Category: Brain Dump

Where was the first cinema?

Question from Lars Whittaker Although some sources claim that l’Eden Theatre in France holds the title, no one knows for sure where the first cinema in the world was. However, the UK’s first cinema...

Can weather changes give you a headache?

  Question from Irini Arman This may sound like an old wives’ tale, but there is some evidence to suggest that rapid changes in the weather could leave your head throbbing. Studies suggest that...

Who won the first Nobel Prize and why?

Question from Reggie Doyle When he died, the Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel left instructions that his vast wealth should provide annual prizes in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace, for individuals who “during the...

What do the pedals on a piano do?

Question from Gemma Reed When you press a piano key, a hammer inside hits the corresponding strings, just as a device called a damper is lifted. This enables the strings to vibrate, producing a...

Why can parrots talk?

Question from Moira Jones The noises made by most birds are hard-wired into their brains, but three types of birds –hummingbirds, songbirds and parrots – are capable of learning new vocalisations.  Scientists believe that...

What is the ‘internet of things’?

Question from Jenny Aldridge The internet of things (IOT) is the networking of different sorts of electronic devices through the internet, allowing them to collect data and communicate. For example, at home, Wi-Fi light...

Why do lemurs only live on the island of Madagascar?

Question from Kelly Evans Around 160 million years ago, Madagascar broke away from Africa. Records of lemur-like primate fossils date back approximately 60 million years have been found in mainland Africa, and further records show thatthey soon made...

Who invented roller skates?

Question from Joe McKinley The first recorded use of roller skates was in the 1760s, when Belgian-born John Joseph Merlin decided to demonstrate his new invention at a fancy masquerade party in London. After donning his inline skates...

How do superfast cameras work?

Question from Phoebe Sims A superfast camera is an electronic device that uses a charge-coupled device (CCD) or a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) active pixel sensor. The sensor is so sensitive to light that...