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Causation’s Mistreated Sibling Correlation

This is why I love XKCD, though surely the best part of this strip was the mouseover: “correlation doesn’t imply causation, but it does waggle its eyebrows suggestively and gesture furtively while mouthing, ‘look over there’.”

Illinois Declares Pluto a Planet

Here’s democracy at its worst: astronomy is being revised according to the popular vote in Illinois. It’s particularly fascinating to see that the goal for this change is to increase the number of scientific accomplishments contributed by the people of Illinois.