Data Knows Best: Greatest TV Shows Get Ranked and Graphed

Every argument is better with charts and graphs. Sometimes a little linear regression can provide more insight than a long-winded report. GraphTV tests that theory by plotting the ratings of popular television shows. It all started with Breaking Bad. Data guru Kevin Wu was watching its fifth and final season and couldn’t help but think [...]

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A Coin-Inspired National Spirit, Hopefully

The Lakota Nation, a group of seven Native American bands in North and South Dakota, voted to make a Bitcoin-like crypto-currency called MazaCoin their official currency, according to Forbes. Programmer and Lakota activist Payu Harris believes that the coin will help the Lakota people gain sovereignty over their land. “To be a truly independent state [...]

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Smartguns and the Promise of Progress

With the recent Sandy Hook elementary school shooting (and the 44 school shootings since) still relatively fresh in our collective minds, and with Congress empirically unable to do anything to stop gun violence at all, it seems slowing, if not stopping, the gun violence epidemic has fallen on a strange coalition of gun manufacturers, Silicon [...]

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Watch: Movies Without Imaginary Friends

If you seriously haven’t watched Fight Club yet (or read the book by Chuck Palahniuk) stop and go do that right now. You’re fifteen years late to the craziest party. Okay, you’ve watched it now? Onwards. A visual effects specialist in New York accelerated himself to Internet fame in mid-January when he edited Tyler Durden [...]

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The Racism of “Racism”: The Complicated Origins of the Term

“Racism,” like race, was invented. The term “racism” has done a lot of heavy lifting for anti-racism advocates, helping to frame anyone discriminating by race as misguided. Just as with classism or sexism, not only does the word racism give name to an evil, it helps to create the thing as evil in the first [...]

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Voters: Just as Shallow as We Thought They Were

Ever since John F. Kennedy trounced Richard Nixon in the first-ever televised presidential debate in 1960, we’ve known that appearance plays a very large role in a political race. For a quick briefer, JFK appeared handsome and relaxed at the debate, leading people who watched the debate to claim that he had won; Nixon appeared [...]

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Your Femur Controls Your Brain

Feeling moody lately? It could be a lack of sleep, or a stressful new job – or it could be your bones. A new study published in the journal Cell by the French geneticist and physician Gerard Karsenty explores osteocalcin, a protein that sends signals from the bones to the rest of your body to [...]

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Building Our Flawed Reality: The Perceptions Behind Value

Recently, an elderly man took to the streets with some original Banksy works which he attempted to sell for sixty dollars each. They were unmarked, unsigned, and extremely undervalued. The work of the subversive UK artist, filmmaker, and activist has sold for millions, making this sale a treasure trove for anyone who seized a painting. [...]

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How America Could Cut Its Poverty in Half, Tomorrow

$175 billion dollars is the amount America spends on Social Security every year. That equals a little over one percent of our nation’s total GDP and comes out to exactly one fourth of the yearly budget of the U.S. military. It is also the difference between our current poverty rate of 15 percent and a [...]

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Math, Myths, and Motivation

I am not Stephen Curry. I will never be Stephen Curry. He’s a freak, someone whose seemingly effortless displays of greatness remind many of us why we love basketball in the first place. At the same time, his numbers are in part a product of an extreme work ethic. How many times a day do [...]

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