No wine before its time?

Good news for you oenophiles out there. That bottle of young Vino Novello you just bought that won't be great for 10 or 20 years? A Japanese inventor may have found a way to mature that wine a little faster -- like in a few seconds. Hiroshi Tanaka has developed an electrolysis chamber that zaps with a slight charge, which breaks up water molecules and forces them to blend more completely with the alcohol. Wine does that on its own, of course, -- the water molecules slowly rearrange themselves around the alcohol to give the wine a "mature" taste -- it just takes about 100 million times longer than Tanaka's process.

Of course, in the tradition-bound world of winemaking, such innovations are sure to be met with a healthy decanter of skepticism. (When he presented his process to an Italian winemaker in 2002, he says, "We were told to leave the room, leave the country and never come back.") But with wine consumption in the U.S. on the rise -- having recently surpassed beer consumption for the first time ever in 2005 -- demand for fine wine is sure to outstrip supply. So you can stake your vines on it: we haven't tasted the last of Mr. Tanaka and his, er, shockingly good wines.

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"


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