History Articles

History

Biological Warfare: The Geneva Protocol of 1925

Chemical and biological weapons were outlawed by the Geneva Protocol of 1925, which was to set the ground rules for World War II. The Geneva Protocol was a very good idea, but the actual treaty was completely toothless. […]

Health and Fitness Articles

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Health & Fitness

Peanut Allergies and School Policies

Of the peanut policies in place, the only one associated with a significantly decreased number of epinephrine uses was the presence of peanut-free tables in eating areas. Other policies, including having an entirely peanut-free school, did not result in fewer instances of epinephrine use. […]

Robert Greenberg’s Music History Monday

Bronze statue of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Simferopol, Russia
Music History Monday

Music History Monday: Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major

No one likes to be criticized. And no major composer ever received more damning criticism than did Peter Tchaikovsky. Given his incredibly sensitive nature, and the fact that he was, as a homosexual in Tsarist Russia, leading virtually a double life, well, you’ve got a prescription for a most challenging emotional life. […]

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Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: J.S. Bach, Jailbird

And then, in early November of 1717, Bach lost his temper. And while we’re not exactly sure who he mouthed off to—it might have been the Prince himself or it might have been one of his ministers—whomever it was, Bach’s tantrum must have been a doozy, because on November 6, 1717 he was summarily tossed into jail. […]

Science Articles

Fossils: Life Cast in Ancient Stone

How can you turn a soft, organic, squishy organism into a fossil that can survive earthquakes, rising mountains, closing oceans, and colliding continents for millions, perhaps even billions, of years? Just what are the chances of some organism becoming a fossil? Learn about the necessary conditions required for a fossil to form and just how unlikely it is to happen. […]

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The Real Dangers of Multitasking

The popular misconception is that when we’re texting and driving or multitasking in some other way, we’re actually doubling up on our efficiency. The truth is that we’re not. We’re switching our attention between tasks—and every time we make a switch, we pay a price. […]