Joe Karganis writes, "This is the 'Co-Assignment Galaxy' created by David McClure. It maps the top 160K titles in the new Open Syllabus 2.0 dataset, based on the frequency with which those texts are assigned (reflected in the size of the dot) and assigned together (reflected in the location and clustering of the dots). It's US centric given the composition of the syllabus collection, but also a unique representation of human knowledge as a collective, connected project.
Would it surprise you to learn that taking time off social media, even for just a week, results in "significant improvements in well-being, depression and anxiety?" [via] We randomly allocated 154 participants (mean age of 29.6 years) to either stop using SM (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok) for 1 week or continue to use SM… READ THE REST
On the impact of digital media on childhood intelligence, games and watching videos were consistent with cognitive benefits. Socializing digitally, however, had no consistent effect. Here we estimated the effect of each three types of screen time (Watching TV and online videos, Socializing via social media, text, and video chat, and Gaming) on intelligence after… READ THE REST
Last month, we learned that researchers excavating North Dakota's Tanis fossil site found an incredibly well-preserved leg of a dinosaur. The creature—and others at the site—were likely killed by the impact of the 12 kilometer-wide Chicxulub asteroid that crashed into the Gulf of Mexico 66 million years ago and eradicated 80% of Earth's animals. Turns… READ THE REST
Great gaming goes so far beyond the game itself or the console itself. How's the sound quality? You might care to know, especially if you're competitively gaming online and talking trash to your friends. How's the lighting on the screen and/or room you're gaming in? If you're a streamer, you want to make sure your… READ THE REST
No surprise to you, some pretty terrible people scour the cyber world. Sure, not everyone is a total hacker, but you've always got to stay protected and vigilant not to leave your information and documents in a vulnerable state. Luckily, VPNSecure can keep everything locked up and tidy no matter where you are. So, how does VPNSecure keep all of your precious… READ THE REST
Calling all puzzle-lovers! Your relaxing hobby may very well become your ticket to a million dollars. We know: That sounds utterly crazy. But it's true! The 2 Million Dollar Puzzle by MSCHF doesn't just give buyers the joy and fulfillment of putting a puzzle together — it also offers a monetary prize when you finish it! That's right:… READ THE REST