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Historically, how did a country get a name in another language? For example, Germans, call their country “Deutschland”, while Britons call it “Germany”.

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So, here is the irony: Toilets that are cleaned too often are more likely to be covered in fecal bacteria” (Yong, 2016, I contain multitudes).

Now that’s a dilemma!

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The Absurdity of the Nobel Prizes in Science

Every year, when Nobel Prizes are awarded in physics, chemistry, and physiology or medicine, critics note that they are an absurd and anachronistic way of recognizing scientists for their work. Instead of honoring science, they distort its nature, rewrite its history, and overlook many of its important contributors.

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What types of researchers are most likely to recycle text? The answers might surprise you – Retraction Watch

Among Dutch historians we found virtually no text recycling. However, among Dutch psychologists text recycling is more elevated and among economists it is as much as one in seven publications. Text recycling also occurs more often among productive authors, in papers with fewer co-authors, and in journals that do not specify clear rules.

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The Nobel peace prize is a who’s who of hawks, hypocrites and war criminals

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Turn it up. It’s the Beach Boys. ♬

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May the sting be with you: Another journal prank, too good to overlook

…I created a spoof manuscript about “midi-chlorians” – the fictional entities which live inside cells and give Jedi their powers in Star Wars. I filled it with other references to the galaxy far, far away, and submitted it to nine journals under the names of Dr Lucas McGeorge and Dr Annette Kin.

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Apparently, I never listen to music at 11 AM. I had no idea.

Spotify.me is a really fun complement to last.fm, which of course is a must if you are interested in your listening history.

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Guilty of most. But English is not my native language, so I’m going to use that as an excuse.

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Glen Campbell, hit singer and guitarist, dead at 81

I very rarely listen to country music but when I do it is often to hear this guy play guitar.

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