Chushu

The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms. Chǔshǔ, Shosho, Cheoseo, or Xử thử (traditional Chinese: 處暑; simplified Chinese: 处暑; pinyin: chǔshǔ; Japanese: 処暑; rōmaji: shosho; Korean: 처서; romaja: cheoseo; Vietnamese: xử thử; literally: “limit of heat”) is the 14th solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude […]

Smoking

If you’ve been smoking for a while, you might wonder if quitting’s even worth it. Maybe the cravings and nicotine withdrawal just turn you off to the whole idea. You wonder, “The damage is done, so does it really make a difference?” Absolutely. Your body has an amazing ability to heal itself, and it happens […]

Cassini

Background After almost 20 years in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft begins the final chapter of its remarkable story of exploration: its Grand Finale. Between April and September 2017, Cassini will undertake a daring set of orbits that is, in many ways, like a whole new mission. Following a final close flyby of Saturn’s moon Titan, […]

This Math Problem Will Make You Lose Your Mind

Math, even in its simplest form, can confuse the hell out of anyone, which is why this math problem is driving people crazy. The question, posed on YouTube was originally posted on Aug. 31, 2016 but is making the rounds across the internet again. Why? People keep arriving to two different answers: 1 and 9. […]

Great Heat – Major Heat

Great Heat/Major Heat (大暑), it’s a season with the highest temperature, where the crops grow fastest and the most frequent time for drought, water logging and windy weather. After this day, firefly comes out, soil gets more and more humid and heavy thunderstorm comes from time to time. Dashu, literally translated as Great Heat, is […]

Cellphones vs. Landline Phones

Deborah Braswell, a university administrator in Alabama, is a member of a dwindling group — people with a landline phone at home. According to a U.S. government study released Thursday, 50.8 percent of homes and apartments had only cellphone service in the latter half of 2016, the first time such households attained a majority in […]

Cursive Is Making a Comeback

Cursive writing is looping back into style in schools across the country after a generation of students who know only keyboarding, texting and printing out their words longhand. Alabama and Louisiana passed laws in 2016 mandating cursive proficiency in public schools, the latest of 14 states that require cursive. And last fall, the 1.1 million-student […]

Black History Month

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, Begins February 1st – February 28th/29th, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and […]