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Andrew D. Hwang, College of the Holy Cross National discussions of crucial importance to ordinary citizens – such as funding for scientific and medical research, bailouts of financial institutions and the current Republican tax proposals – inevitably involve dollar figures...
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...
Traveling is stressful.  The last thing you want to worry about is getting scammed by crooks on the street.  Your best tool?  Knowledge.  Know how they work.  Know what they'll do.  Prevent it from happening in the first place. Put...
Another year has come and gone and so we have the opportunity to review how the world’s leading psychics fared in their predictions for the year 2017. Before we take a look at some of the predictions, let us also...
A Universe Not Made For Us

A Universe Not Made For Us

Our ancestors understood origins by extrapolating from their own experience.  How else could they have done it? So the Universe was hatched from a cosmic egg, or conceived in the sexual congress of a mother god and a father god,...
Jacqueline D. Woolley, University of Texas at Austin The holiday season is upon us, and so are its attendant myths, most prominent of which is the Santa Claus story. This is the time that many children are told about a...
fizkes/Shutterstock.com Gleb Tsipursky, The Ohio State University When was the last time a colleague - perhaps fueled by too much alcohol - said something so ridiculous that it made your jaw drop? Perhaps a desk mate went into something political, claiming...
Adrian Baranchuk, Queen's University, Ontario; Bryce Alexander, Queen's University, Ontario, and Sohaib Haseeb, Queen's University, Ontario As the weekend approaches, people are opening wine bottles in bars and restaurants and homes around the world, ready to kick back and relax. This...
Lieutenant Colonel Jenns Robertson developed a centralized database of every available record of US military bombings from World War I onward. After processing thousands of pages of written records and sprawling datasets, Robertson's work has resulted in the THOR...
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...
By Ken Clark, Queen's University, Ontario Picture a scientist. Seriously, right now. I’m not going to discuss the nature of the person that you have in your mind (although I am going to guess: White? Male? Crazy hair? That’s not...
How Famous Magic Tricks Work Magic is the alleged ability to manipulate supernatural forces.  More specifically, stage magic is the art of making things happen that appear to be impossible. It is an ancient art, used over the centuries for both entertainment...
Organisations such as SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and Mars One are all in a race to be the first to colonise Mars, with SpaceX founder, Elon Musk announcing plans for this as early as 2025! But what will Mars really...
Dungeons and Dragons has managed to remain a pinnacle of gaming for more than four decades due, in large part, to how well it stimulates the imagination (it also helps that it was referenced extensively on the show Stranger...
Does the size of the universe prove God doesn't exist? Emily Thomas, Durham University Scientists now know that the universe contains at least two trillion galaxies. It’s a mind-scrunchingly big place, very different to the conception of the universe we had...