The Most Bizarre Shortages In History

  By Stephan Roget  2020 Mar 30 – Amid the COVID-19 outbreak of 2020, it shouldn’t come as news to anyone that markets will occasionally run short of something, and not just the staples like food, water, and toilet paper – sometimes it’s …

Grandparent scams in the age of Coronavirus

2020 Apr 03 – By Lisa Weintraub Schifferle, Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education – “Grandma: I’m in the hospital, sick, please wire money right away.” “Grandpa: I’m stuck overseas, please send money.” Grandparent scams can take a new twist – …

Peacock spiders show more of their colors

By Jonathan Amos, BBC Science correspondent – Image copyright Joseph Schubert Image caption Maratus azureus: It’s common for the male spiders to wave their third pair of legs in a courtship dance – OK, a lot of people don’t like arachnids. But c’mon, …

The fashionable history of social distancing

Crinolines, by design, made physical contact nearly impossible. Hulton Archive/Stringer via Getty Images. – By Einav Rabinovitch-Fox, Visiting Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University – As the world grapples with the coronavirus outbreak, “social distancing” has become a buzzword of these strange times. …

 

New Feathered Carnivorous Dinosaur Found in New Mexico

Dineobellator was a formidable predator and boasts the battle scars to prove it. Reconstruction of Dineobellator notohesperus and other dinosaurs from the Ojo Alamo Formation at the end of the Cretaceous Period in New Mexico by Sergey Krasovskiy. This reconstruction shows three Dineobellator …

Carbon fiber rickshaw folds for storage

By Ben Coxworth – The Companion Bike’s passenger seat can be removed, with the two sides of the frame then being pushed in toward each other.  Companion Bike. If you’ve ever been to Vietnam, then you’ll have seen the rickshaw taxi-trikes in which …

Plant-based plastic biodegrades in the ocean

By Ben Coxworth – A microscope image showing how a sheet of the plastic biodegrades in seawater – the material was developed in partnership with Japanese company Nihon Shokuhin Kako. Osaka University. – Whether it’s entangling marine animals, clogging their guts when they eat …

How the Word “OK” Was Invented 175 Years Ago

OK is an editorial joke run wild. (Photo: ClassicStock/Corbis) – By Rachel Nuwer – SmithsonianMag.Com – “OK” is one of the most common words in the English language, but linguistically it’s a relative newbie. It’s just 150 years old, and traces its roots …

Easter – Its Pagan Origins

By B.A. Robinson – Origins of the name “Easter”: The name “Easter” originated with the names of an ancient Goddess and God. The Venerable Bede, (672-735 CE), a Christian scholar, first asserted in his book De Ratione Temporum that Easter was named after …

The History of the Number 0

  By Amanda Sedlak-Hevener – Updated 2017 Sep 12 – The history of the number zero stretches from early civilizations in the fertile crescent (now known as the Middle East) all the way into modern times. This means the question of who invented the number zero …

The Most Bizarre Shortages In History

  By Stephan Roget  2020 Mar 30 – Amid the COVID-19 outbreak of 2020, it shouldn’t come as news to anyone that markets will occasionally run short of something, and not just the staples like food, water, and toilet paper – sometimes it’s …

Grandparent scams in the age of Coronavirus

2020 Apr 03 – By Lisa Weintraub Schifferle, Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education – “Grandma: I’m in the hospital, sick, please wire money right away.” “Grandpa: I’m stuck overseas, please send money.” Grandparent scams can take a new twist – …