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An interesting study used MRI technology on the brains of jazz musicians while they played. Certain areas were turned on or off when they began to improvise, leading to some insights on creativity.
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You may have noticed the similarities between the 2008 presidential campaign and the final season of The West Wing. There's a perfectly reasonable explanation.
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The "T. Rex of the Ocean" was the biggest sea reptile on record at 50 feet long. The new pliosaur species is nicknamed The Monster.
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Would you take an offer of the perfect mate if you knew that you'd only have limited time together before this person died? Help Chad Orzel with this hypothetical situation before Friday.
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Spiderman gets lost, wanders into the set of the X-Men. That kind of thing will break your concentration.
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Can scientists dance? You bet they can, especially when they are illustrating their dissertations!
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See an awesome collection of creative bookshelves. I want them all!
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How To Win a Duel. In the case of Lord Bruce and the Earl of Dorset, all they achieved was a place in history.

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Perfect cookies are within your grasp. Just grab your measuring cups and get started. Special thanks to the Institute of Culinary Education.

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked
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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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