These Gamers Chase Atoms, Not Aliens

12.13.2016 Looking to help humanity explore the cosmos? Advance our knowledge in biology or brain science? How about quantum physics or nanotechnology? Grab your Playstation and get to work! By playing science-based video games online, nonscientists are accelerating research in all these fields and more. Researchers tap collective brainpower by designing video game challenges related to[…]

Making the Qurʾan Turkish: Translation and Power in the Ottoman Empire

Micah Hughes on M. Brett Wilson’s Translating the Qurʾan in an Age of Nationalism By Micah Hughes / 03.14.2016 PhD Student in Islamic Studies University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill What could be more unassuming and unexceptional than translation? It is simply everywhere and often taken-for-granted. From ancient, must-read “classics” to the most groundbreaking works[…]

A Timeline History of Ancient Greece

12.14.2016 The First European Civilizations Prehistory Agriculture reached the Aegean region from the Middle East between 6500 and 5500 BC. By 3500 BC small farming settlements were scattered throughout the Aegean coasts and islands. The largest, though still only with populations several hundred strong, were beginning to look like little towns. These communities were active[…]

10 Things You May Not Know about Sparta

Aristodamus and Pantites nowhere to be seen… By Dr. James Lloyd / 11.22.2016 Sparta was one of the most important cities in ancient Greece, and the stories of its heroic warriors continue to be retold through modern films and stories. However, the popular image of Sparta propagates a version of Sparta, our version of Sparta,[…]

Inside the Hacked U.S. Election

In this March 3, 2005 file photo, a workman slides a dustmop over the floor at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Va. Senate investigators have delivered a damning indictment of CIA interrogation practices after the 9/11 attacks, accusing the agency of inflicting pain and suffering on prisoners with tactics that went well beyond[…]

Revolutions in Understanding the Ionosphere, Earth’s Interface to Space

Earth’s limb at night, seen from the International Space Station, with air glow visual composited into the image. / NASA By Sarah Frazier / 12.14.2016 NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientists from NASA and three universities have presented new discoveries about the way heat and energy move and manifest in the ionosphere, a region of[…]

Life and Aristotle’s ‘Four Causes’

By John S. Wilkins / 10.14.2016 Causes Aristotle is (in)famous for his four causes, although they are better thought of as types of explanations. They are usually given standard names, but to make them a bit clearer, I’ll give some simpler  names first (just as Aristotle did in Greek). Composed-of (the material cause): the properties[…]

Trump Officially Selects Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry for Energy Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has officially selected former Gov. Rick Perry, a former rival turned loyalist, to lead the Department of Energy. By Patrick Svitek / 12.14.2016 President-elect Donald Trump has officially selected former Gov. Rick Perry, a rival turned loyalist, to lead the U.S. Department of Energy. Trump formalized the appointment in a statement early[…]

Bangkok’s Husky Cafe

12.14.2016 If you’re a dog lover visiting Bangkok, you simply must stop by the True Love Café, a wonderful place where you can get a taste of Thai cuisine, or enjoy some refreshments in the company of dozens of adorable huskies. The True Love Café opened in 2013, when Chotiros Ratanabirabongse, Paw for short, a long-time husky breeder, decided to[…]

Anumāna as Analogical Reasoning. A Critical Analysis.

By Dr. Himansu Sekhar Samal / 07.02.2016 Assistant Professor of Philosophy Ravenshaw University, Cuttack Abstract: Like most other branches of knowledge, philosophy proceeds from the known to the unknown. The foundation of the philosophy is experience, and the chief tool used is reason. The philosopher must employ his imagination and reasoning and find out answers consistent[…]

Janet Porter Says Her ‘Heartbeat Bill’, Vetoed by Kasich, Was Designed To ‘Be The Arrow In The Heart Of Roe v. Wade’

Janet Porter By Kyle Mantyla / 12.14.2016 Yesterday, just hours before Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed legislation that would have outlawed abortion from the moment a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks and possibly before a woman even knows that she is pregnant, the author of that legislation,[…]

What is Compassion?

By David Breaux / 04.30.2014 One of the most frequent questions people ask me at the corner is What’s YOUR definition of compassion? I figure since people know that I ask others about compassion, a curiosity arises as to what my definition is. My concept of compassion has changed over the years because as I[…]