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Hitting the Slopes

Now that the Winter Olympics have ended, people can turn off the television and focus on what really matters: predicting which countries will win big at the next Winter Olympics.  Is this a bit premature?  Perhaps.  But from World Cup results , to presidential election outcomes, to Olympic medal counts, many people seem to enjoy […]

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Decoder Ring

Imagine you've got an important message to send that you need to keep private.  Maybe it's a love note meant for the object of your affection; maybe it's a classified communiqué meant only for your handler.  Whatever the case, if you're going to keep the message secret, you're going to need a way to encrypt […]

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Text Me Later

Everyone knows that texting while driving is, to put it mildly, a bad idea.  Each year, thousands of people are killed or injured by "distracted drivers," a category which includes distractions by phone.  The statistics are readily available and heavily publicized.  In fact, AT&T has run a campaign called "It Can Wait," which is geared […]

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Gobbler's Dilemma

This year, Toys "R" Us is opening its doors at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Not to be outdone, Kmart will open at 6 a.m., and will remain open for 41 hours straight. And Macy's, for the first time in its 150+ year history, recently announced that it too would jump on the bandwagon and open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

While many consumers have decried this commercial encroachment into the holiday, millions of Americans will still bargain hunt on Thanksgiving. After all, if there weren't any demand for Thanksgiving shopping, stores wouldn't bother opening, right? So is this slippery shopping slope the result of corporate greed, or our own desire for deep discounts?

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Frame Rate

Nowadays, people carry powerful video cameras around with them everywhere they go.  Cell phones make it easy to capture video footage, and sites like YouTube make it possible for anyone to showcase their creativity behind the camera.  But just as holding a paintbrush won't automatically turn you into the next Picasso, there's a pretty large […]

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Pyramid of Sleaza

Mankind's love affair with the pyramid has endured for thousands of years.  From the ancient architecture of Egypt to the creepy-yet-fascinating Japanese watermelon industry, the pyramid is a shape that is recognized all over the world. Yes, this is a real thing. Our adoration of this geometric figure should not be unconditional, however, as not […]

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Need for Speed

Though it can be exhilarating, barreling down the highway with your foot on the gas is rarely the wisest course of action.  At high speeds you're more likely to get into an accident or receive a ticket.  Vin Diesel movies notwithstanding, driving recklessly at high speeds isn't a good idea. In real life, nothing good […]

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Ice Cubed

There are few things more refreshing than a cold drink on a hot day.  But that coolness won't last forever; eventually thermodynamics rears its ugly head, warming our drinks and ruining our enjoyment.  It is an unfortunate fact that cold things in warm places don't stay warm for long. To remedy this, everyone knows you […]

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The New Twenty

"Thirty is the new twenty" is more than just a phrase to help 29-year-olds sleep at night.  There's a ring of truth to it: on average, people are getting married later, having children later, and even dying later than ever before.  Hip-hop artists Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, and Macklemore have all invoked this phrase in their […]

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Canalysis

No pantry is complete without an ample supply of canned goods.  In addition to the variety of food that exists in can form, canned foods tend to be less expensive and have a longer shelf life than their uncanned counterparts.  It's no surprise, then, that canned food sales go up when the economy goes down. […]

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