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Immersed in the Simplicity of Tetris

Immersed in the Simplicity of Tetris

Tetris was an early computer game that millions thought was ten times better than actually working when the boss was out to lunch. It was a simple matter of aligning falling blocks so they fitted into spaces. And when we filled a row it replaced itself as if there were no tomorrow.

Noble History of the Cornish Pasty

Noble History of the Cornish Pasty

Pies and Britain go back a while. By the 11th Century, East Anglia was paying levies to the Crown in herring pies. Henry VI celebrated his 1429 coronation with a regal pie of ‘Partryche and Pecock’ according to an impeccable source.

Brexit, and Then Europa for Lunch

Brexit, and Then Europa for Lunch

Europa, as science teachers optimistically hoped to explain to us as schoolkids, is the smallest of Jupiter’s large moons, and the sixth largest moon in the solar system of which we know. The fact it has the smoothest surface suggests an ocean might exist beneath its water-ice crust.

The Great Mars Tsunami Revealed

The Great Mars Tsunami Revealed

In 1887, an Italian astronomer named Giovanni Schiaparelli announced he had discovered canals on Mars, although he actually mentioned watercourses to tell the truth. More recently, scientists discredited his idea. But it still stuck because we wanted to believe that there is intelligent life on the Red Planet.

2016 New Zealand Earthquake

2016 New Zealand Earthquake

Scientists report the 2016 New Zealand Earthquake defied many conventional assumptions, and “should motivate re-thinking of these issues in seismic hazard models.”

Snakes Alive But Where’s the Pilot

Snakes Alive But Where’s the Pilot

The Burmese Python is one of the five largest snakes in the world. It can grow as long as six yards, when it could crush an alligator. It makes a popular pet for a reason that eludes us somewhat. If a Burmese Python escapes and is hungry it becomes an opportunistic feeder.

Small Business / Landlord Subsidence Cover

Small Business / Landlord Subsidence Cover

Subsidence is the downward movement of earth, relative to a fixed point. Sometimes, the root cause is seismic activity, underground mining, or flooding.

Are We Evolving with Our Smartphones?

Are We Evolving with Our Smartphones?

We may be becoming ‘symbiotic with our computer tools’ according to Betsy Sparrow, professor of psychology at Columbia University. We found this interesting snippet in an intriguing article by Laura Sanders in Science News.

Rumblings from Mount Etna

Rumblings from Mount Etna

We thought it might be interesting to get to know Mount Etna better. After all, it did throw its toys out in spectacular fashion at the BBC, and assorted onlookers.

Naming Secrets of London Underground

Naming Secrets of London Underground

While scanning the internet for a topic we came across a post by Amanda Ruggeri about tube station names. Unlike the rest of us that let the names whizz past with perhaps the odd ribald thought …

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