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Science

What is a comet?

Comets - also known as 'dirty snowballs' - are large chunks of rock and ice left over from the formation of our Solar System billions of years ago. When these chunks fly close to the sun, they begin to spew out gas, displaying a visible atmosphere and sometimes a tail that glows brightly.

World Events

Why has the poppy become a symbol of remembrance?

Corn poppies (popaver rhoeas) grow naturally across Western Europe in areas of disturbed soil.

World Events

How did Earth get its name?

Earth is the only planet in our solar system not to be named after a Greek or Roman deity. Originally, humans had no idea that they lived on a planet that was mostly water.

Science

How quickly can a person fall?

A skydiver falls from a height of 4,000 metres, accelerating by 20mph every second. After three seconds, they are falling at a speed of over 62mph. The reason? Gravity. This force accelerates a body in freefall by 9.81 metres per second every second.

Nature

5 Facts About Clouds

1. In the summer months, clouds sometimes glow a range of different colours: on occasion a pale yellow, at other times a pearlescent silver. Ice crystals are responsible for these glowing clouds (known as notilucent clouds) as they reflect the light of the setting sun.

History

How did World War I start?

The First World War claimed the lives of over 16 million people, both soldiers and civilians, across Europe and changed the course of history – so why, when, and how did it begin? Despite its far-reaching and devastating consequences, the First World War’s origins are still unclear.

Science

Could Ebola become airborne?

Viruses exist to replicate themselves; it’s their raison d’etre. But with replication comes mutation: improper copies occur and new variants of the virus arise. Ebola is an RNA virus, which means every time it replicates itself, one or two mutations occur.

Nature

How long can a tree live for?

Surviving the last Ice Age, the world’s oldest known living tree is a five-metre spruce in Sweden known as ‘Old Tjikko’ (right), at an impressive 9,550 years old.

Nature

Do snakes get vertigo?

When snakes wriggle along branches, they might appear pretty relaxed. But appearances can be deceiving: the snake is clinging onto the branch with all its might. That’s because, depending on the snake’s size and weight and the texture of the ground, a fall could prove fatal.

Nature

Why do leaves turn red in the autumn?

To survive the winter, deciduous trees need to store sustenance in their roots, which means they must absorb the nutrients in their leaves. Changes in colour are caused by the trees absorbing these essential nutrients. During the sunny summer months, the leaves on trees are green and lush.

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