In July, 2018, Seattle became the first city in the United States to ban plastic straws and utensils in bars and restaurants (except for those made of compostable materials). Soon after, the Seattle-based company Starbucks pledged to get rid of plastic straws in their stores by 2020. These two annou
Ball-point pen John Loud, U.S.; Laszlo Biro, Hungary; Franz Seech, Austria. 1888-1949 From conception to production, the ball-point pen took 61 years to invent. Loud first patented a pen that used a rotating ball to deliver ink in 1888, but he never worked out enough of the technical problems to get
The Right-hand Brain Carrying on from our previous article about the brain, we should mention that it has two distinct neo-cortexical sections which are the right and left hemispheres which ‘contain’ very different attributes. Before we go on, it might be useful to assign them to their respective he
A waterfall is a place where water, especially from a river or stream, flows over the edge of a cliff or mountain. Sometimes they occur when ice melts. Ephemeral waterfalls only flow after rainfall or a significant snowmelt. Waterfalls are interesting natural phenomena as they vary greatly in width
After an American named C. G. Page discovered the principle of electronic sound transmission in 1837. dozens of scientists, electricians, and people in general became intrigued with its theoretical applications. If sounds could be carried by manipulations of a magnet over a wire, then why not intell
Sir Isaac Newton is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time. He was an English mathematician, astronomer, physicist and theologian. He laid the foundations of classical mechanics, made relevant contributions to optics and helped to develop the infinitesimal calculus.
A few so-called healthy habits we should probably give up The low-fat obsession In recent years millions of people seeking to lose weight have opted for a low-fat diet. They choose margarine over butter and fat-free instead of regular foods. But it doesn’t seem to work. The results of trials
Today’s entry is about a turning point in learning and communication. Louis Braille Inventor and teacher (1809-1852) He was the son of a harness maker of the village of Coupvray, outside Paris. At the age of 3, while playing in his father’s workshop, he drove an awl into his left
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.