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The Secret Troves of Etymology

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The word Energy

Energy is one of those words that most of us use on a daily basis. It has both everyday and scholarly meanings. We all know what does it mean and yet that could really mislead us whenever we are trying to examine the full range of its connotations and its origins. Let's set out on a trip towards the roots of one of the most common words today.

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What is known about water may have just changed dramatically

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Discovery may have a strong impact, from water purification to drug manufacturing

Water is weird and yet so important. In fact, it is one of the most unusual molecules on Earth -- it boils at a temperature it shouldn't, it expands and floats when in a solid state and its surface tension is higher than it should be.

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Sunday Quotes to Reflect on

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The provocative mind of Jean Baudrillard

"The futility of everything that comes to us from the media is the inescapable consequence of the absolute inability of that particular stage to remain silent. Music, commercial breaks, news flashes, adverts, news broadcasts, movies, presenters—there is no alternative but to fill the screen; otherwise there would be an irremediable void.... That's why the slightest technical hitch, the slightest slip on the part of the presenter becomes so exciting, for it reveals the depth of the emptiness squinting out at us through this little window."

― Jean Baudrillard


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Amazing facts

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Do you know what is the estimated bug population on planet Earth?

Insects are not among the most beloved animals. Most of us are scared or disgust by them. Well, unfortunately for anyone who's afraid of insects, the hair-raising (yet crucial) creatures certainly hold one of the first places in the population championship. Believe it or not, there are around 900,000 known species of bugs on Earth and an estimated 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) of them alive at any given time. So, it's better to keep them on our side.


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On this date, 337 years ago...

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Elena Cornaro Piscopia

On the 25th of June, 1678, the Venetian Elena Cornaro Piscopia defended a doctorate thesis of philosophy and was awarded at the University of Padua. She was a high-esteemed philosopher and musician of her time. However, she became famous as the first woman in European history to receive a university doctoral degree or Ph.D.


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