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March 7, 2013

 

Have you ever held magnetite?

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

 

How did you learn how to count?

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

 

The stethoscope could be considered one of the best inventions of all time.

How Was The Stethoscope Invented?

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

August 31, 2012

 

This painting is a great example of some of the makeup people in Egypt used.

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

 

Some critics thought the images were too violent; others thought the paint was applied too thickly. After that, the painting simply disappeared, and everyone assumed Millet had destroyed it.

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

 

Don't ever become a "guinea pig" for your own experiments!

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

 

Yes, it's true. People ingested radium!

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

 

Why Is A Mile 5,280 Feet?

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

July 18, 2011

 

How Old Are Diamonds?

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

July 14, 2011

 

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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