Scratchy Problems – What is Itching all about ?
Oct20

Scratchy Problems – What is Itching all about ?

Insects, scabs, rashes, and even dust can all create the insatiable desire to scratch! Even conditions such as depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder can create this same sensation. Scratching your own body is rather an odd thing to do, so why exactly do we itch?

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Good News for Bibliophiles – Reading is Good for You Physically as well as Mentally!
Oct17

Good News for Bibliophiles – Reading is Good for You Physically as well as Mentally!

At last, Science has confirmed what every bibliophile has always suspected … READING IS GOOD FOR YOU !

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Why Does Ice Float?
Oct13

Why Does Ice Float?

Water is one of the strangest chemicals in the universe, and many of its strangest features turn out to be essential for life as we know it, particularly the almost unique property of water related to freezing. So why does it float when it becomes a solid?

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How to Make Cider in 7 Easy Steps
Oct03

How to Make Cider in 7 Easy Steps

Cider has been made for thousands of years. Archaeological evidence shows that ancient European and Asian cultures used apples to make a crude version of cider as early as 6500 B.C. In this article we demonstrate how easy it is to make golden Guernsey Cider.

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What Other Animals, Beside Man, Use Tools?
Sep22

What Other Animals, Beside Man, Use Tools?

We’ve known for some time now that primates, such as Chimps, are able to use primitive tools. However there are other animals that use tools, one of which may completely surprise you…

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They have a word for that in Greek / Russian / Italien … (things you can’t say in English)
Sep19

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.

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Why Do We Get Pins & Needles?
Aug22

Why Do We Get Pins & Needles?

Whether you are sitting still for hours, perhaps with your legs crossed, or wake up sleeping on your arm the “wrong way,” you have no doubt experienced pins and needles – sometimes referred to as your leg “falling asleep”. Though this pain soon alleviates itself – what is happening in your body to cause such an irritating sensation?

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Reading Ancient ‘Unreadable’ Texts Lost for Centuries
Aug18

Reading Ancient ‘Unreadable’ Texts Lost for Centuries

Any Bibliophile will appreciate, or at least empathise (if you’ve never had the opportunity), the exquisite pleasure of gazing upon an ancient book or scroll and reading the words engraved on its pages hundreds or thousands of years ago.

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Why is the Sky Blue?
Aug15

Why is the Sky Blue?

Viewed from space the sun is supposedly a ‘peach pinkish’ colour, while the sunlight that hits the Earth is white. So why is the sky seen as being blue? In a Nutshell :  The sky is blue because air scatters blue light but lets other colours pass straight through. In scientific terms, colour corresponds to a particular wavelength of light and so white is a mixture of all wavelengths of the different colours. The...

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How Do Ants Tell Friend from Foe?
Aug08

How Do Ants Tell Friend from Foe?

Ants can form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies that may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals. They clearly work together in a highly organised way – but how do they communicate – how would they tell freind from foe?

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Extra Senses – Beyond the ‘traditional five’
Jul25

Extra Senses – Beyond the ‘traditional five’

There’s one popular misteaching that seems to pervade : it’s our understanding of ‘the senses’ – and that is that there are only 5 of them. However if you really think about this subject a bit, its pretty obvious and quickly apparent that we have many more ways to sense the world

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Why Does the Wind Blow?
Jul21

Why Does the Wind Blow?

Another thing that we take for granted because, “that just the way it works”, but how and why does the wind blow ?

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The Warrior Monks Who Brought Banking to London
Jul18

The Warrior Monks Who Brought Banking to London

Today, London is the financial capital of the world and for good or ill the hub of global banking and finance. How banking started in the capital is every bit as intriguing and mysterious as the ways that modern international finance seems to work today. Basically we owe it all to a religious order of heavily armed warrior monks who set up London’s first bank some 900 years ago.

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The Origins of the Loch Ness Monster
Jul11

The Origins of the Loch Ness Monster

Loch Ness, the largest by volume, of all the many lochs in Scotland, is possibly the most famous body of water in the world. The reason, of course, is what is claimed to lie in its deepest, darkest depths – The Loch Ness Monster!

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Why Can’t We Fly?
Jul07

Why Can’t We Fly?

Birds, bats and insects fly, so why can’t we?

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