Sir Winston Churchill’s Musings on Alien Life

From a recently discovered essay, drafted in the 1939 by Sir Winston Churchill, it has been revealed that in addition to being kept up to date on all scientific research of the time, the revered politician also mused on the existence of extraterrestrial life. Churchill believed that because of the vastness of the universe, there must be many suns with many planets that could potentially …

Understand Code in 38,000 Words

For the uninitiated, the world of coding and computer science might seem akin to the Matrix, where combinations of letters and symbols somehow make inanimate objects spring to life. But with computers powering so many of our daily interactions, isn’t it time we at least try to understand this dark magic? Thanks to a lengthy essay by programmer Paul Ford titled “What is Code?” you …

Cat is Art Spelled Wrong

A new book that aims to explain why cat videos are so alluring

The ancient Egyptians proclaimed their adoration for cats in hieroglyphics, statues and mummification. Today, many preserve the feline species forever in videos, print publications and even with dedicated television channels. When Coffee House Press‘ marketing director Caroline Casey and publisher Chris Fischbach attended the first Internet Cat Festival two years ago at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center, they were stunned by the turnout and the crowd’s …