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Fear in America: Paranormal Beliefs

The recently released Chapman University Survey of American Fears Wave 4 (2017 edition) includes a number of items on paranormal beliefs ranging from belief...
How to debunk conspiracy theories

The ironclad logic of conspiracy theories and how to break it

Peter Ellerton, The University of Queensland As the United Nations warns of the dire consequences of global warming, the commitment of the Australian government (in...

The MIT Team that Took Down Vegas

In the 1990s, a group of students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) formed a blackjack team which became famous around the world...

It’s a Small World: Stunning Photomicrography Images

Nikon’s Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. The...

The Age You Peak at Everything, According to Science

Ageing can seem like a scary prospect, but many scientific studies have found that youth isn't all it's cracked up to be. There are...
What should the self-driving car do?

The Ethical Dilemma: Self-Driving Cars and the Laws of Robotics

Self-driving cars, autonomous cars, driverless cars – regardless of what you want to call them – are expected to revolutionize the entire automobile industry....

Should we worry that half of Americans trust their gut to...

R. Kelly Garrett, The Ohio State University Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’ll bet that’s true,” before you had all the facts? Most people...

The Legends Behind Natural Wonders

The Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia (Cappadocia, Turkey) These rock formations have made Cappadocia one of the most popular destinations in Turkey. The surreal land wouldn’t...
100 Common Myths and Misconceptions Debunked

100 Common Myths and Misconceptions Debunked

Consider it DEBUNKED.  The folks over at Geek Wrapped have put together a list of 100 of the most common myths and misconceptions.  Here...
The Eleusinian Mysteries by Paul Sérusier, 1888

The Eleusinian Mysteries: Death, Rebirth, and Sacred Rites

Of all the ‘Mystery’ cults – ancient religious sects defined by keeping knowledge of the rituals performed by members secret to the uninitiated -...

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll go straight to hell.

Whether you believe in God or not, it's difficult to wrap your head the Terms and Conditions for being a good disciple.  Some rules...
Hurricane animation

Are catastrophic disasters striking more often?

Jay L. Zagorsky, The Ohio State University No sooner had Hurricane Harvey’s record rains receded from Houston and neighboring cities than the residents of Florida...
mercury thocyanate reaction

10 Amazing Chemical Reaction GIFs

Scroll to the bottom for a true chemical reaction story that should definitely not be done at home.  In the meantime, you can safely...
Does the death penalty deter crime?

There’s no evidence that death penalty is a deterrent against crime

John Donohue, Stanford University Capital punishment is such a costly, controversial, and divisive issue that, unless it succeeds in saving lives, it clearly should be...
Evolution of Wings and Vertebrate Flight

The Evolution of Vertebrate Flight

One of the defining characteristics of life is its adaptability. There is no environment on Earth, at least within the atmosphere, oceans, and crust,...
Cafe Wall Illusion

The Cafe Wall Illusion

This version of the café wall illusion, produced by Victoria Skye, has the Internet abuzz.  This mind trickery is a geometrical-optical illusion in which...