How did Bread become a staple food in the West ?
Jul05

How did Bread become a staple food in the West ?

Bread has not always been the staff of life, certainly not in the West. Today however bread & bread products are our staple foods. Life without it would be unthinkable. So how did our most basic and yummy of foods develop ?

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If All Time Zones Converge at the North and South Poles – How Do They Tell Time There?
Jul01

If All Time Zones Converge at the North and South Poles – How Do They Tell Time There?

All those vertical line markings on globes do reflect the reality. All the time zones do meet at the two poles, so how do the denizens of the South Pole (and the much fewer and usually shorter-term residents of the North Pole) handle the problem ?

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Is it possible to clone a Dinosaur like in Jurassic Park ?
Jun28

Is it possible to clone a Dinosaur like in Jurassic Park ?

The film “Jurassic Park” introduced a very interesting concept regarding the possibility of cloning a long dead species from preserved DNA – in this case dinosaurs. Sounds plausible – but is it ?

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The Silver Mines of Sark – A Short History
Jun24

The Silver Mines of Sark – A Short History

OVER the generations Sark has received her fair share of invaders. In 1834 250 Cornish miners ‘invaded’, brought over to open new Silver Mine shafts.

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Origins of Some English Eponyms : Juggernaut, Lynching, Malapropism, Maverick & Tantalise
Jun21

Origins of Some English Eponyms : Juggernaut, Lynching, Malapropism, Maverick & Tantalise

Eponyms are one of the most fascinating examples of how the English language gains new words. In this article we take a colourful look at the phenomenon some eponyms like : Juggernaut, Lynching, Malapropism, Maverick & Tantalise.

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How does soap work?
Jun17

How does soap work?

A bar of soap is a chemical miracle – a little scented block that unleashes molecular forces when dunked in water. In this article we look how this little miracle actually works.

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Is there any scientific basis to the idea of “brainwashing” ?
Jun14

Is there any scientific basis to the idea of “brainwashing” ?

If true, then the idea of “brainwashing” – that is convincing someone to do or behave in some way that they wouldn’t normally – has terrible consequences. It means people can claim they were under this infuence when they committed a crime and would mean that we are all vulnerabe to manipulation.

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How do chameleons camouflage themselves?
Jun10

How do chameleons camouflage themselves?

Chameleons camouflage themselves in a variety of different ways but most famously by changing the colour and pattern of their skin.

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Charlemagne- The Greatest Emperor Since the Romans ?
Jun07

Charlemagne- The Greatest Emperor Since the Romans ?

We tend to think of the Dark Ages as a period of unending European misery. A period after the fall of the Roman Empire of cultural and technical stagnation. However there was at least one high point humanity in Europe raised it’s head out of the ‘darkness’ to witness something truly remarkable.

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Jersey Legends & Folklore
Jun03

Jersey Legends & Folklore

Both Guernsey and Jersey folklore is full of stories of witches and ghosts. But in Jersey in the 18th and 19th century’s ‘witch balls’ entered the popular folklore of the time.

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Why do we blush?
May31

Why do we blush?

Blushing is rather an odd physiological and psychological response to embarrassment or awkward social situations. Could there be any rational or logical explanation for this? What possible evolutionary reason could there be for such a strange phenomenon.

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Is there a Place in our Brains where Consciousness exists ?
May27

Is there a Place in our Brains where Consciousness exists ?

“We no longer have to wonder what self-awareness looks like – we can see it for ourselves” : A bold statement indeed. What we’re referring to here though is that scientists now believe that they can trace where they think conscientiousness physically sits in the brain

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It’s a Strange World – Some Humerous Catastrophes and Cock-ups from around the Planet
May24

It’s a Strange World – Some Humerous Catastrophes and Cock-ups from around the Planet

In this article we’ve brought together an inventory of the incompetent, a record of the ridiculous, a catalogue of catastrophes and cock-ups.

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Elemental Questions : What is Fire Made of ?
May20

Elemental Questions : What is Fire Made of ?

Fire – one of the most primitive and yet intriguing of the ‘fundamental elements in our world. Indeed one of the things that differentiates mankind from the rest of the animal kingdom is his ability to make and control fire. but : What is fire made of ? What is its atomic structure? What causes things to burst into flame in the first place and why can’t all materials be made to produce flame ?

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Words that were re-invented by the Internet
May17

Words that were re-invented by the Internet

Innovations and new technology always brings with it new terminologies and new vocabularies but they can also reinvent definitions for existing words. In this article we look at six words the internet reinvented.

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