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Significant Digits For Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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1 millimeter cubed

Researchers at the University of Michigan have unveiled a computer that is 1 cubic millimeter in size, one of the smallest computers ever. [CNET]


Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul announced Tuesday that he was running for president in 2016. The senator also unveiled an online shop with all sorts of “Rand” branded wares, including a $15 “NSA Spy Cam Blocker” designed to obscure the webcam on some laptops with Paul’s campaign logo. And yes, discerning consumer, he accepts bitcoin. [Ars Technica]

17 episodes

More “Arrested Development” is reportedly coming to Netflix. Executive producer Brian Grazer told Grantland’s Bill Simmons that 17 new episodes will hit the streaming service. Although, there has been no confirmation from Netflix. [The BS Report via Slashfilm]

151 female critics

While women in the U.K. buy about two-thirds of the books, the people reviewing the books are far more male than female. In the London Review of Books in 2014, there were 527 men and 151 women critics featured. [The Guardian]

56 percent

Notoriously vulgar Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel won his f—ing re-election Tuesday night in a runoff against county commissioner Jesus Garcia. [New York Times]


The University of Connecticut Huskies beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to win the NCAA Women’s basketball tournament — just as the omens, and everyone else, foretold. [FiveThirtyEight]

112 years

Brontosaurus is back, people! After 112 years of paleontologists frowning at you and saying, “Uh, it’s actually ‘Apatosaurus,'” Brontosaurus is back. European researchers algorithmically analyzed skeletons to determine if differences in size and form were because of individual variation or multiple species, and decided on the latter. Next stop: Pluto. [io9]

2,000 customers

Washington was hit by a power outage on Tuesday that affected a reported 2,000 customers. Several of those customers happened to be the federal government, leading to flickering lights or outages at the State Department and White House. [CNN]


That’s the amount of change left by travelers at airport checkpoints in the U.S. in 2013. That number rose to about $675,000 in 2014. [CNBC]

$1.2 million

The original 16-page draft of the lyrics to Don McLean’s “American Pie” sold for $1.2 million at auction Tuesday. [BBC]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.