The lost city of Atlantis is one of the oldest and most well-known mysteries of all time. As early as 360 B.C. the ancient philosopher Plato spoke of the lost civilization in several written dialogues. In these writings the...
They can be aquiline, narrow, bulbous, or turned-up. They can be runny, itchy, or red. There’s no doubt that the human nose is a distinctive facial ornament, and every person’s nose is unique. And while you know that you...
Deep in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves of New Zealand, a tiny creature, Arachnocampa luminosa, the glowworm, is dazzling tourists with its unmistakable luminescence. But this beautiful light display has a more practical purpose: the glowworms use the light to...
Are you getting bored of walking into your local bar or pool hall and playing pool on that boring old rectangle table? Fortunately a math and science writer named Alex Bellos devised a new type of pool table using...
Sometimes it can be difficult to interpret animals’ emotions. Many of us wonder just what our dogs are thinking when they stare at us with a certain expression, or why our cats start purring out of the blue. Now,...
Up to 10,000 years ago, all humans lived as hunter-gatherers, a semi-nomadic lifestyle involving a combination of hunting and gathering food from the land.   Searching for food requires a lot of walking, not to mention skill and patience. A...
There are countless people throughout history who have changed the lives of millions, yet many of them are little-known or not known at all. While a myriad of inventors, painters, and celebrities are household names, there are plenty of...
When scientists in 2015 dove below the crystal waters of the Solomon Islands in search of biofluorescent sharks, they got a bit more than they bargained for. Biofluorescence is the process of an organism absorbing light from the sun,...
The borough of Centralia is located in Columbia County, Pennsylvania. In the late 1800s it was a thriving anthracite coal mining town with a population of close to 3,000, but as of 2013 the population is no more than...
It was a rough year on Earth in 2016 but we have lots to celebrate during this next revolution around the sun. Everything from eclipses and meteor showers to historic space missions with a lot more in between. Here’s...
Usually, when scientists want to study a prescription drug’s effectiveness at curing disease, they use lab animals like mice as test subjects and then relate the data they find to humans. But this method has its drawbacks; after all,...