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Gods & Goddesses of the Inca, Maya, and Aztec Civilizations

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Sharing many common beliefs, deities, and rituals, the religion of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca was rooted in both the earth and the sky, the rhythms of the seasons, and the movements of the sun, moon,…
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Socialism and Communism

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The story of socialism and communism is a saga of idealism and cynicism, revolution and repression, power and powerlessness. The entire political and economic history of the modern era is contained in…
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Physics

Understanding the Properties of Matter and Energy
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Without physics, modern life would not exist. Instead of electric light, we would read by the light of candles. We couldn't build skyscrapers. We could not possibly bridge rivers, much less build a…
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What Is an Object in the Sky?

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When people think of objects in the sky, they may think of planets, the sun, moon, and constellations. Many other bodies orbit Earth and the sun, however. The sky below Earth's atmosphere holds many…
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How Do I Use a Thesaurus?

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The greatest remedy for writer's block--and an effective way to expand one's vocabulary--is the use of the writer's go-to resource: a thesaurus. Thesauri are easier to use than ever before, thanks to…
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What Is a Planet?

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The wide range of planets in our small solar system alone is remarkable--giant planets; dwarf planets; rocky, watery, and gaseous planets; frigid planets and blazing-hot planets; and planets…
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Bill and Hillary Clinton

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Few political figures are as polarizing as Bill and Hillary Clinton. This power couple has generated fiercely mixed reactions since their first appearance on the political stage. A new Clinton era may…
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World War II

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World War II explores the secrets of World War II. Throughout the war, both sides made great efforts to uncover enemy plans and keep their own secrets hidden. They engaged in secret operations, plots,…
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Rocks

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Often concealing millennia worth of Earth’s history, rocks seem to project an impression of durability and permanence that belies their transformation over time. Seen in all shapes and sizes and…
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Landforms

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The planet’s natural dips and elevations, slopes and structures, stud the world’s landscapes and enrich its panoramas. However, the Earth’s landforms should not be viewed as anomalies in its…
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Climate and Climate Change

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As a fixture in recent headlines, the Earth’s climate has commanded much attention.
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Deserts and Steppes

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Characterized by uncompromising climate, sparse population density, and extreme aridity, deserts, steppes, and scrublands represent some of the least accessible regions on the planet. However, despite…
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Geological Sciences

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Described as craggy, rocky, or glacial, among a host of other descriptors, the Earth’s geosphere—that is, its solid foundation—is subject to incredible variation. It is these permutations that…
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