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A 23-year excavation into the life of Leonardo da Vinci

April 28th, 2019 at 6:27 am » Comments Off

Met curator Carmen Bambach reveals what she has learned about the world’s most famous Renaissance man. Carmen Bambach, curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, spent 23 years studying the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci. The culmination of her research, a 2,200-page, four-volume […]



Millennial life: How young adulthood today compares with prior generations

March 25th, 2019 at 11:05 am » Comments Off

Over the past 50 years – from the Silent Generation’s young adulthood to that of Millennials today – the United States has undergone large cultural and societal shifts. Now that the youngest Millennials are adults, how do they compare with those who were their age in the generations that came before them?



A 30 million page library is heading to the moon to help preserve human civilization

March 16th, 2019 at 1:58 am » Comments Off

Falcon 9 rocket launches carrying Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Feb. 21, 2019. The massive archive is aboard Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft. When Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft launched toward the moon last week, it was carrying a mysterious cargo. Mission planners called it a time capsule but hinted that that wasn’t the […]



Bill Gates made these 15 predictions back in 1999 — and it’s scary how accurate he was

February 7th, 2019 at 12:22 pm » Comments Off

His forecasts turned out to be eerily prescient. In 1999, Bill Gates wrote a book titled Business @ the Speed of Thought. In the book, Gates made 15 bold predictions that at the time might have sounded outrageous. But as Markus Kirjonen, a business student, once noted on his blog, Gates’ forecasts turned out to […]



America’s most & least trusted professions

January 20th, 2019 at 1:32 pm » Comments Off

  When it comes to honesty in the workplace, some professions have a better reputation than others. For example, some people might question a doctor’s honesty or ethics when it comes to a diagnosis or blame the salesperson when a newly purchased used car breaks down after 20 miles on the road. That begs the […]



The Woman Who Smashed Codes: The Untold Story of Cryptography Pioneer Elizebeth Friedman

September 25th, 2018 at 10:24 am » Comments Off

  How an unsung heroine established a new field of science and helped defeat the Nazis with pencil, paper, and perseverance. While computing pioneer Alan Turing was breaking Nazi communication in England, eleven thousand women, unbeknownst to their contemporaries and to most of us who constitute their posterity, were breaking enemy code in America — […]



‘Moore’s Law is dead’: Three predictions about the computers of tomorrow

September 24th, 2018 at 10:15 am » Comments Off

Experts from chip designer Arm on how chip design will evolve to ensure performance keeps advancing. “Moore’s Law is dead. Moore’s Law is over.” So says Mike Muller, chief technology officer at chip designer Arm, the Japanese-owned company whose processor cores are found inside nearly all mobile phones. Given Moore’s Law has been the engine […]



Endangered Languages: Why do they face extinction?

July 16th, 2018 at 9:14 am » Comments Off

Portrait of a Warrior Asmat tribe in traditional headdress. By definition, endangered languages are those that are facing extinction in the future. Several languages are not being used and are replaced by languages that are widely spoken in various countries and regions. If the trends are not reversed, the next century will see a few […]



The history of a city, as told through its trash

July 15th, 2018 at 8:58 am » Comments Off

Today’s garbage is tomorrow’s archaeology. Humans have been tossing stuff into rivers for thousands of years, whether it’s trash, wished-upon coins, lost items, or dramatically dumped, once-significant objects. That makes the river bed into a microcosm of human history and the development of cities–and a rich source for archaeologists. A 15-year project to excavate two […]



Trillions and trillions of viruses fall from the sky each day

April 16th, 2018 at 11:07 am » Comments Off

Viruses attached to a fragment of a bacterial cell wall. “Viruses modulate the function and evolution of all living things,” scientists wrote last year. “But to what extent remains a mystery.”



Failed ‘Utopias’ throughout history

April 15th, 2018 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

An illustrated account of both evil and righteous attempts to create a “perfect” society. They were all fantastically unsuccessful.



At what age do you become ‘old?’ Here’s what four different generations think

June 17th, 2017 at 3:22 am » Comments Off

If age really is just a number, what number marks old age? Well, the answer to that depends on how old you are now. Millennials hold the least generous views on aging, saying that you are old beginning at just 59, according to a new study by U.S. Trust. Older groups, however, put the starting point […]



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