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It Happened Today: January 1st

Quite a few events – especially institutional events – happened on January 1st, as it is the start of the calendar year. Some of them are listed below – without the aim of being exhaustive. There are also other ones that didn’t need to happen on the first day of the year, though…. January 1st, [...]

1918: annus horribilis

At the end of a year, you’ll probably be appraising your achievements and your areas of progress. If you end up disappointed, you should think of what happened in the world in 1918. World War I ends in 1918 It is always a good thing when a war ends, especially one like World War I [...]

Mice Don’t Like Cheese!

Cartoonists have always drawn little mice nibbling small tetrahedral portions of cheese (always with holes in them, like Emmental cheese). Now very few realise that this has no connection with what happens in nature. As specialists know, not only mice don’t really like cheese at all but they’ll even stay as away as they can [...]

A cure for cancer in 1931

The pharmaceutical industry is not particularly interested in spreading this news – and you’ll understand why…. Nobel prizes In 1931, German physiologist Otto Heinrich Warburg received the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his discovery of the nature and mode of action of the respiratory enzyme. The official mention for the Prize doesn’t explain much. In reality, already in 1924, [...]

Bats Are Not Blind!

There are about 1,100 species of bats and they all can see! There are definitely other nocturnal animals with much better visual capabilities, but the bats vision is pretty good. Medium-sized and large bats Malayan Flying Foxes(from Pixabay)As a matter of fact, the medium-sized and large bats (megachiroptera) are nocturnal; they have big eyes and [...]

The Water In The Sink And The Coriolis Effect

The Coriolis Effect French physicist Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis was the first to explain it in his 1835 book Sur les équations du mouvement relatif des systèmes de corps (On the equations of relative motion of a system of bodies). If you have an education on sciences, you’ll remember it from your early physics or mechanics [...]


This is a common theme hiding behind some of the posts. It deserve a better place under the spotlight. So I decided to open a new category: sustainability. Twenty years ago, it was difficult to explain what it is and why it is important: only very few individuals were able to forecast its necessity and [...]

When Carrots Were Purple….

Carrots were originally purple According to Jack E. Staub’s Alluring Lettuces: And Other Seductive Vegetables for Your Garden, there is evidence of carrots being both red and yellow, as described by XI century Jewish Byzantine doctor Simeon Seth and XII century Arab agriculturist Ibn al-‘Awwam. But it looks like purple carrots were originally the most [...]


According to John Roach’s article on National Geographic: On average, about 800 – 900 million dollars are lost every Friday the thirteenth because people are so scared and superstitious they don’t want to go to work, take a flight, or even get out of their beds. Symptoms range from mild anxiety to full-blown panic attacks. The latter may [...]

Scotland Yard is not Scottish!

Scotland Yard is another name for England’s Metropolitan Police Service: the police force responsible for Greater London. But why the name Scotland Yard? The origin of the name hasn’t been recorded and, through time, different theories have been proposed. The one below sounds most plausible. The Scotland Yard area The Metropolitan Police Force was established [...]