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Can you injure yourself by stretching?

(Image source: Pixabay) Question from Imre Sebestyén We all know how enjoyable it is to have a good stretch when we get out of bed in the morning. As well as being rewarding, stretching...

How did WWII end?

75 years ago, the Allies clinched a dramatic and destructive victory in Japan (Image source: Pixabay) World War II raged from 1939–1945, leaving millions dead in its wake. It consumed the world in gunfire...

How to tell what a cat is thinking

These sociable animals communicate with each other both verbally and visually, but how can we learn to think cat? (Image source: Pixabay) As one of the world’s most popular pets, there are more than...

Nature’s weirdest defense mechanisms

How can animals turn their bodies into weapons? (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Defence mechanisms are the ways in which animals have evolved to protect themselves against danger. There are many ways they can do...

How did the Black Death spread?

Fleas, rats and puss-filled boils – find out how the bubonic plague killed millions Image source: Wiki comms/Public Domain History has seen many pandemics, but the bubonic plague, better known as the Black Death,...

The life of Neil Armstrong

On what would have been his 90th birthday, discover the legacy of the first man on the Moon (Image source: NASA) Armstrong’s interest in flying began at a very early age. His father took...

The real-life Iron Man

Meet Richard Browning and discover how he’s defying gravity with a super-powered, jet engine suit Image credit: Gravity Industries Ltd CEO of Gravity Industries and inventor of the Gravity Jet Suit, Richard Browning has spearheaded grassroots innovation...

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