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Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ music video, which famously snagged a record-breaking 13 nominations at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, has just surpassed 600,000,000 views on Vevo. The 7x VMA-winning and Grammy Award-winning music video makes Lady Gaga the 4th female artist to top 600,000,000 views with a single music video, following Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna (shared with Eminem), and Miley Cyrus, and the 6th artist overall to achieve the feat.

Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ made history earlier this year when it became the first, and currently only, single from a female artist to receive a Diamond Certification from the RIAA after surpassing a total of 10,000,000 sales (sales and stream-to-sales equivalents). To date the hit has sold over 12,000,000 copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.

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What Everyone Needs to Know Q&A: As the crisis in West Africa worsens with the ebola virus killing over 670 people — including Dr. Sheik Umar Khan who saved hundreds — we certainly need to know more about the Ebola virus. 

Is Ebola the scariest of all viruses?

It’s certainly right up there. If we just think in terms of disease severity, Ebola, along with Hendra, is a terrifying pathogen. First isolated in 1976 from hemorrhagic fever cases in the Ebola River region of the Republic of the Congo, the case fatality rate ranges from 30% to 80% (average 68%), depending on the substrain. That excludes the non-pathogenic (for humans) Ebola/Reston variant found initially in a U.S. primate colony and isolated more recently from sick pigs in the Philippines. All natural cases of severe Ebola have occurred in Africa, or in laboratory workers who were accidentally exposed while operating under high-security conditions. Infection in the field is via contaminated body fluids and utensils rather than by aerosol. Even so, this virus is greatly feared because it can spread quickly when it first emerges, before people understand what they are dealing with.

 [p 96, Pandemics: What Everyone Needs to Know by Peter C. Doherty]

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Image credit: (1) European Commission DG… Ebola in Guinea. The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) supports MSF, WHO and IFRC in their efforts to contain the epidemic. © EC/ECHO. Photo by European Commission DG ECHO, EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, CC BY-ND 2.0 via Flickr. (2) Ebola Virus Particles. String-like Ebola virus particles are shedding from an infected cell in this electron micrograph. Credit: NIAID. CC BY 2.0 via NIAID Flickr.

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“Nostalgia is a
dirty liar
that insists things
were better
than they seemed.”

Michelle K., I Can’t Stop Questioning It.    (via robbierogers)

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The idea to display the pets inside the store started in Singapore as a collaboration between Ikea and two animal shelters, according to Business Insider. Together they formed the project Home for Hope.

Find out which state in the United States will be adopting rescue pet displays in Ikea stores here.

My partner and I want to adopt a pit bull and name them Noodle, Pancake, Waffle, or Matcha.

I also think Isamaru (the hound of Konda from Magic would be cool).

Doggies (and tigers! And otters!) are absolutely the best animals on earth. Dire wolves too!

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