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(longer pieces only; to find my shorter stories please check the Wired archive)

 

Self-Service: The Delicate Dance of Online Bragging

July, 2010

 

Vanish

For one month, Evan Ratliff shed his identity and tried to disappear. Here’s what happened.

December, 2009

 

Gone Forever

What Does it Take to Really Disappear?

September, 2009

 

Origin of Species

How a T. Rex Femur Sparked a Scientific Smackdown

July, 2009

 

America Online

Barack Obama promised to reboot the White House. But first he’ll have to navigate a little federal legal gobbledygook. Hope? Well, it’s a start.

February, 2009

 

Mark Smolinski: Detect Epidemics Before They Begin

From: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To

October, 2008

 

Law of the Jungle

Marc van Roosmalen is one of the most famous biologists in the Amazon. Now he’s looking at 14 years in prison for biopiracy.

June, 2008

 

Rare Mummified Dinosaur Unearthed

Wired News, December 2, 2007

 

Q&A: Zillow’s Rich Barton on Real Estate, AI, and Basement Floods

December, 2007

 

The Plant That Will Save America

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Made from cheap, fast-growing grasses, cellulosic ethanol could cure our addiction to oil. But first scientists have to break down one of nature’s strongest molecules.

October 2007

 

The Whole Earth, Catalogued

How Google Maps is changing the way we see the world.

July 2007

 


First Blood

HIV, Ebola, SARS–many of the world’s most horrifying diseases are caused by animal viruses that made the jump to humans. Now a UCLA scientist thinks he can stop the next pandemic before it even starts.

May 2007

 

The Thinking Machine

Jeff Hawkins created the Palm Pilot and the Treo. Now he says he’s got the ultimate invention: software that mimics the human brain.

March 2007

 

Me Translate Pretty One Day

Spanish to English? French to Russian? Computers haven’t been up to the task. But a New York firm with an ingenious algorithm and a really big dictionary is finally cracking the code.

December 2006

 

The Right to Bear SLRs

TEST, November 2006

 

Feeling Lucky

Larry Brilliant has the coolest – and hardest – job around: Decide how to donate $1 billion of the Google fortune

July 2006

 

 Predicting the Big One

POST: May 2006

 

The Spam Vigilantes

POST: October 2005

 

 Fear, Inc.

How homeland security became the biggest market opportunity since the dotcom boom

December 2005

 

 The Crusade Against Evolution

In the beginning there was Darwin. And then there was intelligent design. How the next generation of “creation science” is invading America‘s classrooms.

 October 2004

 

Hitting the Sweet Spot

It’s got full flavor at one-third the calories. It’s safe for teeth and diabetics. And it’s all-natural. The long, strange search for the ultimate sugar substitute.

November 2003

 

 The Green Wall of China

Desert storms from China are leaving a trail of global destruction. Now Beijing is drawing a line in the sand.

April 2003

 

 Sports Rule

In-your-face marketing. Extreme camera angles. Trash-talking superstars. Sound like TV sports? Try sports videogames, where the nastiest competition is the battle to take down the reigning champ, EA Sports.

January 2003

 

This Is Not A Test

A decade after America‘s last nuclear test, the US arsenal is decaying and its designers are retiring. Now a new generation of scientists is trying to preserve bomb-building knowledge before it’s too late.

March 2002

 

Blastnost!

The once proud Soviet missile fleet has set its sights on the deep-discount launch business.

December 2001

 

The Electric Kool-Aid Bandwidth Test

Luke Stewart boldly sold politicians, businesspeople, and financiers on his trillion-dollar idea: Use the electrical grid to carry data at speeds faster than we’ve ever seen. Never mind how.

November 2001

 

 Born to Run

Microchips promise to make artificial legs as good as new. Fast-forward amputees are remaking life and limb on their own. The race is on.

July 2001

 

 O, Engineers!

Twenty years ago, Tracy Kidder published the original nerd epic. The Soul of a New Machine made circuit boards seem cool and established a revolutionary notion: that there’s art in the quest for the next big thing.

December 2000

 

 Patent Upending

The invention police can’t stand Greg Aharonian, who says the fuss over Amazon’s “one-click” plan is old news. The real problem: The government lost its grip on intellectual property long ago.

June 2000