2281: Coronavirus Research
Title text: "Also, reading 500 coronavirus papers in a row and not sleeping? Probably not great for you either, but I haven't found any studies confirming that yet. I'll keep looking."
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Megan, disheveled and exhausted, has been researching COVID-19 nonstop and is now reporting her findings to Cueball. She claims to have read all available literature on the subject, but the best she can come up with is an extremely basic fact about viruses—namely that they infect cells and this is bad and should be prevented, which Cueball and just about everybody else already knew. She enthusiastically replies that she knows this with error bars, which are graphical representations of the variability of data and are used on graphs to indicate the error or uncertainty in a reported measurement.
In the title text, she has a hunch that staying awake long enough to read 500 scientific papers is probably not a good idea, but she hasn't found a study that specifically confirms that. She intends to further compound her exhaustion by continuing to do research rather than just getting some much needed sleep. Assuming that Megan averages half an hour to find and read each paper, she has been continuously reading for 10.4 days, which is approaching the world record for not sleeping.
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- [A very disheveled Megan walks up to Cueball from the left of the panel]
- Megan: Hi.
- Cueball: Hello. You look...fine.
- [Megan and Cueball are standing next to each other, in a frameless panel.]
- Megan: I have now read virtually every available scientific paper on COVID-19.
- Cueball: Cool, what'd you learn?
- [Megan and Cueball are standing next to each other. Megan has her palms raised.]
- Megan: Well it seems this virus wants to get inside your cells.
- Cueball: Mhmm...
- [Megan and Cueball are standing next to each other. Megan raises her arm, with her index finger in the air.]
- Megan: But it's a trap! You shouldn't let it.
- Cueball: I think we knew that.
- Megan: But now I know it with error bars!
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