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Predicting the future is hard, and, unless if you're a psychic (which you're not, because they don't exist), then it's even harder to predict the outcome of certain technological advancements.  Which will survive?  Which will be adopted by the...
Movie robots and monsters come in all shapes and sizes, from the very small to the impossibly large. But just how wide is that range? How gargantuan are giant big screen creatures compared to one another? Is Colossal Titan...
This pictorial periodic table is colorful, fun, and packed with information for anyone with an interest in chemistry. In addition to the element's name, symbol, and atomic number, each element box has a drawing of one of the element's...
Why you stink at fact-checking Lisa Fazio, Vanderbilt University Here’s a quick quiz for you: In the biblical story, what was Jonah swallowed by? How many animals of each kind did Moses take on the Ark? Did you answer “whale” to the...
Ancient ruins give us a fascinating window into the past: how people lived, the spaces they inhabited, and what they did during their daily lives. Historians, architects and travelers alike marvel at these remnants of time past, but it’s...
Science fiction writers don't need to imagine what aliens from other planets might look like - they only need to look into the depths of the Earth's oceans for inspiration.  From giant spider crabs, goblin sharks, and anglerfish to...
At its core, boxing is a very simple sport: best your opponent by knocking them out or impressing the judges with your skill. Because of this, and because of the weight restrictions enforced through the divisions, the best boxers have...
As ancient civilizations go, the Egyptians are undoubtedly one of the most well-known and influential in the history of our world. Famed for their building prowess, beautiful picture writing, and cosmetic artistry, the footprints they left behind continue to...
Have you been to Times Square, or another place that's usually extremely busy, and it's just... quiet? The place is usually bustling with people, but now, at this moment while you stand there, it's eerily quiet.  That emotion -...
What's the origin of your country's name? We've already revealed the literal translation of American states and Canadian provinces and how European countries got their name, but what about the literal translation for the names of all countries on the...
How to identify and protect yourself from fake news In today's post-truth era, the concept of "fake news" has taken center stage.  Agenda disagrees with the facts?  It's fake news.  Don't like what the other networks are saying about you? ...
Andrew Elfenbein, University of Minnesota When I was researching and writing my new book, “The Gist of Reading,” I wanted to explore long-held assumptions about reading and how we process what we read. Some of these assumptions have changed through time....
Getting involved in trading is a tempting prospect but it can also be fairly daunting for newcomers to get to grips with. One of the first issues to learn about is the range of trading terminology that you might...
It's Friday night, and your parents are gone for the weekend.  You've go the house to yourself.  You know what to do:  get a party started. At the very least, you'll need a melee class (perhaps the traditional fighter -...
When you order an apple pie, you know what you’re going to get:  there’s going to be a pie, and there’s going to be some apple in that pie. However, some food names bear absolutely no relation to what they...
Product development can take years of research and careful planning.  Other times, product discovery and innovation happens completely randomly and by accident.  This is particularly true for the products below, which many of us probably take for granted. Here are...