Is the 5 Second Rule for Dropping Food on the Floor Legitimate ?
May26

Is the 5 Second Rule for Dropping Food on the Floor Legitimate ?

The five-second rule holds that it’s okay to eat an item you dropped on the ground, as long as it was there for fewer than five seconds. But is it actually okay?

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Ancient Bacteria Brought Back to Life
May19

Ancient Bacteria Brought Back to Life

No this isn’t one of those crazy headlines beloved of certain ‘newspapers’, (think Sunday Sport : “WWII Bomber found on the moon”, then months later, “WII Bomber vanishes from Moon”), this is in fact a curious, if not slightly frightening, reality.

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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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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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How Do Bees Communicate ? – And How we can use this for Internet Webservers
Mar24

How Do Bees Communicate ? – And How we can use this for Internet Webservers

Examining how Bees work and interact reveals a highly organised and efficient ‘machine’. They appear to co-operate, communicate and work together as a unit with one purpose. But given that Bees don’t seem to communicate verbally, how do they do it?

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What is Love ? (Scientifically Speaking)
Feb10

What is Love ? (Scientifically Speaking)

What is Love ? : A very deep and involved question. However in this article we will restrict ourself to the scientific point of view. What is going on in our bodies, and brains when we fall in love or see the object of our inner most desires.

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Which Came First – The Chicken or the Egg ?
Jan03

Which Came First – The Chicken or the Egg ?

Okay as questions go this is a ‘doozy’ – as our American cousins would say. It’s a question that has perplexed humanity from as early as the ancient Greeks all the way to us in the 21st century, and we’re still dying to know : Which came first-the chicken or the egg ?

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Are Humans and Parrots the only Living Organisms which have the Power of Speech?
Nov22

Are Humans and Parrots the only Living Organisms which have the Power of Speech?

For centuries man has been discussing important issues with parrots, under the common misconception that these are the only other animals that can communicate as we do. But are they ?

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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 do men have nipples?
Sep06

Why do men have nipples?

Why do men have nipples? – In a Nutshell : Men have nipples because women do.

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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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Why Can’t We Photosynthesise?
Jul29

Why Can’t We Photosynthesise?

It would be handy wouldn’t it – photosynthesising all our food rather than having to stop to eat three times a day – so why can’t we do it ?

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Do Identical Twins have Identical Fingerprints ?
Jul26

Do Identical Twins have Identical Fingerprints ?

Identical twins come from the same sperm and egg – and thus have the same DNA – ie EXACT identical genetic makeup. So do they therefore have the same fingerprints? Or to put it another way would twins force Hercule Poirot’s “little grey cells” into overdrive in a murder investigation ?

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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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