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Much like the descent into Dante's Inferno, to delve into depths of conspiracy theories has its own tiers of madness.  From the mainstream conspiracies surrounding Atlantis, UFOs, and the New World Order all the way down to "Retrocausality" and...
What’s the difference between a comet, meteor, meteorite, and an asteroid? What's that in the sky?  Sometimes it's a bird, other times it's a plane... and yet other times it's a meteor.  But meteor terminology can be confusing, so let's...
Air Force One - arguably the world's most famous plane - is as tall as a six-story building, has over 4,000 square feet of floor space, hosts 100 people.  Despite all this, it only costs American tax payers $206,337 every...
How tall is Godzilla? The latest incarnation of the Kaiju King is taken from the CG animated movie, "Godzilla:  Planet of the Monsters", and is over 300m tall.  For comparison, the 2014 Godzilla was "only" 108m tall, and 2016's "Shin...
Will taking Vitamin C protect against a cold?  The average U.S. adult catches between two and four cold viruses each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While more than 200 viral strains can cause the...

The Origin of the Meme Concept

What are memes, and where did they come from? The concept of the Meme was first coined by the British biologist Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book, The Selfish Gene. In this book, he conceptualized a gene as a replicator....
With tuition and boarding costs on the rise, students are already strapped for cash.  Who wants to shell out even more money for software? Fret not, dear students. Here is a collection of really useful free software that you can use. ...
Humans are responsible for some of the most dramatic changes on Earth.  Unfortunately, one of them is animal extinction.  Reasons for extinction include hunting/fishing/poaching, the introduction of invasive species, pollution, habitat loss, and climate change.  It's been said that...
Kevin Knudson, University of Florida It’s been quite a year for mathematics problems on the internet. In the last few months, three questions have been online everywhere, causing consternation and head-scratching and blowing the minds of adults worldwide as examples...
I found myself in a difficult situation the other day:  explaining the multiplication of two negative numbers to my 8 year old. Negative numbers are rather simple to illustrate when using temperature because there is a clearly visible "zero" Celsius...
Designed by Simon E. Davies from the Human Odyssey, The Evolutionary Tree of Religion provides a timeline for the origins of faith, myths, and mysticism dating as far back as 40,000 BCE to the modern day and spread all...
With so many greats to choose from, narrowing down the best science fiction movies from the 80s was a challenge. Luckily, we managed to do exactly that, and below you can find some of the best science fiction movies...
For thousands of years, humans have told stories.  The Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia would be written on clay tablets some 4,000 years ago, in 2,100 BCE.  It is generally regarded as the earliest surviving...
All matter is made up of atoms, the basic unit of a chemical element. This is something we now take as a given, and one of the things you learn at the beginning of high school or secondary school...
Perhaps the most striking trend in American religion in recent years has been the growing percentage of adults who do not identify with a religious group. And the vast majority of these religious “nones” (78%) say they were raised...
The question of where we humans come from is one many people ask, and the answer is getting more complicated as new evidence is emerging all the time. For most of recorded history humankind has been placed on a metaphorical,...