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  • Darwin’s black box

    A black box is a whimsical term used in science to describe something whose inner workings are mysterious, either because they cannot be seen or because they’re just incomprehensible. Charles Darwin’s black box was the cell.…

  • The helpful Moon

    The book Our Created Moon: Earth’s Fascinating Neighbor reveals some ways the Moon benefits mankind. One obvious way is the light it reflects at night, which has guided travellers on land and sea for…

  • Darwin’s black box

    A black box is a whimsical term used in science to describe something whose inner workings are mysterious, either because they cannot be seen or because they’re just incomprehensible. Charles Darwin’s black box was the cell.…

  • A total eclipse

    …A total eclipse is one of the most beneficial events for human knowledge. Astronomers, physicists and historians learn all kinds of things from them (this is how astronomers confirmed that gravity bends…

  • Feeling dizzy?

    Do you realise that you should be dizzy right now?  That’s because you are, right now, travelling at the speed of 66,000 miles per hour around the Sun. That’s how fast the…

  • Earth: The perfect home

    …the universe is a very inhospitable place. As far as we know, there’s no other place in it that can support human life except this little dot of a planet called Earth.…

  • Penicillin, the miracle drug

    On a September morning in 1928, Alexander Fleming sat at his work bench at St. Mary’s Hospital after having just returned from a vacation at The Dhoon (his country house) with his…

  • “Eureka! Eureka”

    Archimedes was a Greek scientist. He lived in Syracuse nearly 200 years ago. The king of the land wanted to wear a golden crown. He gave some gold to a goldsmith to…

  • The Curies discover radium

    A few days before the Christmas of 1898, Pierre Curie scrawled the word ‘radium’ in his notebook as the name for a new element he and his wife Marie had brought laboriously…