Facebook Just Created Its Own Unit of Time

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Facebook Just Created Its Own Unit of Time. The "flick" is very short, but divides nicely into different video frame rates.

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This Flu Season Marks the Fastest Spreading Outbreak Since Flu Tracking Began. Maybe this is the year you'll get a flu shot.

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How Well Do You Know World Geography? Take a quiz from the Department of Geography at Ghent University in Belgium and help them study the effects of map distortion.

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Putting Ancient Recipes on the Plate. Baking a panis quadratus from a 2000-year-old recipe takes study, experimentation, and guesswork.

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The Fraught History Of America’s Most Pervasive Brand. Images of Native Americans are still used to sell anything and everything.

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How Do They Train Drug Sniffing Dogs? A precise procedure gives us pooches that can find anything.

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Making Friends as a New Parent is Hard. But it can be done.

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David Rice Atchison, One-Day President. It's a technicality that survives on his grave marker.

The Cat Who Loves Peaches

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The Cat Who Loves Peaches. Ozzy doesn't eat them, he just enjoys surrounding himself with peaches.

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How Much Would You Pay for Han Solo's Jacket or Anakin's Lightsaber? More than 600 pieces of rare movie memorabilia will go up for auction in September.

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The Ultimate Rich Kids Were the Children of Famous Explorers. Check out the adventures of the heirs of Hernán Cortés, Francisco Pizarro, and Cristóbal Colón.

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Illustrated National Park Reviews. Humorously gleaned from one-star entries at TripAdvisor.

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How Europe Learned to Swim. Indoor bathing and fear of sea monsters kept them out of the water for 1500 years.

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See a 50-Foot Tall Tornado of Fire. Firefighters saw it while battling a blaze at a plastics factory in Derbyshire, England.

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The Oscars' Insulting New Award. Splitting the Best Picture award into "artistic" and "popular" categories does a disservice to all films.

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12 Olympians Who Don't Keep Their Medals in a Sock Drawer. Some medalists find much stranger places to store them.

Is Han Solo Stupid?

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Lucasfilm

Is Han Solo Stupid? A tallying of the decisions from the original Star Wars trilogy that speak to Solo's judgment, or lack thereof.

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Les Machines Impossible, an Animated Series for the Centre Pompidou. Four short videos that explore the possibilities of automated everything.

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“I Can’t Stop Laughing”: Rita Moreno Remembers Singing with Animal. Moreno became an EGOT winner when she recorded "Fever" for The Muppet Show in 1976.

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People You May Know: A Controversial Facebook Feature's 10-Year History. The company uses data you didn't think of to find people you haven't thought of.

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The 2018 iPhone Photography Award Winners. The grand prize photo was shot on an iPhone 7, which goes to show that the subject matters more than the camera.

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Here's How Much Skateboarding Has Changed Over the Years. See photos that trace the sport's evolution from 1975.

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A Young Man and Woman Got Heart Transplants on the Very Same Day. Theirs was a love story with plenty of heart.

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10 Ways Movie Studios Manipulate Awards Shows. After all, the entire purpose of the competition is to promote the industry.

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