We've seen everything from jelly to raw eggs get completely destroyed after being frozen with liquid nitrogen. But nothing comes close to being as cringeworthy to watch as Brent Rose taking a baseball bat to a 38cm silicone dildo turned into a frozen rock. Despite some interesting science at work here, some of you might want to look away.
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With an expansion early this year, Netflix now reaches basically anyone with an internet connection. Keeping its service running smoothly and efficiently with that many customers is a tall order, so Wired took a look and the hardware and software keeping our binge watching ticking.
Sarah Zhang has a fascinating post over at Wired about the systematic study of Cold War-era nuclear test films that's currently being undertaken by nuclear physicist Gregg Spriggs. One of the most interesting elements to the story is the fact that of the 7000 films discovered so far, 4000 are still classified.
Just when you thought Edward Snowden was finally finished trying to convince you that he's a great American, the exiled whistleblower gave an unprecedented interview to Wired magazine. It wasn't just any writer asking the questions either. Snowden sat down for three days with James Bamford, the other NSA whistleblower.
Remember 1995? Yeah, me neither. But to refresh our memories, we've got an "In and Out" list from the December 20, 1995 edition of USA Today. This strange artifact (found in the University of California-San Francisco tobacco document archives) gives a peek at how mainstream America was thinking about shifting trends in media, technology and, I guess, Mexican food in the mid-1990s.
In Australia, North America and Europe, we don't worry much about polio. Vaccination has eradicated this terrible, paralysing disease in the developed world. But, far away, the poliomyelitis virus still thrives. Wired accompanied the teams that hope to wipe out polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The story is compelling.
The best music and art festival of 2013 isn't happening in a park or on a boat. It's taking place on a moving train. Profiled in Wired's forthcoming Design Issue, artist Doug Aitken is packing a slew of artists and bands onto a train, crossing from New York to San Francisco over the course of 10 days in September.
After 9/11, three US federal law enforcement agencies planned a massive project to replace a mishmash of ageing and obsolete radios used by thousands of US federal agents. A decade and $US356 million later, the program has made "minimal progress" and the US Department of Homeland Security, one of the project's key partners, wants little to do with it.
Like we expected, Wired's iPad subscription is 20 bucks a year (or two bucks an issue). The subscriptions are available today. If you already subscribe to Wired, you get access to the iPad version for free.