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The Most Popular Posts on PSmag.com and Other Stuff We Liked This Past Week

This week, our readers learned about carb consumption and media consumption.
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Every week, we share with you our top posts and some of our favorite reads from across the Web. Get all of this—and more—directly in your inbox by signing up for our twice-weekly newsletter.

This week, our readers learned about carb consumption and media consumption. The type of media we consume indicates how we live our lives—at least that's part of what Marshall McLuhan predicted 50 years ago. So what does our nationwide obsession with HGTV say about us?

1. The Link Between Carbs, Gut Microbes, and Colon Cancer

2. The Medium Is the Message, 50 Years Later

3. Why Do So Many People Watch HGTV?

4. What If We Admitted to Children That Sex Is Primarily About Pleasure?

5. The Truth We Won’t Admit: Drinking Is Healthy

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Plus, some fun picks from the Web. What we clicked on this week:

  • How do you measure the size of a "supercave"? Surveyors once relied upon guesstimates but a new laser-mapping technique allows for high-resolution imaging. Check out this story and video from National Geographic of the Miao Room in China, the world's largest cave chamber.
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(Photo: Carsten Peter/National Geographic)

  • Do chimps have culture? Researchers in Uganda for the first time observed a wild group of chimps learning behaviors from each other—specifically, to use a sponge to extract water. Check out the video and the radio clip from Science Friday.

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