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  • Cats

    Cats are and have been one of mankind’s most trusted companions for thousands of years. They have played a major role in keeping reptiles and rodents away from the household, helping protect food and preventing all kinds of diseases. Humans and cats share a unique bond, expressed by the way they com...

    May 3, 2020
  • Wine

    The craft of making wine is a thousand-year-old tradition, dating back to the dawn of civilization. According to historians, there are actually two separate occasions of winemaking being developed, completely independent from one another. The oldest archeological evidence that we have is from 9,000 ...

    April 7, 2020
  • Seahorse

    Although they may not look like it, seahorses are actually a type of fish and share many of the groups characteristic features like having a swim bladder, gills and several fins. A small fin on their back is used for propulsion and even though it can flutter up to 35 times per second, they are...

    April 5, 2020
  • Ostrich

    The ostrich is an exceptional bird, unlike any other animal in the world. Resembling something out of a prehistoric movie, they are the biggest birds on our planet. At 3 meters tall and 150 kg, they are significantly larger than the Australian Emu or Cassowary. They have the largest eyes on land wit...

    April 5, 2020
  • Sunflowers

    Like many other plants, sunflowers originated in North America and were first introduced to the European civilizations around the 16th century, by way of the Spanish conquistadors. For a long time before that, by some estimations as far back as 3,000 BC, they were cultivated by the native tribes acr...

    April 2, 2020
  • Galactic Year

    Whenever you look up at the night sky, almost every object you are able to see belongs to our galaxy. There are between 100 and 400 billion stars in the Milky Way and at least another 100 billion planets. Although it is by far not the largest galaxy, that is still a staggering number. It...

    March 29, 2020
  • Ancient Computer

    More than a century ago, back in the year 1900, a team of Greek divers made an astonishing discovery. While diving for sponges, they found a bronze hand, sticking out from the sand. Promptly informing the Greek authorities, soon further dives were conducted, and the wreckage of an ancient Roman ship...

    March 26, 2020
  • Tree-Kangaroo

    High within the treetops of the rainforest of New Guinea, as well as the northernmost part of Queensland in Australia, lives an elusive and remarkable creature – the tree-kangaroo. There is only a dozen of species in their family and all of them are extremely rare and hard to find. On one hand, beca...

    March 24, 2020
  • Handkerchief

    To this day historians can’t agree on what exactly the origin of the handkerchief is. It is a story, which dates more than 4,000 years and has sparked numerous debates throughout its long history. As with many other things, the Ancient Egyptians were probably the first to adopt the idea of carrying ...

    March 23, 2020
  • Holy Coffee

    The history of coffee dates back to the 9th century in what is nowadays Ethiopia. Legend has it the local goat herds noticed that their flocks were acting strangely whenever they ate the fruit of a specific plant – the Coffea. After one of them tried the berries himself and felt unusually energized,...

    March 21, 2020
  • St. Patrick’s

    Although he is known as the Apostle of Ireland, Saint Patrick was actually born at the end of the 4th century, on the neighboring island, in what was then the Roman province of Britain. He first came to Ireland at the age of 16, when he was captured and enslaved by a band of Irish...

    March 18, 2020
  • Dogs

    Dogs are often called man’s best friend and not without reason. They have been our faithful companions for thousands of years, standing steadfast beside us, regardless of prosperity or hardship. Scientists used to believe that they were domesticated around 15,000 years ago but some archaeological ev...

    March 12, 2020
  • Mario

    Super Mario is one of the most recognizable characters in popular culture. He was created by Shigeru Miyamoto, a young Japanese artist who had just recently been hired by Nintendo. At that time, they were still a small game company, which sold primarily playing cards and other games and toys. He act...

    March 12, 2020
  • Gold

    Throughout human history, gold has always been highly sought out and valued. It is probably the first metal, that humans we able to shape and form, thanks to its extreme malleability. A single gram of it can be hammered into a sheet one square meter in size and so thin, as to be almost transparent....

    March 5, 2020
  • Highest peak

    Every year thousands of adventurers set out to the Himalayas to climb Mount Everest, known to many as the roof of the world. It was given its name by Andrew Waugh in 1865 in honor of Sir George Everest, as a kind of compromise after not being able to choose between the multiple local names...

    March 3, 2020
  • Baba Marta

    On the first of March a unique tradition takes place in Bulgaria. According to legend, the first three months of the year were actual mythical creatures, each with its own personality and character. January and February were two brothers and they lived high up in the mountains, together with their s...

    March 3, 2020
  • Fibonacci

    Nowadays, using just an ordinary pen and a blank piece of paper we can write down each and every number imaginable. However, this has not always been the case. It is impossible to determine when or how we first started counting, but we can safely assume that even early humans had some sense of what...

    March 1, 2020
  • Carnival

    Today Carnival is a vastly popular holiday, celebrated in many countries all around the world. It is a huge festival with parades, balls and feasts which occur just before the beginning of Lent – a period of 40 days, leading up to Easter, in which devote Christians fast in order to commemorate...

    February 21, 2020
  • Virus

    Viruses are fundamentally different from any other creature on our planet. So far in our understanding of life, there are several characteristics which every living being possesses – they move, make use of energy, respond to changes in their environment, they incorporate new materials, use them to r...

    February 18, 2020
  • String Theory

    Ever since the very first scientists, mankind has always strived to understand the universe it lives in. To do this, we have ventured further and further, trying to figure our what is it made of and how all of its pieces fit together. At first, we discovered that all of matter is composed of intrica...

    February 4, 2020
  • Hydrothermal Vents

    Sunlight is essential to all life on Earth – without light there is no photosynthesis which leads to no oxygen and without oxygen no lifeform can survive. A fact we all learn from an early age in school. And although it is mostly correct, as in everything else, each rule has its own exception....

    February 2, 2020
  • Drink of the Gods

    The story of chocolate goes a long way back, to one of the oldest cultures in North America. The Olmecs were a civilization which inhabited the lands of Southern Mexico around 3,000 years ago. Unfortunately, they kept no written history, but that does not mean that there isn’t anything left of them....

    January 30, 2020
  • The First Bird

    Evolution is a very curious thing. Throughout history you can trace how different species, with no common ancestor, separated by millions of years, have come to develop similar features. A fact, which proves that if a certain quality gives you an advantage against your competitors, sooner or later i...

    January 28, 2020
  • Diamonds

    Diamonds have been part of human culture, as tools as well as decoration, for thousands of years. There has been some evidence, discovered in China, which suggest they may have been used for engraving and polishing as far back as 4,500 years ago, during the late Neolithic, at the very end of the Sto...

    January 26, 2020
  • Voyager

    The end of the 60s was marked by one of humanity’s most memorable achievements – the first manned mission to the Moon. In the wake of this accomplishment NASA turned its attention to the further reaches of our Solar System and the distant gas giants in orbit there. At first, they planned four separa...

    January 23, 2020
  • Honey

    For as long as humanity can remember, we have always used honeybees for various purposes. It is probably one of our oldest practices. From their hives we’ve gathered wax, pollen and even venom, but by far their most important product has always been their honey. As with many other things, the Ancien...

    January 21, 2020
  • Megalodon

    The open waters of Earth’s oceans can be a very dangerous place. Throughout their vastness, there are countless predators lurking from the depths, searching for their next prey. Giant squid, killer whales and of course, probably the most perfect hunters nature has ever created, the sharks. Over 420 ...

    January 16, 2020
  • False Teeth

    Dentistry as we know it is a fairly new profession. The first real, qualified, medical experts came up just at the end of the 19th century. This however in no way means that before that people did not have dental problems. In fact, for thousands of years humans have tried all sorts of remedies to...

    January 14, 2020
  • Dark Matter & Dark Energy

    All that we can see, regardless if it is with our own eyes on Earth or throughout space using our telescopes, all of it is made up of just three subatomic particles – protons, neutrons and electrons. Combined, they form the atoms of the plants and animals, oceans, mountains and deserts, the planets,...

    January 12, 2020
  • Chernobyl

    Pripyat used to be one of the best cities to live in the former Soviet Union. Salaries were high, shops were better stocked than everywhere else. Apartments were well made, and people received plenty of food stamps. There was even an amusement park in the center of town. Sadly, this all changed on A...

    January 11, 2020
  • Chameleon

    There is a total of 202 known species of chameleon in the world and incredibly more than half of them are native only to one single place – the island of Madagascar off the east coast of Africa. The rest can be found across the mainland, as well as in the Middle East, the Indian...

    January 10, 2020
  • Groom of the Stool

    Throughout the years there have been many royal positions, which may seem if not unnecessary, then at least really weird. There is an official Grand Carver to cut up the roast, a Keeper of the Swans, a Royal Horological Conservator, who winds up all of the clocks in the palace and even a Keeper of...

    January 9, 2020
  • Crying Grass

    Few things in nature invoke such a positive response in humans, as the scent of freshly cut grass. The crisp, green smell released by the plants is associated with the warm, carefree days of summer and tends to remind us of our youth, when life was not so complicated. However, according to scientist...

    January 7, 2020
  • Ant Slavery

    Ants are one of the oldest living species on our planet. They first arose around 130 mil years ago, during the Cretaceous period and their ancestors were similar to today’s wasps. During that time the first flowering plants were beginning to appear, which helped them to diversify and spread to almos...

    January 5, 2020
  • Red tides

    Every year on beaches all around the globe something amazing happens. Late at night, long after the sun has disappeared and the darkness has settled, the surf of the waves along the shore begin to glow. This however is not some crazy way of light reflecting off the water or some poisonous runoff fro...

    December 29, 2019
  • Olympic Torch

    The Olympic Games are one of the most widely recognized symbols of peace and unity throughout history. They are a tradition which can trace its origin back more than 3,000 years. Every four years the Ancient Greeks held huge celebrations in honor of the God Zeus near the city of Olympia and athletes...

    December 26, 2019
  • Christmas Trees

    Long before people started celebrating Christmas or even the appearance of Christianity, evergreen plants and trees had a special symbolic meaning all across the Ancient World. During the winter mounts the weather was colder, the days were becoming increasingly shorter and in many cultures this coul...

    December 24, 2019
  • Talking trees

    Throughout history we have always perceived trees as lone strangers, each living on its own, in constant battle for its share of sunlight, water and soil. Surprisingly, recent studies are very much challenging this idea. According to them trees are much more complex, social and sophisticated than we...

    December 23, 2019
  • Mistletoe

    Today the kiss under the mistletoe is a cherished Christmas tradition, however the custom dates back much further than the Christian holiday. For thousands of years the herb has been a symbol of vitality and fertility, on one side because it can blossom even during the winter season but also because...

    December 22, 2019
  • Butterflies

    The metamorphosis of a butterfly is one of the most extraordinary transformations that an animal can perform during its lifecycle. It is simply amazing what they go through to become the beautiful, majestic creatures which we so often marvel at. All butterflies, as well as their close cousins the mo...

    December 21, 2019
  • Onna-Bugeisha

    Onna-Bugeisha, which translates to woman warrior, was a type of female soldier in the times of feudal Japan. They were known as strong and capable fighters, every bit as courageous as their male counterparts. Part of the bushi class, to which belonged all samurai, they helped settle new lands, defen...

    December 19, 2019
  • The Sun

    At the very center of the Solar System there is a gigantic ball of fire, that we call our Sun. It was born around 4.6 billion years ago, when an enormous gas cloud, made up of hydrogen started to collapse under its own weight. The force of gravity brought particles closer and closer together, until...

    December 18, 2019
  • Immortal Jellyfish

    First discovered in the late 19th century in the Mediterranean Sea, Turritopsis dohrnii is a small, transparent jellyfish, no larger than the nail on your pinky. Inside its translucent body is a bright red spot, which functions as its stomach and is equipped with up to 90 white tentacles. On the out...

    December 17, 2019
  • Riding shotgun

    Today the phrase “riding shotgun” is a well-known part of popular culture. No only does it state your claim to the seat next to the driver, but it comes with a complicated set of rules and responsibilities. However, if we go back a couple of centuries, to the times when the term originated, it takes...

    December 16, 2019
  • World’s biggest waterfall

    It’s easy to imagine our seas and oceans as one big pool of water, just standing there. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The waters of our oceans are in constant motion, driven by a whole multitude of forces. The air currents, fueled by our sun, propel the surface currents, which mo...

    December 15, 2019
  • Woolly Mammoth

    Humans are often fascinated with the great creatures of the past, extinct long before we even had a chance to meet them. Dinosaurs and pterodactyls, sabretooth tigers and enormous mammoths, they do make us wonder what it was like when they were still living. However, not all of them died out as long...

    December 15, 2019
  • Vikings

    Notorious for their raids across Europe and England during the Middle Ages, the Vikings were some of the best travelers the world has ever known. From the coasts of Norway and Denmark, they sailed all the way around the continent to Constantinople and created settlements on distant islands like Icel...

    December 14, 2019
  • Ancient locks

    For as long as the human civilization has existed, there has always been the risk of having one’s property stolen. Accordingly, one of the oldest inventions ever created was for the purpose of preventing that from happening – the lock and key. In the beginning, before the first locks were created, p...

    December 12, 2019
  • Rainbows

    Rainbows are fascinating. There is something simply magical, when you look up at the sky and sea their incredible colors. And although humans have marveled at them for thousands or even millions of years, it wasn’t until 1637 and the French scientist René Descartes that they were finally able to und...

    December 12, 2019
  • Plague Doctor

    The Black Death, also known as the Pestilence, or simply the Plague was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history. It is believed to have originated in Central Asia and was brought to Europe towards the middle of the 14th century. Carried by the fleas, living on many rodents, most notab...

    December 11, 2019
  • Blood snow

    Chlamydomonas nivalis is a very peculiar type of algae. Unlike most of its relatives, it does not require to be in water to survive and is actually common in alpine and polar areas around the world. It has evolved a special mechanism, which allows it to thrive in these extreme, subzero conditions. L...

    December 9, 2019
  • The Darwin Tree Bark Spider

    The Caerostris darwini is a small spider, native to the jungles of Madagascar. On the outside it doesn’t appear to be in any way extraordinary – the female is about 2 centimeters in size and like many spider species its male counterpart is significantly smaller. They are black in color, covered with...

    December 8, 2019
  • The growth rings of Corals

    Corals are truly fascinating creatures. They can be found all around the world, from deep, cold oceans to warm and shallow waters. Although they look very much like plants, they are in fact animals, a special kind of invertebrate, closely related to the jellyfish and sea anemones. They vary in many ...

    December 7, 2019
  • Origin of the jigsaw puzzles

    The story of the jigsaw puzzle goes a long way, back to the 1760s, and a young man from London, by the name of John Spilsbury, the younger brother of Jonathan Spilsbury, a successful English engraver and portraitist. He himself was practiced in engraving, but his passion led him in a very different ...

    December 6, 2019
  • Nicholas

    It took almost two thousand years for the image of Santa to become the way it is known today. But if we were to go back to the turn of the fourth century, we would meet a person, much different from the jolly old man that we are used to. Saint Nicholas lived in the...

    December 5, 2019
  • Monopoly

    The story of Monopoly starts off at the beginning of the 20th century with a clever and progressive woman named Elizabeth Maggie. Hardworking and well educated, she could not accept the inequalities of her time and society. Working as a stenographer and later a writer, she undertook many different c...

    December 4, 2019
  • Strawberries

    The beginning of the 18th century was a turbulent time across Europe. On 1 November 1700 the Spanish King Charles II died, leaving no natural heirs. In his will he left the throne to the grandson of Louis XIV of France, sparking a 12-year-long war, known as the War of Succession. Apart from shifting...

    December 2, 2019
  • Bluetooth

    A big part of the technological boom during the mid-90s was the emergence of the first wireless technologies. Mobile phones were becoming ever more popular and numerous companies were all competing to develop the means for connecting their devices. There was just one small problem – because of the l...

    December 1, 2019
  • Anasazi

    The Ancestral Puebloans, commonly referred to as the Anasazi, were a civilization, which lived in the Four Corners region in the United Sates as far back as 1500 BC. The term Anasazi is the way they were called by the Navajo and translates to “ancient enemies”, an expression which is deemed derogato...

    November 30, 2019
  • Dodo

    Even today little is known about the dodo. Its origin, appearance as well as its way of life are pretty much a mystery. Incredibly, for a long period of time its very existence was questioned. It wasn’t until the 19th century, when remains from various museums were examined and recognized as a real,...

    November 30, 2019
  • Casu Marzu

    Sardinia is Italy’s second largest island. Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, right between the Iberian and Apennine Peninsula, it is very old and beautiful. Famous for its incredible nature, pristine beaches and scenery canyons, it also has a rich cultural heritage. However, among the ...

    November 30, 2019
  • LEGO

    You can build virtually anything using LEGO. From dollhouses and spaceships, functioning programmable robots and drivable cars, even buildings and huge towers, the possibilities are endless. In their short 80-year history the small LEGO blocks have become one of the most recognizable and loved toys ...

    November 23, 2019
  • Smog

    Air pollution is one of the biggest environmental problems in the world, and nowhere is this more evident than in China. Although the government has made a lot of progress in recent years towards cleaning up and using friendlier forms of energy, pollution still remains a major issue throughout the c...

    November 16, 2019
  • Berlin Wall

    The Berlin Wall is one of the most recognizable symbols of the Cold War. Its construction began on 13 August 1961 in an attempt to stop the migration of people into the West. After the end of World War II, the Allied Forces divided Germany into four occupation zones – France, Great Britain, USA and...

    November 10, 2019
  • Polar lights

    Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, as well as its southern counterpart, Aurora Australis, is truly an entrancing and magical experience. Its display has captivated human beings throughout the centuries. It is the outcome of an incredible journey, which starts at the heart of our Sol...

    November 9, 2019
  • Blue Whale

    Blue whales are enormous. In the entire history of our planet there has never lived an animal, that could rival it. It is larger even than the mighty dinosaurs. A fully grown male, during the summer when they feed extensively in preparation for the cold months ahead, can reach up to 30 meters in len...

    November 5, 2019
  • Ötzi – The Iceman

    The Tyrol region is a mountain area, high up in the Austrian and Italian Alps, famous for its unique culture and history. Right in the middle of it, along the national border, lie the Ötztal Alps – a mountain range, which on 19 September 1991 was the site of an incredible discovery. Two German...

    November 3, 2019
  • Happy Halloween

    The origin of Halloween dates back around 2,000 years to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Celebrated on 1 November, it marked the end of summer and the beginning of the long, dark winter. The Celts believed that on this last day of the year the line between our world and the beyond became blu...

    November 1, 2019
  • Lotus

    The lotus flower can be found throughout most of Southern and Southeastern Asia and it has deep ties to the different cultures of the people living there. It is sacred to both Buddhists and Hinduists and it symbolizes prosperity and purity of the body, mind and spirit. It grows in shallow, murky wat...

    November 1, 2019
  • Salt – The White gold

    Salt has been an important part of human life, long before the first societies were created, or the first pieces of history were even recorded. It is essential for our, as well as many animals’ diet, but throughout the centuries it has been used for so much more. It has always been associated with p...

    November 1, 2019
  • High Heels

    Today high heels are almost exclusively female, but this has not always been the case. In fact, a few hundred years ago it was completely the opposite. You could see soldiers, aristocrats and even members of royal families from all around the world wearing them. They first became popular during the ...

    November 1, 2019
  • Hang Sơn Đoòng

    Hang Sơn Đoòng, located near the Vietnam – Laos border, is the largest cave in the world. It is easily one of the wonders of the natural world but, as incredible as it may seem, nobody had set foot in it until 2009. It was discovered by pure chance in 1990 as a local resident,...

    October 22, 2019
  • Ravens

    Ravens are incredibly intelligent. They are one of the few species of animals, that have the flexibility and logic to plan ahead and prepare for the future. A trait that was previously thought to be characteristic only to humans and some great apes. Not only are they able to solve complex tasks, but...

    October 21, 2019
  • The Trembling Giant

    Spanning over 107 acres across Utah’s Fishlake National Forest is one of the world’s largest living beings. Its name is Pando, which is Latin for “I spread”, and it is a forest, made up of roughly 47,000 aspen trees. What makes these trees unique is the fact that they actually aren’t. Each and every...

    October 20, 2019
  • Andrews’ Raiders

    During the American Civil War an important point in the Union’s advance upon Atlanta was the city of Chattanooga. In order to cut off its supplies, a civilian scout, by the name of James J. Andrews, proposed a daring plan. He and a team of volunteers would sneak behind enemy lines, capture a train a...

    October 13, 2019
  • Burning Ice

    Throughout our vast universe there are billions of galaxies, made up of countless stars, planets and even the occasional black hole. So it isn’t that surprising that there are worlds out there, exceeding even our wildest expectations. Around 30 light years away, orbiting a small red dwarf in the con...

    October 10, 2019
  • Iceberg

    Every year thousands of islands, made solely of ice, break away from the glaciers of the Arctic and Antarctic Wastes. Alone Greenland produces more than 40,000 of them. From there they embark on a journey, which could take them more than 15,000 kilometers away, until the warmer waters finally reduce...

    October 9, 2019
  • Kinkajou

    The kinkajou, also known as the honey bear, is a small mammal, native to the tropical rainforests of Central and South America. They are arboreal animals, which means they live, move and feed exclusively in trees, an ability which they have evolved all on their own. They are the sole species of the ...

    October 8, 2019
  • Children of Danube

    Baia Mare is a region in Northeastern Romania, near the Hungarian border. It is the site of a developed gold mine, which used a widespread leaching method to extract the metal from the low-grade ore, called gold cyanidation. In it the material is grinded to a fine powder and then mixed with water to...

    October 7, 2019
  • The Way of Numbers

    Nowadays, using just a pen and a simple piece of paper we can write down each and every number imaginable. But this has not always been the case. It is impossible to determine when or how we first started counting. We can assume that even early humans had some sense of what more or less...

    October 6, 2019
  • Egg Telephone

    For some time, scientists have known, that birds, as well as other oviparous (egg-borne) animals, are able to perceive information from the outside world, in order to prepare themselves for when they hatch. This ability is crucial for many of them, as unlike mammals, they are all alone inside their ...

    October 6, 2019
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