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How a Drunk Driver Led to the Birth of Russia's Sputnik 1
HAD IT NOT BEEN for a collision with a tree by a vodka-sodden driver on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia would not have put Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite, into orbit around the Earth when it did. Sadly, history does not record the driver’s name.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
As we think about the progress we’ve made in the realm of science and technology, it also raises the question of how ethics and morals play a part in those developments. The HeLa cell has provided a great deal of scientific advancements, from proving phenomenons such as cloning to supporting the creation of vaccines, to providing further proof around the spread of viruses and other illnesses. It is the first known cell line that was immortal, having the strength to withstand cell transportations via postal mail, as well as mitigating polio disease. As researchers, scientists, and medical professionals alike praise their peers and colleagues for their contributions to the development of science using these unique cells, there seems to have been a name that was left out as the main source of these discoveries, and that’s Henrietta Lacks.
The History of April Fool’s Day
Let’s face it, we all forget about April Fool’s Day before it’s too late. Over the last couple of years, it seems that everyone has accepted the challenge of pulling off the ultimate prank. From YouTubers to politicians, there is no way of telling who will get to say the words we all dread to hear… APRIL FOOLS!
What is Krav Maga?
Picture the scene: A lonely candle burning on the bedside table. Its flame casting a dim orange glow, barely strong enough to illuminate the single-roomed abode.
Is Fan Fiction Even Legal? Should I Finally Publish My Star Wars Novella?
“Anakin,” she said as she turned to face him again. “What if we pretended that somebody tried to attack me or something. Then you would have to rush me off planet to keep me safe, right? Or what if I was called to a secret meeting somewhere; it would be your duty to take me there, wouldn’t it?” “I couldn’t do that,” Anakin replied firmly. “My Master would know immediately if one of us were lying.” Padme sighed with frustration. “Why did we even get married if we’ll never see each other?” She wished she could jam the words back down her throat as she picked up the hurt expression on Anakin’s face. “I thought,” he said quietly, “because we loved each other.” “I’m sorry, Anakin,” she said as a wave of guilt came over her.
Going Green isn't Radical
It’s been a long day. You slump onto your couch, exhausted. You open up your phone in search of relief, a meme, and a few wholesome updates from your friends on social media. Upon starting the app, a depressing video reveals itself at the top of the screen. A slow symphony fades in, piano and violin lamenting together. A scarred turtle appears, wincing as a good Samaritan dislodges a straw from its nostril.
10 British Phrases That Most Americans Will Not Understand
I live in the state of New York and have spent most of my life living in the United States; however, I am originally from England. I was born on a US military base in the United Kingdom making me a dual citizen. My mother is British and my father an American who she met when he was stationed overseas. I clearly remember being three years old when my father got out of the service moving us from the State of Virginia to settle in his home state of Massachusetts.
21 Facts for 2021: IMDB Edition.
21 fun facts to share, and 1 specifically about myself. Fun Fact about me: I'm obsessed with the trivia section of IMDB. Anytime I watch a movie or television show, I read every fun fact, trivia, casting clue, behind the scenes extra that they have to share. Today I'm going to share my weird quirk with you all.
The Coda Aria
Start Nothing in this world is ever as it seems. Most of what we have been taught or told about our planet and its history are either a distorted version of the truth or an outright lie. To fully understand the majority of the following concepts, one must not only consider this fact with an open heart and open mind but must also understand that most of this cannot be learned through mere knowing.
Myths About the Titanic
This past week marked the 109th anniversary of the tragic sinking of RMS Titanic in the early morning of April 15, 1912. More than 1500 lives were lost in the most famous maritime disaster in history. And almost since the moment the great ship slid beneath the waves rumors, myths, and outright lies have surrounded the event; many of these myths have only been further magnified by the success of the 1997 James Cameron film “Titanic.” Where does truth end and myth begin? Let’s take a look.
Animals Occupying Human Bodies
No, not shapeshifters. What I'm talking about could be you, someone in your family, or half of the people with whom you work.
World's First Humen Monkey Hybrid Created in China
Yanan / California: In a joint experiment, Chinese and American scientists have developed living embryos that contain the most basic cells in humans and monkeys.
Enter The Surreal World of Dreams
Dreams can be so surreal that it feels like you're living in a whole different dimension. They are full of uncertainty and mystery, which is what makes them so intriguing to explore.
History of the Diet of Worms
It was five hundred years ago today, April 17, 1521, that Martin Luther appeared on trial before the most powerful ruler in Europe, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. While the name may sound unappetizing, the Diet of Worms was a formal imperial deliberative assembly in the German city of Worms called to have Martin Luther either reaffirm or renounce his teachings. In German, it’s called the “Reichstag zu Worms.”
Top 8 unsolved mysteries of all time.
Throughout human history, there have been many incidents that do not have any eluded explanation. Due to several known and unknown reasons we are often only left with some crucial questions, but no one to answer them. The majority of the time the evidence went missing, or the archaeological site got destroyed itself.
A Titanic Hero of Immense Courage
Charles John Jouquin by author unknown from Wikimedia.org Charles John Joughin, of Birkenhead on Merseyside, was a man of great heroism and modesty, indeed so modest that many people have never even heard of him. Yet Charles was the very last man to leave the RMS Titanic, after saving the lives of heaven knows how many souls that awful night, as the Titanic ungraciously slipped below the icy cold waves of the North Atlantic, that fateful day over one hundred years ago.
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