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"At least, with p<0.05 confidence."

This comic was published 2 months after Randall's then fiancée, now wife, was diagnosed with breast cancer, which is likely what inspired this comic - even though Cueball sounds like he is the one afflicted by the sickness. The comic is thus about the existential questions that might arise from such a crisis. The moral could be interpreted as that you shouldn't begrudge your fellow human being, regardless of where they find comfort. 

"Slings and arrows of fortune" is an allusion to the "To be, or not to be" soliloquy in William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Hamlet asks himself whether it is "Nobler in the mind to suffer / The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune" (to resign oneself to one's fate and endure what may come), or to "take Arms against a Sea of troubles, / and by opposing end them" (to commit suicide and end suffering); he ultimately concludes that we would rather face the dangers and pains we know on Earth than whatever unknown new ones may come in the afterlife. 

Cueball appears to agree with Hamlet, thanking "the people who refused to gracefully accept the ineffability of reality": Religion and spirituality can give him the moral courage to face his death, but he'd much prefer to not die in the first place, and won't have to, thanks to medical and scientific innovation. The title text, "At least, with p<0.05 confidence," is a pun based on Cueball's newfound confidence, asserting that his statement "because they work, bitches" has a 95% confidence interval.

Reference: http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/836:_Sickness
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A survey looking at sientist and the public. I had to laugh at the chart about why we get into science. It is so accurate.
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That isn't Morena Baccarin in the photo, is it? Just an uncanny look-alike?
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Store clerk tells girl that dinosaur shoes are just for boys. Women scientists tweet #InHerShoes to show exactly how wrong that is. 
SCIENTISTS are showing off their shoes in support of a dinosaur-mad schoolgirl.
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Scientists Seek Ban on Method of Editing the Human Genome

A group of leading biologists on Thursday called for a worldwide moratorium on use of a new genome-editing technique that would alter human DNA in a way that can be inherited. The biologists fear that the new technique is so effective and easy to use that some physicians may push ahead before its safety can be assessed. They also want the public to understand the ethical issues surrounding the technique, which could be used to cure genetic diseases, but also to enhance qualities like beauty or intelligence. The latter is a path that many ethicists believe should never be taken.

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A group of biologists, including the scientist who developed the technique, has called for a worldwide moratorium on using the method to change human DNA.
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For the love of God, someone please tell me why ALL stairs don't have slides built in beside them!
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I know, how cool! I'd have to venture the reason is that poisonous python called liability.
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Yep, that about covers it. Don't rape.
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Hey all.  I have set up a Google plus bracket challange please feel free to join.  The password is "google"

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Happy pi day to one and all. Now let's all eat some pie!!
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I am a research biologist studying the function of lupus T cells. Which causes me to spend long days away from my loving and far to forgiving wife, and our beautiful daughter.

I try and keep up on all things science and tech related.  I am a huge Syracuse football fan(Go Orange!), and wish I had more time to play warmachine.
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    Microbiology Immunology, 2009 - present
  • University of New England
    Biology, 2001 - 2005
  • Manlius Pebble Hill
    1998 - 2001
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