The Brazilian Wandering Spider: One Bite Could Kill

The Brazilian wandering spider, also known as the banana spider, is a highly venomous spider found in Central and South America. It is considered to be one of the most dangerous spiders in the world, and its venom can be deadly to humans. In fact, the scientific name for the spider, Phoneutria, means “murderess”. Brazilian…

Alec Baldwin Shooting: Breaking Every Rule of Gun Safety

News reports tell us the Alec Baldwin shooting really happened. On the scene of the movie adaptation of the Nebula award-winning science fiction novel, Rust, Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed an assistant director of photographer and wounded another person. Film producers hire weapons handlers to take care of these issues. Public controversy still swirls…

Thanos Syndrome: How Not to Deal with Resource Scarcity

Thanos Syndrome is the belief that when a human population is facing resource shortages, the immediate solution should be to reduce the number of people. Who is Thanos? In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, super villain Thanos is from planet Titan. Thanos wants to collect the six Infinity Stones that would give him infinite power. Once…

Win Two Seats on a Virgin Galactic Flight to Space

Two seats on the the next Virgin Galactic flight to space? Sounds too good to be true. And yet, here it is. Virgin Galactic has partnered with Omaze to raffle two seats on one of the first Virgin Galactic flights. The Virgin Galactic Flight If you are the lucky winner, you and your guest will…

Global Warming Is Unequivocal, says IPCC Report

Global warming is unequivocal. On Monday (Aug. 9), the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body for evaluating climate science, released the first installment of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report in a virtual press event. In the report, the authors reviewed more than 14,000 studies that: document evidence of climate change record the…

Fish with human teeth found in North Carolina

A fisherman at Jennette’s Pier in North Carolina reeled in a surprise from the Atlantic: a fish with human teeth. Fish with human teeth are real Except, the sheepshead fish teeth aren’t real human teeth. You just think they look like human teeth. The sheapshead fish is commonly found swimming along the Atlantic coast, from…

Why Your Solid State Drive Failure Is Going to Be Horrible

Your computer’s inevitable solid state drive failure is going to give you a very bad day. Maybe. To create amazingly fast solid state drives, engineers had to exploit quantum mechanics. But, it comes with a cost. Quantum Mechanics and Hard Drives Quantum mechanics is all around us. Most of the time, we are not aware…

When Did Democrats and Republicans Switch Platforms?

Did the Democratic and Republican Parties switch platforms? Many people seem to think so. What’s the reality behind that? Did the party ideology switch? Did the party platforms switch? The reality is is that the republicans and democrats did not switch. The history of the is much more complicated. The Republican Party Was Founded to…

The Drinking Bird Toy That Even Einstein Could Not Explain

If you have seen the classic drinking bird toy, then you have probably wondered how it works. You might not have succeeded in explaining why it works. Some say that Einstein was baffled by it. Engineer Bill Hammack disassembled the drinking bird toy to understand the principles behind it. What looks like red water inside…