Bald Eagle Facts: 8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About American Mascot

Bald Eagle Facts: 8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About American Mascot

Forming the symbol of freedom and America, the noble icon of the bald eagle is one that’s both mysterious and fascinating. Their huge wingspans demand respect, and once you learn that the species almost completely vanished in the 20th century, they become that much more intriguing. Despite their common appearance on all things patriotic, there are a number of facts people don’t know about these graceful birds. Bald Eagles aren’t “bald” It’s easy to see these birds aren’t bald in the truest sense, so you might be wondering where their name comes from. In actual fact, the “bald” part refers […]

Planet 9 May be Stalking the Solar System

Planet 9 May be Stalking the Solar System

Planet 9 is the next big thing in the Solar System. Not literally, of course. It’s more massive than Pluto, though that’s not saying much. It’s likely sitting out in the chilly Kuiper belt. And it may be an indicator that there is more going on outside of edge of our neighborhood than we previously thought. When researchers at Caltech announced the possible discovery of a ninth planet, the “Plutocrats” quickly jumped online and furious clicked their way to disappointment. No, this wasn’t a stunning reversal of the 2006 vote by the International Astronomical Union to officially reclassify Pluto as […]

The Mystery Of The Loneliest Whale In The World

The Mystery Of The Loneliest Whale In The World

For more than 20 years now, there is a unique song that is echoing through the Pacific Ocean. This song, of a very singular whale that is calling out in search of company, on a frequency like no other, has baffled scientist and captivated imagination of laymen for decades. The story of a whale nicknamed simply “52” begins in 1989 when a US Navy hydrophone array picked up an unusual signal. This facility, that was used to detect submarines during the cold war, prior to being declassified and repurposed for oceanographic research, discovered a series of whale songs that were […]

Maximón: In Mayan Guatemala, One Legendary Bad-ass has Become a God

Maximón: In Mayan Guatemala, One Legendary Bad-ass has Become a God

Beloved by the Maya of western highland Guatemala, Maximón (pronounced Ma-shee-moan) is part ancient Mayan deity, part Catholic saint, part archetypal trickster. His complex character resonates with ancient religious associations between fertility, virility, the underworld, black magic, and sin. He is the patron saint of travelers and gamblers, and an associate of the devil according to the Catholic Church. A name with many meanings Many people identify him with the ancient Mayan underworld earth-god, Mam (or Ma’am) and may call him Rilaj Mam or “Great Grandfather.” In the local Mayan tongues “Ma” is an honorific title, similar to “Sir” or […]

5 Surprising Facts About Your Skin

5 Surprising Facts About Your Skin

You may be familiar with the idiom “Beauty is only skin deep”; meaning that a person’s character is more important than their appearance. But surprisingly there may be many things that our skin can tell us about a person’s inner world. To begin with we recognize others primarily by the skin on their face. Furthermore, the skin’s facial muscles and blood supply tell us a lot about their moods. We can see if a person is happy, sad angry or embarrassed just by looking at the way a person uses their facial muscles and the color that the blood turns […]

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