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10 of the most poisonous plants on Earth

10 Credit: Jason Hollinger Manchineel tree (Hippomane mancinella) Native: Central America Few poisonous plants can infect their victims by a simple touch. Laced with a cocktail of poisons, this tree’s sap will cause irritation...

How do flyboards work?

These jet ski accessories use water to keep you airborne (Image credit: Raysonho/ Wikimedia Commons) There could be some time to wait before we are commuting to work by jetpack or hopping on a...

How do coral reefs form?

Corals are team players, collaborating to build the largest living structures on Earth Image source: Pixabay Covering just 0.1 per cent of the world’s surface, coral reefs are home to around 25 per cent...

How to survive a Victorian school

Classrooms in the late 1800s were very different from today: here are a few ways you could have avoided the dreaded cane (Image source: Pixabay) Address the teachers properly School teachers in Victorian times...

What are saturn’s rings made of?

They may not be as interesting as the moons around Uranus but Saturn’s rings do bear further investigation… Saturn – The Roche lobe causes gravitational forces around Saturn to hold rocky particles Inner rings...

How do tigers hunt?

These killer cats take down their prey solo, without any help from a pack Image source: Pixabay Poised between the blades of the tall grass in the savanna, a feline body is crouched like...

Top 5 facts about orchids

Blooming unbelievable traits of these beautiful, rare and exotic flowers (Image source: Pixabay) 1. A rare beauty The ghost orchid (Epipogium aphyllum) is among the rarest in the world. Strangely, this plant contains no...

Why do our eyes close when we sneeze?

(Image source: Pexels) Question from Ashley Morgan Sneezing happens for all manner of reasons. Your nose is extremely sensitive so when it is exposed to a change in temperature or small allergic particles like...