Sure, women invented etiquette. You also could say they invented chatting, strolling through parks and watching awards shows together, but of course you’d have to acknowledge that men “invented” those things too. Like many social customs, both women and men have helped develop etiquette through the ages. While we might look to women such as Miss Manners or Emily Post to teach us the finer points of wedding protocol or the table setting in the modern age, etiquette does not have a female-dominated history, by any means.
The sunshine-colored desert goby doesn’t look like Australia’s toughest fish. The males are small homebodies who watch over egg-filled nests in spring-fed pools. Yet scientists have pinpointed a behavior in these fish that’s long been attributed to short-statured men. The smallest of the desert goby males seem to have a “Napoleon complex” that makes them quick to attack larger males. The idea behind the ferocity, believe scientists, is that when the smaller males act quickly and aggressively, they scare off bigger competition before that competition can even size them up…
Mother’s Day, one of the largest holidays in the world, has become an unstoppable idea. Whether it’s a set of earrings or a dozen roses, few can imagine allowing a Mother’s Day to come and go without giving Mom a gift. Between the candy, flowers and jewelry, in 2013 Americans planned to spend more than $20 billion on Mother’s Day gifts. This figure, which has grown without fail for decades, doesn’t even count handmade perks like breakfast in bed [source: National Retail Federation].
It’s easy to think that our lifetime and the world around us is unique and definitive. But thinking about how many people have ever lived on this planet can add some perspective to our instinctive self-centeredness. And it’s not only a matter of how many people lived before we appeared, but how many have died.
Invaders from outer space might have doomed the dinosaurs, after all. Dr. Daniel Whitmire, a retired professor of astrophysics, published a paper that a recently inferred ninth planet (Planet X) causes catastrophic comet showers on Earth at intervals of approximately 27 million years.
The Aztec calendar, which was adapted from the Mayan calendar. See more Mayan pictures. © PHOTOGRAPHER: STEPHEN SWEET | AGENCY: DREAMSTIME.COM Most people around the globe look at some form of a calendar every single day. Business executives check to see when their meetings are scheduled. The busy mom confirms soccer practices and piano lessons. College students ensure that their papers are turned in on time and they have plenty of time to study for exams. For the people of ancient Maya, calendars were just as important to daily life…
by Bryan Young My Body is Made of Glass In 1422, King Charles VI died after ruling France for more than 40 years. Also remembered as Charles the Mad, the king may have been the first person to exhibit the glass delusion; that is, he thought he was made of glass and would break. The delusion, brought on by melancholia, would continue to pop up through medieval Europe until the late 19th century.
A newly released diagram of all life on Earth, the Tree of Life, contains a whole new branch, full of microbes — which appear to dominate Earth’s biodiversity. How did we miss this? Since Darwin’s day, scientists have worked to map all of life on a single tree to show how all forms of life on Earth evolved and are related. The DNA sequencing revolution has allowed us to fill in more of the blanks than ever before, greatly accelerating research into biodiversity and Earth’s ecosystems and constantly changing our understanding of life….
When the Black Death ran rampant through cities in the Middle Ages, no one knew exactly how or why the awful disease spread. After many generations, we figured out that rat fleas and bacteria were to blame. It was a watershed moment for the power of science. Centuries later, science continues to investigate difficult, bewildering questions every day. Yet even with brilliant minds converging via a worldwide computer network, we still don’t have all of the answers. In fact, some people might argue that we’re just now learning to ask…
Prisoners, the disabled, the physically and mentally sick, the poor — these are all groups once considered fair game to use as subjects in your research experiments. And if you didn’t want to get permission, you didn’t have to, and many doctors and researchers conducted their experiments on people who were unwilling to participate or who were unknowingly participating.