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PetsRadar launches Pet Tech Week!

(Image credit: Pawbo/petsradar) Over the next seven days, petsradar.com will be showcasing pet technology to improve the lives of pets and their owners alike. From buying guides and reviews of the latest pet gadgets...

What are implantable contact lenses?

You can permanently embed lenses into your eyes with a clever bit of surgery (Image credit: Martin Slavoljubovski/ Pixabay) Being able to see our surroundings clearly enhances our lives and determines what we can do....

Who was Typhoid Mary?

How a cook’s recipe of ignorance and ice cream resulted in the infamous outbreak of a deadly disease Mary Mallon (left) ended up being forced to quarantine (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Mary Mallon was an...

Inside Portugal’s Pena Palace

Nestled atop a hill, this kingly home is a real-life fairytale castle in the clouds Image credit: Getty Images An hour outside of Lisbon lies Sintra National Park. Tucked unobtrusively between its slopes stand...

How did the Himalayas form?

One collision created a diverse land of culture, ecology and the world’s tallest point (Image credit: Bijay Yadav/ Pixabay) Covering close to 600,000 square kilometres, the Himalayas are a mountaineer’s playground. With over 50 mountains exceeding 7,000...

Life, Cosmos and Neil deGrasse Tyson

40 years since the original iconic series hit our television screens, Cosmos is back. We catch up with host Neil deGrasse Tyson about the new series Image credit: Stewart Volland/National Geographic Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse...

The truth about Area 51

Myths and conspiracy theories aside, what is really happening at this mysterious air base? Image source: Pixabay Isolated in the Nevada Desert, a dusty path leads to the heavily guarded Area 51 – an...

E-scooters: the future of travel

Electric scooters are gaining ground – should you get one when you want to get moving? (Image credit: Marat Mazitov/ Unsplash) Electric vehicles are big business, but up until now the market has concentrated...

The history of the Lincoln Memorial

Why was the 16th president honoured with a memorial that looks like a Greek temple? Image source: Pixabay Strength, wisdom, fortitude – for many, United States president Abraham Lincoln embodied all those qualities, so...

How to see cosmic rays

Create a cloud chamber and watch subatomic particles zoom through the air in front of you 1. Prepare your tank First, you’ll need to find a large, rectangular tank – like a fish tank....