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  • Farewell from AbridgeMe

    AbridgeMe began with a simple mission - get the world up to speed on any topic in 100 words or less. We're extremely proud of the platform that we built and the community that grew around our concep...

  • Theory of Relativity

    Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity is in two parts. The first, Special Relativity (1905) defines space as a vacuum, the speed of light as constant and time as a fourth dimension for measuring ...

  • Li-Fi (Light Fidelity)

    A method of transferring data which uses light as opposed to Wi-Fi which uses radio waves. It requires a light transmitter and compatible receiver. Under optimum conditions it can reach speeds of 10Gb...

  • BRAIN Initiative

    The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative was announced on April 2, 2013 as part of President Obama’s focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of t...

  • Sustainable Cities

    A sustainable city is planned and designed to minimize environmental impact. There is no generally accepted definition of a sustainable city, but the city should meet residents’ needs without compro...

  • Challenger Disaster

    On January 28, 1986, seven astronauts were killed when the Challenger space shuttle exploded off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, just 73 seconds into the flight. Millions of Americans watched ...

  • Martin Luther King Day

    Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is...

  • Citizens United v. FEC

    Citizens United v. FEC came before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009. In 2008, lobbying group Citizens United was prevented from airing commercials for its political documentary, which was highly critic...

  • The Koch Brothers

    Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch are the heirs to Koch family fortune and principal owners of Koch Industries. The corporation, founded by their father, has holdings involved in the manufacturing, re...

  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    In October 1962, an American spy plane U-2 photographed the nuclear missile sites secretly being built in Cuba by the Soviet Union. After consulting with his advisors, President Kennedy ordered a nava...

  • Sheppard–Towner Maternity and Infancy Act

    On November 23, 1921, President Warren G. Harding signed the Sheppard–Towner Maternity and Infancy Act into law. Senator Morris Sheppard of Texas, a proponent of women’s suffrage, and Representati...

  • Charlie Hebdo Attack

    Three Islamist Militant attackers shot and killed 12 people at the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, on January 7, 2015. Ten staff members of the magazine and two police offi...

  • Blood Pressure

    Blood pressure is the force of blood against artery walls. Optimal blood pressure is considered to be under 120/80 and is a comparison of the greatest pressure to the least amount of pressure of blood...

  • Paris Attacks November 2015

    The city of Paris was attacked on Friday Nov. 13, 2015 by three teams of terrorists which staged coordinated attacks across six locations. The locations included Le Bataclan concert hall where over 1...

  • Flu Pandemic 1918

    The influenza pandemic of 1918 claimed more than 50 million lives worldwide. About one fifth of the world’s population was affected by this deadly virus killing, within months, more people across th...

  • Treaty of Paris

    The Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War between Great Britain and the United States, recognized American independence and established borders for the new nation. After the British defeat at Yo...

  • Genetic Engineering

    Genetic engineering is the process of using recombinant DNA (rDNA) technology to alter the genetic makeup of an organism. Traditionally, humans have manipulated genomes indirectly by controlling breed...

  • Big Data

    Data is being generated and collected at a higher speed, volume, and variety due to technological advances in mobile devices, internet of things (IOI), and social networks to name a few. This data phe...

  • Hurricane Sandy

    Hurricane Sandy was the most destructive and deadliest hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic season as well as the second-costliest hurricane in United States history. The storm developed from a tropical wav...

  • NewSpace

    NewSpace is a philosophical movement often associated with the newly emerging private spaceflight industry. The term is used to categorize a number of corporations which have taken a different approac...

 

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