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Wright’s Law

(YouTube link) Jeffrey Wright is a very popular and effective physics teacher at Louisville Male Traditional High School in Kentucky. But he has lessons from his own life that are even more important than physics. Read more about him at the New York Times. Link 

Flying 150,000 Miles Over 64 Days Without Landing

In 1959, Bob Timm and John Wayne Cook took off from the Las Vegas airport in a Cessna 172 for the longest airplane flight of their lives. Or anyone’s life! They stayed aloft for for 64 days, 22 hours, and 19 minutes, a record that has never been broken. They remained in the general area [...]

New Map of Earth’s Animals

Naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, a contemporary of Charles Darwin, constructed a map of the world’s animals. Now that map has been updated, with new information gleaned over the past century about where the Earth’s animal species live. It includes data on 20,000 species of mammals, birds, and amphibians.   The global map data can be used [...]

Operation Christmas Drop

(YouTube link) The people of Micronesia live on small, isolated islands, with little traffic and few modern amenities. The U.S. Air Force has delivered Christmas through Operation Christmas Drop for 60 years now. It’s an assignment every Airman wants. This large-scale humanitarian mission had relatively humble beginnings. According to the 36th Wing historian, the exact origin of [...]

The 6 Most Embarrassing War Stories of All Time

Odd things happen in the confusion of war, or training for war, or even peacetime that resembles war. An example of the latter happened in 2010, when Nicaraguan commander Eden Pastora and his men accidentally invaded Costa Rica, supposedly because of a border error in Google Maps. It’s not clear why he decided to consult an [...]

The People vs. IKEA Monkey

The little monkey wearing a shearling coat that showed up at a Toronto IKEA last week is now a case for the courts. Toronto Animal Services lodged the monkey named Darwin at the Story Brook Farm Primate Sanctuary. Yasmin Nakhuda, who owns the monkey, wants him back. …defendant Nakhuda, a real estate attorney by profession, filed [...]

Meet Migaloo, World’s First "Archaeology Dog"

Anyone who has a dog will tell you they are pretty good at finding buried bones. But can a dog sniff out ancient human bones, apart from all the other organic material buried underneath us? Dog trainer Gary Jackson has been working with a female Australian rescue dog, a Labrador named Migaloo, to see if [...]

Elephant Custody Dispute

A new baby elephant was born Friday at the Oregon Zoo. The calf, a female, is doing fine so far. But animal rights activists discovered that although the mother belongs to the zoo, the actual owner of the yet-unnamed baby is  the private elephant ranch Have Trunk Will Travel. That discovery sparked such an outcry [...]

Yellow Scream

(YouTube link) Yellow Scream is a half-hour documentary about painting screams with yellow paint, by Korean artist/comic Kim Beom. Here is what information we get from the YouTube page: “The technique to this painting is to incorporate the sound of screams into the brush strokes,” states the narrator in Kim Beom’s video Yellow Scream (2012). “A brush [...]

WWII War Paint: How Bomber-Jacket Art Emboldened Our Boys

As we reflect on the significance of Pearl Harbor Day, we can learn more about one of the iconic artistic relics of World War II: the decorated leather bomber jacket. The Army Air Corps was filled with new pilots, some just teenagers, who dressed up those jackets with mission counts, cartoon characters, caricatures, and sometimes [...]