Prune Time in the Bath – Why Do Our Fingers Wrinkle in the Water ?
Mar06

Prune Time in the Bath – Why Do Our Fingers Wrinkle in the Water ?

Having a bath has uses aside from getting clean and reading a good book: it gives you an excuse to observe a bodily quirk that it would appear has been with us since Homo sapiens left the trees.

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Urban Myth or Science Fact : Is it true that we typically only use 10% of our brain ?
Feb27

Urban Myth or Science Fact : Is it true that we typically only use 10% of our brain ?

Urban Myth or Science Fact : Is it true that we typically only use 10% of our brain ?

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Why Can’t You Train Cats & How Do Cats Purr
Feb23

Why Can’t You Train Cats & How Do Cats Purr

The internet was clearly invented with the sole purpose of allowing the earth’s population to watch cute cat movies. So, in this article we add to that great body of information, we like to call “internet fluff”, with some rather erudite answers to some of those perplexing questions about our feline friends.

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Valentine Conundrums : Why Does an X Stand for a Kiss? and Why Do Humans Kiss?
Feb13

Valentine Conundrums : Why Does an X Stand for a Kiss? and Why Do Humans Kiss?

A valentine’s day conundrum for you : Why does an X stand for a kiss? and why do humans kiss anyway?

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Why is it that Humans Can Speak?
Feb06

Why is it that Humans Can Speak?

Of all the things that define us as humans there is surely one remarkable thing that marks us out from other life on earth – language and the ability to communicate via speech. But what is it in our genes that allows us to do this?

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Could Huge Dinosaurs Really Sustain Themselves on a Veggie Diet?
Feb02

Could Huge Dinosaurs Really Sustain Themselves on a Veggie Diet?

On the face of it there seems little hope of working out precisely how a 75ft long, 50 ton Brachiosaur fed itself. However it is possible to make a few guesstimates, by assuming the present laws of physics and chemistry applied 65 million years ago.

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Does any other Animal ‘Speak’ or Communicate like Humans?
Nov28

Does any other Animal ‘Speak’ or Communicate like Humans?

Chimpanzees share about 99% of our DNA, making them our closest living relatives, so the questions might be better re-phrased as “Can chimps speak?”

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Scratchy Problems – What is Itching all about ?
Oct20

Scratchy Problems – What is Itching all about ?

Insects, scabs, rashes, and even dust can all create the insatiable desire to scratch! Even conditions such as depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder can create this same sensation. Scratching your own body is rather an odd thing to do, so why exactly do we itch?

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Out of Africa : Did an Exploding Star Alter Human Evolution
Sep29

Out of Africa : Did an Exploding Star Alter Human Evolution

A team of German scientists examining material from the seabed beneath the Pacific Ocean believe that they may have uncovered explosive evidence of an event that altered the evolution of humankind.

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What Other Animals, Beside Man, Use Tools?
Sep22

What Other Animals, Beside Man, Use Tools?

We’ve known for some time now that primates, such as Chimps, are able to use primitive tools. However there are other animals that use tools, one of which may completely surprise you…

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Synesthesia – Can you Really “Hear” a Flash of Light
Sep12

Synesthesia – Can you Really “Hear” a Flash of Light

It was Aristotle who defined the five senses: touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing. But in the last several decades, the definitions of these senses have begun to tangle. Some studies even suggest that 1 in 5 people can ‘hear’ a flash of light.

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Why Do We Get Pins & Needles?
Aug22

Why Do We Get Pins & Needles?

Whether you are sitting still for hours, perhaps with your legs crossed, or wake up sleeping on your arm the “wrong way,” you have no doubt experienced pins and needles – sometimes referred to as your leg “falling asleep”. Though this pain soon alleviates itself – what is happening in your body to cause such an irritating sensation?

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Bio Sonar Bacteria and Tackling Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs
Aug11

Bio Sonar Bacteria and Tackling Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs

Bats are well known for employing sonar to find their way as they fly in the depths of darkened caves. What you may not know is that this highly evolved location finding mechanism, also called Echolocation or sometimes ‘bio sonar’, is actually used by several kinds of animals

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How Do Ants Tell Friend from Foe?
Aug08

How Do Ants Tell Friend from Foe?

Ants can form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies that may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals. They clearly work together in a highly organised way – but how do they communicate – how would they tell freind from foe?

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Extra Senses – Beyond the ‘traditional five’
Jul25

Extra Senses – Beyond the ‘traditional five’

There’s one popular misteaching that seems to pervade : it’s our understanding of ‘the senses’ – and that is that there are only 5 of them. However if you really think about this subject a bit, its pretty obvious and quickly apparent that we have many more ways to sense the world

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