Why Is There a Bible in Every Hotel Room (And How Did it Get There)?

In the bedside stand of nearly every hotel room in the world is a copy of the Holy Bible. Who put them there, and why? In 1898, two traveling businessmen, John H. Nicholson and Samuel E. Hill, arrived in Boscobel, Wisconsin looking for a place to stay the night. Though they came from different places, […]

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The “Good Teacher” Myth

Does a “good teacher” really make ALL the difference? For years now, teaching reform advocates (particularly the anti-union ones) point out that America’s teachers unions—American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association—are protecting bad teachers, and therefore hurting schools. While that, to some degree, is true, their outrage really rests on studies displaying the […]

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The “Crack Baby” Myth

Does prenatal exposure to crack produce mutant babies, or is reality a bit more complicated? A PowerPoint presentation begins with quotes about “crack babies,” humans exposed to cocaine during gestation. One quote suggests that crack babies will have IQs around 50, while another laments their permanent inferiority. The facts that follow, however, disprove the myth […]

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School Buses Bearing Sack Lunches Are Saving Rural Tennessee

More than 25 percent of children in the United States count on the government to feed them. Despite the Department of Agriculture spending $400 million on summer food programs, they reach less than 15 percent of eligible children. In search for a solution, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northern Tennessee in Greenville, Tennessee, began […]

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Wikipedia Wars: The 10 Most Controversial Articles on Wikipedia

If the most controversial Wikipedia articles in every language were analyzed, what could we reveal about the world? With a workforce of over 77,000 contributors creating 22 million articles in 285 different languages, Wikipedia, the editable online encyclopedia, is a major force of knowledge. But with so many articles (4 million in English alone) edited […]

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Could We Make a Black Hole If We Wanted?

It might not be a good idea, but if we wanted to make a black hole on Earth, would it be possible and how would we do it? On September 10, 2008, it was widely speculated the world would come to an end. A black hole would explode from the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, consume […]

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Worms Can Regenerate Decapitated Heads With Memories Intact

Based on research conducted at Tufts University for The Journal of Experimental Biology, the unassuming planarian worm has some remarkable abilities that may unlock secrets to the future of medicine. The planarian has always been known for remarkable regenerative ability, but this new research shows that it can regenerate not just physical body parts, but […]

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You Can’t Go Home, But You Can Feel Better Here: On the Positive Power of Nostalgia

Ah, remember summer days as a kid? No computers, no snapchat, no cares—just the smell of fresh cut grass and the feeling of warm sunshine. You’d run home for dinner with the family and group around the TV before heading off to bed and doing it all again. If you’re feeling nostalgic right now, you […]

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Understanding Metadata: MIT Project Visualizes Your Life Using Gmail Data

A word that once belonged to conversations between technologists and academics was recently thrown into common parlance when news of the NSA’s massive data collection protocols broke. After years of relative obscurity, “metadata” made its national debut. And reporters on every media outlet started asking what it is, why the NSA wants it, and what […]

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The Future in the Past: 50 Years of Sci-Fi Computer Interfaces

Science fiction has always been a way to look into the potential and varied futures of the human race. In 1941, the word “robotics” was first penned by writer Isaac Asimov. Over 70 years later, Asimov’s once fictional idea embodies a multibillion dollar industry. What began as the musings of writers on the future of […]

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