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The New DMCA Rules Don’t Go Far Enough

Decrypting copyrighted materials is, according to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, an illegal act. Yesterday, the Library of Congress issued a set of exemptions to the DMCA’s decryption ban, which many outlets, including Gizmodo , hailed as “victories” and “big wins.” They’re not. At best, the new rules allow people to do things they legally […]

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Some “Ghosts” May Be Sound Waves Just Below Human Hearing

There are many possible explanations for hauntings, not least that humans are highly suggestible creatures, especially when we want to believe. But some ghost sightings might actually be the result of sounds — sound waves that vibrate just below our range of hearing, dubbed the “fear frequency.” Read more… Continue Reading from the Source

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Is War Becoming More Humane?

Devices like laser-guided bombs and nonlethal weapons have the potential to reduce civilian casualties and wanton suffering. But as these new technologies emerge, are humans actually becoming more ethical about waging war, or is killing just becoming easier? Read more… Continue Reading from the Source

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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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How to make it in porn: The online porn industry, explained

Between 2007 and 2011, global revenue for the porn industry dropped 50%. Yet people have more access to porn than ever before; in fact, one in every four web searches is for adult content. What gives? Our informative funk video describes how platforms like Pornhub have taken over the old studio models and what that…


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Confused about e-cigarettes? We made a slow jam that explains everything

Like with so many issues related to public health, the discussion over electronic cigarettes has become increasingly polarized between supporters and haters. News outlets like the LA Times have characterized the discussion as a overly simple binary: Either you think e-cigarettes will save the lives of 400,000 Americans who die of smoking-related illness each year by replacing the…


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Pandohouse Rock: How does caffeine work? A musical explainer

90% of Americans consume caffeine every day. (I bet among the entrepreneurial set that number is even higher). But how does it work? What’s it do to our bodies? What’s it do to our brains? For our latest musical explainer, we decided to explore these questions. After all, whether you’re a tech CEO or an activist, a Wall…


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The latest NSA quantum computing revelations, explained

We already knew the NSA was working on powerful quantum computing technology. It says so on its website. Until now, however, the scope and progress of the research has been the subject of little more than speculation. Yesterday, documents provided to the Washington Post by Edward Snowden shed more light on what the NSA wants to…


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