Science & Technology

  1. What’s In A Name: Tech Talk

    In the modern world we occupy, tech company names like Google, Yahoo, Amazon, eBay and others are a part of our daily life and conversations. Some of them, like Google, become synonymous with the act itself. If you need to search something, you “just Google it,” which is much like what happened to Xerox when copiers came into vogue. Have you ever stopped to consider where …

  2. OMG, Texting Acronyms FTW

  3. The Origin Of The QWERTY Keyboard

  4. 10 Of The Weirdest Phobia Names

  5. Category 4 or Category 1: What Hurricane Category Numbers Mean

    It’s rare that we talk about hurricanes in October, but 2016 will be a noted exception. Hurricane Matthew has already wreaked havoc across the Carribbean, and continues to move across the southeastern US. Part of the drama of hurricane season revolves around the predicting and changing of the severity – or category – of the storm. What category will the hurricane be when it hits land? What kind of …

  6. Hurricane “Lisa?” Hurricane “Matthew?” Who picks storm names, and what’s next on the list?

    Nobody can guess how serious the next hurricane will be, but you might be able to find out what it will be named. An important thing to note is that weather events aren’t eligible for a name until they transform from a tropical depression into a tropical storm. When tropical storms reach a certain velocity, they become cyclones, which North Americans call hurricanes. Then, the name of a hurricane …

  7. September’s Autumnal Equinox and How a “Solstice” is Different

    The onset of autumn differs depending on whom you ask. For some, Labor Day marks the shift of seasons. For others, it’s when the dramatic harvest moon rises on the horizon. But traditionally, fall begins promptly with the autumn equinox. The equinox occurs twice a year. The vernal equinox happens around March 21, when the sun moves north across the celestial equator. The autumnal equinox …

  8. Speak the Season: 7 Essential Words of Fall

  9. 12 Strange Names of These Baby Animals

  10. Cyclone, Typhoon, Hurricane…Are They All The Same?

    Are hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons distinct meteorological phenomena, or just different names for the same horrible type of storm? Let’s start with cyclone, since it has the clearest and most precise definition of the three. A cyclone is “a large-scale, atmospheric wind-and-pressure system characterized by low pressure at its center and by circular wind motion.” And cyclones spin “counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.” Since cyclones …