The New Four Degrees of Separation

The six degrees of separation are a relic from our ancient past. In a world where Facebook maps the connections between hundreds of millions people, the chain connecting you to any other person on the Earth is now less than four humans long. Researchers long suspected that social media tools like Facebook have decreased the […]

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One Time Jimmy Carter Sent A Note For Aliens Into Space

Jimmy Carter is a multifaceted gentleman. By day he practiced his trade of peanut farming or, alternatively, presidency. By night he gazed upon the stars, wondering who or what was gazing back, and wishing he could be pen pals with whoever roamed the cosmos far above. This fascination was rooted in an extraterrestrial sighting Jimmy […]

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The App that Puts WebMD to Shame

We all know WebMD’s Symptom Checker sucks. A hypochondriac’s nightmare, Symptom Checker often leaves one with the impression that he or she either has the common cold or cancer. Its reliance on algorithms and generic answers makes it difficult for Symptom Checker to reliably narrow down the possibilities. A new program has greatly improved on […]

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Oh, SNAP! Dispelling Myths on America’s Food Stamp Program

The recent passage of significant spending cuts for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (aka S.N.A.P, aka “food stamps”) by the House of Representatives shows a gap in knowledge between the perceived reality and actual state of this entitlement program. This gap seems as important as ever given that the number of people who qualify for […]

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Voyager 1 Captures Sound in Interstellar Space

For all those who have looked up at the stars and wept, crying “I WILL NEVER KNOW THE SWEET MELODIES OF INTERSTELLAR SPACE” to the silent heavens, relief has come from the sky at long last. After 35 years of space flight, Voyager 1 was the first craft to ever leave our solar system as […]

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A Mess of Jiggling Things: Richard Feynman Explains Rubber Bands, Fire, and Magnets

“The world is a dynamic mess of jiggling things,” says Richard Feynman, renowned quantum physicist, bongo drummer, and educator. He’s sitting in an easy chair explaining how rubber bands work through mechanisms of heat. “When you pull open a rubber band, the strings get straighter” he says. “But these strings are being bombarded by these […]

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The Gem-Encrusted Dead Saints of Rome’s Catacombs Revealed

In the 16th century a veritable treasure trove of deceased martyrs was unearthed beneath rome. Buried in the city’s labyrinthine catacombs for centuries, these bodies were believed to be many of Christianity’s earliest saints, those who died for their faith in the first days of Christ. Verifying the accuracy of this belief has proven difficult […]

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Chipotle Strikes at Big Food with Short Film & iOS game

In a brilliant move, Chipotle has taken one of the most clever approaches to criticizing “Big Food,” the companies and corporations responsible for factory farming. Factory farming, as many have come to realize, does not work in harmony with the ecosystem. Instead, it often involves artificial processes that negatively impact the world, and in turn […]

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Zombies 101: Teaching with the Walking Dead

Taking a college course can be something like a zombie apocalypse. Hoards of mindless, hungry students converge to hear a lecture. And if it’s boring, they’ll moan. On the other hand, a course about a zombie apocalypse would be anything but boring. Thanks to a team-up between AMC, education company Instructure, and University of California […]

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Never Forget: The US Tried To Put A Ring Around Earth To Stop Communism

In 1961 the US government decided that the best way to to stop the rapid advance of communism was to shoot a bunch of really tiny antennas into space to make a metal ring of radio signal around the world. Because if the Soviets tried to cut off our long distance communications we could give […]

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