(longer pieces only; to find my shorter stories please check the Wired archive)
For one month, Evan Ratliff shed his identity and tried to disappear. Here’s what happened.
What Does it Take to Really Disappear?
How a T. Rex Femur Sparked a Scientific Smackdown
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.
From: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To
Marc van Roosmalen is one of the most famous biologists in the Amazon. Now he’s looking at 14 years in prison for biopiracy.
Wired News, December 2, 2007
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.
How Google Maps is changing the way we see the world.
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.
Jeff Hawkins created the Palm Pilot and the Treo. Now he says he’s got the ultimate invention: software that mimics the human brain.
Spanish to English? French to Russian? Computers haven’t been up to the task. But a
TEST, November 2006
Larry Brilliant has the coolest – and hardest – job around: Decide how to donate $1 billion of the Google fortune
POST: May 2006
POST: October 2005
How homeland security became the biggest market opportunity since the dotcom boom
In the beginning there was
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.
Desert storms from
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.
A decade after
The once proud Soviet missile fleet has set its sights on the deep-discount launch business.
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.
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.
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.
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.