What is the dead man’s handle?

The ‘dead man’s handle’ was designed to act in the event of a driver falling ill while on duty. With the introduction of electricity on the railways at the end of the 19th century the fireman was no longer needed, … Continued


Who designed the B-type bus?

Frank Searle joined the London General Omnibus Company (LGOC) in 1907 as chief engineer. He knew traffic conditions in London required a vehicle of rugged design and used knowledge gained through the development of experimental motor buses to produce the … Continued


Top 5 Facts: Stonehenge

1) Tallest stone The largest stone of the monument is one of the five Trilithons in the Sarsen Circle. It measures 7.3 metres high and weighs a quite ridiculous 45 tons. 2) Conspiracy theories Theories for what the site was built … Continued


Which dinosaurs lived in Britain 70 million years ago?

Only two dinosaurs are known to have been in Britain 70 million years ago from the available evidence. Incomplete remains of an armoured dinosaur (ankylosaur) called acanthopholis and a single tooth of a duck-billed dinosaur (hadrosaur), were both found within … Continued

A close-up shot of a puppy chewing on a stick. Shot using natural lighting.

How did so many species of dog evolve from wolves?

People began to domesticate wolves at least 12,000 years ago, and probably in several parts of the world. Wolves would have been attracted to stone-age human encampments by food, and by taking in and bringing up puppies people found they … Continued

Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Top 5 Facts: The Colosseum

1) What’s in a name The name ‘Colossuem’ is believed to have derived from a bronze statue of Nero, erected nearby. It was later remodelled into the likeness of Helios/Apollo the Sun god. 2) Super-sized The elliptical stadium is 189 metres (615 … Continued

Tyrannosaurus rex

Top 5 Facts: Dinosaurs

1) Tallest dinosaur The tallest of all the dinosaurs was the giant Brachiosaurus, mainly thanks to its giraffe- like neck, which stood at a rather impressive height of 50 feet. 2) Shortest dinosaur  In contrast, one of the smallest dinosaurs to … Continued

Mount Rushmore South Dakota USA

Top 5 Facts: Mount Rushmore

1) Time and money Also known as the Shrine of Democracy, Mount Rushmore took a staggering 14 years to complete and cost just under $1 million. 2) Valley of giants The four presidents’ heads on the hill tower 5,500 feet above sea … Continued

Marie Antoinette

Did Marie Antoinette really say “Let them eat cake”?

Probably one of the most famous myths ever to spread through Western culture, Queen of France Marie Antoinette’s sentiment that if French peasants had no bread to eat then they should eat cake instead is at best a misunderstanding and … Continued


Woolly mammoths could be brought back from extinction

The discovery of a female mammoth carcass preserved in snow could allow biologists to bring the ancient creatures back from extinction. The mammoth, which scientists have nicknamed Buttercup, was found frozen in Siberia in May 2013, and carbon dating of her flesh has revealed that she … Continued


Tutankhamun’s likely cause of death uncovered

New findings revealed in BBC documentary Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered provide evidence of the ancient pharaoh’s poor health and likely cause of his untimely death. “When you think of Tutankhamun, you immediately think of a big golden mask, that you imagine must have been fit … Continued


Ancient fish reveal the origins of sexual intercourse

Sexual intercourse among vertebrates – that’s animals with backbones, such as humans – is a lot older than first thought. 35 million years older, to be exact. It was previously thought intercourse and internal fertilisation began in primitive fish known as placoderms that lived around … Continued

©Brian Regal - Reconstruction of Sthenurus stirlingi, a giant kangaroo from the Sthenurinae family

Giant kangaroos were too heavy to hop

A new study, published in the journal Plos One, has revealed that extinct kangaroos were up to three times larger than the size they are today and walked on two feet instead of hopping around. The Sthenurine family of kangaroos, which existed … Continued

Ada Lovelace, Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace Day, 14 October, Analytical Engine

Ada Lovelace Day

How it Works celebrates Ada Lovelace Day by profiling the mathematical heroine.


Roman Roads

The genius of the first true road network (or was it?)

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