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Bad Chart Thursday: Pie Chart a la Mode

Pie charts are pretty much the most basic charts out there, to make and to read. They also tend to be more visually appealing than other charts, being all round, …

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Global Quickies: Dyphteria Makes a Comeback in Spain, Mozambique Legalizes Homosexuality, and Giant Rats Help with Landmines

SPAIN “A six-year-old child who lives in the Catalan city of Olot (Girona) has been admitted to hospital with the first recorded case of diphtheria in Spain since 1986.” Despite …

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Bad Chart Thursday: CNN Pot Pie

We are living in the age of the infographic, and no chart is safe, least of all the ordinary pie chart. Making the chart visually appealing comes first, and clarity …

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Apologizing for a Thing I Wasn’t Wrong About & Didn’t Know or Care About

A kind Tweeter has just brought several things to my attention simultaneously: – That Ben Radford and Karen Stollznow have, according to Radford, signed a joint statement saying that “it …

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Quickies: Summer reading lists, men haven’t adapted, and new marsupial species

Let’s talk (again) about diversity in publishing – Roxane Gay on how it’s not that hard to put together summer reading lists that don’t consist entirely of white men. Men …

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Grading Wine: What is the 100-Point System?

If you purchase wine regularly, you’ve probably come across “shelf talkers,” the laminated tags displayed with wine that often include a review from a prominent magazine or critic such as …

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Charlie Charlie: The Science of Summoning Demons with Pencils for Fun and Profit

Support more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca! Sorta transcript: Charlie, Charlie is a newly popular game in which people film themselves summoning a demon using two pencils and a piece …

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Global Quickies: Ancient Indian Spaceships, Fossils in Creationist’s Basement, and Nepotism in ISIS

NIGERIA In one of his last acts as president, Goodluck Jonathan signs a law that bans FGM and prohibits men from abandoning their wives or children without economic support. UK …

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