The Origin of the Saxophone
Nov23

The Origin of the Saxophone

The saxophone is a truly versatile instrument. Used in Rock, Jazz, Blues & Classical music. Sexy, funky & cool … but when and how was it invented?

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Voyager 1 & 2 – Emissary to Alien Worlds
Nov09

Voyager 1 & 2 – Emissary to Alien Worlds

Voyager I & II has a strange payload. Messages from 1977 Earth to aliens !

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How Does the US Presidential Electoral System Work ?
Nov06

How Does the US Presidential Electoral System Work ?

Hanging Chads, Electoral Collages, Primaries … the US electoral system can seem a bit confusing to Europeans. In this article we look at how the U.S. Presidential electoral system works.

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Fireworks and Gunpowder
Nov02

Fireworks and Gunpowder

We all think we know how fireworks and gunpowder came about … but here we look at really how they came about.

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Fusion Reactors – The Holy Grail of Green Power
Oct23

Fusion Reactors – The Holy Grail of Green Power

Nuclear fusion is the energy source of the future. It promises to be a safe, clean and supply virtually limitless energy source. But how will it likely work?

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The Zipper
Oct19

The Zipper

The zipper is an indispensable little piece of technology that we’d be lost without. It was an out-of-the-blue invention. Nothing like it had ever existed before.

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The Vacuum Cleaner
Oct12

The Vacuum Cleaner

What was life like before the Vaccuum Cleaner .. unthinkable in todays obsession with ‘anti-septic’, germ free environments. It’s not actually been around that long … here’s how it came about …

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Exotic Paper Planes
Sep28

Exotic Paper Planes

Paper planes don’t have to be boring. Here are some rather exotic designs to print out and fold …

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Origins of the Tea bag
Sep11

Origins of the Tea bag

Tea is our national drink and without the tea bag preparing it would be a whole lot fiddlier. But how did this little invention come about ?

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The Origin of Jeans
Aug07

The Origin of Jeans

Jeans are a ubiquitous item of clothing these days with a multitude of styles and designs. But just who invented them and how did they become so popular ?

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The Fax Machine
Jul31

The Fax Machine

Believe it or not, the fax machine was invented over 165 years ago ! In this article we look at how this irreplacable office tool came about.

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The Olympic Games
Jul20

The Olympic Games

The origin of the ancient and modern Olympic Games.

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Where did upper and lower case letters come from?
Jul17

Where did upper and lower case letters come from?

Capitalization rules tend to vary by language and can be quite complicated, but how did we get the mixture we have today in the English language?

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Corn Flakes
Jul10

Corn Flakes

The origins of one of the most famous world brands and something found on nearly every breakfast table.

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Mr Global Disaster
Jul03

Mr Global Disaster

What would you say if much of the causes of global warming and pollution that the world is currently struggling with could be traced back to one man ?

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