Why Use a Fridge When You Can Have a Pre-Fab Food Cellar?

If you’ve ever been in a root cellar, you probably thought it was pretty cool. That’s because root cellars are nature’s refrigerators. They’re essentially holes dug into the ground and used year-round to store vegetables and dry goods. Its a cool, dry cool environment that won’t freeze in the winter …

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Big Question: Why Does Scratching Make You Itch More?

Hell is an itch that can’t be scratched. Dante understood this. In his Inferno, he describes a ditch in the Eighth Circle of Hell where alchemists, counterfeiters, and liars are subjected to the burn of an eternal itch. If you’ve ever had one under a cast or on an otherwise …

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Eye in the Sky Is the Quintessential Modern War Film

The war film is one of cinema’s most enduring genres; nearly every major conflict of the past century has been depicted on screen—multiple times. Films that wrestle with the rapidly changing nature of war, though, are rarer. As drone warfare continues its slow march into public consciousness, Eye in the Sky is the best movie yet to …

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All of Apple’s Products Ever, in One Glorious Infographic

The Most Dangerous Writing App “Don’t stop. If you stop typing for more than five seconds, all progress will be lost.” Those are the directions for The Most Dangerous Writing App, a brutal new web tool designed to help you get over your writer’s block. The app is the work of Manuel Ebert, who …

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Game|Life Podcast: Final Fantasy XV‘s Early Victory Party

Game|Life Podcast: Final Fantasy XV‘s Early Victory Party | WIRED Skip Article Header. Skip to: Start of Article. Final Fantasy XV’s lavish release-date announcement party, Microsoft’s new Xbox One game and Nintendo’s first smartphone app are today’s topics on the Game|Life Podcast. Time magazine’s Matt Peckham joins Jake Muncy and me …

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Why Batman Is the Ultimate Lightning Rod for Nerd Rage

Comic book fans are known for their strong opinions, but one hero in particular seems to inspire more passionate arguments than most—Batman. NPR contributor Glen Weldon explores that phenomenon in his new book The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture. A major theme of the book is …

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Mathematician Solves the Centuries-Old Sphere Problem in Higher Dimensions

In a pair of papers posted online this month, a Ukrainian mathematician has solved two high-dimensional versions of the centuries-old “sphere packing” problem. In dimensions eight and 24 (the latter dimension in collaboration with other researchers), she has proved that two highly symmetrical arrangements pack spheres together in the densest …

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