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How to Write an Epic Poem: Infographic

Somewhere <i>in medias res</i> between <i>Iliad</i> and <i>Odyssey</i>, betwixt <i>Gilgamesh</i> and <i>Beowulf</i>, a lonely hero (of noble character) trods a path constructed of dactylic …

Infographics

How to Break Your “Writer’s Block”

I don’t believe in writer’s block. With kids, dogs, work, and Facebook to keep up with, I don’t have time to get stuck. I’ve got to find a way to …

Creative Writing

Math, Science, & Technology: Playlist and Prompt

This month, Math, Science, & Technology are music to our ears. Work both sides of your brain and listen to the collection of songs we’ve chosen just …

Mathematics

Math, Science, & Technology Prompt: Physics Love Poem

Scientists have intertwined the singular magic of physics and poetry since before the Victorian age. One of the most prominent Victorian poet …

Literature

Math, Science, & Technology Poetry Prompt: Wider Than the Sky

Some believe one day a computer will surpass the capacity of the human brain, yet the mind is greater than any super computer or big data analytics …

Creative Writing

8 Wedding Destinations That Are Positively Swoon-Worthy

Weddings are fun. But, destination weddings, with their built-in vacation status, are even better. As a bride, though, you want to make sure you’re …

Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative-energy …

National Academy of Sciences

Recipe: Roasted Shrimp Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa

Roasted Shrimp Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa<p>Serves 4 to 6 as an appetizer<p><i>For the salsa:</i> <br>1 medium ripe mango <br>1 medium ripe avocado <br>1 to 2 jalapeños, …

Seafood

Crispy Stuffed Chicken Caprese with Fresh Tomato-Basil Relish

Sometimes it boggles my mind just how quickly time can fly and usher in a new phase of life quite unexpectedly.<p>Our children grow as quickly as the …

Balsamic Vinegar

Welcome To Mars. Here's Where You'll Be Staying

In a fun competition to design a 3-D-printed Martian habitat, three designs are finalists.<p>NASA has plans to put humans on Mars in the 2030s or 2040s, and the private company Mars One is already interviewing applicants to for its one-way trip to the Red Planet. But a couple of crucial questions …

Habitats

10 Earth Landscapes That Look Like They're From Another Planet

Believe it or not, these photos were all taken right here on Earth.<p>The Earth is filled with amazing natural wonders, but some of them are so extraordinary you'd think you landed on another world.

Influenza: How the Great War helped create the greatest pandemic ever known

The Great War helped create the influenza pandemic of 1918, which eventually brought an early end to the Great War<p>I had a little bird,<br>Its name was Enza.<br>I opened the window,<br>And in-flu-enza.~ Children's Skipping Rhyme, 1918<p>Like most rhymes that one learns as a child, I had no idea at the time what …

Laser Light Could Make Flu Vaccine 7 Times More Effective

Lasers to the rescue, again<p>When you get a vaccine, it's typically injected into the muscle below the skin with a needle. But vaccines administered through the skin can use smaller pin-prick methods that could be useful for those afraid of needles, such as children. These cutaneous vaccines have the …

Flu Vaccine

Microsoft explains quantum computing in a way we can all understand

Quantum computing -- it's a term we're hearing more and more, as companies such as D-Wave build their own early versions of super-machines. Microsoft, naturally, is investing considerable resources in the field as well; its Station Q research lab in Santa Barbara brings together experts studying …