Take Control of Your Dreams for Real : Lucid Dreaming
Jun27

Take Control of Your Dreams for Real : Lucid Dreaming

No this isn’t one of those infomercials or self-help articles saying “you too can achieve your dreams & life goals if you follow our 10 step programme … blah blah blah”. This is about lucid dreaming – the ability to conciously control your dreams whilst you sleep.

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Is it possible to tell the sex of a Dinosaur?
Jun20

Is it possible to tell the sex of a Dinosaur?

They’ve all been dead for at least 65 million years, so just finding a dinosaur can seem like a minor miracle. But if you do manage to find one is it possible to tell it’s sex ?

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Do Fish Get Thirsty?
Jun13

Do Fish Get Thirsty?

You’d think that being surrounded by the stuff that slakes your thirst that you would never get thirsty – but is that the case – Do Fish get thirsty?<

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The Language of Caesar : Latin Phrases Everyone Should Know
Jun09

The Language of Caesar : Latin Phrases Everyone Should Know

A motley combination of Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Germanic dialects, the English language (more or less as we know it) coalesced between the 9th and 13th centuries. Despite this we use a lot of Latin phrases to this day. In this article we look at some of the more common Latin phrases that we should all know.

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Red Hot Science – Teams wearing red are more likely to win
Jun06

Red Hot Science – Teams wearing red are more likely to win

Psychology 101 : “Teams wearing red are more likely to win” – True or apocryphal observation ?

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Why Does Alcohol Make You Drunk?
May30

Why Does Alcohol Make You Drunk?

Alcohol has been used by humans for medicinal and recreational purposes for thousands of years (see the sidebar ‘When Was Beer First Brewed’), but scientists still aren’t entirely sure how it makes us tipsy

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Being British and the Art of Queuing
May09

Being British and the Art of Queuing

Being British can be a complex business and there is one part of our identity that will confuse ‘Johnny Foreigner’ no end – Queuing!

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Socrates’ Antidote to Gossip – The Three Filters
May05

Socrates’ Antidote to Gossip – The Three Filters

As the saying goes “There’s nothing new under the sun”. And nothing is truer than when it comes to people gossiping, even in ancient Greece over 2,000 years ago. Here’s how the great Socrates dealt with it, his three filters.

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Why Do We Forget?
May02

Why Do We Forget?

Forgetfulness is irritating and can be damaging and distressing, but it may also be necessary for basic survival – so why do we forget ?

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Does Being Cold Make You Sick ?
Apr25

Does Being Cold Make You Sick ?

“Winter is coming,” and we all remember our parents telling us to “put a jacket on to go outside or you’ll catch a cold!” But is this true? Does being cold make you sick ?

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The founding of the Eternal City – Rome – Fact & Fiction
Apr21

The founding of the Eternal City – Rome – Fact & Fiction

On the 21st April 753 BC, according to Plutarch, the city of Rome was founded. In this article we look at the myths and legends surrounding the foundation of the ‘Eternal City’.

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Modern Compensation Culture and the Ancient Practice of Wergeld
Apr07

Modern Compensation Culture and the Ancient Practice of Wergeld

If there is one thing that is a blight on modern life it is the rise of ‘compensation culture’. The idea that someone else is always to blame and you are entitled to some compensation no matter what. But the origins of this are far older than you might think.

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Why Does Time Seem to Go Faster as We Get Older ?
Mar28

Why Does Time Seem to Go Faster as We Get Older ?

As you get older does it sometimes feel that time is passing much more quickly than when you were younger? Why does our perception of time change so drastically with age? And is there anything we can do about it?

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Fifty Flabergastic Factoids
Mar21

Fifty Flabergastic Factoids

50 falbergasting factoids from the most eminante intelellectual fluff gathering team on the planet …. known as the QI Elves

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6 Words That Are Older Than You Might Think – Unfriend, Trick Out, OMG, LOL, Punk, Dude
Mar14

6 Words That Are Older Than You Might Think – Unfriend, Trick Out, OMG, LOL, Punk, Dude

In the English language new words come into being daily. There are, however, some words that we might just associate with the hipster speak of todays’ social media that turn out to be a lot older than you might think . So here are six of them.

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