Brain Scientist Shares Her Story About Having a Massive Stroke
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A neuroanatomist talks about the day she suffered a massive stroke. Her experience provides a rare insight into the workings of the brain, particularly because these recollections of the stroke...
The Fukushima Daiichi Disaster
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On March 11, 2011, the powerful Tōhoku earthquake hit Honshu, the main island of Japan. Immediately following the earthquake, the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant...
The Torture of Jean Calas
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Jean Calas, a Protestant merchant living in a predominantly Roman Catholic France, was accused of murdering his son in order to prevent him from converting to Roman Catholicism. Despite the fact...
The First Discovery of Gold in California
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On March 9, 1842, six years before the start of the California Gold Rush, the first documented discovery of gold in California was made at Rancho San Francisco, in an area that is present-day...
The NPC Meme: Time to Wake Up and Start Thinking for Yourself
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A simple meme poking fun at the relentless, permanent post-election "resist" culture in America is creating shockwaves throughout social media. The original meme is known as "NPC Wojak" and is a...
Science Agrees: Music Really Is Getting Worse
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Why is music so bad today? Are we just getting old? Remember when our parents told us that the music we listened to was horrible? Is this just a case of us turning into our parents, or is...
The Shocking Zapruder Film
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On March 6, 1975, the infamous Zapruder film, which was shot with an 8 mm home-movie camera by Abraham Zapruder, was shown to a national TV audience for the first time on the "Good Night America"...
Copernicus's Forbidden Book
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On March 5, 1616, Nicolaus Copernicus's book, "On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres," was added to the Roman Catholic Church's Index Librorum Prohibitorum (List of Forbidden Books), over 70...
"Stars and Bars"
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On March 4, 1861, the Confederate States of America adopted its first national flag, often referred to as the "Stars and Bars." The design and layout of this first flag was very different from the...
This Is What 47 Billion Light Years Looks Like
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Astronomers often use very large numbers, and it is often difficult to imagine, let alone visualize, what 47 billion light years might look like. In the year 2003, the Hubble Space Telescope...