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Common traits of a cult leader or how to spot a cult leader (or President) in a crowd.

// June 16th, 2019 // No Comments » // Science

Cult leader Charles Manson

A while back, Psychology Today published a list of common traits researchers found in successful cult leaders. These are the people that can, beyond rational belief, convince others to drink the Kool-aide. The list is pretty much a roadmap on how they do it. I’ve reproduced the list below in case, you know, you need […]

How different animals see the world around them

// February 27th, 2014 // No Comments » // Science

Recent scientific research has revealed how animals see the world around them and many possess dramatically different “sights” than humans. For instance, the brain of the dragonfly processes the images it sees so fast, it appears to be in slow motion and pigeons are capable of detecting more subtle color gradations than the most complex […]

Rare photographs of unusual animals before they became extinct

// February 24th, 2014 // No Comments » // Science

When we think of extinct animals, species which are no longer living, we tend to envision dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, and saber tooth tigers. What you may not know is that several species, some quite unusual, have only recently been wiped out. In fact, some extinct animals ceased to exist after the 1820’s when photography was […]

Beautiful animal and nature photographs that’ll put a smile on your face – Part 2

// February 3rd, 2014 // No Comments » // Science

Stop and smell the roses? Sometimes is helps to take the time to recognize the beauty of the world that we live in. Here is a collection of nature photographs that will surely put a smile on your face.

Wave your hands in the air and dance like the Peacock Spider

// January 29th, 2014 // No Comments » // Science

This festive little critter knows how to party. It’s fancy name is Maratus volans but we prefer the more descriptive term, peacock spider (or “gliding spider”), a species of jumping spider with colorful red, blue, black, and green flap-like extensions on its abdomen that it raises for display during mating. The colorful little showboat’s artistic […]

Beautiful animal and nature photographs that’ll put a smile on your face – Part 1

// January 27th, 2014 // No Comments » // Science

Stop and smell the roses? Sometimes is helps to take the time to recognize the beauty of the world that we live in. Here is a collection of nature photographs that will surely put a smile on your face.

Schizophrenia artwork – a peek at the altered perception of reality as seen by schizophrenics

// December 13th, 2013 // No Comments » // Science

It’s one of the more bizarre brain disorders, schizophrenia, a challenging disorder that makes it difficult to distinguish between what is real and what is fantasy. People with schizophrenia have an altered perception of reality, and it shows in their artwork. Below are several works of art, rendered by schizophrenics, that might possibly provide us […]

Giant list of interesting astronomy facts

// September 10th, 2013 // No Comments » // Science

Since who knows when, people have been watching the sky. It has been a means of tracking time, of navigating, of superstition, and a form of entertainment. Check out the giant list of interesting astronomy facts.

Brilliant animated GIF shows how a key unlocks a lock

// January 22nd, 2013 // No Comments » // Science

Animated GIF showing how a key unlocks a lock

We wonder why it took so long for someone to do this. This animated gif from Soup shows a breakaway picture of a lock while a key turns to unlock it. Brilliant animation! And now we know…

Geeks never cry! Yeah, right. See if you can read this 16th century death letter without shedding a tear

// January 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // Science

In 1998, after several hours of hard work, archeologists in Andong City, Korea dug through a tomb exposing a small wooden casket. Inside they found a very well-preserved body, skull decayed but skin and beard still visible. Also found in the tomb, placed beside his head, were the sandals pictured above, woven from hemp bark […]

In the quietest chamber on Earth, the sound of your own heartbeat will drive you crazy

// January 10th, 2013 // No Comments » // Science

A room in the Orfield Laboratories in South Minneapolis is the quietest place on Earth and you might be surprised to learn that your brain can only tolerate so much silence before you begin to hallucinate.  Inside the room, you will hear the sound of your lungs expanding and contracting, your stomach digesting food, even […]

If Earth’s life was compressed into a single day

// January 4th, 2013 // No Comments » // Science

I’m a big fan of Bill Bryson’s writings and especially loved his A Short History of Nearly Everything book in which he gave an example of the Earth’s history if it had been compressed into a single day. The example highlighted how insignificant our time on Earth has been and really put things in perspective […]

Feel like a giant (and get creeped out at the same time) – some everyday things magnified

// December 26th, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

Magnified 22 million times - household dust (cat fur, twisted synthetic and woollen fibres, a pollen grain, plant, serrated insect scales and insect remains)

Here’s a pictorial of some everyday things magnified. Bet you never imagined they would look like this!

Classic: NASA’s famous Hammer and Feather drop on the moon that proved Galileo correct [VIDEO]

// December 14th, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

In 1971, during the Apollo 15 mission, astronaut David Scott conducted Galileo’s famous “hammer and feather drop” experiment. Galileo had concluded that all objects, regardless of mass, would fall at the same rate of speed. Galileo theorized that a feather falls slower not because of its mass, but because of wind resistance. Hence, given that […]

Ancient Roman Giant found – first complete ancient skeleton of person suffering from gigantism

// November 15th, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

In 1991, in an excavation at a necropolis in Fidenae, an unusual grave was found. Archaeologists puzzled why the grave was so much larger than the others. In an age where the average man reached 5’6” in height, the 6’8” giant that they uncovered was a first of its kind.

Computer generated simulation provides stunning visualization of the half million pieces of “space junk” orbiting Earth

// November 13th, 2012 // No Comments » // Science

95% of the objects in this computer generated simulation of low-Earth orbit objects is “orbital debris”, not satellites. “Space junk” consist of everything from spent rocket stages, lost equipment and defunct satellites to erosion, explosion and collision fragments. NASA estimates there are more than 500,000 pieces of space junk orbiting the Earth (“tens of millions” […]