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You will be a different person by the time you reach the end of this article

October 16th, 2014 at 8:14 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Whatever happened to that young child you were not so many years ago? As a baby, life was all about eating, sleeping, and dry diapers. Even though you are learning new things quickly, not much else really mattered.    



Top 10 mind-boggling paradoxes

October 8th, 2014 at 11:10 am » Comments Off

Fletcher’s paradox A statement or problem that either appears to produce two entirely contradictory (yet possible) outcomes, or provides proof for something that goes against what we intuitively expect is called a paradox. Paradoxes have been a central part of philosophical thinking for centuries, and are always ready to challenge our interpretation of otherwise simple […]



Before we had computers, people programmed looms

September 18th, 2014 at 10:38 am » Comments Off

This portrait was woven using a Jacquard loom. Before IBM, before punch-card computers, before Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, one of the very first machines that could run something like what we now call a “program” was used to make fabric. The machine was a loom and could process so much information that the fabric it produced […]



Here are 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire

August 22nd, 2014 at 12:16 pm » Comments Off

Caesar Augustus died two thousand years ago, on August 19, 14 AD. He was Rome’s first emperor, having won a civil war more than 40 years earlier that transformed the dysfunctional Roman Republic into an empire. Under Augustus and his successors, the empire experienced 200 years of relative peace and prosperity. Here are 40 maps […]



How humans have changed over the past 100 years

July 24th, 2014 at 8:32 am » Comments Off

(Some) people have grown taller People are getting taller and they are also fatter than ever and live longer than at any time in history. And all of these changes have occurred in the past 100 years, scientists say.    



How sniffing rosemary can increase memory by 75%

July 17th, 2014 at 9:21 am » Comments Off

Rosemary has been associated with memory enhancement since ancient times. There are many well known health benefits of the herb rosemary but scientists are now studying its specific effects with regard to memory with outstanding results.    



The Laws of Exponential Capabilities

July 15th, 2014 at 8:24 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: When people like Google CEO, Larry Page, Virgin’s Richard Branson, and X-Prize Foundation CEO, Peter Diamandis, talk about us entering into a period of abundance, there has been a natural tendency to assume we’ll be entering into a life of leisure. People won’t have to work as hard and we will all […]



Top 7 military weapons most people have never heard of

June 8th, 2014 at 8:07 am » Comments Off

Lun-class Ekranoplane History of weapon design is full of examples of human ingenuity run amok. “What are some historical weapons that most people have never heard of,” a group of Quora users asked. The answers provide an amazing insight into the history of war, and offer examples of some of the most ingenious — yet […]



Launching the Whole Earth Genealogy Project

May 16th, 2014 at 10:35 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Some of us get bitten by the genealogical bug early in life, others a bit later. But there are few of us who haven’t been haunted by the question – where did I come from?    



New genetic test can trace your DNA back 1,000 years

May 6th, 2014 at 10:03 am » Comments Off

The new DNA test was over 80 percent successful in tracing people from around the world back to their ancestral origins. Most people can broadly trace our ancestral roots to a country or general region on the planet. But a new DNA test can locate where your relatives lived over 1,000 years ago, and in […]



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