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Black Tar Heroin: Where Are They Now?

Black Tar Heroin: Where Are They Now?

Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street (1999) is arguably one of the greatest documentaries about heroin in history. The 75-minute long film, shot over a span of four years and directed by Steven Okazaki, depicts the li...
What Is the Economic System in the United States?

What Is the Economic System in the United States?

The United States of America is a mixed market economy. This means that it makes use of elements traditionally associated with both capitalism and socialism. While private enterprise is the biggest driver of American economic...
Who Invented School?

Who Invented School?

Ah, school: it seems like an inescapable fact of life. But it’s not actually a part of nature, which means that someone had to invent the concept of school. Who did that, and when? As far as the modern concept of instit...
The Coldest Place in the Universe

The Coldest Place in the Universe

The space between the stars can get pretty cold, but have you ever wondered what the coldest place in the universe is? The answer: the Boomerang Nebula, 5,000 light-years away from Earth. Let’s explore the features of the Boo...
Why Were Chainsaws Invented?

Why Were Chainsaws Invented?

Two surgeons from Scotland invented the chainsaw in the 1780s to help deliver children. Before C-sections, breech and large babies couldn’t pass through the vaginal canal without removing some of the pelvis’s bone and cartila...
Who Invented Walking?

Who Invented Walking?

Humans have been walking upright for millions of years. The where, why and when are secrets historians and anthropologists have only recently begun to unravel. Let’s look at when humans first began to walk upright, as w...