Cities Without Cars

Traffic poses a major problem for urban areas all over the world. So, what are Madrid, Paris, Chengdu, Hamburg, and other major cities doing about congestion, pollution, and other automobile related maladies? Getting rid of the cars of course. More…

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Cervantes’s Casket Uncovered in Spain

CervantesMiguel de Cervantes died in 1616, and due to some mishap or other his grave was left unmarked. For centuries, scholars have been trying to locate the great author of Don Quixote without success. Recently, however, Spanish archaeologists have found a grave with a casket bearing what appears to be his initials. More…

Tax Time Tolerance

Income taxes have always been complicated, and recent changes, such as the Affordable Care Act, have added another layer to the process. Knowing what to expect and tempering the frustration with a little patience will go a long way this tax season. More…

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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…