A Life Spent Wondering

Why Proving You're A Human Should Make You Proud

Why Proving You're A Human Should Make You Proud

Anyone who has filled out an online form has surely encountered a CAPTCHA, or Completely Automated Public Test for Telling Computers and Humans Apart. This is the test that asks you to type the words you see in the box to prove you are a real person and not an evil bot programmed to generate spam. While this process may seem tedious, one group has gone a step further to make it useful for the greater good. read more

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The Trails of Comet Tails

The Trails of Comet Tails

Comets are one of the neatest phenomena we have the pleasure of observing within our own solar system. The most noticeable part of any comet is its tail. Capable of stretching thousands to millions of miles into space, the tail looks as if it traces out the path of the comet's travel, leaving a trail of debris where the comet once was, but this is not quite the case. read more

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Riding Shotgun

Riding Shotgun

If there are more than two people riding in a car, it almost inevitable that a nice, calm walk toward the vehicle will turn into a running riot as one person yells “shotgun!” and everyone makes a dash for the passenger door. Of course, the others could just admit defeat and give up the coveted spot, but there is no fun in that. Putting all competition aside, where did the term “riding shotgun” originate? read more

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Ancient Light from the Sun

Ancient Light from the Sun

Light, the fastest thing in the universe, still can only travel so fast—180,000 miles per second. While light from the sun feels like it reaches us instantaneously, it actually takes 8 minutes for it to travel the 93 million miles to our planet. As it turns out, though, the last 8 minutes of light's journey are just a small fraction of whole story. read more

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The Cosmic Origin of Aurora

The Cosmic Origin of Aurora

If you are fortunate to live close enough to the Earth's poles then you may have seen the aurorae, colored waves of lights that move through the sky high above. They have also been the subject of photographic interest for those willing to brave the cold to capture the perfect photo of this phenomenon. At first it would seem that the aurorae happen within the scope of our planet, but the story starts much further away. read more

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Do Toilets Flush the Opposite Way in the Southern Hemisphere?

Do Toilets Flush the Opposite Way in the Southern Hemisphere?

Our planet is capable of producing some massive storm systems, one of which is hurricanes. We learn early on that in the Northern hemisphere, hurricanes rotate counterclockwise and in the Southern hemisphere, clockwise. Somehow along the way, this idea was extrapolated to include other types of rotating systems like toilets flushing or water draining from a tub. Is this a logical connection or just foolishness? read more

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The Boundary Effect

The Boundary Effect

Have you ever said to yourself that you need to grab something in another room, only to reach that room and completely forget what you went in there for? If so, you may be the victim of what scientists call event boundaries. read more

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Why Are Lasers Shooting Out of Telescopes?

Why Are Lasers Shooting Out of Telescopes?

Videos and photographs of telescopes and telescope arrays can be gorgeous, showcasing these incredible man-made objects against a clear night sky. In some of this footage, though, there seems to be evil afoot. In the dead of night, suddenly a telescope shoots a laser toward the heavens. What's going on here? Are we shooting down spy satellites? read more

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