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What Netflix Ratings Really Mean, and How They Work

Given that Netflix has all sorts of secret codes that lets enterprising users browse through the most granular of movie genres (i.e critically-acclaimed dark French-language movies), it’s clear that there’s a lot more going on underneath Netflix’s pristine interface than meets the eye. Even something as ostensibly straightforward as Netflix’s …

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Kids' App of the Week: Dr. Panda Candy Factory

News flash: this is the first Dr. Panda app with multi-player, co-operative play features, so you can run your own candy factory, together with up to three other friends. TribePlay’s candy factory has three stations. Two of the stations have spit screens; and one has a pinball-like machine for four …

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NASA Goes Social to Take Its Case Directly to the People

If you want politicians to give you money, you need to build public support for what you do. NASA has been doing just that since the 1960s. Back then, to build excitement for missions to the moon and beyond, the space agency would send astronauts and astronauts-in-training on tours to …

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7 Tech Tools That Will Actually Improve Your Love Life

Technology takes a lot of heat for isolating people from each other. We’ve all seen those couples ostensibly eating dinner together in a restaurant, but staring at their phones. And we’ve all groaned in pity. But technology — when used right — can also bring you closer to the people …

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Blame an Ivory Ban for China’s Vanishing Giant Clams

Last fall, the United States and China came together to crack down on the ivory trade. Both countries—the two biggest markets for illegal ivory—banned the import and export of the stuff, hoping to save some of the elephants being poached for their tusks. No more alabaster piano keys, no more intricately …

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What You Need to Know About Twitter’s Algorithmic Timeline

Today, Twitter rolled out arguably the most fundamental change it has ever made: a major tweak to the timeline. If you already use Twitter, you probably knew this was coming—#RIPTwitter and the Super Bowl were about the only things people talked about on the network this weekend. If you don’t already use …

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Exposing the Seedy Underbellies of BMWs, Motorcycles, and Locomotives

Everyone’s seen motorcycles. And cars. And locomotives. But few have seen them from Yasena Popova’s perspective—looking up from below. It’s a whole lot cooler than you’d think. Popova, an architect in Sofia, Bulgaria, who got into photography five years ago, takes richly detailed images of the undersides of things. That’s basically …

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