\nToday is American pi day. Using the American convention of representing today's date as 03.14.07, it's easy to see why mathematicians are so excited about today's date, which very much resembles a quick approximation of the value of pi, or 3.14159. (One can only imagine the lack of decorum that must have prevailed back in 1915, when the date was a perfect 03.14.15). Yahoo! News has the details:
"[This is a story] about a curious group of people with an almost religious zeal for a\nmind-numbing string of numbers. Actually one number, made up of a chain\nthat is known — so far — to be more than one trillion digits long. They\nare the acolytes of the church of pi.\n\n
And once a year many of them gather to talk about pi, rhapsodize\nabout it, eat pi-themed foods (actual pie, sure, but so much more),\nhave pi recitation contests and, just maybe, feel a little less\nsheepish about their unusual passion.\n\n
That day falls on Wednesday this year: March 14. Or 3.14. Obviously."
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In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.
- The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
- Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
- Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
Military recruits are supposed to be assessed to see whether they're fit for service. What happens when they're not?
- During the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara began a program called Project 100,000.
- The program brought over 300,000 men to Vietnam who failed to meet minimum criteria for military service, both physically and mentally.
- Project 100,000 recruits were killed in disproportionate numbers and fared worse after their military service than their civilian peers, making the program one of the biggest—and possibly cruelest—mistakes of the Vietnam War.
The 116th Congress is set to break records in term of diversity among its lawmakers, though those changes are coming almost entirely from Democrats.
- Women and nonwhite candidates made record gains in the 2018 midterms.
- In total, almost half of the newly elected Congressional representatives are not white men.
- Those changes come almost entirely from Democrats; Republican members-elect are all white men except for one woman.
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