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What is Horsepower?
Oct23

What is Horsepower?

In a Nutshell : Horsepower is a term that describes how much work an engine or other source does over a specific period of time.

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Why Can’t We Invent a Time Machine?
Oct16

Why Can’t We Invent a Time Machine?

Why Can’t We Invent a Time Machine? – Well, theoretically it IS possible to travel in time – but only forward, not backward in time.

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Wordsmith – Test your Guernsey French
Oct09

Wordsmith – Test your Guernsey French

Guernsey French is theoretically the mother tongue of our island home, Guernsey. However it is dying out rapidly. So how many of these Guernsey French words do you know (or can guess)? Improve and test your Patois wordpower by matching each of the words below to one of the multiple possible definitions.

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Why Are British Elections Always Held on Thursdays?
Oct02

Why Are British Elections Always Held on Thursdays?

It’s a time-honoured tradition that Brits choose their MPs on a Thursday, which was last broken in 1978, where voters in Hamilton, Scotland, cast their ballots on Wednesday, May 31. The reason? The opening match of the 1978 World Cup was on Thursday, June 1. But why are British elections always held on Thursdays?

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How do Ants Communicate ?
Sep25

How do Ants Communicate ?

When ants discover a food source its not long after that their fellow colony members descend on that location to make the most of any tasty morsel that’s been discovered. Clearly there’s some form of communication going on between colony members – but how ?

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What Did the Ancient Romans Eat ?
Sep18

What Did the Ancient Romans Eat ?

What Did the Ancient Romans Eat ? – The short answer is … The Romans ate pretty much everything they could lay their hands on.

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Herm’s Flag
Sep11

Herm’s Flag

Herm’s flag hasn’t actually been around that long – only since the 1950s. The flag, like that of Sark isn’t a ‘national ‘ flag at all but is rather that of the tenant and not the island.

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What Makes the Earth Rotate?
Sep04

What Makes the Earth Rotate?

What Makes the Earth Rotate? … In a Nutshell : Earth rotates simply because it has not yet stopped moving!

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Why are some solids like glass and perspex transparent?
Aug28

Why are some solids like glass and perspex transparent?

Anything that is transparent allows light rays to get through the thicket of atoms packed within it more or less unscathed. The reason light can make it through substances like glass is that their molecules only mop up light of wavelengths shorter than those of visible light.

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Mysteries of History : Troy – Was it Real? Did it Exist?
Aug21

Mysteries of History : Troy – Was it Real? Did it Exist?

HISTORY RECORDS ACTUAL EVENTS whereas myths spin tales that help explain a culture’s worldview. It’s where history and myth intersect that we find some of the most enduring legends. In this particular article we look at Troy.

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Sark’s Lancaster Bomber
Aug14

Sark’s Lancaster Bomber

On the evening of 22nd November 1942, 21 year old Flight Sergeant Eric Singleton sat in the cockpit of his Lancaster bomber, W4107 at RAF Scampton. By 4am the next morning this beautiful machine lay wrecked in a field on Sark. So what is the story of this bomber, its crew and how it ended up on Sark?

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Would You Eat Insects to Save the Planet ?
Aug07

Would You Eat Insects to Save the Planet ?

So – The Question … “Would You Eat Insects to Save the Planet ?” – There are at least 3 reasons why eating insects makes sense – whether that’s “palatable” to you is another question all together 😉

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Why Did the Normans have such Odd Haircuts?
Jul31

Why Did the Normans have such Odd Haircuts?

Maybe you didn’t even know they had “odd” haircuts – but even by today’s liberal standards they were decidedly “odd”. In this article we look at the (probable) reasons why.

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The Day the Gateway to the East was Renamed : When Constantinople became Istanbul
Jul24

The Day the Gateway to the East was Renamed : When Constantinople became Istanbul

On the 28th March 1930 – after 1,599 years, 10 months and 17 days – Constantinople, named after the Roman Emperor Constantine, became Istanbul.

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How Do we See Colour?
Jul17

How Do we See Colour?

The human eye and brain work together to perceive colour. Light is sensed on the retina at the back of the eye. The centre of the retina contains about 6-7 million cells called cones. Different ones are sensitive to red, green, and blue light.

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