Numbers in the News


NUMBER of species of viruses that scientists have officially named. SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19 (commonly known as the coronavirus), was named by scientists in March, making it one of the most recent additions.

Source:  The New York Times

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LENGTH OF TIME Pittsburgh rapper Frzy recently spent freestyle rapping, setting a new world record. He was only allowed one 5-minute break per hour.

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SIZE IN MILLIMETERS of the skull of a birdlike dinosaur species that was recently discovered in Myanmar. Scientists say the fossil, which is smaller than a fingertip, suggests that life during the time of the dinosaurs was more diverse than previously realized.

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NUMBER OF VARIETIES of cheese used as toppings on a pizza made in Lyon, France, in February. It shattered the previous record of 154 different cheeses.

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