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Mind & Body

Why are people afraid of insects?

Are you terrified of moths? Does the thought of an earwig bring you out in a cold sweat? Well, you’re not alone: research has shown that we’re genetically predisposed to dislike creepy-crawlies.

Science

Who was Mary Anning?

Born in 1799, Mary Anning received a very basic education: she was taught to read and write, but not much else. However, embedded into the cliffs near her home in Lyme Regis were thousands of strange, frozen creatures, which the imaginative locals called “devil's fingers” or “snake stones”.

World Events

How do you steal a Rembrandt?

18th March 1990: it’s the early hours of the morning at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. Suddenly, a buzz at the door shatters the peace inside the art gallery.

History

Were nuclear tests carried out in the UK?

Nowadays, Orford Ness is a picture of tranquillity: hares barrel through the long grass, while seabirds circle silently above strange, pagoda-like buildings.

Nature

What is the Great Green Wall?

It’s one of the largest projects in the history of Africa: a 4,400-mile wall stretching from Senegal to Djibouti along the edge of the Sahel region, just south of the Sahara Desert. However, the gigantic barrier isn’t made of bricks and mortar but trees.

Technology

Where is the deepest hole?

The picture above may look like just a small manhole surrounded by debris, but it's actually the entrance to the deepest man-made hole on the planet.

Nature

What's the loudest animal?

Hint: it’s not the blue whale! The award goes to another underwater behemoth, the sperm whale. Its deafening clicks, used for communication, have been measured at a whopping 230 decibels (dB) – louder than the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883.

Mind & Body

What causes the roller coaster sinking feeling?

The heady mixture of adrenaline, dizzy heights and the famous sinking feeling is what makes roller coasters so enjoyable. However, few people know that the latter is actually caused by organs moving around in your body.

Science

What's on the Voyager Golden Record?

Picture the scene: millions of years in the future, an alien race comes across a peculiar lump of metal floating through the darkest depths of space. Attached to the object is a shiny disc covered in strange markings.

Technology

How does a laser cannon work?

Laser weaponry is no longer the preserve of far-fetched science fiction films – the technology is very real and is currently deployed aboard the USS Ponce, an American military transport ship.

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