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World’s biggest virus found in Chile

Megavirus chilensis contains more than 1000 genes and is the most complex virus ever discovered. The virus was found in a sample of sea water taken of…

Overcoming Selection Bias

During World War II, the Royal Air Force asked Abraham Wald, a statistician, to help decide where armor should be added to the UK’s bombers. The RAF gave Wald information about which parts of its planes were typically hit. Wald’s response was simple, brilliant, and surprising: armor the spots that hadn’t been hit by German [...]

Prehistoric reptile skin secrets revealed

Scientists have mapped organic compounds in a 50-million year-old reptile skin sample. “This was one of the best preserved dinosaurs discovered, and w…

The Quick 10: 10 Alternate Versions of “A Visit from St. Nicholas”

“A Visit from St. Nicholas” is one of the most parodied pieces ever written – more than 1,000 versions have been penned by professional writers and amateurs alike. Here are a few of them, but rest assured there’s a version out there for just about any profession or interest you can think of. 1. My personal [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Fictional People With Twitter Accounts

If you follow me on Twitter, you already know that my name is MadameLeota. It comes from a somewhat unhealthy obsession with Disney’s Haunted Mansion (Madame Leota is the medium whose head appears in the crystal ball). Because of this, I have stumbled across a bunch of people who Tweet in character as Disney park [...]

The Late Movies: Covers of Morrissey & The Smiths

I’m a longtime Morrissey fan. From the first time I heard The Queen is Dead by Morrissey’s band The Smiths in the 80’s, I was hooked. Morrissey’s music is generally very maudlin (if not straight-up depressing), but somehow it’s also hopeful and sweet. Below I have collected some terrific covers of songs by Morrissey and [...]