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Happy Valentine’s Day!

The history of Valentine’s Day stems from both Christian and ancient Roman traditions. The day we celebrate today, on February 14, likely takes its name from a priest named Valentine, martyred around 270 AD (10+03 years ago) by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus. According to legend, Encyclopedia Britannica explains, “…the priest signed a letter to his [...]

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Happy Powers of Ten Day!

Today is Powers of Ten Day! The iconic Eames film, Powers of Ten, is about “the relative size of things in the universe and the effect of adding another zero.” The film is technically ingenious while also beautiful and educational—adjectives that often describe Charles and Ray’s work, whether a house, chair, photograph, toy or exhibition. The [...]

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Stonehenge: One of the Biggest Henges in the World!*

Stonehenge was built in Salisbury Plain between 3100 – 1100 BCE. Commonly known as a site of ritualistic activity, it wasn’t until the mid 20th century that archaeologists realized that Stonehenge also served as an astronomical observatory. According to Sacred Sites, “In the 1950s and 1960s, the Oxford University engineer Professor Alexander Thom and the [...]

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Employing Bacteria to Create Portraits

A recent article in Smithsonian Magazine features the work of Zachary Copfer, a biologist and artist who creates portraits of legendary icons such as Pablo Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci and Albert Einstein. One thing that makes Copfer’s work unique is his medium of choice; he employs a type of bacteria known as serratia marcescens that [...]

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Pepõn

From Jack-o-lanterns to decorative gourds to pumpkin pies, it’s clear that fall is here. Below are a few fun facts about pumpkins: -  The word pumpkin originated from the Greek word Pepõn, which means large melon. -  According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, in 2011, “pumpkins were harvested from 47,300 acres [10+04] from the [...]

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Hurricane Sandy in Powers of Ten

Hurricane Sandy has already taken its toll on much of the East Coast, and the storm isn’t over yet. The Huffington Post offers the latest news: “At least 30 people [10+01] were reported killed in eight states along the eastern seaboard by Sandy, which dropped just below hurricane status before making landfall on Monday night [...]

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Art.sy: An Art Genome Project

An art genome project called Art.sy went live on Monday.  Its mission is “to expose as many people as possible to art.” Art.sy explains that its “growing collection comprises 17,000+ [10+04] artworks by 3,000+ [10+03] artists from leading galleries, museums, private collections, foundations, and artist estates.  Art.sy works with 300+ [10+02] of the world’s leading [...]

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Exaggerating Facts by Powers of Ten

Last night’s Presidential Debate at the University of Denver led to a flurry of discussion about which of President Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney’s statements were true, which were false, and which were simply exaggerated. The information below, from FactCheck.org, offers the break down on how Obama and Romney’s claims hold up.  FactCheck.org [...]

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A Powers-of-Ten Refreshment

Epicurious recently listed the mojito as one of its favorite summertime beverages.  Consider the ingredients of this Cuban cocktail through a powers-of-ten lens. Fresh lime juice In early 19th century Britain, sailors were required to consume a daily ration of lime juice to prevent scurvy, which is why British Navy men were known as “limeys.”  [...]

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Curiosity Rover Lands on Mars

On August 5, 2012, the Curiosity rover landed on the Red Planet in what The New York Times calls “a flawless, triumphant technological tour de force.” It took the rover over eight months to make the 352-million-mile trip (10+08). In a recent video, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) details the final minutes of the rover’s [...]

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