Chaucer’s Dreary Digs

ChaucerIt is easy to romanticize what the working life of the father of English verse might have been like, but the 14th century world in which Chaucer lived and wrote The Canterbury Tales was no idyllic fairy tale. More…

Chipping Away at Student Loan Debt

Student loan debt is massive in the United States, and graduates from both public and private institutions can be burdened with payments for decades. This makes it difficult for young adults who are trying to build a career and find financial security for themselves. Over the past decade and a half, however, new student loan legislation has been quietly pushed through which has had a dramatic, positive effect on those who have finished their education, as well as those planning for it. More…

SkyMall’s Empty Pockets

Anyone who has been on an airplane in recent decades has seen its familiar, crumpled pages sticking out of the seat pocket in front of them. Shamelessly trying to sell you things you never knew you needed and often absurdly entertaining, SkyMall In-Flight Catalog was along for the ride whether you liked it or not. More… 

Just How Are Humans Unique?

fingerprintSorting out what makes us different from other animals can be a complicated task. It seems that there is much more to it than just the molecular and biological elements that give us form. From the varying aspects of our behavior, to our imaginations and social evolution…what makes us unique? More…

Mind-controlled Prosthetics and 3D Printing

What are the possibilities of mind-controlled robotics? Robotic research and 3D printing technology are two of the hottist technological pursuits going, and now an American teenager has combined the concepts to create prosthetic limbs. More…

 

Sprint Stands Up for Net Neutrality

Net NeutralityNet Neutrality is arguably one of the most important and pressing technological issues facing society, especially in light of how much control large corporations already have over media, information, and communication. Now, telecommunications giant Sprint has come out in support of the movement. More…

The World Memory Championships

MemoryWe would all like to improve our memories, and there are lots of methods for doing so. Frances A. Yates famously chronicled the history of memory practice in her 1966 book The Art of Memory, which traces methods of memory technique from ancient Greece to the Renaissance. These days, memory is also an international sport featuring competitors from 19 countries. More…

Bill Nye Says Yes to Life on Europa

Science fiction is usually a step ahead when it comes to exploring far out possibilities. Take, for instance, life on other planets…or even a moon. In the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, life was discovered on Jupiter’s moon Europa. Bill Nye (The Science Guy!) believes this could become a reality in the next two or three decades.
 

The Aztec Codex Mendoza Digitized

Codex MendozaA new online application has brought the history and culture of the Aztecs to life with the digital publication of the 16th century Codex Mendoza. The illustrated manuscript depicts the everyday life, politics, economy, and society of pre-Columbian Aztec civilization in Mexico. More…