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Immersed in the Simplicity of Tetris

Immersed in the Simplicity of Tetris

Tetris was an early computer game that millions thought was ten times better than actually working when the boss was out to lunch. It was a simple matter of aligning falling blocks so they fitted into spaces. And when we filled a row it replaced itself as if there were no tomorrow.

Noble History of the Cornish Pasty

Noble History of the Cornish Pasty

Pies and Britain go back a while. By the 11th Century, East Anglia was paying levies to the Crown in herring pies. Henry VI celebrated his 1429 coronation with a regal pie of ‘Partryche and Pecock’ according to an impeccable source.

Brexit, and Then Europa for Lunch

Brexit, and Then Europa for Lunch

Europa, as science teachers optimistically hoped to explain to us as schoolkids, is the smallest of Jupiter’s large moons, and the sixth largest moon in the solar system of which we know. The fact it has the smoothest surface suggests an ocean might exist beneath its water-ice crust.

The Great Mars Tsunami Revealed

The Great Mars Tsunami Revealed

In 1887, an Italian astronomer named Giovanni Schiaparelli announced he had discovered canals on Mars, although he actually mentioned watercourses to tell the truth. More recently, scientists discredited his idea. But it still stuck because we wanted to believe that there is intelligent life on the Red Planet.

2016 New Zealand Earthquake

2016 New Zealand Earthquake

Scientists report the 2016 New Zealand Earthquake defied many conventional assumptions, and “should motivate re-thinking of these issues in seismic hazard models.”