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OKCupid: We Experiment On You, Deal With It

“Experimenting on people” makes most of us feel uncomfortable, like we’re rats in a lab being prodded with weird devices and fed food that makes our organs bloated. But today, OKCupid tried to put that notion to rest — or at least, it tried to explain that services need to experiment on you in order to make their products better.


World Map Created By Plotting Out Each Terrorist Attack Since 1970

It’s incredibly sad that we can basically paint the map of our world just by using the locations of all terrorism acts since 1970. The brightest parts of the map show the areas of the world that have to deal with so much tragedy. The darkest parts are ‘safe’ because so few people live there.


Why You Should Never Use Pixelation To Hide Sensitive Text

Pixelation is great for hiding faces and covering up nakedness, but it’s not good for disguising text. It’s so bad, in fact, that it might not even protect you at all.


New Super Software Tracks Every Cell In An Organism As It Develops

Imagine if we could track every single cell in an organism as it develops. The sheer volume of information about how life forms and works would be invaluable for scientific research. The only problem is the startling amount to computational power it would take to crunch that much data. At least until now it was.


How Much Underwear To Pack For Your Trip, Visualised

Knowing how much underwear to pack for a trip can be fraught with problems: how many pairs do you need for a long trip, and what happens if there’s… an accident? This chart will help you know exactly what to pack.


Yahoo's Developing A Map Algorithm To Find The Most Beautiful Route

Sometimes you want to get from A to B as quickly as possible — but what if you want to savour the journey? Well, Yahoo has been working on an algorithm that can plot the most beautiful route, for those days when time is less of a concern.


How Many Gigabytes Does It Take To Make A Human?

How much information is stored inside a human? Not as much as you think. All you need is a mere 1.5 gigabytes to fit your entire genetic code. Veritasium did the maths in his latest brain tapping video and cooked up that number using bits to understand the molecules that make up a person’s genetic code.


Inside The Giant Data Centre Hidden In The Middle Of Manhattan

Between 1928 and 1932, two Art Deco skyscrapers were built in Lower Manhattan to house the telecommunications infrastructure for Western Union and AT&T. Almost 100 years later, the towers are still fulfilling their original intentions as data centres for Telx, an internet services company.


20 Fun Facts About The Way We Drink, As Told By A Breathalyzer

Do you remember that handy little breathalyzer we reviewed last year that synced with your smartphone via Bluetooth? The BACtrack Mobile, as it’s called, turns out to not just be a means of trying to outdo (or under-do) your friends’ drunkenness, but it’s also been gathering a whole lot of anonymous US-centric data over the last year, the fruits of which have just been released unto us.


The NSA Won't Hand Over Data Because It Literally Can't Keep Track Of It

Last week, a US District judge ordered the NSA to stop destroying data that pertains to a pre-Snowden lawsuit against the agency. There’s just one teensy weensy problem with that: Apparently NSA’s systems handle so much data that it literally cannot find what it’s supposed to stop deleting.