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Most Popular Explainers of 2014

In between tips and how-tos, we also often do "explainers," where we break down complicated topics into simple language. Our goal is to help you understand how these difficult topics work, and show you what you can do with the knowledge. Here are our best from the past year. Read more… Continue Reading from the [...]

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Why We’re Hooked On Social Networks

Births, job losses, divorces, raises, vacations, successes, photos, drawings, articles, failures, and music: Social networks are places we share our stories. Sometimes those stories are personal, sometimes they’re informative, other times they’re just stupid. Let’s take a look at why we feel compelled to do it. Read more… Continue Reading from the Source

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Do ADHD meds work? We break it down for you in our latest music video

Last year, 11 precent of children in the US were diagnosed with ADHD. That’s an all-time high and a 42% increase since 2003. Meanwhile, up to 1 in 5 college students not diagnosed with ADHD take medication like Adderall and Ritalin, either for recreation or what they perceive to be in leg up in their studies. But [...]

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“Hold Your Loaf Up High”: Gluten-Free Diets, Explained

What is gluten? Why do so many people think it’s bad for you? Is it? Our latest music video explains why unless you’re among the one percent of the population estimated to have Celiac disease, cutting gluten out of your diet probably isn’t a very good idea. [Video by Explainer Music and Chris Moore, special thanks to Sean Cashwell] [...]

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March Madne$$: The economics of the NCAA tournament, explained

As we wade through a sea of torn-up brackets and broken dreams on our way to the final days of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, we wanted to take a step back and examine the economics behind America’s insane college basketball obsession. Last year, March Madness eclipsed all other “Big Four” sports events in ad revenue (even the Super Bowl), [...]

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Explainer: What is bandwidth? How Internet TV is delivered and what’s causing all those slowdowns

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about streaming video, ISPs, and what Netflix’s slower speeds have to do with net neutrality. The latest music video from PandoHouse Rock explains how Internet TV is delivered to you and the complex peering agreements that can speed up or slow down your favorite shows. [Video by Explainer Music] David…


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