Play it Again Sam – What is Déjà Vu ?
Nov08

Play it Again Sam – What is Déjà Vu ?

Déjà vu is French for ‘already seen’ and describes the sensation many of us experience from time to time when we are sure a certain situation has happened before. But is there any explanation as to why we should experience this ?

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How to Smug a Guy – An old Guy Fawkes Tradition
Nov04

How to Smug a Guy – An old Guy Fawkes Tradition

The British are a nation with a long and proud history steeped in ritual and tradition. None more so when it comes to the rather odd celebration of ‘Guy Fawkes Night’ where we gleefully celebrate the burning of a Catholic traitor caught trying to blow up the houses of parliament. However there is one rather odd tradition surrounding this event that we would suggest is best not revived – ‘Smugging a Guy’.

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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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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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Why did Europe Colonise the New World and not the other way around ?
Sep02

Why did Europe Colonise the New World and not the other way around ?

Why did Europe Colonise the New World and not the other way around ? – according to a bold theory put forward by anthropologist Jared Diamond – The answer may be linked to the shape of the continents which meant that Europeans had more advanced technology and worse diseases than Native Americans.

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Do we know who the Mona Lisa was ?
Aug30

Do we know who the Mona Lisa was ?

Commissioned around 1503, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is perhaps the most famous portrait in the world. But who was the Mona Lisa?

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Can the Blind See ?
Aug23

Can the Blind See ?

CAN THE BLIND SEE ? – An odd question that deserves some explanation … with unexpected answers.

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Can Animals Really Sense an Impending Earthquake?
Aug19

Can Animals Really Sense an Impending Earthquake?

There’s no real hard proof that animals can detect earthquakes or other seismic events. HOWEVER there is enough other evidence to warrant a serious discussion and debate on the issue. We look here at some intriguing observations and some basic research that has been done.

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Origins of Some English Eponyms : Uncle Sam, Masochism, Martinet & Jezebel
Aug09

Origins of Some English Eponyms : Uncle Sam, Masochism, Martinet & Jezebel

Eponyms are one of the most fascinating examples of how the English language gains new words. In this article we take a colourful look at the phenomenon some eponyms like : Uncle Sam, Masochism, Martinet & Jezebel.

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Why is there a dark side of the moon?
Aug02

Why is there a dark side of the moon?

Why is there a dark side of the moon?

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Manet – The Painter who gave Birth to Impressionism
Jul22

Manet – The Painter who gave Birth to Impressionism

Although not truly an Impressionist himself, Manet is widely considered the father of Impressionism and one of the most influential painters of his century. In this article we briefly look at his life.

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If All Time Zones Converge at the North and South Poles – How Do They Tell Time There?
Jul01

If All Time Zones Converge at the North and South Poles – How Do They Tell Time There?

All those vertical line markings on globes do reflect the reality. All the time zones do meet at the two poles, so how do the denizens of the South Pole (and the much fewer and usually shorter-term residents of the North Pole) handle the problem ?

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Is it possible to clone a Dinosaur like in Jurassic Park ?
Jun28

Is it possible to clone a Dinosaur like in Jurassic Park ?

The film “Jurassic Park” introduced a very interesting concept regarding the possibility of cloning a long dead species from preserved DNA – in this case dinosaurs. Sounds plausible – but is it ?

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Origins of Some English Eponyms : Juggernaut, Lynching, Malapropism, Maverick & Tantalise
Jun21

Origins of Some English Eponyms : Juggernaut, Lynching, Malapropism, Maverick & Tantalise

Eponyms are one of the most fascinating examples of how the English language gains new words. In this article we take a colourful look at the phenomenon some eponyms like : Juggernaut, Lynching, Malapropism, Maverick & Tantalise.

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