What’s the smallest thing in the universe? – Jonathan Butterworth
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What’s the smallest thing in the universe? – Jonathan Butterworth

If you were to take any everyday object, say a coffee cup, and break it in half, then in half again, and keep carrying on, where would you end up? Could you keep on going forever? Or would you find a set of indivisible building blocks out of which everything …

Three ways the universe could end – Venus Keus
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Three ways the universe could end – Venus Keus

We know about our universe’s past: the Big Bang theory predicts that all matter, time, and space began in an incredibly tiny, compact state about 14 billion years ago. And we know about the present: scientists’ observations of the movement of galaxies tell us that the universe is expanding at …

The death of the universe – Renée Hlozek
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The death of the universe – Renée Hlozek

Looking up at the night sky, we are amazed by how it seems to go on forever. But what will the sky look like billions of years from now? A particular type of scientist, called a cosmologist, spends her time thinking about that very question. The end of the universe …

What is the universe made of? – Dennis Wildfogel
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What is the universe made of? – Dennis Wildfogel

All the material objects around you are composed of submicroscopic units we call molecules. And molecules in turn are composed of individual atoms. Molecules frequently break apart and then form new molecules. On the other hand, virtually all the atoms you come in to contact with through the course of …

Why should you read Dante’s “Divine Comedy”? – Sheila Marie Orfano
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Why should you read Dante’s “Divine Comedy”? – Sheila Marie Orfano

“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here… ” Inscribed above the Gate of Hell, these ominous words warn dark tidings for Dante as he begins his descent into inferno. Yet despite the grim tone, this prophecy sets into motion what is perhaps the greatest love story ever told; an epic …

The Aztec myth of the unlikeliest sun god – Kay Almere Read
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The Aztec myth of the unlikeliest sun god – Kay Almere Read

Nanahuatl, weakest of the Aztec gods, sickly and covered in pimples, had been chosen to form a new world. There had already been four worlds, each set in motion by its own “Lord Sun,” and each, in turn, destroyed: the first by jaguars, the next by winds, the next by …

Why should you read “The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy? – Laura Wright
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Why should you read “The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy? – Laura Wright

“A few dozen hours can affect the outcome of whole lifetimes/ And that when they do, those few dozen hours, like the salvaged remains of a burned clock… must be resurrected from the ruins and examined.” This is the premise of Arundhati Roy’s 1997 novel “The God of Small Things.” …

Can you solve the three gods riddle? – Alex Gendler
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Can you solve the three gods riddle? – Alex Gendler

Created by logician Raymond Smullyan and popularized by his colleague George Boolos, this riddle has been called the hardest logic puzzle ever. You and your team have crash-landed on an ancient planet. The only way off is to appease its three alien overlords, Tee, Eff, and Arr, by giving them …