How Should We Regard the Bible in the 21st Century?
Nov20

How Should We Regard the Bible in the 21st Century?

The Bible can be a very pejorative term. Stirring good~bad~indifferent feelings But can we look at it through a different lens putting aside the baggage we bring? “How Should We Regard the Bible in the 21st Century?” … some thoughts & observations in this article

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How Are the Times of Sunrise & Sunset determined ?
Oct30

How Are the Times of Sunrise & Sunset determined ?

Given that astronomy is the oldest science and that sunrise and sunset are very basic celestial phenomena, you might have thought this would have been sorted out centuries ago. Not a bit of it!

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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 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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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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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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When Left Can be Right and Right Can be Wrong – Left & Right Handed Molecules
Jul03

When Left Can be Right and Right Can be Wrong – Left & Right Handed Molecules

Our Universe is a remarkable place and not a little odd in some of the ways it works. For instance have you ever heard of left and right handed molecules ? Or been told that, chemically speaking, an orange is a ‘left-handed’ lemon!

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Why Do We Cry?
Jun19

Why Do We Cry?

Why Do We Cry? In a Nutshell : Crying is beneficial to health and mental well-being. A good cry is great for body and mind.
We also look in this article at the very complex plumbing system and tear film layers that work hard to protect your eyes.

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So How Long is Once in a Blue Moon ?
Jun12

So How Long is Once in a Blue Moon ?

People have been using this phrase to imply “hardly ever” for at least 400 years. But in the last 150 years it has a new meaning that allows us to actually be more precise …

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