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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...
If you were around in 2017 and you read financial news, you probably will have heard of bitcoin by now. Or, at least, you know that something exists and it goes by the name of bitcoin. Last year, the...
Bertrand Russell's "Liberal Decalogue" first appeared at the end of the article "The best answer to fanaticism: Liberalism" with the subtitle: "Its calm search for truth, viewed as dangerous in many places, remains the hope of humanity." in the...
Ever since the inception of video games, the ability to play with friends has been a core desire. Whether it’s Pong on the original Atari, Street Fighter down the local arcades, or a four-player Golden Eye deathmatch on the...
The recently released Chapman University Survey of American Fears Wave 4 (2017 edition) includes a number of items on paranormal beliefs ranging from belief in Bigfoot and psychic powers to visits by aliens and haunted houses. Currently the most common...
In the 1990s, a group of students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) formed a blackjack team which became famous around the world due to their success. They achieved something seemingly impossible – they took down Las Vegas....
Of all the ‘Mystery’ cults – ancient religious sects defined by keeping knowledge of the rituals performed by members secret to the uninitiated - throughout the Egyptian, Greek and Roman worlds the Eleusinian Mysteries are probably one of the...
originaloriginal Scroll to the bottom for a true chemical reaction story that should definitely not be done at home.  In the meantime, you can safely look at the GIFs below:   This is the Pharaoh’s Serpent (or Black Snake firework). The disgusting,...
One of the defining characteristics of life is its adaptability. There is no environment on Earth, at least within the atmosphere, oceans, and crust, that life hasn't colonized or otherwise made use of. Researchers have identified bacteria in rocks...
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 the parallel straight dividing lines between staggered rows with alternating black and white "bricks" appear...
Kim Ransley, University of Sydney and Alex O. Holcombe, University of Sydney Visual illusions show us that we do not have direct access to reality. They can also provide an inkling of the mental processing that delivers our experience of...
Ever since the term digital native (and its “opposite” digital immigrant) appeared on the radar back in 2001, the question on everyone’s minds is whether there really is a difference in how the former’s brains are wired and, if...
Many people who play at online casinos depend solely on luck in order to win. If they feel lucky, they will feel it's the right time to play. But the secret trick to giving yourself a greater chance to...
Online communities, forums, and social media have irrevocably changed the nature of political discourse. Indeed, they can facilitate a revolution. If you don’t believe me, look at what happened in Ukraine in 2014: about half of all Ukrainians learned...
A photon checks into a hotel and is asked if he needs any help with his luggage. He says, "No, I'm traveling light." Anyone know any jokes about sodium? Na Organic chemistry is difficult. Those who study it have alkynes of trouble. Argon...
If you’re into horse racing, you probably will have developed your own technique for picking your runner ahead of a big race. Whether it is a case of simply checking course and distance form or opting for a horse...