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Why Are Lines at Polling Places So Long? Math

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Dinosaurs Are Even Scarier When They’re Zombies

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Which Tablet Should I Get for My Kids?

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Quantum Computing Is Bigger Than Donald Trump

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The Robot Ships Are Coming … Eventually

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The New Kim Kardashian Meme Lives on the Darkest Timeline

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The 9 Best TVs (and Helpful Buying Tips)

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