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European History

Napoleon and the French Revolution

When the French Revolution came, Napoleon was ready. He got as much military leave time as he could get, and he plunged into revolutionary politics in Corsica. The story of Napoleon and the French Revolution defines the man who would rise to power as one of the most influential leaders of the 19th century. […]

History

Big History: Putting All of History in Context

Is it possible to understand the whole of the past, from the beginnings of everything to the present day? Is it even possible to tell such a story? If so, what would the story look like? Welcome to the study of Big History. […]

Health and Fitness Articles

Health & Fitness

What are the Health Benefits of Qigong?

Qi is the Chinese word for the energy of life, and the ability to manipulate this energy is at the heart of a great many Asian martial arts. But what are the Health Benefits of Qigong? […]

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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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Health & Fitness

Tai Chi: The Path Toward Mastery

Rather than being a strictly physical martial art, tai chi relies on a combination of the mental and the physical to create a harmonious set of movements. Take your first step into mastering these movements in this lecture by Professor David Dorian Ross. […]

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Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: There’s No Software Without the Hardware

But most importantly was Pleyel’s founding of his piano company Pleyel et Cie in Paris in 1807. Improving on English technology, the company came out with a line of so-called “cottage pianos” or “pianinos”: small, vertically strung upright pianos, the first to be manufactured and sold in France. […]

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Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: Serge Koussevitzky and What it Takes to Be a Special Person!

Generally but accurately speaking, the best advise you can give a musician (aside from never turn down free food) is DO NOT quit your day gig and, if it is possible, marry rich. Assuming that he never turned down free food, I’d tell you that Koussevitzky went one-for-two: in 1905, at the age of 31, he married a woman named Natalie Ushkova, who was the heiress of a fortune made in the tea business. […]

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Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: A One Hit Wonder?

Leoncavallo composed I Pagliacci fairly early in his career, when he was 35. As is sometimes the case, its great and instant popularity worked against him: the public kept waiting for him to produce a work of like or better quality, and this Leoncavallo proved unable to do, though not for lack of trying. […]

Science Articles

Performance-Enhancing Drugs: The Lance Armstrong Doping Scandal

America’s most well-known cyclist of the recent past is, no doubt, Lance Armstrong. Born in Texas, Armstrong turned pro in 1992 at age 21, and within the next few years, won major competitions, including stages within the Tour de France. Few foresaw the disgraceful path his career would soon take, tainted by the abuse of performance-enhancing drugs. […]

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Hubble Images—Exploring the Birthplace of Stars

Among the incredible Hubble cloud images, none has been received with greater public acclaim than the detailed 1995 snapshot of newborn stars emerging from giant pillars of gas and dust inside the Eagle Nebula. This image looks like a fantasy landscape out of a dream or a children’s story. Get ready to explore this image in the context of galactic interstellar clouds, the process of star formation, and the impact of young stars on their interstellar environments. […]