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The Nazis Were on to Continental Drift Before Everyone Else

Wikimedia Commons “The dream of a great poet.” “A fairy tale.” “Delirious ravings.” “Moving crust disease and wandering pole plague.” “Germanic pseudoscience.” In the early 20th century, all these terms—and dozens of other equally colorful ones—were hurled at an emerging scientific idea that we’ve since come to accept as irrefutable and treat as common knowledge. You may know it as the science [...]

What Lies Behind the Grand Canyon?

The following is an article from the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research. Note how the bottom of the Grand Canyon (in this rare view) is darker than at the top, giving an idea of how solar radiation attenuates the deeper one goes into the canyon. (Image credit: Wikipedia user chensiyuan) By Earle E. Spamer American Philosophical [...]