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Nintendo Labo: Price, Details, Release Date

Suffice to say the Nintendo Switch is a hit beyond what anyone could have expected. The versatile, modular console sold more than 10 million units in its first 10 months, and became the fastest-selling console in US history. That's all the more impressive given Switches were nearly impossible to find in the console's early months, as Nintendo (like everyone else) seriously underestimated its appeal. For Nintendo, then, 2018 becomes a year o...
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The Project Veritas Twitter Videos Show the Conservative Backlash Against Moderation

Conservative activist James O’Keefe has returned. In a series of illicitly filmed videos with current and former Twitter employees, the right-wing provocateur claims to have exposed partisan bias at the social network. The offensive may have been inevitable. While O'Keefe's Project Veritas has mostly focused on the media and liberal institutions, recent moves by platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to more aggressively moderate use...
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How Dirt Could Save Us From Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

Nobody scours Central Park looking for drugs quite the way Sean Brady does. On a sweltering Thursday, he hops out of a yellow cab, crosses Fifth Avenue, and scurries up a dirt path. Around us, the penetrating churn of a helicopter and the honk of car horns filter through the trees. Brady, a fast-talking chemist in his late 40s who sports a graying buzz cut and rimless glasses, has a wry, self-deprecating humor that belies the single-minded ...
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Crescent Moon's Innovative Snowshoe Is Built Like a Flip-Flop

Snowshoes have been around for 5,700 years. But this year Boulder, Colorado–based Crescent Moon has made the world’s first all-foam version. Velcro bindings keep your shoes strapped to a teardrop-­shaped platform made from two layers of ethylene-vinyl acetate, or EVA, the same stuff used to fashion flip-flops. The snowshoes might look low-tech, but the combination of cleats and tire-like treads provide ample traction, especially on hardpack...
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How a Mudslide Becomes a Deadly Tsunami of Rocks and Sludge

The mudslides earlier this week that killed 17 people—eight more remain missing—came as a terrifying surprise in the early morning to the enclaves of Montecito and Summerland, nestled into the California coastline just southeast of Santa Barbara. But in most respects, they were also entirely predictable—and predicted. The Thomas Fire, the largest wildfire in California history, burned almost 450 square miles of the Santa Ynez mountains in l...
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Can an Arrow Fired Straight Up Fall Fast Enough to Kill You?

In a recent episode of Mythbusters, Brian and Jon (the new MythBusters) wanted to see what happens when you shoot an arrow straight up into the air. It will obviously come back down—but would it still be moving fast enough to kill you? If you are a MythBuster , the best option is to actually shoot an arrow straight up into the air and measure its velocity on impact. But for normal people, it might be better to just calculate the final arrow...
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Toyota Joins With Uber, Amazon, Mazda, and Pizza Hut to Find the Self-Driving Future

From a Las Vegas stage today, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda asked an audience to imagine how the future of mobility could transform Burning Man. Then he put forward his own vision: the e-Palette. Like the humble slab of wood for which it's named, this electric, self-driving vehicle is versatile by design. It could be a cargo van. Or a flexible complement to an established mass transit system. Or a pizza delivery vehicle. Or, for Burners, building ...
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Facebook Bug Could Let Advertisers Get Your Phone Number

Facebook tells users that giving the company their mobile phone number will help keep their account secure. Until a few weeks ago, however, the social network’s self-service ad-targeting tools could be massaged into revealing a Facebook user’s cellphone number from their email address. The same flaw made it possible to collect phone numbers for Facebook users who had visited a particular webpage. Facebook fixed the problems on Dec. 22, and ...
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Pro-Russia Twitter Trolls Take Aim at Special Counsel Robert Mueller

The dense network of pro-Kremlin Twitter accounts tracked by the group Alliance for Securing Democracy has spent the last year spreading chaos and discord about topics as diverse as NFL players refusing to stand during the national anthem and Al Franken's alleged sexual misconduct. It was only a matter of time, then, before the troll army set its sights on special counsel Robert Mueller . On the website Hamilton68 , the Alliance tracks some...
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Self-Driving Car Startup Aurora Joins Forces With Volkswagen and Hyundai

Less than a decade after Google launched the age of the self-driving car, most of the main players have made some long-term commitments—not in the name of love, but to ensure success. With few exceptions, the companies eager to turn robots loose on our streets can't go through life alone. None have the particular combination of manufacturing, software, and customer-facing expertise this work demands. The hookups between the software whiz ki...
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Braun MultiQuick 9: This High-Powered Immersion Blender Is One Cool Whip

Braun MultiQuick 9 You must wield a wicked scepter to rule the Land of Smoothies. With its 700-watt motor, Braun’s latest immersion blender blows through foodstuffs that lesser sticks can’t crack—ice cubes, raw potatoes, or even a peeled avocado with pit (if you crave those bitter tannins). Below the soft grip is a compression zone—push down and the spinning slicer moves closer to the bottom of your vessel, ensuring every last bit of basil ...
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The Most-read WIRED Culture Stories of 2017

Earlier this year, WIRED published a story that asked a question that seemed to encapsulate internet culture in 2017: What does 'covfefe' mean ? The nonsense term was tweeted out by President Donald Trump, and the internet went into a fit trying to define it. As WIRED culture writer Angela Watercutter wrote, "Nearly every great meme starts with an obscure word, hashtag, or image that is then granted humor based on what the internet does wit...
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The Most-Read WIRED Science Stories of 2017

Back at the start of the summer, WIRED science writer Megan Molteni dropped a bomb: " The Tick That Gives People Meat Allergies Is Spreading. " The story went viral, (probably because we published the the words "meat allergies" during peak grilling season), but the piece was more than a clicky headline: Molteni dove deep into the molecular science behind what causes the adverse reaction. That story is just one example of how the WIRED scien...
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Meal Kits Have a Packaging Problem

Recently, someone asked me if I thought people were cooking at home less frequently than they used to. I bristled at the query, probably because I was worried that it might be true. Wasn’t everyone out there watching cooking shows then turning off the TV, getting out their mason jars, and whipping up Alton Brown’s watermelon rind pickles ? Anyone fretting over America’s culinary decline can attempt to find solace in the burgeoning popularit...
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The Most-read WIRED Business Stories of 2017

Looking back at the year's most-read WIRED business stories, one theme clearly emerges: people are very concerned with the future of work. Will the robot revolution will eradicate positions? ( It's more complicated than that. ) What are the right skills for future-proofing ourselves? ( Learn code. ) Could implementing a universal basic income really work? ( A real-world case study suggests it might. ) Other stories captured our readers atte...
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