Plato's Allegory of the Cave

Are We Living In The Matrix?

February 15, 2012 Science 4 Comments

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave tells of a group of prisoners who have lived their entire lives in chains, facing the wall of a cave. They’ve spent every moment of their existence facing the wall, seeing nothing but reflected shadows cast from an unseen light. The prisoners, trying to understand ...

Amazing Ant City Discovered In Brazil

February 15, 2012 Science

In 2010, scientists discovered an abandoned underground ant city in Brazil. The sprawling, ventilated network of tunnels beneath the earth were once inhabited by millions of leafcutter ants, quite possibly the largest colony the world has ever known. In fact, the colony was so large and coordinated that scientists are ...

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider To Increase Energy

February 15, 2012 Science

The power of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will soon increase by 14%, reaching “a total collision energy of 8 trillion electron volts.” The particle accelerator is currently resting up after an exciting year in 2011. When it starts up again “later this year,” it will break its previous energy ...

Apocalypse Preparedness 101

February 15, 2012 Yesterday's Myths & Mysteries

It’s here! We’re a solid month and a half into the year 2012, the year of prophecy and certain doom (not to mention 7 years overdue for a Civil War). Are you prepared? No? Don’t worry: National Geographic’s got your back. Their new series, “Doomsday Preppers,” takes an inside look ...

Moon And Mars One
Image: Dimentoid

Photo: The Moon & Mars

February 13, 2012 Space

I’d tell you that’s an extraterrestrial orb, but it’s really just the moon. These photos (which aren’t particularly great) were taken on the morning of February 9, 2012. I’d just randomly decided to head outside and noticed the very bright off-color, yellow/red “star” near the moon (you can see it ...

The Time Machine DeLorean
Image: Rob Schwarz

Are Hover Boards In Our Future?

February 13, 2012 Inventions & Tech

Here we are, three years from 2015, and there’s no sign of flying cars, hover boards, or retro-80s cafes on the horizon. What gives? Luckily, a new study released over the weekend may give us renewed hope. According to Professor Jun Zhang of NYU’s Courant Institute, hovering may be more ...

Digital: A Love Story

February 10, 2012 Entertainment

I started using the Internet around 1999, when I was about 13 years old. We’d already had a PC for maybe five years, and a Commodore 64 well before that. But getting online and browsing the web was an awesome new thing to us. The old stuff had a lot ...