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The birth of blue jeans

The ‘riveting’ story of how two visionary immigrants created an American classic Denim jeans are a fashion essential around the world, but their origins are much more humble. During the late 1800s, America was...

Debunked: “THE EARTH IS FLAT”

By around 500 BCE most ancient Greeks believed our planet was round. For a long time before this, it was believed to be flat. It was only when we started to map the trajectory...

All about pigs

Often maligned in popular culture and language, hogs are much smarter and cleaner than you might at first think… It seems unfair that the English language has amassed so many derogatory sayings about pigs...

Treating cancer

There are three major types of cancer treatment: surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy 1.Chemotherapy The first chemotherapy drug was developed using mustard gas, a chemical weapon used during WWI. Scientists had noticed that the poison...

What is cancer?

The first step to finding a cure is understanding exactly what we’re up against You’re made up of an estimated 37.2 trillion cells, each containing an entire copy of your DNA, which consists of...

Travelling on ice

How machines have been engineered to tame even the most extreme winter terrain Ploughs in focus The first snow ploughs were horse-drawn sleighs mounted with an iron or wooden wedge. Today, ploughs are engineered...