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Netflix knows the exact episode of a TV show that gets you hooked

A TV pilot may get you interested in a show, but Netflix says it's rarely the episode that gets you hooked. It's probably no surprise that Netflix has been analyzing our TV-watching habits to figure out exactly how we all get obsessed with certain series. It hasn't come to any conclusions about …

Learn to draw world maps from one of D&D's best cartographers

Jared Blando is an accomplished concept artist and cartographer. Over the past few years, he's worked quite a bit with the team behind the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons, creating the maps for both <i>The Hoard of the Dragon Queen</i> and <i>The Rise of Tiamat</i> campaign books. Now, he's written a …

Ditching RAM may lead to low-cost supercomputers

Many servers, supercomputers and other monster systems thrive on high-speed RAM to keep things running smoothly, but this memory is wildly expensive -- and that limits not just the number of nodes in these clusters, but who can use them. MIT researchers may have a much more affordable approach in …

Got Water? Most Kids, Teens Don't Drink Enough

Most American children and teenagers aren't drinking enough fluids, and that's leaving them mildly dehydrated, according to a new study. In fact, one-quarter of a broad cross-section of children ages 6 to 19 apparently don't drink any water as part of their fluid intake.<p>The Harvard scientists who …

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Watch DARPA's 'Magic' Bullet Swerve To Correct Its Course

Good news for America's snipers, bad news for other snipers<p>DARPA’s self-steering bullet is, if acronyms are enough to go by, supposed to have razor-fine precision. Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance, or EXACTO, is a bullet that chases its target, adjusting course mid-flight to make sure it hits …

Dungeons & Dragons is now available on Steam

Official maps, characters, and monsters are all available to download for virtual tabletop simulator Fantasy Grounds<p><i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> is coming to a computer near you — as an actual, proper RPG complete with a dungeon master, your friends, and official content. Virtual tabletop software <i>Fantasy</i> …

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

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Did the Big Bang create a parallel universe where time goes backwards?

Radical new research suggests that at the same time the Big Bang created our universe, another where time goes in the opposite direction was also born<p>A scientific breakthrough could redefine how the universe is understood.<p>Radical new research led by a British scientist has suggested that there may …

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10 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical …

Rare Black Sea Devil Caught on Film for the First Time

The anglerfish survived capture and is now being studied in a specially equipped laboratory.<p>With its gaping mouth, needle-sharp teeth, and slightly startled expression, the black sea devil anglerfish seems tailor-made for the spotlight.<p><b>And in fact, one particular female got her close-up on November</b> …