Archives for February, 2016

Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Leap Day as Only an Astrophysicist Can

Any good gradeschooler knows how many days are in a year: 365. But that’s not quite the case. It takes Earth just a little bit more than 365 days to complete our orbit around the sun–about 365-and-a-quarter days. But 365.2422 doesn’t fly off the tongue so easy does it? So we stick with the old…

10 Gen-Xers Who Changed the World

A couple of decades ago, the stereotype of Generation X members was that they were alienated, apathetic slackers, more interested in making a cleverly ironic statement than in actually achieving something. Today, though, there’s plenty of evidence to the contrary. As a 2014 study by the Pew Charitable Trusts found, Gen-Xers typically make more money…

Brains Behaving Badly: The Dark Side of Human Nature

We all know good from bad and right from wrong, but that doesn’t keep us from committing some bad behaviors. Lust, greed, envy and pride are just a few most people aim to avoid—but turns out, we can’t always help it. Let’s explore the dark side of human nature to see how your brain was born to…

Little Terrier, Big Attitude: Cesar Millan to the Rescue

Tonight on Cesar 911: Simon Strikes Again, Cesar Millan works to tame a ferocious French Bulldog/Terrier mix turning a foster home for dogs into a hazard, and later, a Tibetan Terrier who is pushing his owners’ marriage to the limit. Case File: Simon Cesar first rushes to the aid of Jody and Sue, owners of…

5 Times Dogs Proved They Were More Than Pets

While humans view dogs as our friends, they view us as members of their pack. Ever since early history, dogs have solidified their special bond with humans and their place in our hearts as man’s best friend by protecting us and impressing us with demonstrations of loyalty, companionship and assistance. Here are some incredible examples of this human/canine alliance: When…

The Inspiring Father-Daughter Story in “He Named Me Malala”

This Monday, in the commercial-free television world premiere of He Named Me Malala, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot, will take viewers behind the scenes of her life before and after the attack. Moreover, the film illustrates how the horrific shooting sparked an…

Brains Behaving Badly: Why Are We Hardwired for Transgressions?

It seems that our brains have an evolutionary predilection toward doing the wrong thing. From guilty pleasures to vicious vices, the brain has a tendency to land us in the hot seat. This Sunday on Brain Games, host Jason Silva pays a visit to New Orleans, Louisiana, to explore the brain and bad behavior. Through…

10 Movies That Perfectly Sum Up Generation X

For those who came of age during World War II, there was the 1946 drama “The Best Years of Our Lives,” while Baby Boomers who came of age in the turbulent 1960s connected with “Easy Rider.” Similarly, Generation X has spawned its own genre of iconic films—mostly made in the 1990s—that capture the Zeitgeist of…

What Your Vision of God Says About Your Brain

Our ability to understand, practice, and accept religion is all thanks to our believing brain. While our faith in God may be something our heart and soul decides, the tendency to look for a greater meaning and purpose could actually be something that is hardwired in our brains. This week on Brain Games, we search for the…

How Long Can Your Dog Be Left Alone?

As much as we love to imagine our dogs happy with their alone time when we leave for the day, we know that they would much rather be by their owner’s side. They consider their humans their pack, and all the whimpering, barking and chewing that bothers you and your neighbors from time to time…