Paying with Bitcoin: What You Need to Know

Image Source. Cryptocurrency, especially Bitcoin, continues to rise in popularity despite its value’s recent volatility; and if you are looking to use bitcoin to pay for things, you have to take due diligence in knowing how to do it, where you can spend, …

 

Tholins: The red goo critical to life in the universe

Carl Sagan—who first coined the term—was tempted to call them “star-tar.” By Matthew Davis –  Tholins are a broad group of organic compounds formed when simpler molecules are irradiated. They are extremely common in our solar system, and studies have shown that their …

Study of lookalikes refutes popular personality theory

Researchers discover whether genes or social interaction shape personality. By Paul Ratner – Scientists looked at pairs of people who looked like each other but were not twins. The results showed that genetics plays a stronger role in personality formation than how alike …

 

The meteor shower that brought Tunguska is due in June

That disastrous rock now looks to have been a Beta Taurid passenger. By Robby Berman – By Z. Sekanina – Z. Sekanina, The Tunguska event – No cometary signature in evidence, Astron. J. 88 (1983) 1382. doi:10.1086/113429., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61182393 Tunguska’s trajectory and …

Civita Bagnoregio, the dying city

By Jean-Pierre Fabre Bruot – Civita Bagnoregio (pronounced “Ban-yo-regio”) is a delightful ancient hamlet, noted for its striking position atop a plateau of  volcanic tuff overlooking the Tiber river valley. Perched on top of a tufa hill among a desolated valley made up of …

How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin. Frank Jacobs – America’s two political tribes have consolidated into ‘red’ and ‘blue’ nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences. Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to …

Even these Terrible Maps can teach us something

Despite itself, this collection of awful cartography may just make a few useful observations. By Frank Jacobs – Since 2016, Terrible Maps has been collecting, well… terrible maps. They’re awful, pointless and stupid, but also funny (and sometimes even instructive). Here are 10 …

A new study proves parachutes are useless

A new study flies in the face of anecdotal evidence and raises questions about how we read data. Scotty Hendricks – Scientists working at medical schools across the United States discovered that parachutes don’t lower the death rate of people jumping out of …

How the Big Rip could end the world

A theory from cosmology claims the Universe could rip apart to shreds. By Paul Ratner – A cosmological model predicts that the expanding Universe could rip itself apart. Too much dark energy could overwhelm the forces holding matter together. The disaster could happen …

Paying with Bitcoin: What You Need to Know

Image Source. Cryptocurrency, especially Bitcoin, continues to rise in popularity despite its value’s recent volatility; and if you are looking to use bitcoin to pay for things, you have to take due diligence in knowing how to do it, where you can spend, …