The Humble Vacuum Cleaner – Who Invented it ?
Oct25

The Humble Vacuum Cleaner – Who Invented it ?

The vacuum cleaner is perhaps the only invention whose history begins with a handkerchief stuffed in a man’s mouth. The mouth belonged to British engineer Hubert Booth.

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Sniffing out Trouble – Analysing the composition of almost any surface
Oct21

Sniffing out Trouble – Analysing the composition of almost any surface

Scientists in Zurich, Switzerland have up with a sensitive new way to analyse the composition of almost any surface, including human skin by blowing a stream of nitrogen across the surface under analysis and collect the gas together with any debris that it dislodges. The material is then fed into a mass spectrometer that can pick apart the chemical composition of anything present on the surface.

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Dynamite
Oct18

Dynamite

Nothing seems quite so paradoxical as the inventor of dynamite being the sponsor of the World’s most renowned peace award – The Nobel Prize. That being the case the invention of Dynamite, please note NOT gunpowder, was a pretty seminal moment in the history of technology.

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1066 and all that … the day the Channel Islands became part of England
Oct14

1066 and all that … the day the Channel Islands became part of England

On Sunday the 14th October 1066 ‘William the Bastard’, Duke of Normandy (andthe Channel Islands), invaded and defeated the Anglo Saxon king of England, so that henceforth the Bastard was to be forever known as William the Conqueror. In this article we look how at how he won at Hastings.

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Who Invented the Vending Machine ?
Oct11

Who Invented the Vending Machine ?

The Vending Machine is a lot older than you might think. It was actually invented by Greek inventor ‘Hero of Alexandria’ who came up with the first known vending machine design around AD 60.

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Will deforestation eventually cause us to run out of  oxygen?
Oct07

Will deforestation eventually cause us to run out of oxygen?

Environmentalists are fond of calling the world’s forests in general, and the Amazon in particular, “the lungs of our planet”, the implication being that unless we stop deforestation, we’re all going to be gasping for breath. But is this true?

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Winnie the Pooh – A Real Bear with a WWI Story
Oct04

Winnie the Pooh – A Real Bear with a WWI Story

It may surprise you to know that the lovable bear, Winnie the Pooh, is actually based on a real Bear. A Canadian bear actually with a direct link to World War I.

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What Makes Animals Hibernate?
Sep30

What Makes Animals Hibernate?

Imagine being able to trigger hibernation in humans to reduce tissue damage caused by strokes, heart attacks and surgery. Well Japanese researchers have uncovered the chemical switch that controls an animal’s hibernation pattern.

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Out of the mouths of babes oft times come gems – some more school test funnies
Sep27

Out of the mouths of babes oft times come gems – some more school test funnies

As the saying goes “Out of the mouths of babes oft times come gems” … and those gems can sometimes be extremely hilarious indeed. We’ve gathered together some of the things that children have written at school in response to tests

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Want to Study Volcanoes – Then look at art work
Sep23

Want to Study Volcanoes – Then look at art work

Vulcanologists have always found it difficult to find sources of evidence to examine to trace the history of volcanic eruptions on Earth and their effect on the climate. However scientists have recently hit upon a rather unusual new source – by studying paintings.

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The Communism Experiment – What if Lenin hadn’t died ?
Sep20

The Communism Experiment – What if Lenin hadn’t died ?

The great communist experiment that started in 1917 after the Bolshevist revolution in Russia ultimately failed with the faill of the Soviet Union. In this article we look at the events that surrounded his death in 1924.

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The Origins of Guernsey French and Other Channel Island Languages
Sep16

The Origins of Guernsey French and Other Channel Island Languages

Guernésiais, Auregnais, Jèrriais and Sercquiais – the local names for the French spoken in the respective islands – are direct descendants from the Norman French spoken at the time of the Conqueror. In this article we look at their ‘family tree’.

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Technology Firsts : The First Telegraphic Message Across the Atlantic
Sep13

Technology Firsts : The First Telegraphic Message Across the Atlantic

On August 16, 1858, the first ever message was sent across the Atlantic by telegraph cable it read : “Glory to God in the highest; on earth, peace and good will toward men”. The transmission marked the culmination of 19 years of dreams, plans setbacks and hard work.

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Why do we sometimes get a tune stuck in our heads ?
Sep09

Why do we sometimes get a tune stuck in our heads ?

Why is it that we sometimes get a tune or chorus stuck in our heads and play it over and over again even though it’s driving us crazy?
This is one of those questions that one wonders if there really could be an answer or is it ‘just one of those things’. Well some neuroscientists, pyschologists and evene marketers have something to say on this subject.

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Why do men have nipples?
Sep06

Why do men have nipples?

Why do men have nipples? – In a Nutshell : Men have nipples because women do.

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