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Morning Cup of Links: Space Shuttle Wired for Destruction

As the space shuttle lifts off, someone is prepared to destroy it. NASA has a "Flight Termination" plan in case the craft poses a danger to a populated area.
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Make your own ethanol at home? It's possible with a new still that resembles a washing machine, but it may not yet be profitable.
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Enjoy the beauty of Planet Earth. Three minutes that will restore (or reinforce) your appreciation of the natural world.
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An animation from Chris Ware lets us all in on a married couple's differing  versions of the same story. The story of "the story" is low key, believable, and altogether entertaining.
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Photographs of the Chaitén volcano eruption in Chile. Mythology is born from scenes such as these.
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A 29-year-old tech millionaire throws a big birthday party for himself and 300 homeless people. He plans to do it again, only with more people.
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Storm Troopin'. A Flickr set depicting hte secret lives of storm troopers.
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600-Year-Old Music Found Encoded in Chapel Walls. Decoded and arranged, it's now called The Rosslyn Motet.
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I hope you enjoy the Morning Quiz, now called Sandy & Kara's 5 Questions.

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Tips For Baking Perfect Cookies
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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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