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What the 1918 flu pandemic can teach us about COVID-19, in four chartsThe 1918 influenza pandemic was just long enough ago that it has slipped out of the collective consciousness. But as the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, spreads, more and more experts are turning to last century’s flu for clues on how to deal with a public health crisis of such massive proportions.324
The 9 FIRE Blogs You Should ReadThe Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) movement has been gaining followers for the better part of a decade and awareness of it is now spreading into the mainstream. The basic goal of FIRE sounds simple: save enough money so you can quit your job early. But not every FIRE journey looks the s10
Best of Last Week: The origins of 'Oumuamua, robots that eat metal, and writing dreams in a labIt was a good week for space science as a large international team of researchers studying data from ESO's Very Large Telescope observed a star dancing around a supermassive black hole, once again proving that Einstein was right. And a team with members from several institutions in the U.S. and one in the U.K. discovered an Earth-size exoplanet orbiting in its star's habitable zone as they were reanalyzing old data from NASA's Kepler space telescope. Also, a pair of researchers, Yun Zhang and Douglas Lin with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Tsinghua University, respectively, used computer simulations to show that objects such as 'Oumuamua could form due to the influence of tidal forces similar to those on Earth—and they further claimed that their formation theory explains all of 'Oumuamua's unusual characteristics.