The Rhythms of Life – Our Body Clock
May03

The Rhythms of Life – Our Body Clock

The human body is a pretty remarkable thing to the point that it actually has several different types of internal clocks that helps to keep us ‘ticking along’ for both the daily and seasonal rhythms of life.

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How do Barcodes Work ?
Apr29

How do Barcodes Work ?

Barcodes are an example of one of those modern ubiquitous technologies that we take for granted. They ‘just work’ – but HOW ?

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Riddle me this … Can you solve these Riddles?
Apr26

Riddle me this … Can you solve these Riddles?

Pit yourself against some mind bending riddles and see if you can work out what each one is referring to.

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Beating the Bankers at their Own Game – the Guernsey Way
Apr22

Beating the Bankers at their Own Game – the Guernsey Way

In 1815 Guernsey was a desperate place. Impoverished and poor. BUT she had at that time among their leaders some honest men of keen intellect, who were willing to put forward some revolutionary suggestions and to embark upon a monetary experiment that transformed the community into an active prosperous and happy place to be in a very short time.

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The Day St George lost his head … literally
Apr19

The Day St George lost his head … literally

On the 23rd April 303 AD in Nicomedia, (near today’s Istanbul), St George of dragon fame was beheaded on the orders of the Roman emperor Diocletian. As you’re no doubt aware he went on to become the patron saint of Englend, and quite a few other places as well as it happens. The story of his life and death is no less fascinating.

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Is there any Evolutionary Reason why we Die ?
Apr15

Is there any Evolutionary Reason why we Die ?

According to the theory of evolution shouldn’t the strongest organism live forever ? …. No. But the ‘answer’ as it stands is rather mind-bending

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4 More Myths About World War I Debunked
Apr12

4 More Myths About World War I Debunked

2014 was the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the supposed “war to end all wars”. It was the first ‘modern mechanised war’ and a lot of myths about it have been built up over the years. In this article we look at some of the bigee “facts” that are just plain wrong

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The Best Hoaxes in History
Apr08

The Best Hoaxes in History

If you had to name some of history’s best all time hoaxes what would you come up with ? In this article we look at what , we consider, the top 3 hoaxes of all time (so far).

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The Declaration of Arbroath (Scotland declares independence)
Apr05

The Declaration of Arbroath (Scotland declares independence)

If the 4th July 1776 is remembered for the momentous statement that begins, When in the course of human events … then Saturday the 6th April 1320 should be noted for an equally stirring declaration of independence when another nation struggled for freedom from English rule.

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Guernsey Legends – The Devil and the Schoolmaster
Apr01

Guernsey Legends – The Devil and the Schoolmaster

One of Guernsey’s more intriguing legends because it is about the appearance of the Devil to, of all people, a schoolmaster.

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Does anyone know what atoms and molecules actually look like?
Mar29

Does anyone know what atoms and molecules actually look like?

That matter is composed of atoms we take for granted … but can we hope to unravel what they actually look like ?

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The Diet of the Ancient Romans – More unusual than you’d think
Mar25

The Diet of the Ancient Romans – More unusual than you’d think

Archaeologists exploring sewers and cesspits at Herculaneum in 2013 made the startling discovery that, contrary to the long-held belief that ancient Romans survived on a basic diet of bread and olive oil, they in fact enjoyed a rich variety of fish, fruit and spicy dishes

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Why do things burn?
Mar22

Why do things burn?

Burning, technically known as combustion, is a chemical reaction where a substance combines with oxygen and releases energy in the form of heat and light, which we see as flames. The substance starts off in a higher energy state, and by combining with oxygen ends up in a lower energy state.

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Word Challenge : Spondulicks , Collywobbles Intenerete and more
Mar18

Word Challenge : Spondulicks , Collywobbles Intenerete and more

English is one of the richest languages in the world. At the last count there were estimated to be over 1 million words in the English lexicon. In this article we’ve gathered together just a few of the more unusual ones to see if you know (or can guess) what they mean.

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English Literary Giant – Charles Dickens – ‘the cheerfullest man of his age’
Mar15

English Literary Giant – Charles Dickens – ‘the cheerfullest man of his age’

On Friday the 7th of February 1812, in Portsmouth the greatest – or at least the most prolific – of the great 19th-century novelists, Charles Dickens was born. Lionised when alive, still venerated almost two centuries later, he penned a whole pantheon of unique works.

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