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WWI Centennial: The Conference of London Convenes

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass [...]

What You’re Missing at TED2012 Right Now

As you and I sit here like dopes in front of our computers, a swarm of alpha nerds are basking in the Long Beach sun and enjoying TED2012. Only two talks from the show have been released so far, and they have somewhat differing messages: Abundance is Our Future (by Peter Diamandis) and [...]

The Bulldog: Dog-Breeding Gone Wrong

Bulldogs sure are endearing, and bulldog lovers may love their pets to death, literaly. You see, bulldogs are bred to look that way, and the lengths that people are willing to go to get [...]

3,000 Rabbis

There were almost 4,500 Hasidic rabbis at the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries in Brooklyn, and 3,000 of them posed for a photograph together. Not all of them got into the frame, but this is still a big picture! There’s a link to the high-res version at NBC if you want to find someone you [...]

The Number of the Day: 9,525

When the California Institute of Technology’s men’s basketball team scored a 46-45 victory yesterday over conference rival Occidental, they put a stop to a 26-year losing streak. Until squeaking out that victory, Caltech hadn’t beaten a conference opponent since January 23, 1985 – a period of futility that stretched 310 games over the course of [...]

Boring 2010: The Conference for Really Boring Stuff

No where else would a talk titled “Like Listening to Paint Dry” by William Barrett, which is composed solely of reciting every single one of 415 colors (yawn!) listed in a paint catalog, would be a hit other than at … Boring 2010. Yes, folks. Boring 2010, organized by James Ward of I Like Boring Things [...]

NASA to make astrobiology announcement

NASA is planning to hold a conference on Thursday to discuss an astrobiological discovery. The conference will take place at NASA’s headquarters and c…

NASA announce black hole birth discovery

NASA held a conference on Monday to announce that they’d witnessed the birth of a black hole. First observed in 1979 the black hole is 50 million ligh…

One High School Class Every Senior Should Take

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. In an effort to churn out better-prepared graduates, you’ve been hired to develop one course that all high school seniors [...]

America’s Jiminy Crickett: The Ted Turner Story

After my previous post mentioned Ted Turner’s promotional antics as owner of the Atlanta Braves, a reader suggested I write more about the man who became known as “The Mouth of the South.” In three decades of sports writing, I’ve never come across anyone quite so outrageous. So you don’t have to twist my arm. Moscow, [...]