Are people alone in the universe?
By: Timo Cerantola
Make room for Martians... According to NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, there is water on Mars; and not just signs of water that existed there billions of years ago, but water, H2O, today, now. Yes, that precious substance of life that we humans like to...
Biography: Jimmy Wales
By: Dorothy Hoffman
Jimmy Wales, Internet Entrepreneur "Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing." -Jimmy Wales, 2004, Slapdot Jimmy Wales had a vision. A simple vision of a...
By: Janet Grischy
Pope Gregory XIII decreed a change to the Gregorian calendar on February 24, 1582. It was not an innovation, but an upgrade of the Julian calendar. Its purpose was to return the Catholic Easter to the date when it the earliest Christians were believed to...
Could robots take over the world?
By: Rolland Judd
Over fifty years ago there was a television program that conveyed the illusion of a man communicating with an orbiting spaceship by way of a hand held, cordless device. Fifty years ago this made for good science fiction, but actually possessing a real device like...
How music affects the brain: The doctrine of ethos
By: Kelsey Winters
The combination of instruments, singing, and dancing, was an important part of the Ancient Greek society. Almost every tradition, ceremony, religious practice, feast, and celebration involved music. However, philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle realized just how powerful music was and how dangerous it...
By: Janet Grischy
We're not so smart. Mysteries that baffle some of the smartest humans, our scientists, are proof of that. Here are five unsolved science mysteries. The Placebo Effect Even skeptics can be helped by the placebo effect. The word placebo comes from the Latin for "I...
Top 10 unexplained phenomena
By: Carolyn Tytler
Science is powerful but it can't explain everything. There are mysteries which hover tantalizingly around the perimeter of our knowledge, challenging the most brilliant among us to find answers to these puzzling issues. When and if we finally find reliable explanations for these enigmas...
Decoding the National Airspace System (NAS) of classifying air traffic
By: Jeff Casto
Say "sectional" to a pilot and the first thought isn't a piece of furniture. Instead, they will immediately think of the sectional aeronautical chart used in aviation. One special group of shaded lines and circles on the sectional is especially important because each of...
Basics of paranormal investigation
By: Travis Webster
Your flashlight scans the walls in this old, dark, and creepy basement. The light dancing from your nervous, unsteady hands. The thud of your heart is the only sound you can hear, beating as if it will explode through your chest. The anticipation growing as...
Is general science for the pursuit of truth or profit?
By: Don Swearingen
In a movie, an stock broker tells Thomas Edison he would have paid one hundred thousand dollars for Edison's ticker tape machine. The inventor, who had just pocketed fifty thousand said, "I would have taken two." A scientist will probably tell you that...

 

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