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We really dug the first season of Netflix’s show Stranger Things. It’s a great mix of nostalgia for the films of the 1980s and a great story about a town getting to the bottom of a strange disappearance of a local boy. Like any good show, it left us wanting a bit more, and left us some questions to chew over while we wait for season two to be released in 2017. Spoilers for the first season ahead! Seriously, we’re digging into the big questions from the top. First and foremost, what happened to Will in the Upside-Down? The Monster captured Will and dragged him into the Upside-Down world, presumably to eat him. But when Will is discovered, he’s been pasted to the wall with something growing out of his mouth. After he left the hospital, we see in the last moments of the show that he coughed up something that’s now escaped into our own world. So, what exactly happened to him after he was captured, and what did he bring back? What happened to the … [Read more...] about 12 lingering questions we have after watching the first season of Stranger Things
With smaller families all the rage these days, some parents may worry over the consequences of having just one child.New research suggests that, as teenagers, only children fare no better or worse in social skills than adolescents with siblings."I don't think anyone has to be concerned that if you don't have siblings, you won't learn the social skills you need to get along with other students in high school," said study researcher Donna Bobbitt-Zeher, assistant professor of sociology at Ohio State University's Marion campus.Bobbitt-Zeher and Ohio State professor of sociology Douglas Downey are scheduled to present their research Monday at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Atlanta.Popularity contestDowning found in past research that, for kindergarteners, having at least one sibling seemed to benefit how teachers rated the kids’ social skills. Bobbitt-Zeher and Downing wanted to see whether this benefit persisted into adolescence.They examined data of … [Read more...] about ‘Only Children’ Are Not Socially Awkward
(Sierra supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.) As the US competes with China to build the fastest supercomputers, you might be wondering how these giant machines are being used. A supercomputer can contain hundreds of thousands of processor cores and require an entire building to house and cool—not to mention millions of dollars to create and maintain them. But despite these challenges, more and more are set to go online as the US and China develop new "exascale" supercomputers, which promise a five-fold performance boost compared to current leading systems. So who needs all this computing power and why? To find out, PCMag visited the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, which is home to several supercomputers, including the world's second fastest, Sierra. It was there we learned how system engineers are maintaining the machines to serve scientific researchers but also test something you might not expect: nuclear weapons. A … [Read more...] about Why Do We Need Supercomputers and Who Is Using Them?
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recently handed down one of the strictest penalties it has ever levied on Donnie Tyndall, the head coach of the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) men’s basketball team. The athletic group says Tyndall organized a cheating ring to help recruits satisfy academic standards, even flying graduate student assistants to the recruits’ homes to complete their online coursework. The NCAA slapped Tyndall with a 10-year show-cause order, which effectively prevents him from working in the NCAA for that time period, according to the Washington Post. That's the longest show-cause order the NCAA has ever handed out and its length is likely due to the fact that Tyndall and several of his colleagues denied their involvement to the NCAA until the organization's enforcement staff discovered oddities in the metadata from the online coursework, tipping them off to a coverup. In a Public Infractions Decision (PDF) released on … [Read more...] about Online courses’ metadata helps NCAA catch cheating coaches red-handed