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Their Own Devices

The Sketchy Plan to Build a Russian Android Phone

Amid isolating sanctions, a Russian tech giant plans to launch new Android phones and tablets. But experts are skeptical the company can pull it off.
False Witness

The Lie Detector Was Never Very Good at Telling the Truth

Taking a polygraph test is always stressful, and the results are often flawed. So why have police been using it for 100 years?
Birds and Bees

You Can Turn Your Backyard Into a Biodiversity Hot Spot

New research shows that if done right, urban farms and gardens can support all kinds of species—for the good of people and the environment.
Paradise Cost

Welcome to ‘Disneyland With the Death Penalty’

WIRED sent William Gibson to Singapore to see whether that clean dystopia represents our techno future.
Machine Learning

You Are Cyborg