Olivo Barbieri has spent 10 years making artfully distorted aerial photos of 40 cities around the globe, creating twisted viewpoints of familiar sites that make sly reference to modern art. Although he gained attention early on with a tilt-shift technique that makes real locations look like models, his photos go beyond gimmickry into the realm of philosophy.

“I asked myself what could happen if I detached from earth and I used a flying object such as a helicopter,” says Barbieri, whose first language is Italian. “After September 11th I wanted to understand what you feel when you turn upside down your point of view: From a threatened terrestrial being to a flying and threatening object.”

His work is available as a photobook called Site Specific. The title is taken from contemporary art, where it refers to a temporary installation that is specific to its location. To reinterpret the idea of site specific, he says, “I wanted to get away from the world, from the noises, sounds and words. I wanted to represent the world as a temporary installation in transition, and a possibility that only art gives us, consider it unreal, unfinished, in order to be able to interpret it, judge it, change it.”

[MORE: Glitchy Aerial Photos Turn Real Buildings Into Artist Renderings]

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Hi, I’m Taylor-Ruth, I’m a 19 year old comic artist and illustrator from Indianapolis. I don’t know how or why but for some reason Doug Aitken invited me to be a part of Station to Station, which is amazing and terrifying. Then WIRED asked me to send dispatches from the train.

Here’s Day One.

Follow along with WIRED’s live coverage of Station to Station - along with Taylor-Ruth’s dispatches from the road - over at Underwire!

Space X is making final preparations for its second cargo flight to the International Space Station, currently scheduled for the end of next week. The flight is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on March 1, and is expected to carry about 1,500 pounds of cargo as part of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract.

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It has been a remarkable and exciting year for commercial spaceflight companies.

Private asteroid mining! Commercial trips to the moon! Mars settlements! We barely had time to catch our breath from the last secret organization announcement when suddenly some other team was cropping up and declaring a bold new adventure in space.

“You had the unveiling of these really audacious business plans that at first blush you would dismiss as impossible,” said journalist and aerospace analyst Jeff Foust, editor and publisher of the space-industry-watching The Space Review. “But when you look at both the technical and financial pedigree of the people backing these systems, you step back and say, ‘Well, maybe there’s something here.’”

Many of these new companies have experts at their helms, founded or run by former NASA engineers and veterans of the spaceflight community. Others showed off their deep entrepreneurial pockets and touted the potential profits to be made in space.

So how did 2012 turn into the year of private space? Find out @ Wired Science!

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Google Maps has officially stepped into what may be its most difficult challenge yet — mapping the alleys, ledges and trails of the world unreachable by Street View’s cars, tricycles and snowmobiles. The effort formally began on foot Monday as Google took three of its Trekker backpacks down into the Grand Canyon for the new gadgetry’s maiden voyage.

GOOGLE IS UNSTOPPABLE!

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For decades, we used our cars’ cigarette lighters to actually light cigarettes. It was a smelly affair, but no one was yet complaining about second-hand smoke. Then tobacco became passe, and gadgets became much more mobile. From the CD Walkman with its 12V adapter to modern smartphone chargers, consumer electronics now make ready use of the electricity surging through our automobile power ports.

But have you looked at what can be plugged into your car’s cigarette lighter lately? The options are amazing — you can now take a full complement of lifestyle accessories on a camping trip. Or, in a pinch, you could use your vehicle’s cigarette lighter to power the amenities of a happy (albeit cramped and slightly downmarket) home.

For video evidence, click the photo above. For more exacting detail, enjoy our gallery of awesome, automobile console-powered gadgets.

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Elon Musk says a ticket to Mars will [eventually] be available for the low, low price of $500,000! 

Now, this is the plan. Get your ass to Mars.

[Image: SpaceX]

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My NetJet is late *again* wtf. (Taken with instagram)

The *real* Portlandia.

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