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March 7, 2013

 

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The History Of Magnetite

The world is full of bizarre things, and none more so than the eerie tale of the mysterious black stones!

October 12, 2012

 

numbers 18-56

How People In Greenland Learn How To Count

The counting system of native Greenlanders not only uses all ten fingers, but all ten toes as well!

September 14, 2012

 

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How Was The Stethoscope Invented?

In the early 1800s, a French physician named René Laennec had a dilemma...

August 31, 2012

 

egyptian painting

Why Did Cleopatra Wear Makeup?

Over five thousand years ago, the ancient Egyptians used eye shadow, not only for cosmetic but practical purposes as well.

August 8, 2012

 

jean millet's work in frame

How X-Ray Technology Is Helping Examine Millet’s Artwork

In the 1840s, a new painting by Jean Francois Millet was unveiled in Paris. But, horror of horrors, no one seemed to like it!

February 9, 2012

 

metal can of oxide

How Humphrey Davey Discovered Nitrous Oxide

In centuries past, it was not so uncommon to see scientists treating themselves like guinea pigs.

December 28, 2011

 

water drop

Is It True That People Used To Drink Water Laced With Radium?

It may seem incredible that people once willingly ingested radium.

October 14, 2011

 

giant yellow ruler painted on ground

Why Is A Mile 5,280 Feet?

Our word "mile" comes from the Latin "mille," which referred to the Roman mile.

July 18, 2011

 

engagement diamond ring

How Old Are Diamonds?

Mysteries, facts, and the age of the diamond you've been eying...

July 14, 2011

 

colorfully wrapped soaps

The Surprising Chemical Structure Of Soap

Soap has been used for cleaning for many years, but it wasn't until modern chemists began to understand its structure that anyone knew how soap worked.

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