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Inside the Haywire World of Beirut’s Electricity Brokers

Inside the Haywire World of Beirut’s Electricity Brokers

A fading skirt of tawny light sets the city aglitter. The glare undulates for miles across the hillsides, touching cozy homes and glitzy high-rises and bullet-perforated storefronts. As the sky darkens, the Beirut power grid blossoms into a light show—flickering ...

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385 Feet of Crazy: The Most Audacious Flying Machine Ever

385 Feet of Crazy: The Most Audacious Flying Machine Ever

Paul Allen, the billionaire funding Strato­launch, has been fascinated with space travel since childhood. “When you see that giant plane, it’s a little nutty,” he says. But his goal is more practical: competing in the private space business. Rutan called ...

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The Political Education of Silicon Valley

The Political Education of Silicon Valley

“Confusion reigns in the political arena. Old labels no longer fit, and the citizenry seems torn between competing desires for saviors and scapegoats.” So began a 1995 story in WIRED on the state of digital-age politics. Electoral turmoil then amounted ...

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A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandoras Box for DIY Guns

A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandoras Box for DIY Guns

Five years ago, 25-year-old radical libertarian Cody Wilson stood on a remote central Texas gun range and pulled the trigger on the world’s first fully 3-D-printed gun. When, to his relief, his plastic invention fired a .380-caliber bullet into a ...

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The Mission to Build the Ultimate Burger Bot

The Mission to Build the Ultimate Burger Bot

Brian Finke Angelo Vardakostas sailed into Los Angeles on a Greek commercial ship in 1955. Greeks were opening diners across the country at the time—mom-and-pop analogs to the McDonald’s, Carl’s Jr., and Kentucky Fried Chicken chains that were multiplying in ...

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The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space

The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space

But if space is indeed becoming a war-­fighting domain, it’s important to understand the stakes, not just for America’s strategic standing but for the species. A Russo-Sino-American space war could very well end with a crippled global economy, inoperable infrastructure, ...

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