10 must-read articles for 5 March (Wired UK)


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Clinton wants you to read her emails, Lords propose drone database,
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1. Space X is already making a profit

Elon Musk’s space business is reportedly worth $10bn
(£6.5bn) and can rely on a $4.2bn (£2.7bn) contract from Nasa for
bringing supplies and astronauts to the International Space Station
(Bloomberg). Space X could become even more profitable if it can
work out how to land its reusable rockets.

2. Hilary Clinton wants you to read her
emails

“I want the public to see my email,” the former secretary of
state tweeted (The Guardian). Clinton has been under fire for using a personal
server located in her own home, rather than a federal email
service, to send and receive official government emails. The state
department said Clinton had done nothing wrong.

3. EU should create drone register, says
Lords

The House of Lords EU committee said an online database of drone
users would help authorities track and manage drone traffic (BBC News).
In its report into unmanned aircraft the Lords warned against
over-regulation saying it risked stifling an industry that could
create 150,000 jobs across Europe by 2050.

4. Etsy files to go
public

The online market hopes to raise at least $100m (£65.7m) from
its IPO on the Nasdaq stock exchange, valuing it at around $2bn
(£1.3bn). Etsy had 1.4m active sellers and 19.8m buyers at the end
of last year, generating $1.9bn (£1.2bn) in gross sales for 2014
(TechCrunch). Despite rapid growth the company is almost turning
a profit — in 2014 it recoded a modest $15.24m (£10m) loss.

5. EA closes famous Maxis Emeryville studio

The main studio behind SimCity has been shut
down. EA said it was “consolidating” Maxis into studios in Redwood
Shores, Salt Lake City, Helsinki and Melbourne (Kotaku). Maxis started work in 1987
with SimCity inspiring The Sims,
one of the most popular game franchises of all time.

6. Will you need a licence to drive a driverless
car?

Officials in California are trying to hammer out self-driving
car regulations — and it could involve more tests for drivers (IEEE Spectrum). The state’s department of motor vehicles said
it was looking at “driver readiness”, with people likely needing to
pass classroom tests on exactly what their driverless cars can and
cannot do.

7. Wireless technology can control
cockroaches

Researchers working at Texas A&M University used backpacks
fitted with electrodes to wirelessly control the movement of
cockroaches (Phys). A microcontroller and wireless receiver allowed
scientists to steer the bugs 60 percent of the time.

8. Automated journalists are already at
work

The Associated Press will use automated technology to cover
sports that nobody else reports on (Engadget). Working with the US National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA) the news agency will use game stats to
create instant match reports for lower-league baseball and
basketball. The AP already uses the technology to create thousands
of earnings reports a year.

9. The Large Hadron Collider is booting up
again

The LHC has been upgraded and fine-tuned and will soon start
hurling particles together with more energy then ever before (BBC
News
). At such extreme speeds temperatures inside will be the
same as those last seen billionths of a second after the Big Bang.
Scientists are hoping what they find will “break” physics.

10. How does
Minecraft generate its massive worlds?

Procedural generation, that’s how. The
secret behind Minecraft’s remarkable success is a formula that
randomly creates everything in the game (YouTube).
This video explains how it works.

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The future of food

“We’ve become ashamed of making love to the food we eat,”
says Charles Michel. A young Franco-Colombian chef, Michel has bold
ideas about the future of food. From chocolate mousse made with
mashed up bees to innovative bowls and spoons that will make us eat
more healthily, he’s hacking food in remarkable ways.

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5 March 2015 | 7:44 am – Source: wired.co.uk

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