Archive for June, 2012

Time-Lapse Video Of Venus Crossing The Sun

ASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, a spacecraft launched in 2010 to study the sun, was on deck to capture Venus passing  in front of the sun in stunning high-resolution. The spectacle won’t happen again for another 105 years.   Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Big Brother’? No, It’s Parents

When her children were ready to have laptops of their own, Jill Ross bought software that would keep an eye on where they went online. One day it offered her a real surprise. She discovered that her 16-year-old daughter had set up her own video channel. Read the rest of this entry »

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Where The World’s 20 Million Slaves Live

There are at least 20.9 million slaves in the world, according to the International Labor Organization. This means that people are forced to work against their will and aren’t compensated for their services. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Physics Learns From Philosophy

A KERFUFFLE has broken out between philosophy and physics. It began earlier this spring when a philosopher (David Albert) gave a sharply negative review in this paper to a book by a physicist (Lawrence Krauss) that purported to solve, by purely scientific means, the mystery of the universe’s existence. The physicist responded to the review by calling the philosopher who wrote it “moronic” and arguing that philosophy, unlike physics, makes no progress and is rather boring, if not totally useless. And then the kerfuffle was joined on both sides. Read the rest of this entry »

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One of The Greatest Speech Ever Made

One of the most inspirational speeches in recorded history was given by a silent comedian by the name of Charlie Chaplin. Read the rest of this entry »

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