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The Microsoft Excel world championship.

“Over the weekend, ESPN broadcast a replay of a recent esports event that saw the world’s most advanced Microsoft Excel users go head-to-head in a knockout tournament.” I watched a bit of this and frankly was a little lost because […]

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Bird–building collisions in the United States.

“We reviewed the published literature and acquired unpublished datasets to systematically quantify bird–building collision mortality and species-specific vulnerability. Based on 23 studies, we estimate that between 365 and 988 million birds (median = 599 million) are killed annually by building […]

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Whale sharks have tiny teeth on their eyeballs.

“The scientists also noted that whale sharks have the ability to partially retract their eyeballs into their skulls, reports Hannah Osbourne for Newsweek. Both protective mechanisms—retractability and the tiny teeth—suggest to the researchers that whale shark’s eyes might be more […]

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Diamonds are forever.

“The British financiers who had organized the South African mines quickly realized that their investment was endangered; diamonds had little intrinsic value — and their price depended almost entirely on their scarcity.” And so, the De Beers Consolidated Mines, Ltd. […]

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Dark plots and secret explanations.

Okay this one’s a bit weird. Be warned. Mike Solana, writer of “Pirate Wires” and lover of a good conspiracy theory, talks about eroding trust in the establishment. “The future is a world in which nobody controls a single, unifying, […]

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Why everything eventually becomes a crab.

“The joke—that everything will eventually look like a crab—comes from an actual truth. The crab shape has evolved so many times that scientists had to come up with a special term for it: carcinization.” | learn more