June 28, 2018 Caliph Donald Trump and The Rise of the Christian Taliban Imagine the reaction if congressman Keith Ellison, the first Muslim in the U.S. congress, proclaimed that he is a Muslim first and American second? How about other Muslim, Jewish, or Hindu leaders stating that they are working to establish the Sharia law, the law of Moses or Gita in the United States? Yet the current administration is doing exactly that: establishing a theocracy based on ultra conservative Christian beliefs. But few people are as alarmed as they should be.
June 27, 2018 How Spiders Use Silk to Fly Spider flight, known as ballooning, is a mysterious phenomenon not fully understood by science. How is it that spiders can use their own silk to ride the wind for miles at a time? A researcher in Berlin tested crab spiders in nature and a wind tunnel to find out more about how they fly.
June 21, 2018 A Hundred Years of Detroit: Then and Now A split-screen tour highlights the iconic landmarks and auto-manufacturing industry of the Motor City, once the fourth largest city in America with its wealth of stable jobs on the Ford, Chrysler, and G.M. assembly lines.
June 19, 2018 Inside the Nose of an Elephant Elephants have a keen nose. They have more smell receptors than any mammal – including dogs – and can sniff out food that is several miles away. A new study tests their ability to distinguish between similar smelling plants.
June 14, 2018 In Search of Forgotten Colours Sachio Yoshioka is the fifth-generation head of the Somenotsukasa Yoshioka dye workshop in Fushimi, southern Kyoto. When he succeeded to the family business in 1988, he abandoned the use of synthetic colours in favour of dyeing solely with plants and other natural materials. 30 years on, the workshop produces an extensive range of extremely beautiful colours.
June 12, 2018 How a 1929 Silent Film Created the Countdown Fritz Lang directed an extremely innovated film in 1929 called Woman in the Moon. (Frau Im Mond in German). He hired rocket pioneer Hermann Oberth to be his technical director, and the film was a huge success. The film heavily influenced Wernher von Braun on how he saw the future of spaceflight.
June 11, 2018 WinterLab If you're in Canada, you need good winter boots. But how do you know whether they're actually safe, or whether you'll fall over the first time you step on ice? This is WinterLab, part of the Challenging Environment Assessment Laboratories at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, where they're testing winter shoes with science.
June 7, 2018 Nietzsche on Envy Friedrich Nietzsche was one of the great theorists of envy: he believed that envy is everywhere and that most of us don't even realise how much we feel it and the way it powers our behaviour. Having a good relationship with our envious tendencies was for Nietzsche a mark of maturity and wisdom. He is an indispensable guide to living more serenely around our envious pangs.
June 1, 2018 Length Contraction and Time Dilation The length of any object in a moving frame will appear foreshortened in the direction of motion, or contracted. The amount of contraction can be calculated from the Lorentz transformation. The length is maximum in the frame in which the object is at rest.