves sometimes act like subatomic particles. It’s weird. It’s also one of the fundamental tenets of quantum physics…and now, for the first time, scientists have taken a picture of that duality at work. Other experiments have confirmed this two-faced behavior. As far back as […] The post The Weird Quantum Behavior of Light, Captured in a Lab appeared first on WIRED.

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How Climate Change Will Alter New York City’s Skyline

How Climate Change Will Alter New York City’s SkylineLast week, The New York City Panel on Climate Change released a new report detailing exactly how climate scientists expect New York City to change over over the next 100 years, focusing on projected increases in temperature and sea level. Sea level rise will certainly transform the shape of the city’s coastline. But Manhattan’s edges are […] The post How Climate Change Will Alter New York City’s Skyline appeared first on WIRED.

Fat? Sick? Blame Your Grandparents’ Bad Habits

Fat? Sick? Blame Your Grandparents’ Bad HabitsNew York, like most coastal cities, is at risk of catastrophic flooding as sea levels rise. In the wake of hurricane Sandy, New York’s mayor is proposing groundbreaking flood defenses to protect the Big Apple. BIG/Splash News/Corbis Last week, The New York City Panel on Climate Change released a new report detailing exactly how climate […] The post Fat? Sick? Blame Your Grandparents’ Bad Habits appeared first on WIRED.

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The DIY Robots That Ride Camels and Fight for Human Rights

The DIY Robots That Ride Camels and Fight for Human RightsThe first self-driving cars are expected to hit showrooms within five years. Their autonomous capabilities will be largely limited to highways, where there aren’t things like pedestrians and cyclists to deal with, and you won’t fully cede control. As long as the road is clear, the car’s in charge. But when all that computing power senses […] The post The DIY Robots That Ride Camels and Fight for Human Rights appeared first on WIRED.

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How Global Warming Helped Cause the Syrian War

How Global Warming Helped Cause the Syrian WarRay Lane—former chairman of HP, current president of Oracle, and partner emeritus at storied Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers—said in court today that he made a mistake in handling a sexual harassment report that was brought to his attention at the firm. Trae Vassallo, a former Kleiner Perkins general partner, […] The post How Global Warming Helped Cause the Syrian War appeared first on WIRED.

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The Creature Feature: 10 Fun Facts About the Coelacanth

The Creature Feature: 10 Fun Facts About the CoelacanthThe coelacanth (pronounced SEEL-uh-kanth) is an enormous, bottom-dwelling fish that is unlike other living fishes in a number of ways. They belong to an ancient lineage that has been around for more than 360 million years. Coelacanths can reach more than six feet long and weigh about 200 pounds, and they’re covered in thick, scaly […] The post The Creature Feature: 10 Fun Facts About the Coelacanth appeared first on WIRED.

The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress

The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This DressNot since Monica Lewinsky was a White House intern has one blue dress been the source of so much consternation. (And yes, it’s blue.) The fact that a single image could polarize the entire Internet into two aggressive camps is, let’s face it, just another Thursday. But for the past half-day, people across social media […] The post The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress appeared first on WIRED.

Good News! Kids Aren’t Dying as Much as They Used To

Good News! Kids Aren’t Dying as Much as They Used ToOn a blog post at PLOS, the tropical disease expert Peter Hotez and postdoctoral fellow Jennifer Herricks take a run through the data on the biggest killers of children around the world in 2013, part of a new dataset from Global Burden of Disease study published in the January Lancet. The main one is malaria, […] The post Good News! Kids Aren’t Dying as Much as They Used To appeared first on WIRED.

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