Why When You Walk Into a Room You Often Forget What You Went in For ?
Jun19

Why When You Walk Into a Room You Often Forget What You Went in For ?

We’ve all experienced it: The frustration of entering a room and forgetting what we were going to do. Or get. Or find. But why should that happen ?

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Guernsey Folk Remedies & Superstitions
Jun15

Guernsey Folk Remedies & Superstitions

Guernsey folklore used to possess a rich set of ancient cures and remedies for various ailments intermingled with many superstitious tales. In this article we look at a few.

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Why do other people hear our voices differently than we do?
Jun12

Why do other people hear our voices differently than we do?

We have probably all had this experience. We listen to a re­cording of ourselves talking and insist that the tape doesn’t sound at all like our voice – but everyone else insists it does. So, is there a medical explanation for this lack of self-perception?

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What is a Planet? ; How should a Planet be Defined?
Jun08

What is a Planet? ; How should a Planet be Defined?

Science is supposed to be precise in its definitions, proofs and theorems. Its something today that we just expect so it may come as something of a shock that the definition of one of the most fundamental of celestial bodies, a planet, wasn’t actually defined until the 1990’s !

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The Longest Words in English
Jun05

The Longest Words in English

What are the longest words in English Language? – In this article we propose some candidates for English’s longest words – good luck in trying to pronounce them.

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The Four Stages of Public Opinion
Jun01

The Four Stages of Public Opinion

Humans are a fickle lot. You only have to look at how public opinion seems to swing wildly from day to day. So, it might come as rather refreshing to hear how British biologist, Thomas Henry Huxley, 150 years go made a rather pithy observation called “The Four Stages of Public Opinion”.

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How Do We Know Every Fingerprint is Unique?
May29

How Do We Know Every Fingerprint is Unique?

Sometimes it’s good to questions the assumed orthodoxy that we all seem to absorb by gradual osmosis from the culture and society we live and are brought up in. How do we know that fingerprints ARE unique?

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Are Copper or Magnetic Bracelets Effective Against Disorders like Arthritis?
May25

Are Copper or Magnetic Bracelets Effective Against Disorders like Arthritis?

This is one of those perennial questions : Are Copper or Magnetic Bracelets Effective Against Disorders like Arthritis?

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The Mile High Tea Club – Or is it Possible to get a Good Cuppa whilst In-Flight?
May22

The Mile High Tea Club – Or is it Possible to get a Good Cuppa whilst In-Flight?

At guernseydonkey.com we take our tea very seriously to wit our advice on “Making the Perfect Cup of Tea”. So, to the next tea conundrum : Is it possible to get a decent cup of tea while on an aeroplane ?

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Measuring Infinity – How Many Atoms Are There in the Universe ?
May18

Measuring Infinity – How Many Atoms Are There in the Universe ?

t’s no secret that the universe is an extremely vast place. But can we calculate how many atoms it contains?

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What Does it Mean to be “double-jointed” ?
May15

What Does it Mean to be “double-jointed” ?

Should you discover that you have the ability to bend the upper half of your thumb until it makes a right-angle you might feel rather chuffed with yourself as you can then describe yourself as “double jointed” – surely that means you have two joints where most people have one ? NO, unfortunately not!

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They have a word for that in Greek / Russian / Italien … (things you can’t say in English)
May11

They have a word for that in Greek / Russian / Italien … (things you can’t say in English)

If you look at the statistics around the English language you’d think that we already have more than enough words in this ‘language of the World’. However as much as we like to think of English as the biggest and best of all the World languages, it turns out there’s just some things you can’t express in one word … but you can in other languages. Attaccahottoni (Italian); Schnorrer (Yiddish); Soutpiel (Afrikaans); Aware (Japanese)

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Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics
May08

Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics

One of the most prolific, and best in my opinion, science fiction writers, Isaac Asimov, is synonymous for his future histories of the human race and their interactions with robots. Rather than fear them he seems to suggest we embrace them as members of our society. In the first of his ‘Robot Novels’ he even goes so far as to suggest 3 Laws that should be hard wired into these Artificial Intelligence automatons.

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The RGLI’s War In Photograph and Film
May04

The RGLI’s War In Photograph and Film

WWI saw the development of a form of mass media – copious recordings of events both in print, photographs and film on a scale not seen before. We have real time recordings of events that illuminate, educate and terrify us in equal measure. In this article we look at some of the media coverage that was created around The Royal Guernsey Light Infantry.

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Hard Science : The Relative Hardness of Being
May01

Hard Science : The Relative Hardness of Being

Here’s a rather random, but nevertheless interesting, science fact : Did you know that there’s a Scientific scale of hardness ? And when you see it you’ll find that its surprisingly simple – no equations, no calculus and no test tubes involved at all.

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