Tue September 10, 2013
The Two-Way

World's Largest Ferris Wheel Takes Shape In Las Vegas

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 3:41 pm

The 55-story High Roller, which will be the world's largest Ferris wheel, is scheduled to open in early 2014.
Isaac Brekken AP

Las Vegas is adding an eye-catching tourist attraction, in the form of a huge wheel that can take more than 1,000 people on a ride 550 feet into the sky over the city's famed Strip. The main construction of the wheel, called the High Roller, is nearly finished; it is expected to open in early 2014.

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Sun August 18, 2013

Wild Horses Run Free As Adoption Centers Fill Up

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 4:52 am

Katrina Boydon and her mustang Spirit. She adopted the horse as an orphaned foal with a rattlesnake bite on his hoof.
Will Stone KUNR

Drive about 20 miles north of Reno, Nev., into the barren scrubland and you're sure to see "wild" horses — more than 1,000, in fact. Just not in the wild.

Laura Leigh calls several mares to the edge of the dusty corral. She's a regular at Palomino Valley National Adoption Center. The horses eagerly rub their muzzles against her, their coats hot from the midday sun.

"We got to get you a home, don't we?" she says to one of the horses. "This one will let you scratch her withers and put your hands on her legs. You're adorable, aren't you?"

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Fri August 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Did You Know? Area 51 Nearly Killed 4 Important Visitors

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 9:47 am

Don't go there: A warning sign marks the boundary of Area 51 in Nevada.
Dan Callister Getty Images

OK, our headline may be a bit of a stretch. But you'll see why we said that in this quick guide to some of the interesting things about the mysterious Area 51 that are part of a recently declassified CIA history of the U-2 spy plane program:

-- It Almost Killed Some Important Visitors (Sort Of).

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Fri August 16, 2013
The Two-Way

There It Is! Area 51 Revealed In Declassified CIA Report

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 9:51 am

The CIA has put Area 51 on the map.
National Security Archive

Cue The X-Files theme:

A newly declassified CIA report written in 1992 not only mentions Nevada's Area 51, it places it on a map. What's more, it acknowledges that the place where many sci-fi stories have said space aliens' bodies are being kept is a real-life government facility.

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Tue August 13, 2013
All Tech Considered

Hacking Real Things Becomes Child's Play At This Camp

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 6:56 am

Owen Chilcoat hacking his tablet. "I am just messing around ... trying to break it," he says.
Steve Henn NPR

At r00tz, a camp that takes place each year during the Def Con convention in Las Vegas, children learn to pick locks, hack smart TVs and, most important, how to take apart and understand the technology that surrounds them.

The scene inside the camp a couple weeks ago was a bit of a madhouse — controlled chaos. Little kids everywhere. Brendan Herman was trying to program a machine to draw pictures on ping-pong balls, wearing a tinfoil hat.

"To protect me from aliens," he said.

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