The History of DNA

In 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick reported that they had discovered the structure of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) – the molecule that genes are made of. This discovery would transform the life sciences – from biochemistry and agriculture to medicine and genetics. It had all started much earlier, in 1859, when Charles Darwin published his book, “The Origin of Species”. He had joined a 5-year expedition in 1831, to the Galapagos Island, where he was studying fossils of animals believed to be from millions of years ago. During that time he noticed that each of the islands had their own

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A Brief History of Paper Towels

The Paper Towel is one of the most popular household inventions. Due to its multi-purpose functionality, from cleaning surfaces and spills, wiping windows and drying hands, this absorbent towel has become a family favourite and you’ll probably find one in almost every kitchen. So how did this invention come into our hands? The Scott Paper Company The Scott Brothers, Clarence, and Irvin had opened up their paper company in 1879 but it wasn’t until 1907 that they had created the paper towel. Their invention was entirely accidental because the paper towels were first used for medical use, particularly in hospitals

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Interesting Facts about Dwayne Johnson

In 2017 Dwayne Johnson featured second in the Forbes Highest paid actors’ list with a turnover of $65 million thanks to films such as Jumanji and Fate of the Furious. But not everyone knows about Dwayne’s early life and what got him to the global superstar status he has today. Johnson was born on 2 May 1972 in Hayward, California to Ata Johnson and Rocky Johnson. Dwayne’s family had a heritage of professional wrestling with his father Rocky Johnson and grandfather Peter Malvia both being professional wrestlers. This is what influenced Dwayne’s first stage name when he went by “Rocky

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What are the health benefits of cucumbers?

Cucumbers are botanically classified as a fruit, although they are typically perceived, prepared and eaten as though they were vegetables. Cucumbers, which belong to the same plant family as pumpkin and watermelon, are made up of 95 percent water, making them an ideal hydrating and cooling food. Its origin can be traced down to South Asia but is grown in other parts of the world too. As cucumbers contain many essential nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Manganese, Copper, and Potassium, incorporating cucumbers in your daily diet can lead to excellent health benefits. The following

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Interesting Facts about Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande-Butera was born in Boca Raton, Florida on June 26th, 1993 to father Edward Butera and mother Joan Grande. Ariana’s acting career started at the young age of eight years old, starring as Annie in the popular play by the same name, Annie.  She also began singing around the same time, singing the national anthem at eight years old for the Chicago Blackhawks hockey game. At the age of fifteen in 2008, Ariana began her official acting and singing career and made her Broadway debut as Charlotte in the musical 13, where she won a National Youth Theatre Association

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Where does the phrase “elephant in the room” come from?

Have you ever been perturbed by an issue and you’re pretty sure that no one around you is comfortable either, but you all repress the urge to address it? The issue is very intense, prominent and of great consequence sometimes… like there’s an elephant in the room. This phrase has been popular for quite some time, even though it is currently considered a cliché by most people. It has also metamorphosed through a few stages during this time, and here’s a bit about how it all started. A short fictitious story, written by Ivan Krylov, a 19th-century Russian fabulist, was

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8 Interesting Facts About Dinosaurs

Here’s the first indicator that we’re entering hardcore waters: this list only covers true dinosaurs and no other prehistoric life. Sorry, Diplocaulus – you get an honorable mention for nobody knowing what your boomerang head was for, but amphibians, pterosaurs, synapsids (like Dimetrodon) and all the various seafaring reptiles are not allowed on this list. Let’s get to digging. 1. Tsintaosaurus Hadrosaurs, AKA duck-billed dinosaurs, are almost a whole family of weird. First, that ridiculous-looking flat bill is really millions of teeth. You also have headgear galore to pick from: Lambeosaurus, Corythosaurus, and especially Parasaurolophus (that’s Duckie from Land Before

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Underwater Phobias: Thalassophobia and Submechanophobia

Many of us have phobias, but how common is it to have a fear of the sea? After all, it’s only water and covers around 70% of the planet. Picture the scene: you’re on holiday, the sun is beating down on your back and you decide to cool off in the sea so take the plunge head first into the turquoise, clear water. Sounds like bliss, no? Not for some people. Ever been out swimming and felt a little unnerved about what’s lurking beneath you? It’s an actual phobia, called Thalassophobia – coming, unsurprisingly, from the Greek word ‘thalassa’ (ocean)

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Kansas City blatantly ignored…

Kansas City blatantly ignored The Prohibition. You could buy booze a few blocks down from the police station. They got away with it scot-free for all 13 years (1920 to 1933). 00

When USSR premier Nikita Khrushchev…

When USSR premier Nikita Khrushchev visited IBM’s Silicon Valley research facility in 1959 he showed indifference to computing technology, but he was so impressed by their buffet style cafeteria that he instructed factories across the Soviet Union to implement the self service dining concept. 00