Durham is a historic city in North East England. It lies on the River Wear, south of Newcastle upon Tyne. Local legend states that the city was founded in A.D. 995 by divine intervention. After wandering in the north, Saint Cuthbert’s bier miraculously came to a halt at the hill of Warden Law
Contemporary icons tend to be pop stars, football players and hi-tech experts. Some time ago, a survey revealed that few people could name a scientist, biologist or architect. The social media idolises modern-age figures like Ronaldo, Beyonce and Steve Jobs. Not that they should be ignored as they c
Charles Darwin (1809-1882) developed an interest in geology and biology at Cambridge, where he was studying to become a clergyman. Aided by a private income, he resolved to devote the rest of his life to scientific research. The observations he made during a long voyage to the South Seas on the HMS
Sugar, as we now know, is in almost everything we eat. We don’t seem to be satisfied by the natural sugars in our food and we reach for the sugar bowl to make our dishes just that bit sweeter. It is widely considered to be the number one addiction, well ahead of alcohol, gambling, tobacco and drugs.
The world was ushered from the age of steam power into the modern age of electrical power by Thomas Alva Edison’s successful testing of the first durable and commercially practical electric light bulb. Except for Edison and five tired assistants at his New Jersey laboratory, no one knew that s