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The Brown Dog Riots

Animal rights activists, feminists, and students clashing with one-another and the police… It may sound like it happened recently, but it actually happened over a century ago, between 1903 and 1910. At the heart of the discord lay the fate of a large brown dog whose name we do not know. Early in 1903 this […]

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12 scientists and their brilliant inventions

A scientist is someone who investigates the secrets of nature. An inventor is someone who tries to create useful products and devices. Some people have been incredibly successful in both endeavors. Here are twelve of the best: […]

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Top 10 Scientists’ Beards

Throughout the ages, men have worn beards. Sometimes beards have been fashionable, and sometimes not. Scientists born in the first half of the 19th century seem to have been especially susceptible to the allure of facial fuzz. Here are the top 10 beards worn by scientists, all of whom were […]

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76 Great Scientists who lived into their nineties

Here are profiles of 76 great scientists who lived into their 90s, from Grace Eldering, who developed the world’s first whooping cough vaccine, to Hans Bethe, who discovered how stars generate energy. It’s by no means […]

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22 Great Scientists who lived for 100 years or more

Here are profiles of 22 great scientists who lived for over 100 years, with the oldest reaching 110 years of age. The highest age at which any of the people featured here published new work was 103. The four who reached the greatest ages were all […]

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Two centuries of right and left handed molecules

In 1815, the same year as the Battle of Waterloo, French scientist Jean-Baptiste Biot discovered he could make up solutions of organic chemicals that rotated the plane of polarized light to the left or right. He proposed a remarkable cause for the phenomenon […]

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7 Scientists whose ideas were rejected during their lifetimes

We’ve all had ideas – some good, some not so good. I can’t begin to imagine how hair-pullingly frustrating it must be to hatch a brilliant new idea, believe passionately that it’s right, then find everyone else ignoring you, or telling you that you’re wrong, or even mocking you. Worse still[…]

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Magnificent Mathematics Quotes

Magnificent mathematicians talk mathematics and, for the sake of balance, a few non-mathematicians’ thoughts too![…]

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7 Scientists Who Died Violently

Violent death is something modern scientists don’t usually need to worry about. This hasn’t always been the case. Here are seven of the most famous examples of scientists whose lives were brought to an abrupt end. […]

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Science Myth or Truth? Can you tell?

Can you tell truth from myth? Test yourself with these tales. Each could be true, part-myth or myth. The truth about each story can be found below the image that follows the story. […]

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10 of Science’s Best BAD ideas – Part 2

When he took a break from inventing light bulbs, movies, and phonographs, Thomas Edison thought a lot about how the natural world worked. In 1920, he announced that he had a ‘spirit phone’ in the works that would allow people to talk to the dead[…]

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Fantastic Physics Quotes

Fantastically quotable scientists on physics: “Physics is very muddled again at the moment; it is much too hard for me anyway, and I wish I were a movie comedian or something like that and had never heard anything about physics!” […]

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Science Quiz: Which came first?

Challenge: try our science quiz. It’s just ten questions. Decide which events came first to test your knowledge of scientific progress. […]

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The Universe that Understands Itself?

Once upon a time, about 200 million human lifetimes ago, a universe began. This was not just any universe. It was a universe with some very remarkable properties. […]

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How Far Can Birds Fly Without Needing to Land?

Advances in technology are allowing us to learn more and more about how birds can travel huge distances under their own power. Very light GPS tracking equipment can be used to track birds without […]

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Scientists In Pop Songs – The Top 10

Pop music needs science and technology: microphones, amplifiers, electric guitars, synthesizers, light shows and dry-ice are all examples of science applied to the world of entertainment. While scientists and science aren’t what pop groups usually sing about, a few […]

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10 of Science’s Best BAD ideas – Part 1

You want bad ideas, but they have to be good bad ideas? You’ve come to the right place. First, a brilliant mathematician, who had already found one planet by sheer mind-power[…]

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Original Jokes About Scientists

James Joule and James Watt were having a drink together and talking about their research. Joule said to Watt, “Oh, here are my wife and children, come over and meet them […]

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Which Animal Gets Most Daylight?

Mr. Spock would appreciate the answer to this question, because it’s completely logical. To get the most daylight, you need to go where the sun never sets! […]

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When British Scientists Fled from Mob Rule

1789 was the year of the French Revolution. Dr. Joseph Priestley wholeheartedly approved of the Revolution. Priestley had discovered oxygen; invented fizzy, carbonated water […]

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Shoemaker-Levy 20th Anniversary

20 years ago, comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 made headlines around the world when it crashed into Jupiter. The impacts produced the biggest planetary explosions scientists have ever seen. […]

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Archimedes Makes his Greatest Discovery

Archimedes was fascinated by curves. His powerful mind had mastered straight line shapes in both 2D and 3D. He needed something more intellectually challenging to test him. This came […]

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How Archimedes Invented the Beast Number

Archimedes had become fed up of people saying you couldn’t calculate the number of grains of sand on a beach. In response to this nonsense (as he saw it) he invented new, enormous numbers. […]

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