What is the Ring of Fire? No, we’re not talking about the Johnny Cash song here, but rather, the 25,000 mile area around the Pacific Ocean known for high levels of seismic activity and volcanoes. What is the Ring of Fire? Also sometimes called the Circum-Pacific Belt, the Ring of Fire runs along the convergent […]
Dogs aren’t just man’s best friend – they were also one of our first. Scientists believe that dogs were the first domesticated animal. Evidence indicates that dogs were domesticated anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 years ago. Domestication was a key moment in humanity’s history – the transition from subsistence off of wild hunting and gathering […]
What is Patagonia? Patagonia. You may know it as a high quality outdoor clothing brand, but it is much more than just an expensive jacket. What is Patagonia then? Well, Patagonia the brand actually takes its name from a region of land in South America, which spans across southern Argentina and Chile. Patagonia encompasses part […]
Need money but hate visiting the bank? You may want Bitcoin. Unfortunately, this type of currency can be confusing and a little hard to understand when you’re new to the scene. Here’s what you need to know about the world of cryptocurrency and the basics of Bitcoin.
If you’ve paid any attention to the news in the last year or so, you have likely heard about net neutrality. This hot topic has caused much debate and frustration among many of us. But what is net neutrality, and why does it even matter? Let’s explore net neutrality and it means for you.
An Elementary Science Lesson You probably have heard of time zones, but do you know why we have them? To better understand this question, it helps to remember a few key concepts from elementary school science class. We of course live on the Earth, and the Earth spins on an axis. Every 24 hours, the […]
It is a region shrouded in mystery. For years, the Bermuda Triangle has captured the imaginations of many, largely due to a number of unexplained disappearances of ships and planes in the region. Explanations for these vanishing vessels range from the scientific, to the paranormal. So what is the real story behind this mysterious place? […]
What Is Pluto? In 1905, an American astronomer named Percival Lowell noticed some odd deviations in the orbits of Neptune and Uranus. These irregularities seemed to suggest that the gravity from an unknown world could be tugging at these two planets. Lowell was able to predict the location of this undiscovered object in 1915, but […]
The world lost a brilliant mind today. Stephen Hawking, the renowned British physicist, has passed away at the age of 76. When he was just 21, Hawking was diagnosed with ALS, a rare neurodegenerative disease. He was given only a few years to live by doctors. Despite the disease leaving him wheelchair-bound and paralyzed, Hawking […]
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In days of yore, the seas between Norway and Iceland were treacherous. Vikings who would attempt to travel from one to the other were said to be attacked by a giant sea monster that could rally storms to its advantage and then, with its long, slimy tentacles would pull ships of marauding Scandinavians down to […]
Since the recent publications of books like The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z, zombies (and zombie trivia) have certainly been in vogue. In 2010 Seattle hosted a Zombie-con, which included everything from guest appearances by Bruce Campbell to a vintage zombie prom. Zombie films have exploded in popularity, and these days zombies come […]
The French mathematician Blaise Pascal said, “Through space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; through thought I comprehend the world.” Recently, a team of astronauts in Russia explored the limits of both space and the mind…in the brave new world of a parking lot. Intending to simulate the duration of a […]