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Wonderful Life with the Elements

The following is a review of Wonderful Life with the Elements: The Periodic Table Personified. We’re giving away a free copy of this book – read on for details. Remember dozing off in high school chemistry class? If you think that the [...]

8 Underdog Nations and Their Memorable Olympic Performances

This week, the tiny Caribbean nation of Grenada won its first Olympic medal when 19-year-old Kirani James took the gold in the 400-meter dash. With a population of 104,000, Grenada is the 17th-smallest country in the world, and now the smallest nation to win a gold medal.┬áHere’s a look back at eight other great Olympic [...]

The Zero-Rupee Note Is Very Valuable

Fumiko Nagano of the World Bank writes that petty bribery is a normal part of government bureaucracy in India. If you need some license or form or permission, you’ll probably have to pay a bribe. An organization attempting to reform this practice has begun distributing rupee notes with a designated value of zero, to be [...]