British Astronaut Will Run the London Marathon From Space

Nobody becomes an astronaut because they like taking it easy, but Tim Peake is about to make his colleagues look like couch potatoes. The British astronaut has announced his plan to run the 2016 London Marathon … from aboard the International Space Station.

Space travel is tough on the body, and exercise is an important part of the space station residents’ daily routines. Still, nobody has yet attempted anything this hardcore. Peake will strap himself into a harness attached to the ship’s treadmill and run the race’s full 26.2 miles, following the course via video feed. 

“The thing I’m most looking forward to is that I can still interact with everybody down on Earth,” Peake said in a press release. “I’ll be running it with the iPad and watching myself running through the streets of London whilst orbiting the Earth at 400km."

That's about 248 miles above the Earth, where Peake still is at the moment. On December 15, he and two other astronauts (one Russian, one American) will launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan and head for the ISS.

Running a marathon is hard enough; nobody really knows what attempting that distance in space will do to Peake’s body. A medical team on the ground in Germany will be monitoring his performance to ensure the exertion isn’t too damaging. 

Peake has run the marathon before—on land, anyway. His race time in 1999 was 3:18:50, a time he promises he will not try to beat from space. You can follow Peake's mission on his dedicated feed at the European Space Agency's website. 

Banner image credit: Virgin Money London Marathon, YouTube

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The Most Searched Shows on Netflix in 2017, By State

Orange is the New Black is the new black, at least as far as Netflix viewers are concerned. The women-in-prison dramedy may have premiered in 2013, but it’s still got viewers hooked. Just as they did in 2017, took a deep dive into Netflix analytics using Google Trends to find out which shows people in each state were searching Netflix for throughout the year. While there was a little bit of crossover between 2016 and 2017, new series like American Vandal and Mindhunter gave viewers a host of new content. But that didn’t stop Orange is the New Black from dominating the map; it was the most searched show in 15 states.

Coming in at a faraway second place was American Vandal, a new true crime satire that captured the attention of five states (Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). Even more impressive is the fact that the series premiered in mid-September, meaning that it found a large and rabid audience in a very short amount of time.

Folks in Alaska, Colorado, and Oregon were all destined to be disappointed; Star Trek: Discovery was the most searched-for series in each of these states, but it’s not yet available on Netflix in America (you’ve got to get CBS All Access for that, folks). Fourteen states broke the mold a bit with shows that were unique to their state only; this included Big Mouth in Delaware, The Keepers in Maryland, The OA in Pennsylvania, GLOW in Rhode Island, and Black Mirror in Hawaii.

Check out the map above to see if your favorite Netflix binge-watch matches up with your neighbors'. For more detailed findings, visit

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Monthly Internet Costs in Every Country

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view’s full findings here.

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

[h/t Thrillist]


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