National Geographic's 125th anniversary

On January 13, 1888, 33 of the nation’s intellectual and scientific leaders gathered in Washington, D.C.—their objective, to create an institution aimed at “the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge.” The result was an organization that, to this day, is synonymous with exploration and discovery.

Clara Barton

Each year, the American Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the U.S. Whether a single-family home burns down or a hurricane displaces tens of thousands, the American Red Cross is there to offer aid, shelter, food, and health care. They also support military families, provide for more than 40% of the U.S.

Medicare card

people are well aware of the perils of identity theft. On the advice of experts, we shred our personal and financial documents, we don t carry our social security cards in our wallets, and we protect our online passwords. Despite our best efforts, the U.S. Department of Justice reports that 8.6 million U.S.

Interactive floor plan

When we think of the Internet, we think interactive. Very little of what we do online involves mere static print on a screen. The list of activities is limitless.

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

When Thomas Jefferson came into the world, April 13, 1743, his parents couldn’t have imagined the man he would become. He was a philosopher, inventor, statesman, and revolutionary.

Throughout his illustrious career, he served as the governor of Virginia, author of the Declaration of Independence, secretary of state, vice president, and president of the United States.

brain puzzle

Years ago, when she was a high school freshman, my daughter played the role of Sophia in Neil Simon s comic fable, Fools. The script is full of knee-slapping dialogue such as this exchange between Sophia and her suitor Leon: SOPHIA: I never know what I mean. I do have thoughts, but they seem to disappear when they reach my lips.

Daylight Savings

In 1784, Benjamin Franklin, then America s ambassador to France, playfully chided Parisians on their frivolous use of candles, suggesting in an anonymous letter to the Journal de Paris that they economize on resources.

The Memphis Belle and crew

American bomber crews had one of the most dangerous jobs of World War II. They had an estimated one in four chance of their next mission being their last, with some theaters presenting even deadlier odds of one in two.

Online screenshot

The New York Times recently declared 2012 as the year of the MOOC. What are MOOCs you ask? They are massive open online courses and for believers in lifelong learning, MOOCs are a godsend, offering anyone free access via the Internet to the most elite universities in the world.