Scottish-Canadian scientist William Leitch was the first to describe rocket space flight, easily predating Goddard and Tsiolkovsky. We’re talking 1861! Then in book form a year later. As the article notes, this even predated the science fiction of Verne that inspired the later pioneers.
No relation to Tom Riddle, may finally have been solved. I have long been fascinated by the Basque, since I first learned of them in French decades ago. Merely having a language distinct from those of Indo-European origin, in a see of languages that are, is fascinating.
There is positive research on raising religion-free children. This is what we have been doing, and the findings, plus what has long been known in criminology, don’t surprise me. No offense to my religious friends, but to sell a child on a religion, you are encouraging belief in a fantastical story, a set of “facts” that are circularly supported by faith. Morality exists apart from religion. If religion touts some of the same morality, great. You don’t need religion to tell you to be excellent to each other, not to harm people if you wouldn’t want people to harm you, or that certain things are inherently wrong. You don’t have to suspend your rational mind to be a good person, and you might just be less susceptible to behaving as a bad person due to irrationality. At any rate, interesting stuff.
Who aved the most lives in history? Fascinating list. I tend to think of Borlaug as the biggie, credited with saving perhaps billions, but he is in sixth. Of course, numbers like these are always going to be estimated and conjectured. Still, these are some impressive people. Big Damn Heroes, in fact.