Go back 30,000 years and picture an island somewhere in the Indian Ocean. Deep in its tropical forests we find a small group of early humans, tool-making, cave dwelling, social people who live on fruits, fish and occasionally meat.
Our universe might be really, really big — but finite. Or it might be infinitely big.Both cases, says physicist Brian Greene, are possibilities, but if the latter is true, so is another posit: There are only so many ways matter can arrange itself within that infinite universe.
Ever wonder about that peppery and irresistible urge to cough you feel at the back of your throat when you slurp some extra virgin olive oil?If you're EVOO junkies like us (and who isn't?) the answer is probably yes.So, we have another question.
With birds dropping willy-nilly out of the sky, blackbirds in Arkansas, jackdaws in Sweden, turtledoves in Italy, people are wondering if something has gone seriously and dangerously wrong. What are these birds telling us?
Here's a New Year's puzzle: Where in the United States would you have to travel to see the country's first sunrise of 2011?According to James Hilton, from the United States Naval Observatory, the answer is -- complicated."