History Articles

Ancient History

The Mask of Tutankhamun

“One thought and only one was possible. There before us lay the sealed door, and with its opening we were to blot out the centuries and stand in the presence of a king who had reigned 3,000 years ago. My own feelings as I mounted the platform were a strange mixture, and with trembling hand I struck the first blow…” […]

British History

British India: An Era of Economic Uncertainty

How did one of the most vibrant commercial centers in the global economy drift toward colonialism, and how did this set the stage for an eventual conquest of India, by both regional Indian and foreign powers? […]

Health and Fitness Articles

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Health & Fitness

Mosquitoes: Prevention and Treatment

Most biting mosquitoes are active at dusk, so that’s the most important time to be vigilant with your prevention techniques. Light colored clothing is less attractive to mosquitoes. […]

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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. […]

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Health & Fitness

How To Break Bad Habits: Train Yourself Like A Dog

While bad habits can seem like minor, unimportant behaviors, they are, in fact, significant activities that can derail an otherwise healthy, happy lifestyle. How can we use the tools of cognitive neuroscience to help us break bad habits? […]

Robert Greenberg’s Music History Monday

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Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: Pierrot Lunaire

In terms of its impact on the concert music of the twentieth century, Pierrot Lunaire stands second only to Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, which Stravinsky completed six months after Schoenberg finished Pierrot. 1912 was, truly, an “annus mirabilis” – a “miraculous year” – for Western concert music. […]

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Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: Tōru Takemitsu

In 1946, at the age of sixteen, he decided to “become a composer.” Ah: if ignorance is bliss then Takemitsu must have been most blissful, because when it came to music, his ignorance was almost complete. But that didn’t stop him… […]

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Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: Spreading the Love

October 2 was a most interesting day in music history. Rather than choose just one person or event for discussion, we’re going to spread the love today and observe three people and one event for whom/which October 2 was a signal date. […]

Science Articles

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 […]

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Our Random World—Probability Defined

While it’s nice to think that our challenge in life is to get rid of uncertainty and be in complete control of everything, that is not going to happen. One of life’s real challenges is to deal with the uncertain and the unknown in some sort of an effective way; and that is the realm of probability. […]

Dark Matter: MACHOs or WIMPs?

In the hunt for dark matter, there are several candidates that could make up this mysterious substance. One of the more popular candidates are MACHOs, or […]

How Weather Radar Saves Lives

Weather radar technology has revolutionized the forecasting of severe storms and has saved many lives. The revolution began in the evening of April 9, 1953, when two meteorologists at the Illinois State Water Survey decided to break the rules… […]