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8.8.19

Everything You Need to Know About Ring, Amazon’s Surveillance Camera Company

How does Ring partner with police? Are there privacy concerns with Ring doorbells? What is the Neighbors app? This, and other things we’ve learned from 1,800 pages of public records.

4.10.19

Why Does the First Picture of a Black Hole Look Like a SpaghettiO?

There's some trippy science behind the curious look of the first-ever direct observation of a black hole, released on Wednesday.

1.23.18

WTF Is the Lightning Network and Will It Save Bitcoin?

A primer on Bitcoin's latest advance.

6.20.17

Why the Value of Ethereum Has Skyrocketed 4,000 Percent

Watch a short explainer on the cryptocurrency's steady rise.

5.24.17

Bitcoin Is Worth $2,000. What?

An explainer for the rest of us.

3.13.17

A Beautiful, Simple Animation Explains Marshall McLuhan's "The Medium Is The Message"

Watch this video because we need to be media literate or else we'll elect another idiot.

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7.5.16

Explaining Brexit to the Rest of the World

Everyone in the UK is pretty on edge right now. Here's why.

6.30.16

What Is a ‘Stealth Black Hole,’ and Should We Worry One Will Gobble Us Up?

An explainer on the "stealth black hole" scientists announced this week.

4.14.16

This Video Perfectly Explains The Encryption Debate

Let stick figures tell you why you should care about encryption.

4.6.16

A Young Person's Guide to Checking Your Breasts for Cancer

It's the most common cancer affecting women, with one in eight being diagnosed at some point in our lives.

10.5.15

Why Chip Credit Cards Are More Secure than Magnetic Stripes

Card issuers have said chip-enabled cards provide much better protection against fraud than traditional magnetic strip credit cards. But...how?