This is one chemistry class the tech industry needs to get right. You might not realize it, but almost everywhere around you are rare metals from the earth. In your phone, computer, or any other LCD screen, for example, you’ll find a dash of indium, a soft, malleable metal that is in short supply in […]

It’s one of those things that you’ve perhaps never explicitly thought about, but it may have tickled the back of your mind a few times as you make airplane reservations or stare at a departure screen. Where do the three letter codes used to delineate between airports actually come from? What’s the deal with the […]

Source: Ann Swanson, 12 fascinating optical illusions show how color can trick the eye, The Washington Post, February 27, 2015, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/27/12-fascinating-optical-illusions-show-how-color-can-trick-the-eye/?tid=sm_tw. The Internet erupted in an energetic debate a few days ago about whether an ugly dress was blue and black or white and gold, with celebrities from Anna Kendrick (white) to Taylor Swift (black) weighing in. […]

Source: Niall McCarthy, Inequality At The 2015 Academy Awards By The Numbers [Infographic], Forbes.com, February 20, 2015, http://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2015/02/20/inequality-at-the-2015-academy-awards-by-the-numbers-infographic/. Oscar predictions are certainly gathering pace in the run-up to the 87th Academy Awards, taking place in Los Angeles tonight. Will Bradley Cooper walk home with the award for Best Actor? Why did the Lego Movie only get one […]

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Source: Paul Kerley, BBC News Magazine, February 6, 2015, http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30840318. Bursting with information and often incredibly beautiful – maps do more than just showing you where you are, or where you might be going. Here we tell the stories behind some fascinating examples. The recently published Times History of the World in Maps features documents from […]