History Articles

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American History

An Icon of History: Thomas Jefferson’s Bible

Jefferson’s bible is an amazing artifact. It provides insight into Jefferson’s views and his handiwork, an amazing illustration of how this founding father himself practiced the freedom of religion so avidly sought for all Americans. […]

History

Education in the Renaissance

Education during the Italian Renaissance was carefully programmed to create students who were well-balanced and who embodied the values of their society. What, exactly, was […]

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American History

Symbol of Liberty: Benjamin Franklin’s Walking Stick

Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s Founding Fathers, cherished his walking stick. This relatively simple object, adorned with a liberty fur cap at the top, conveys a powerful message about America’s national character at its inception and reveals the success of Franklin’s diplomatic efforts with France during Revolutionary times. […]

Health and Fitness Articles

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Health & Fitness

Nutritional Supplement Labels May Be Lying to You

Researchers in Canada purchased 31 melatonin products from stores in Guelph, Ontario. They analyzed the content of tablets, liquids, and chewables, and found that few of the products contained their labeled dose. […]

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Featured

Are We Headed Back to the Pre-Antibiotic Era?

We now have a moral obligation to use antibiotics more wisely than ever before. They are only beneficial under some circumstances, and have real risks of side effects. inappropriate use is leading to “superbugs” and a possible return to the pre-antibiotic era, where we will have no drugs to treat the pathogens. […]

Robert Greenberg’s Music History Monday

Painting of Handel, King George, and several others on a boat, another boat with people in the background
Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: Water Music, Fiction and Facts

With all due respect to the twentieth century composer Benjamin Britain, Handel remains the most famous and beloved “English” composer in history, while Georg Ludwig, as King George I, founded a royal dynasty that lives on today in the form of George’s great-great-great-great-great-great granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II. […]

Science Articles

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Are Women More Emotional Than Men?

Are Women More Emotional Than Men? This idea that men and women think, talk, and understand things differently has existed for decades—inspiring books, college courses, research studies, and countless sitcoms. The truth is much more complicated and nuanced. […]

Alternating Current vs. Direct Current—What’s The Difference?

Examine the nuances of alternating and direct currents, see how transformers use electromagnetic induction to transform voltage levels in AC circuits, and observe the role of diodes and capacitors in regulating current. See how the DC power supplies that charge our cell phones are constructed so that they convert alternating to direct current. […]

The Birth of Modern Science

One enduring mystery of modern science is why it happened where and when it did. Had modern science emerged in late Greco-Roman antiquity, in 11th- or […]

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Will Flowering Plants Take Over the World?

Flowering plants arrived relatively late in geological time, between 290 to 145 million years ago. But once here, they evolved quickly and often displaced many other types of plants. In fact, in terms of species, flowering plants are the dominant plant form on Earth today with more than 300,000 types. Learn how their unique reproductive mechanisms led to this explosion of speciation in such a relatively short time.
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How Do Your Eyes Work?

The human eye is a spectacularly complex organ that is fascinating to behold. Take a closer look at the structure and function of your eyes. The eyes […]