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Going into space? If you can't wear a blue shirt then make sure you have a red one.

Significance magazine has analysed the casualties in Star Trek:TOS. Everyone knows that wearing a red shirt on the USS Enterprise is like wearing a giant shoot me sign. But what everyone knows might be wrong.

Matthew Barsalou has analysed the casualities and found blue is the safest colour. He's also found more red shirts died than any other colour – but on the Enterprise there are more red shirts anyway. The situation is made more complicated by security, engineering and operations all wearing red shirts even though they do very different jobs.

If you're a space cadet this is essential reading.

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Keep your redshirt on: a Bayesian exploration – Web Exclusive Article – Significance Magazine
Keep your redshirt on: a Bayesian exploration. Author: Matthew Barsalou. The idea of red-shirted characters being frequently killed in Star Trek: The Original Series has become a pop culture cliché. B…