As kids, all of us have pie-in-the-sky dreams, but recently one group of plucky schoolchildren in Derbyshire County, England decided to make those dreams a reality. Setting new standards in British aerospace engineering, students from St Anselm's Preparatory School launched a tin of Bakewell pudding into the stratosphere by means of a high-altitude balloon.
I hope you didn't forget that today, July 9th, is National Dress Your Pet Rodent in Medieval Armor Day. Now, some of our more cynical readers might think this is one of those pretend holidays that clutter up the calendar and only exist so that writers can create trivial content when a deadline is looming and they are out of ideas.
You might not care one iota about the Greek alphabet, but that doesn’t mean its letters don’t constantly pop-up during your daily life. While following current events, one might hear about stock portfolio alphas, beta men, gamma radiation, Delta Air Lines, and so on, all the way to omega fats.
Several recent news stories have touted machine learning algorithms as the breakthrough technology that will allow computers to achieve true artificial intelligence.
This June 9th, the world will celebrate the birthday of Walt Disney's greatest hero: Donald Duck. For on that day back in 1934, the emphatic and aquatic cartoon character made his debut in the short film The Wise Little Hen. What makes Donald so great?
This Friday will mark the anniversary of the greatest fraud in human history. I'm speaking, of course, about the publication of the first scientific description of the platypus in the June 1799 issue of The Naturalist's Miscellany. In this journal, the English zoologist George Shaw detailed an "animal" that was a preposterous potpourri of several properties: a duck
This Wednesday will be the 400th anniversary of the Defenestration of Prague of 1618. Now, defenestration is a fancy Latin word that means "the act of involuntarily exiting a room through a window." And the Defenestration of Prague of 1618 began with a meeting in the city of Prague between Bohemian nobles and representatives of the Holy Roman Emperor.
All of us have metaphorical mountains to climb in our lives, and some of us scale actual mountains, but without a doubt, nowhere is there a figurative or literal mountain easier to surmount than the one in China’s Shandong Province, called "Jingshan". Coming in at a dizzying 2 feet tall, this puny peak has become a sensation on Chinese social media sites.
138 years ago, this month, English mathematician John Venn introduced the concept of Venn diagrams to an unsuspecting world. This was a terrific accomplishment for a man whose life had seen some early setbacks. Growing up in Victorian England, Mr.