Monthly Archive: November 2018

Consumer Alert: Free trials can cost you

Free trial offers can grab your attention. They’re easy to sign up for. And they’re, well, free – right? Not exactly. Some free trials can be expensive. Scammers often use “free” trial offers, with undisclosed or buried terms, to enroll you – without …

Consumer Alert: Free trials can cost you

Free trial offers can grab your attention. They’re easy to sign up for. And they’re, well, free – right? Not exactly. Some free trials can be expensive. Scammers often use “free” trial offers, with undisclosed or buried terms, to enroll you – without …

The value of owning more books than you can read

Or how I learned to stop worrying and love my tsundoku. By Kevin Dickinson – Melk Abbey Library. Tsundoku Library.  Many readers buy books with every intention of reading them only to let them linger on the shelf. Statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb believes …

How Christians co-opted the Winter Solstice

Christmas has many pagan and secular traditions that early Christians incorporated into this new holiday. Mike Colagrossi – – Saturnalia (1783) by Antoine Callet, showing his interpretation of what the Saturnalia might have looked like.  Christmas was heavily influenced by the Roman festival …

Hubble spots a strange new type of celestial object

  By Michael Irving – Astronomers have discovered a brand new type of celestial object: an active binary asteroid, meaning it’s made of two rocks orbiting each other while leaving a trail of gas like a comet. (Credit: ESA/Hubble, L. Calçada). Astronomers have …