A meme is an idea, thought, or piece of information that is passed from generation to generation through imitation and behavioral replication. The terms memes and memetics, coined by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, are the cultural counterpart to the biological study of genes and genetics. In his book, Dawkins hypothesizes that human cultures evolve via "contagious" communications in a manner similar to the gene pools of populations. What is a memeplex?
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The periodic table is a tabular display of all known chemical elements, and is arranged according to the periodic law discovered by Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev. The elements are arranged in columns and rows according to increasing atomic number, which is defined as the number of protons in the nucleus of an atom. The table summarizes the major properties of the elements and enables predictions to be made about their behavior. How many elements currently appear on the periodic table?
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GarcÃa MÃ¡rquez is a Colombian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982 and is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest 20th century writers. His two masterpieces, One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, center around themes of violence, solitude, and the overwhelming human need for love. The former work is considered to be a seminal text in what literary genre?