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12 Vague Supermarket Food Labels, Explained

Grocery stores are littered with ambiguous food labels like “artisan,” “fresh,” and “humanely raised.” Some of these terms can be misleading by design, but they aren’t all totally devoid of meaning. Here are some of the most confusing terms you’ll find in the supermarket, and what they really mean. Read more… Continue Reading from the [...]

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Why Chrome Uses So Much Freaking RAM

Chrome may be the best browser around , but it eats up your PC’s RAM like turkey on Thanksgiving. If you’ve ever looked at your task manager, you’ve probably flipped out at the sheer number of Chrome processes and the memory they hog. Here’s why Chrome uses so much RAM, and how to curb its [...]

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Video explainer: How banks took a good simple idea and turned it evil

Kurz Gesagt’s latest video explainer points his easily understood animation gun towards the evilness of banks and how they’ve transformed over time from a simple idea (helping people trade goods) into what they are now (big behemoth bullies who make money for themselves). It’s not all bad though, Gesagt also shows how things have changed [...]

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2014 was the year of the explainer, for better or worse

Remember April? I know it was a long, long time ago — decades in “Internet time.” But if you think back, you might remember that journalists couldn’t stop talking about “explainers.” No fewer than three sites, from media-ordained “wunderkinds” like ex-New York Times data guy Nate Silver and ex-Washington Post politics reporter Ezra Klein, had launched in the [...]

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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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