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Who invented scotch tape?

20 Mar 2017

The Scots did not invent Scotch tape. But their reputation for thriftiness did inspire the name of this amazing product. Two-tone cars were the in thing way back in the 1920s and car manufacturers...

What is Borax?

20 Mar 2017

One day a craftsman showed up in the court of Tiberius, Emperor of Rome (14AD to 37AD), to present the ruler with a beautiful transparent glass vase. Just as he was about to hand the vessel to...

Why is Iodine added to Salt?

20 Mar 2017

When back in 1811 Bernard Courtois noticed the violet fumes produced when his seaweed extraction tank was being cleaned, he could have never dreamed that he had set the stage for one of the most...

A Curious Landing: A first-hand account of the landing of Mars rover, Curiosity

20 Mar 2017

Dr. Lorne Trottier was in attendance of the recent landing of the Mars Rover, Curiosity. Here, he describes his account of the experience as well as the complexities and nuances of what went into...


20 Mar 2017

Richard Feynman, Nobel prize winning physicist and science popularizer par excellence liked practical jokes, but I doubt he would have enjoyed watching people in the buff parade on Chicago’s...

Sherlock Holmes and Curare

20 Mar 2017

In the film “Sherlock Holmes and the Game of Shadows,” Holmes identifies the poison on a dart that had instantly paralyzed a victim by sniffing it. “Curare!” he says. Curare is a very real poison...

What is “Truth Serum?”

20 Mar 2017

“Truth serum” refers to various drugs that have been used in attempts to extract truthful statements from people. Wine was the basic method for extraction during ancient times, however, the first...

A History of Himalayan Salt

20 Mar 2017

In Roman times slaves were used to mine salt. It was not a pleasant chore. But today in the Ukraine some people willingly spend several hours a day in a salt mine. They are not there, though, to...

What is The History of Tattoos?

20 Mar 2017

On a fall day in 1991, two Germans hiking in the Alps near the Italian- Austrian border stumbled across what they initially believed to be a modern corpse frozen in the ice. Once the body was...


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