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Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

Documentaries

50 documentaries you need to see

Ten of the best nonfiction film-makers today choose their own favourites, from serial killer stories and studies in the horrors of war to meta pranks<p>• Storyville’s Nick Fraser on the power of the documentary form<p><b>The Texan director’s feature debut, The Act of Killing (2012), and its follow-up, The</b> …

Documentaries

Can You Solve Einstein's Riddle?

The following riddle is claimed to have been written by Einstein as a boy. It's also sometimes attributed to Lewis Carrol, although there's no …

The Forgotten History Of Fat Men's Clubs

In 1903, in a cheery local tavern tucked away in Wells River, Vt., one of America's most successful fat men's clubs was launched.<p>"We're fat and we're making the most of it!" was their mantra. "I've got to be good-natured; I can't fight and I can't run," was their motto. Members had to be at least …

This Artist's Disney Girls Drawn Anime Style Are Amazing

Maryam, also known as Mari945, is an illustrator/comic artist out of Pakistan who has gotten a lot of attention this week thanks to her incredible …

NASA Just Released a Bunch of Sweet Vintage Space Posters

This beautiful calendar was intended for internal use, but you can download it in high resolution for free.<p>Just like every other kid interested in the cosmos, my childhood bedroom ceiling was covered in luminous stars and planets. If the light had just turned, they'd burn on; I spent my nights …

We Asked a Scientist to Explain the Similarities Between Rats and Ravers

Humans aren't the only ones attracted to flashing lights.<p>A recent study published in the <i>Journal of Neuroscienc</i>e by researchers at the University of British Columbia made headlines by showing a link between audio-visual stimulation and risky decision-making. The study demonstrated that it was …

New Orleans: 25 great musicians from New Orleans - Telegraph

The Latest: Updates from the Democratic presidential debate

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Here are the latest developments from the Democratic presidential candidates' final debate before the Feb. 1 Iowa …

Obama has introduced a sweeping set of new measures to tackle gun violence

The White House is rolling out a series of long-awaited executive steps aimed at curbing gun violence, despite staunch opposition in Congress to new gun laws.<p>"Although we have a strong tradition of gun ownership, even those who possess firearms for hunting, for self-protection and for other …

Why Agnosticism Probably Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

Agnostics are often characterized as ambivalent or wishy-washy fence sitters who refuse to make up their minds. But there's much more to agnosticism …

Quantum Suicide: How to Prove the Multiverse Exists, in the Most Violent Way Possible

Quantum mechanics says objective reality doesn't exist, that instead all we see are probabilities collapsing into one particular configuration... and …

Are Space and Time Discrete or Continuous? - The Nature of Reality — The Nature of Reality | PBS

Split a mile in half, you get half a mile. Split the half mile, you get a quarter, and on and on, until you’ve carved out a length far smaller than …

Why Isis fights | Martin Chulov

Jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria reveal the apocalyptic motivations of the militant movement that has hijacked the Syrian uprising – and transformed the Middle East<p>For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast agricultural plain between the Turkish …

Middle East

22 Quotes From Albert Einstein to Take You Inside His Mind

Is it time to do some spring cleaning with the group of people who make up your circle of acquaintances, colleagues and friends? There are probably …

Can Humans See 'Spooky' Quantum Images?

Quantum physics deals with the realm of the very small, and most of us never expect to see the weird world it describes. But could we? Recently, …

Curtis Stone's Freddy’s Sticky Saucy Barbecued Ribs

Ingredients<p>¼ cup packed light brown sugar<br>• 3 Tbsp sweet paprika<br>• 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper<br>• 2 tsp kosher salt<br>• ½ tsp cayenne pepper<br>• ½ tsp ground …

Whoa, science just told us our dogs may be eavesdropping on us

We all know how much our dogs love eagerly watching us. (Mine is watching me as I write this, TBH). But science says the reason may not just be that …

Research

Comic Explains Why PAC-MAN is a Nightmarish Horror Story

Why Mark Zuckerberg wants everyone to read this book about religion

Zuckerberg's book club, A Year of Books, has focused on big ideas that influence society and business. For his 16th pick, he's gone with "The Varieties Of Religious Experience" by William James (1842-1919).<p>During his tenure at Harvard, James became the most famous American philosopher and …

The fight against ISIS has already cost the US over $3 billion

Turkey's government agreed last week to allow the U.S. to launch both manned and unmanned military strikes against ISIS inside Turkey, a major breakthrough for the U.S. and its allies that have been constrained in launching fighter jets from aircraft carriers in the Gulf. Now U.S.-led forces can …

Middle East

Uncle Sam Wants You to Live and Farm on a National Park

The Plate<p>For readers who are staring out the window of a chilly office on a sunny day, dreaming about a life digging into the land, with miles of hiking trails and quiet, pastoral valleys right outside of your front door…the National Park Service may have a job for you.<p>Monday, Cuyahoga National …

Remembering George Washington's Advice About How To Avoid Wars

As the United States prepares to celebrate its birth on July 4th — the day in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress – it is awash in foreign commitments that might lead to war. In Eastern Europe, allies are urging Washington to counter Russia’s …

Einstein vs Bergson, science vs philosophy and the meaning of time

<i>When Henri met Albert the stars didn’t quite align; nor did their clocks. Jimena Canales, historian of science, tells Joe Gelonesi about her</i> …

One Agricultural Scientist's Concerns About The Future Of The Food Supply

I’m generally optimistic about the ability of the world’s farmers to continue to feed the growing population, and also to satisfy the increased food demand of the growing middle class in previously poor countries. That hope is based on the amazing track record of innovation by farmers and their …

The Limits of Discourse

(Photo via Axel Naud)For decades, Noam Chomsky has been one of the most prominent critics of U.S. foreign policy, and the further left one travels …

Homemade Pop Tart Recipes That'll Start Your Morning Off Right

When Pop-Tarts first entered the breakfast scene in 1964, people were looking for a quick, easy meal option. Toaster pastries were the answer then, and they still are today. It's the reason Pop-Tarts has continued to grow in sales for the past 32 years.<p>In essence, Pop-Tarts embody the idea of …

Recipes

How to Build a Self‐Feeding Self‐Watering Garden Bed

1<p><b>Make the bed with copper treated timber sleepers.</b><p>Using 200mm x 75mm sleepers, cut 6 lengths 2700mm long and 6 lengths 1500mm long.<p>Pre-paint the …

Gardening

The Only Theory Lesson You'll Ever Need - Part 1

“Music theory.”<p>Just saying the words can make a guitar student’s eyes glaze over, like we’re about to launch into a trigonometry class or …