I am a writer who searches for facts to create compelling nonfictional accounts about our everyday lives as human beings, and I am an avid writer involved in creating short fictional stories that help to stir the imagination for anyone.
The Mentality of Narcissism
The ancient Greeks and Romans had a fable about a person who was a little too fixated on his own image, even before the first selfie. Narcissus was depicted in one story as a handsome man who traveled the globe in quest of a romantic partner. He rejected a nymph by the name of Echo and then fell in love with his own reflection in a river. Narcissus drowned as a result of his inability to escape. His final resting place was marked by a flower, which we now refer to as the Narcissus.
Cats' Interpretation on World History
Only 118 of the 2,200 crew members of the German battleship Bismarck survived the ferocious fighting that caused it to sink on May 27th, 1941. A black and white cat, however, was an unexpected survivor when a British destroyer arrived to collect the prisoners. The cat was clinging to a floating plank. This cat pursued rodents for several months, boosting British spirits, until an unexpected torpedo attack broke the ship's hull and caused it to sink. Fortunately, though, not the cat.
How Does Caffeine Maintain our Alertness?
Every year, people drink more than 100,000 metric tons of caffeine. That is the same as 14 Eiffel Towers' weight! Even though we may not have gotten enough sleep, caffeine makes us feel alert, focused, and active. However, it can also cause anxiety and elevate blood pressure. What keeps us awake, then? The science underlying the most commonly used drug worldwide is explained by Hanan Qasim.
Cookies' Chemical Composition
A dish of warm, gooey cookies appears when cookie dough is placed in the oven. It's science, not magic, though. Stephanie Warren discussed how the dough expands out, at what temperature we can kill salmonella, and why that mouthwatering aroma coming from the oven means the cookies are ready for consumption using fundamental principles of chemistry.
The Psychology of Illogical Behavior
People frequently make choices that, from a purely economic perspective, are not "rational" and may not always produce the greatest outcome. How come? Are we merely inept at calculating odds and numbers? Or is it caused by a psychological mechanism? Heuristics are techniques to solving problems that rely more on prior knowledge and intuition than on analysis, as explained by Sara Garofalo.
Test Your Intuition: The Birthday Dilemma
Imagine a large number of individuals. What size group do you think it would take before there was a greater than 50% chance that two members of the group shared the same birthday? The response is probably lower than you anticipated. David Knuffke demonstrated this for us about how the birthday problem exposes our frequently subpar probability sense.
Why is Juneteenth Important? What is it?
Learn about the origins of Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the abolition of slavery in the United States during the Civil War. Slavery continued in the final strongholds of the Confederacy even though it was formally prohibited in all states at the end of the Civil War. This was the situation when, on June 19, Union General Gordon Granger led his men into Galveston, Texas, declaring all slaves there to be free. Soraya Field Fiorio and Karlos K. Hill did an in-depth exploration of the background of Juneteenth.
The Disputed Origins of the English Language
We frequently consider "English" to be a single language when discussing it. But what do the regional tongues used in dozens of nations have with one another or with Chaucer's writings? In order to demonstrate how English has changed throughout the years among speakers, Claire Bowern recounts for us in this piece the language's history from the present to its prehistoric origins.
The Neutron Star's Life Cycle Over Time
A huge star in our galaxy runs out of fuel around once every century. It collapses under the weight of its own gravity and erupts in a supernova because it is no longer able to generate enough energy to keep its structure intact. A neutron star, one of the universe's densest known objects, is created when that star dies. David Lunney investigated for us in this piece to know what a neutron star is specifically.
Why is Glass Transparent To The Naked Eye?
The world on the other side is visible if you use binoculars, glasses, or a window to look through. How can something that is so solid be so invisible? In this article, Mark Miodownik explained to us the scientific method behind amorphous solids.