Why do we need sleep?
Jul22

Why do we need sleep?

It used to be thought that there was no special reason for sleep, however we now know it does have a purpose and function, but we’re not entirely sure what it is yet. In this article we look at the probable reasons for sleep.

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Why do we get old?
Jul04

Why do we get old?

Why do we get old ? Some animals can seem to live forever 200, 300 even 400 years. Various theories in biology have been put forward regarding ageing. We look at some of them in this article.

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Why do mosquito bites itch so much ?
Jul01

Why do mosquito bites itch so much ?

This topic of this article is born out of pain and suffering, quite literally I’m afraid. Why do Mozzie bites itch so much ?. How can something so small cause so much misery ?

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Do you really need your Brain ?
Jun13

Do you really need your Brain ?

Do you really need your Brain ? : WHAT !? … A joke surely. No, this is a serious question (sort of). To see why we might ask it though we need to look at a rather strange phenomenon first observed in the 1980s.

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Chatty Plants – When the house plants talk back
May23

Chatty Plants – When the house plants talk back

Doctor Doolittle may have been able to talk to the animals but what about plants ? Prince Charles is famous for his chatty behaviour towards his plant friends but, do plants ‘talk’ to each other ?

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Why Do Humans Walk Upright ?
May06

Why Do Humans Walk Upright ?

This is one of those mysteries that refuse to lie down (if you’ll pardon the pun). It’s also one of those questions where there’s much debate and no clear answer. However there are some good theories that are interesting to chew over.

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How does water from the soil reach the top of trees ?
Apr04

How does water from the soil reach the top of trees ?

How does moisture from the soil reach the top of tall trees? : This is one of those questions we all think we know the answer to but you’d be surprised to know what the answer really is.

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Unusual Animal Collectives
Mar18

Unusual Animal Collectives

You’d be surprised at what the ‘official’ English collective nouns are for groups of animals, we certainly were when we looked into it.

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What mood was the Mona Lisa in?
Feb28

What mood was the Mona Lisa in?

When Leonardo da Vinci painted the famous Mona Lisa he gave her one of the most interesting of expressions. An enigmatic smile that has beguiled people for centuries. But what lies behind this expression?

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Laughter really IS the best medicine
Feb21

Laughter really IS the best medicine

Sometimes science really comes up with a way of proving something we felt was right all along. In this case researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have confirmed what the editors at Readers Digest have claimed for years – that ‘laughter really is the best medicine.

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Are you the same person you were 10 years ago ?
Oct29

Are you the same person you were 10 years ago ?

Are you the same person you were 10 years ago ? … a not unreasonable question when you consider that the cells in your body are constantly being replaced and regenerated. For example during a typical lifetime, humans get through around 900 skins and about half a dozen skeletons.

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What is the Memory Capacity of the Human Brain ?
Oct18

What is the Memory Capacity of the Human Brain ?

The human brain is a truly remarkable organ, so too is the human memory. As humans we posses a marvel of nature. An organic system capable of storing and recalling facts, figures and past events with ease and in split seconds. So, What could the memory capacity of the human brain be?

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The Origins of the Modern Moggie
Jul05

The Origins of the Modern Moggie

It may surprise you to know that the origin of the modern moggie, one of the mysteries of veterinary science, has only very recently been solved by researchers.

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Do Animals have a built in compass ?
Apr02

Do Animals have a built in compass ?

How do birds migrate ? And do other animals have a built in compass ? In this article we look at ‘Animal Magnetism’.

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What are Emotions for ?
Mar19

What are Emotions for ?

Emotions are very curious thing. Happiness, sadness, rage. What possible use could they be ?

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