A Prankster’s Obituary

Joe Heller was always ready to laugh, and often supplied the reason. His family understood him well, and when he died recently at age 82, they crafted a great obituary. Here are a few tidbits. When the doctors confronted his daughters with the news last week that “your father is Read more…

Stress Tardigrade

Stress Tardigrade Whether you call them Tardigrades, moss piglets, or water bears, whatever you do don’t underestimate this cute little extremophile. Heat them, squish them, starve them, expose them to radiation, or deprive them of air and they will still survive. They are one of the most resilient animals known Read more…

Dancing Marvel Superheroes

[embedded content] The PAC dance team at Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, Arizona, gave us a Wizard of Oz dance routine and a Harry Potter dance routine that really impressed us in previous years. They’ve set our expectations pretty high, and still came through with a production featuring the Read more…

Can Rats Play Hide-and-Seek?

We all know the strict set of rules for a proper game of hide-and-seek. For example, midway through the game, the “seeker” cannot switch to become a “hider”, and hiders should stay put until they’re found. Scientists through this study have discovered that lab rats can play hide-and-seek properly. What’s Read more…

You May Be Believing 5 Myths About Grief

Grief and loss still remain as one of our society’s greatest taboos. We even hesitate to use the word “death” and instead use euphemism like “passing away.” After all, it is a difficult and painful subject to discuss. Reluctance to discuss this subject, however, can provide space for myths to Read more…

What Are Zero-Knowledge Proofs?

In digital security, the less stray information floating around the better. The fewer companies storing your financial records, the less likely they’ll be exposed in a breach. But though there are lots of ways to cut down on data sharing and retention, there are some things services just need to Read more…

An iPhone 11 Parody

[embedded content] John Douglas, also known as Jacksfilms, has been releasing iPhone parodies for every single phone release ever since the time of iPhone 3Gs. With the recent release of the iPhone 11, it is to be expected that Jacksfilms will eventually release a parody of the phone, which he Read more…

A Game That Lets You Be A Troll

Online disinformation is a rampant problem on the Internet, and the best solution against it is an informed society which thinks critically. In other words, society must be educated. However, the problem here is that “there are no shortcuts to universal education.” Thankfully, there are institutions who try to help Read more…

The Reason Why Earth is Biologically Diverse

Life on Earth is, indeed, something wonderful. It is diverse and it displays striking geographical global patterns in biodiversity. But what determines these global patterns? This has been the question of scientists ever since the days of von Humboldt, Darwin, and Wallace, and despite over 200 years worth of study, Read more…