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The last man standing in the floppy disk business.

“Tom Persky is the self-proclaimed “last man standing in the floppy disk business.” He is the time-honored founder of floppydisk.com, a US-based company dedicated to the selling and recycling of floppy disks.” | learn more

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Unisex names in the US.

A visual ranking of the top 50 names that have at least 25% share for each gender. Data from 1922 – 2021. Each name has charts showing volume over time, as well as gender distribution over time. It’s interesting to […]

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The case for high-skilled immigration reform.

“Despite making up just 14% of the population, immigrants are responsible for 30% of U.S. patents and 38% of U.S. Nobel Prizes in science. A team of Stanford economists recently estimated that nearly three quarters of all U.S. innovation since […]

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Would it really work to punch a lion in the face?

This happens in a newly released movie as a character defends himself and his family. Is it effective? “Having thoroughly established that no, you can’t punch a lion in the face (even if it looks badass), I had to ask […]

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Remote controlled cockroaches.

This is wild. “An international team of scientists has created cyborg cockroaches, with electronics wired to their nervous systems that allow them to be remote controlled.” | learn more

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US Census, race and Hispanic origin.

75.8% of census-takers are “White alone” but that might not mean what you think. A reminder that even data that seems obvious can be confusing: “The concept of race is separate from the concept of Hispanic origin. Percentages for the […]

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Inside a million-dollar Instagram verification scheme.

“A jeweler. A plastic surgeon. An OnlyFans Model. They and others received a blue check in likely the biggest Instagram verification scheme revealed to date. After ProPublica started asking questions, Meta removed badges from over 300 accounts.” | learn more