How does soap work?
Jun17

How does soap work?

A bar of soap is a chemical miracle – a little scented block that unleashes molecular forces when dunked in water. In this article we look how this little miracle actually works.

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Is there any scientific basis to the idea of “brainwashing” ?
Jun14

Is there any scientific basis to the idea of “brainwashing” ?

If true, then the idea of “brainwashing” – that is convincing someone to do or behave in some way that they wouldn’t normally – has terrible consequences. It means people can claim they were under this infuence when they committed a crime and would mean that we are all vulnerabe to manipulation.

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Why do we blush?
May31

Why do we blush?

Blushing is rather an odd physiological and psychological response to embarrassment or awkward social situations. Could there be any rational or logical explanation for this? What possible evolutionary reason could there be for such a strange phenomenon.

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Elemental Questions : What is Fire Made of ?
May20

Elemental Questions : What is Fire Made of ?

Fire – one of the most primitive and yet intriguing of the ‘fundamental elements in our world. Indeed one of the things that differentiates mankind from the rest of the animal kingdom is his ability to make and control fire. but : What is fire made of ? What is its atomic structure? What causes things to burst into flame in the first place and why can’t all materials be made to produce flame ?

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Words that were re-invented by the Internet
May17

Words that were re-invented by the Internet

Innovations and new technology always brings with it new terminologies and new vocabularies but they can also reinvent definitions for existing words. In this article we look at six words the internet reinvented.

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Why do we have five fingers on each hand and five toes on each foot?
May10

Why do we have five fingers on each hand and five toes on each foot?

We seem to have the exactly the right number to do the job – but why 5 fingers and five toes on each appendage – Why not 6 or 10 on each ? In this article we look at what is believed to be the reason it is “just so”.

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How do Caterpillars turn into Butterflies ?
May06

How do Caterpillars turn into Butterflies ?

As children, many of us learn about the wondrous process by which a caterpillar morphs into a butterfly. The story usually begins with a very hungry caterpillar hatching from an egg. But what does that radical transformation entail?

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Beating the Bankers at their Own Game – the Guernsey Way
Apr22

Beating the Bankers at their Own Game – the Guernsey Way

In 1815 Guernsey was a desperate place. Impoverished and poor. BUT she had at that time among their leaders some honest men of keen intellect, who were willing to put forward some revolutionary suggestions and to embark upon a monetary experiment that transformed the community into an active prosperous and happy place to be in a very short time.

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Why do things burn?
Mar22

Why do things burn?

Burning, technically known as combustion, is a chemical reaction where a substance combines with oxygen and releases energy in the form of heat and light, which we see as flames. The substance starts off in a higher energy state, and by combining with oxygen ends up in a lower energy state.

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How do birds know when to migrate?
Mar04

How do birds know when to migrate?

In the springtime we see migratory birds returning to us whilst in the Autumn we bid them farewell as they head for warmer southern climes. But how do they know when to leave our shores ? – and why do they bother to return again ?

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The Meaning of Some Guernsey Surnames
Feb19

The Meaning of Some Guernsey Surnames

There’s a rich variety of traditional Guernsey surnames. Surnames that have been in the island for generations and with which we are all very familiar but may never have given any thought as to what they might actually mean. In this article we look st some of them.

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The Death of a Saint and the Start of a Romantic Tradition – The Martyrdom of St Valentine
Feb12

The Death of a Saint and the Start of a Romantic Tradition – The Martyrdom of St Valentine

Monday 14th 270 AD was quite a day for Bishop Valentine of Interamna (now Terni in Umbria), for on that day, in Rome, he was stoned to death and then beheaded on the orders of Emperor Claudius II Gothicus.

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Bet you can’t say that in English – Some Untranslatable Words From Around The World
Feb09

Bet you can’t say that in English – Some Untranslatable Words From Around The World

Thanks to the British Empire and laterly the rise of the American hegemony English is pretty much THE World language. By some estimates the English language has more than a million words and it’s generally agreed that no other language has nearly as many. So you would think that English must have a word for everything, right? No – Not even close. In this article we look at some words in other languages that just seem to defy...

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The Vocabulary of Winter – 8 Unusual Wintry Words
Jan19

The Vocabulary of Winter – 8 Unusual Wintry Words

Having a wide vocabulary is always a good thing. In this article we’ve pulled together some of the more unusual words that the English language has to offer us that relate to wintertime.

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Why do Boomerangs come back?
Jan05

Why do Boomerangs come back?

Boomerangs are commonly thought to be the invention of Aboriginal Australians but over the years they have turned up at archaeological sites as far apart as Arizona and India with the oldest known specimen, around 23,000 years old, but how do they fly ?

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