" Patriotism is as fierce as a fever, pitiless as the grave, blind as a stone, and irrational as a headless hen. "
Ambrose Bierce

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Ultima Online Released by Origin Systems

Ultima Online (UO) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMPORG) credited with popularizing the genre. Though there were games prior to UO that allowed hundreds of people to play at the same time, this MMPORG introduced simultaneous play by thousands of players worldwide through various servers called "shards." More than 1 million paid accounts have been created since the game launched in 1997. In July 2003, at the peak of its popularity, UO had how many subscribers?



Oil Reserves

A measure of the wealth available to owners and operators of hydrocarbon-bearing reservoirs, oil reserves are the estimated amounts of oil or gas that can be economically recovered from reservoirs. In the 1970s, an energy crisis precipitated by a spike in oil prices prompted the development of new oil fields in Alaska and the North Sea, boosting the world's reserves from 645.8 billion barrels in 1978 to 1,052.9 billion in 1998. Today, many nations do not reveal data about their reservoirs. Why?

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Thomas Hunt Morgan

Morgan was an American zoologist noted for his ingenious demonstration of the physical basis of heredity and the importance of the gene. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1933. Initially skeptical of Gregor Mendel's research and Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection, Morgan performed rigorous experiments demonstrating that genes were discrete chromosomal units of heredity. Much of his research was done by observing Drosophila melanogaster, which is what?

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