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Wikipedia Wants Scientists to Make Its Entries More Accurate

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Wikipedia’s democratic approach to creating and editing its encyclopedic entries is the scourge of any teacher who’s ever assigned a term paper. Its editing logs are filled with jokes, hoaxes, and misinformation. It’s one thing to read a rumor about Passion Pit stated as fact on the site, but its pages on scientific topics like medicine and climate change often contain serious inaccuracies, too. 

In an effort to combat misinformed scientific entries on the site, Wikipedia is trying to recruit more actual scientists to contribute. Earlier this month, Wikipedia organized a two day science conference to bring researchers, avid Wikipedia editors, and programmers together to talk about how to make the site more factual. 

That includes efforts like hiring a Wikipedian-in-residence, an expert who spearheads Wikipedia edits for an institution like the UK’s science academy, the Royal Society, or Spain’s National Archaeological Museum. 

Because let’s face it. Wikipedia may not be the world’s most reliable resource for scientific information, but it is often the most accessible to non-academics. If people are going to get their medical information by Googling no matter what, we might as well try to make it as accurate as possible. 

[h/t: Scientific American]

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You Can Now Order Food Through Facebook
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After a bit of controversy over its way of aggregating news feeds and some questionable content censoring policies, it’s nice to have Facebook roll out a feature everyone can agree on: allowing you to order food without leaving the social media site.

According to a press release, Facebook says that the company decided to begin offering food delivery options after realizing that many of its users come to the social media hub to rate and discuss local eateries. Rather than hop from Facebook to the restaurant or a delivery service, you’ll be able to stay within the app and select from a menu of food choices. Just click “Order Food” from the Explore menu on a desktop interface or under the “More” option on Android or iOS devices. There, you’ll be presented with options that will accept takeout or delivery orders, as well as businesses participating with services like Delivery.com or EatStreet.

If you need to sign up and create an account with Delivery.com or Jimmy John’s, for example, you can do that without leaving Facebook. The feature is expected to be available nationally, effective immediately.

[h/t Forbes]

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The Seemingly Simple ‘Math’ Problem That Stumped the Internet
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If you’re a regular Mental Floss reader, you know that we love a good brain teaser. And the one below, which originated on Facebook and has been shared more than 150,000 times, is a great one to test just how sharp you are on a Friday evening at the end of a long workweek.

It’s a seemingly simple enough task: spot the error. Your time starts now…

We’ll give you a minute …

And a little space for you to scroll down to find the answer …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you figure it out?

The “mistake” is that the word “mistake” is misspelled on the instruction sheet on the left. If you missed that completely, you’re not alone: the grid of numbers is what immediately grabs your attention.

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