Origin of Some Popular English Idioms IV
Jul03

Origin of Some Popular English Idioms IV

“Mumbo Jumbo”, “Going great guns”, “going to the dogs” – The origins of a selection of some popular English expressions and sayings.

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Do Animals have a sense of Fairness or Equity ?
Jun26

Do Animals have a sense of Fairness or Equity ?

Have you ever wondered whether animals have any sense of fairness or inequality? Many dog-owners believe their pets are almost human. In this article we look at some of the research into this with dogs.

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Resurrecting a language – Hebrew’s remarkable story
Jun23

Resurrecting a language – Hebrew’s remarkable story

Various new languages have been invented from time to time and you may even have heard of a few of them such as Klingon and Esperanto. However very few ‘dead’ or ancient languages have ever been revived on a national and international level. Hebrew is one of them. Another remarkable fact surrounding this is that it was all down to the work of one man.

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Why do men go bald?
Jun16

Why do men go bald?

There are 193 species of monkeys and apes in the world today, but only one of them is hairless: us ! The average person has around 100,000 hairs on his or her head, so why do some men go bald ?

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How is the Caloric Value of Food Measured?
May01

How is the Caloric Value of Food Measured?

The Caloric value of food appears everywhere today. It’s almost as if there’s some malevolent conspiracy to make us feel bad about that chocolate bar or bag of crisps we like to snack on. But how do they estimate the calorific values and is it very accurate ?

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Half Animal, Half Plant and Totally Tasty on Toast – Fungi
Apr21

Half Animal, Half Plant and Totally Tasty on Toast – Fungi

When you eat mushrooms à la Grecque or a truffle omelette, you may have thought that you are eating a vegetable. But you aren’t.Fungi were thought for many years to be plants, members of the vegetable kingdom with a few peculiarities. But modern science has shown that they are not.

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Why does the British tax year start in the first week of April ?
Apr14

Why does the British tax year start in the first week of April ?

Dealing with Tax issues can be pretty baffling sometimes. None more so than the date of the British Tax Year, which starts on April 6th each year. Sounds pretty random doesn’t it ? But it turns out that there really is a good reason for this seemingly rather arbitrary date.

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Mysteries of everyday life : Why is a bicycle more stable once it’s moving
Apr10

Mysteries of everyday life : Why is a bicycle more stable once it’s moving

You might think the answer to this particular conundrum is one of a combination of simple mechanics plus practice. However it’s not. Furthermore bikes don’t even need riders to stay upright! In this article we look at the “mystical” force doing this.

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Was Hitler’s Life Spared in World War I by a British Soldier ?
Mar31

Was Hitler’s Life Spared in World War I by a British Soldier ?

During the Great War Hitler claimed that he was wounded on the Western Front and recalled that a British soldier pointed his gun at him and then deliberately did not fire. But who was this mysterious British Soldier ?

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The Last Invasion of Britain
Feb24

The Last Invasion of Britain

Napoleon wanted to invade and conquer Britain so too did Hitler but they both failed. So … When exactly was the last Invasion of Britain ?

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Can Our Bodies Can Predict The Future ?
Feb06

Can Our Bodies Can Predict The Future ?

Following on from our earlier “Is free will an illusion ?” we look here at a new study that claims that “Our Bodies Can Predict The Future!” – or at least people’s bodies know a big event is coming just before it happens.

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Caesar Decrees a new Calendar – and we’re still using it (mostly)
Feb03

Caesar Decrees a new Calendar – and we’re still using it (mostly)

The calendar we use today is little different to that decreed by Julius Casear over 2,050 years ago. In this article we look at the details surrounding this historic and seminal event.

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How do Immunization Vaccines Work ?
Jan30

How do Immunization Vaccines Work ?

So how do those scary injections that the nurse at the surgery give you really work ?

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When it’s raining what’s the best way to keep dry – Run or Walk ?
Jan27

When it’s raining what’s the best way to keep dry – Run or Walk ?

When it then starts raining and you don’t have your umbrella with you the question is should run or walk. If you run, think of all those extra raindrops that you are colliding with. On the other hand, if you walk you will be out in the rain for longer.

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Why doesn’t the Earth move when we move our eyes ?
Jan20

Why doesn’t the Earth move when we move our eyes ?

This is another of those questions to which the 1st response is often ‘Why should it?’ But think about it – when something moves in the external world, its image moves across the retina, the ‘screen’ at the back of the eye. If something is stationary in the external world and we move our eyes past it, its image will move across the retina in the same way. – How do we tell the difference ?

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