May 16, 2017

Why ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ is played at every graduation ceremony in America


We're all familiar with Pomp & Circumstance, the graduation song that's the official soundtrack of almost every commencement. But how did it get so big?

May 10, 2017

Chicago-area Catholics prepare for giant candlelight procession to honor Our Lady of Fatima


On Saturday, May 13, thousands of Chicagoans are planning to process and pray for an end to violence in their city — heeding Mary's request to pray for peace, forgiveness, and conversion. The procession will begin at St. John Cantius at 7:00 p.m. and move through the streets to St. Stanislaus Kostka. See Fatima100Chicago.org for details.

May 2, 2017

A guide to figuring out the age of an undated world map


Why do alien planets all look the same? Blame an obscure Hollywood rule...


There's a reason that a lot of planets in American science fiction look the same: they're all filmed in the same places. But why those particular locations? It's about money, about union rules, and about the thirty-mile zone -- or as it's otherwise known, the TMZ.

Why did biplanes and triplanes rule the skies in World War I?


In 1917, there were good reasons for having multiple wings...

April 29, 2017

These Chinese firefighters have some impressive jump rope skills


The figure eights are amazing, but the two guys spinning the rope are the unsung heroes here...

Flying across the Atlantic, with a cockpit view of the Milky Way


From SkyProduction on Vimeo: “Flying through the night, while the world beneath us is at sleep, is a pretty common thing as a longhaul pilot. Late evening departures lead to far distant destinations like Singapore, Hong Kong, Sao Paolo or J’burg. Depending on the direction of the flight the crew and the passengers either have a short night up ahead if flying eastbound or almost eternal darkness if headed westwards. Read the full article on: beyondclouds.ch/2017/04/05/vuelo-nocturno-the-magic-of-flying-at-night/.”

April 24, 2017

How nature documentaries are fake (and why that's not necessarily a bad thing)


Everyone loves BBC's Planet Earth, but how much of it is real?

April 21, 2017

Nova: The Great Cathedral Mystery


The award-winning PBS show looks at the famous Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) of Florence, Italy.

April 17, 2017