Review: Teenagers must ward off mischievous supernatural beings in Jinn

Supernatural creatures threaten a group of high school students in the new Netflix series Jinn. A high school field trip to the ancient archaeological site of Petra turns tragic, and supernatural creatures are unleashed to prey on the living in Jinn, the first Arabic language original series from Netflix. Forget the Westernized concept of genies found …

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Via the BBC, find out how Apollo 11’s Eagle actually landed

Enlarge (credit: NASA) With the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing fast approaching, there’s a veritable deluge of programs, events, and media of various forms, all dedicated to recapturing an astonishing moment in humanity’s collective history. All of these things face a serious challenge: the Apollo missions have been revisited so many times and …

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It’s possible to build a Turing machine within Magic: The Gathering

Enlarge / Assemble just the right deck, and draw just the right cards, and you’ll get the equivalent of a universal Turing machine within the game, a new study finds. That makes it the most computationally complex real-world game yet known. (credit: Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images) Consider this hypothetical scenario: Bob and Alice are …

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Why Joe Biden’s Decades in the Senate Could Hurt His 2020 Presidential Bid

Joe Biden has enjoyed front-runner status since joining the presidential race, but now he is encountering the same pitfalls as other ambitious senators who have found that their experience and record can be a liability. His struggles to defend his remarks this week about finding common ground with two segregationists is an early sign of …

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Why Barnes & Noble May Soon Look Like the Local Bookstores It Killed Off

The Barnes & Noble saga may yet have a happy ending. The retailer, still the largest U.S. bookstore chain despite years of shriveling sales, was bought by hedge fund -Elliott Management along with newly revived British bookseller Waterstones in a $683 million deal. It’s easy for any retailer to blame Amazon for its woes, but …

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The CEO’s Toughest Leadership Challenge—Leading Themselves

Being a CEO is a daunting task. The challenge of leading a large, complex organization takes a range of talents that aspiring executives spend decades developing. Yet ironically, some of the most startling corporate missteps are caused by a much more basic failure–the failure of CEOs to lead themselves. CEOs, especially in public companies, are …

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Minnesota cop awarded $585,000 after colleagues snooped on her DMV data

Enlarge / The most recent graduate from Ford’s police academy, the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan. In 2013, Amy Krekelberg received an unsettling notice from Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources: An employee had abused his access to a government driver’s license database and snooped on thousands of people in the state, mostly women. Krekelberg learned that …

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