Susan Marlin-Zeisler

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Rubber Band Power: 7 Stretchy DIY Toys

The humble rubber band opens up a whole range of possibilities for fun DIY projects. These rubber band toys make great gifts, particularly for geeky kids or partners who appreciate the homemade touch.<p><b>Rubber Band Car Launcher</b><p>You can use the explosive energy stored in a stretched rubber band to …

Rubber Bands

29 Boredom Busters Your Kids Will Actually Love

Because you refuse to hear the b-word.

2nd Largest Nationality Living In Each European Country

The map above shows the flag of the 2nd largest nationality, by country of birth, living in each European country. Thus, it may include citizens and …

No one could describe the color 'blue' until modern times

It's about the way that humans see the world and how until we have a way to describe something, even something so fundamental as a color, we may not even notice that it's there.<p>Until relatively recently in human history, "blue" didn't exist, not in the way we think of it.<p>As the delightful Radiolab …

Linguistics

Thank This Geographer for Making Sure New Maps Aren't a Total Mess

<b>So you fired</b> up your GIS software and made an eye-popping, Christmas-colored map of holiday sales figures. Good job, genius, you've created a …

Turning Students Into Players: How Gamification Is Improving Education

In a time where video and mobile games are dominating the market, with sales more than doubling movie box office sales, it seems everybody wants to get in on gaming. Gamification, which applies game design and mechanics to non-game environments, has been used in marketing, social media and industry …

Earth - The 'Lucy' fossil rewrote the story of humanity

Forty years ago, on a Sunday morning in late November 1974, a team of scientists were digging in an isolated spot in the Afar region of Ethiopia.<p>Surveying the area, paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson spotted a small part of an elbow bone. He immediately recognised it as coming from a human …

New Research Uses 2,000-Year-Old Computer to Date Itself: Antikythera Mechanism

The Antikythera Mechanism has fascinated scientists since it was first discovered in 1901. About the size of a modern laptop, this ancient computer …

The last unmapped places on Earth

Have we mapped the whole planet? As Rachel Nuwer discovers, there are mysterious, poorly charted places everywhere, but not for the reasons you might think.<p>In 1504, an anonymous mapmaker – most likely an Italian – carved a meticulous depiction of the known world into two halves of conjoined ostrich …