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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

The Triple Six Fix (1980)

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

The Triple Six Fix was a plot to rig the Pennsylvania Lottery. Masterminded by Nick Perry, the lottery's television announcer, the scheme focused on the Daily Number game, in which players pay to select a three-digit number in hopes of matching theirs to the one drawn from a container of numbered ping-pong balls. The balls are selected by a vacuum, so Perry planned to cheat the game by weighting all but two of the balls—numbers four and six—and buying combinations of those numbers. Did it work? Discuss


First Video Uploaded to YouTube (2005)

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

One of the most well-known examples of meteoric success on the Internet, the highly popular video sharing website YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim in 2005. The next year, it was acquired by Google for $1.65 billion. Within a few years, more than 25 quadrillion bytes of videos were being streamed from the site each month from myriad sources, amateur and professional alike. However, it all started with a single video, uploaded in April 2005, titled what?


SWAT Team Retrieves Elián González from Relatives in Miami (2000)

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

In late 1999, 5-year-old Elián González and his mother left Cuba on a boat with a dozen other people seeking asylum in the US. Elián's mother and several others died during the voyage, and Elián was found on an inner tube by fishermen off the coast of Florida. He was released into the custody of his uncle in Miami, but his father in Cuba pressed for his return. The custody dispute ended in an armed raid on the Miami house, and Elián returned to Cuba with his father. What has he said since?



In the News

 

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

'White coat hypertension' may be sign of a real problem, study finds

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

For people whose blood pressure rises when measured at the doctor's office — a condition known as "white coat hypertension" — there may be a real reason to worry, new research shows. White coat hypertension, which may affect up to 30 percent of ... Discuss


The Sun's Lost Siblings Could Be Found in Unprecedented 'DNA' Survey of 1 Million Stars - Newsweek

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

An international team of astronomers has revealed the chemical composition of 350,000 stars in the Milky Way as part of an unprecedented sky-scanning project which could reveal the Sun's lost siblings. This is the first major data release from the ...


Defending the world's hottest pepper, a grower explains how to safely eat it

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

A farmer is defending a chile pepper dubbed the hottest on Earth that reportedly landed a man in a hospital with “thunderclap headaches.” Salvatore Genovese, who runs a seven-acre farm in Bedfordshire, England, recently told Sky News that the small but ...



Today's Birthdays

 

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

Anthony Trollope (1815)

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

One of the great English novelists, Trollope spent seven unhappy years in London as a postal clerk before transferring to Ireland in 1841. Soon after, while still working for the postal service, he began writing. Working mainly before breakfast and at a fixed rate of 1,000 words an hour, he produced 47 novels, including the six interconnected Barsetshire novels and the highly regarded, satirical The Way We Live Now. What did he describe as "the most wretched fortnight of my manhood"? Discuss


Stephen A. Douglas (1813)

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

Short and heavyset, Douglas was dubbed "the Little Giant" for his oratorical skill. In 1858, he engaged in a number of widely publicized debates with Abraham Lincoln in a close contest for the Senate seat in Illinois. The Democrats nominated Douglas for president in 1860, but a splinter group of Southerners chose a different nominee, which divided the Democratic vote and gave the presidency to Lincoln. What extraordinary gesture was Douglas said to have offered at Lincoln's inauguration in 1861?


Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909)

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

A dual citizen of Italy and the US, Levi-Montalcini did her most important work with American biochemist Stanley Cohen. Studying mouse tumors implanted in chicken embryos, the pair isolated a nerve-growth factor in 1952, the first of many cell-growth factors found in animals. For this discovery, they were awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. In 2001, she was made a "senator for life" in the Italian senate. In what unusual place did Levi-Montalcini build her first laboratory?



Article of the Day

 

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

The Ig Nobel Prizes

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

A parody of the Nobel Prizes, the Ig Nobel Prizes are given each year in early October—around the time the genuine Nobel Prizes are announced—for 10 achievements that "first make people laugh, and then make them think." Organized by the scientific humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research, the awards are presented by Nobel Laureates and are often intended to draw attention to scientific articles that have some humorous or unexpected aspect. What are some of the prize-winning topics? Discuss


Flood Myths

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

The story of a great flood sent by a deity to destroy civilization as an act of divine retribution appears in many ancient cultural traditions. Though it is best known in the modern Western world through the Biblical story of Noah's ark, other versions, such as stories of Matsya in the Hindu Puranas, Deucalion in Greek mythology, and Utnapishtim in the Epic of Gilgamesh, are also well known. What do scientists believe accounts for the flood myth's prevalence in so many cultures?


Unsolved Problems in Physics

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

The field of physics has expanded exponentially in the last few centuries, but scientists still grapple with a number of problems and questions that remain unsolved. Several of these problems are theoretical: they involve observed phenomena that existing theories seem incapable of explaining. Others are experimental: they concern theories that do not lend themselves to testing or phenomena that cannot be investigated in greater detail. What are several of the most prominent unsolved problems?



Quotations of the Day

 

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

William Makepeace Thackeray

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

When one fib becomes due as it were, you must forge another to take up the old acceptance; and so the stock of your lies in circulation inevitably multiplies, and the danger of detection increases every day. Discuss


Booker T. Washington

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.


Lucy Maud Montgomery

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT

Life may be a vale of tears, all right, but there are some folks who enjoy weeping.




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