Link Tank: Best 100+ Episode Shows to Binge

Long shows to binge, updates on the coronavirus, TikTok in hot water, plus more in today's Link Tank!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

At home for the long haul? Here are the best TV shows with more than a hundred episodes to binge on streaming.

“Look, we’re aware. You have a lot of time on your hands right now. The outbreak of COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus, has forced most of the country indoors. Staying home is the responsible thing to do right now. But what to do with all that time? Well, why not start a really long TV show? You know, one of those series that you’ve always been meaning to watch but there are just so many episodes.”

Read more at Thrillist.

The COVID-19 pandemic has decreased pollution worldwide because of the halt in manufacturing and production.

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“As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across the globe, there has been an unexpected but not unwelcome outcome. The environment has been getting noticeably cleaner and clearer. With factories closing down and people staying indoors and not driving to work, air pollution has decreased. According to China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the Hubei province’s ‘good quality air days’ increased 21.5% last month, compared to last year.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

The coronavirus may have changed the film industry forever as movie releases move from theater to on-demand and streaming.

“The film industry is another part of life being dramatically reshaped in response to the unfolding global health crisis. At first it seemed temporary, with simple changes being made to the release calendar as the pandemic scared more and more moviegoers away from theaters — the new James Bond film, the live-action Mulan, and Marvel’s Black Widow have been pushed back months, the ninth Fast and Furious delayed a full year.”

Read more at The Week.

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A new insect has been named after singer and actress Lady Gaga for its wacky “fashion sense.”

“There are a million reasons why we should be paying more attention to treehoppers, says University of Illinois entomology grad student Brendan Morris. That’s why Morris, who uses they/them pronouns, chose to name a new genus and species after Lady Gaga—they hoped the move would improve awareness of this unique but relatively unknown family of insects.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

A new study on the brains of individuals shows how different the two main sexes respond to relationships.

“We all deal with social interactions differently – or these days, as communities prioritize and practice social distancing, the lack thereof. But how you’re coping with this newfound isolation may be impacting your brain differently depending on your sex, a new study suggests.”

Read more at Inverse.

TikTok is in hot water after sources revealed that the platform has been censoring “ugly”, “poor”, and “disabled” people to attract more users.

“TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, moderators looked for users that had an ‘abnormal body shape,’ ‘ugly facial looks,’ had an ‘obvious beer belly,’ and many other aesthetic qualities, in order to stop them reaching the ‘For You’ section of the app – the landing page users come to when they open the app which algorithmically promotes content.”

Read more at PCMag.