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What is the fastest music that humans can play and appreciate?

Bass player/instructor Adam Neely explores the fastest “useful” music that humans can play. It’s a fascinating topic, really, especially how he, and scientists/musicologists, frame the question around what’s musically “useful.” And yes, speed metal is considered “useful.”

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Telegram's voice calls are secured by emojis

Questions about security have plagued messaging app Telegram recently, since the platform was supposedly cracked by Russia's state security agency during the election. Telegram uses its own security protocols instead of more tried-and-true options, w…

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How to Get Free Movie Rentals and Other Rewards from Your Chromecast

The Chromecast is already a solid deal on its own. As if that weren’t enough, it can pay for itself in free movie rentals and other cool rewards. Here’s where you can find free movie rentals and other sweet deals just for owning a Chromecast. Click Here to Continue Reading

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Hungary's ultra-right government wants to shut down its storied, amazing Central European University

CEU is an American university in the heart of Budapest, founded by George Soros, who is no friend of the far-right, xenophobic Prime Minister Viktor Orban — which may be why a new law requiring all foreign universities in Hungary to have a branch in their home country uniquely endangers CEU. (more…)

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Crimm Grunk Garlic Cleas – and other recipes created by a neural network

Research scientist Janelle Shane has been training a neural network to generate food recipes by giving it tens of thousands of cookbook recipes. The neural net’s recipes are excellent: Beef Soup With Swamp Peef And Cheese Chocolate Chops & Chocolate Chips Crimm Grunk Garlic Cleas Beasy Mist Export Bean Spoons In Pie-Shell, Top If Spoon […]

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Social Security cards explained

The Social Security card has become the de facto national ID in the USA. What is the history of the Social Security system, how has the function of the Social Security number changed, and why is it so easy to steal your SSN? CGP Grey explains it in this video.

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Nuzzel launches a ‘Newswire’ for sponsored content

 For the first time, news aggregator Nuzzel will include advertising. That doesn’t mean you’re going to see banner ads popping up all over the startup’s app and website. Instead, the Nuzzel Newswire consists of sponsored links in Nuzzel’s email newsletter, pointing to a blog post, press release or news article of the advertiser’s choosing. So […]

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These Fish Inject Predators With Opioid Venom and That's Not Even the Coolest Part

Fangblennies are tiny reef-dwelling fish only two inches long that look like they came from some adorable deep-sea vampire movie. Only, if you’re a predator and you piss them off, they will wreck the shit out of you with their opioid-laced venom. Read more…

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Are GMOs good or bad? Genetic engineering and our food

These folks (Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell) make the best explainer videos. This one, which explores GMOs and genetically engineering food, is no exception.

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Why is BioWare building hype for sorely needed 'Mass Effect' fixes?

What’s going on, BioWare? Here’s the deal, folksMass Effect: Andromeda has issues. What those issues are and which of them are most pressing depends a lot on who you’re talking to, but it is objectively correct to say that BioWare’s latest game arrived in less-than-perfect shape. SEE ALSO: Assholes try like hell to pin new […]

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