Where exactly does consciousness come from? Individually, we know it exists, but how it arises psychologically, physiologically and at a deeper chemical and physical level, still largely remains to be discovered.
They say that 'citizen science' is the new black. These days, the involvement of science hobbyists and keen amateurs is much in demand across a whole range of disciplines; their enthusiasm, powers of observation and insightful analysis can make an invaluable contribution to numerous research projects.
Science itself can be spooky enough, yet millions of people
believe in ghosts: a 2005 Gallup poll found that over a third of Americans reckon houses
can be haunted, while some 32 per cent believed specifically in ghosts. More
recently, a 2013 HuffPost/YouGov poll indicated that 45 per cent thought
According to some, a ghost is the spirit of a dead person that
either has not moved on to the ‘afterlife’ or has returned from it. The
definition of ‘spirit’ can also vary: some describe it as a person’s soul,
while others believe it is an energetic imprint that a person leaves on the
Although many people genuinely believe they have experienced a
ghostly encounter, scientists argue that there is usually a more prosaic
explanation. So what’s really going on?
We were wondering, how many of us will be dressing up as
vampires this Halloween? These mythical supernatural creatures have stalked
the edges of folklore since ancient times. Now a favourite creepy subject for
authors and film directors, they’ve been drinking the blood of their numerous
victims, and chilling the spines of bookworms and movie audiences around the globe.
But did you know that a surprising number of
real-world creatures actually make their living as vampires? The most obvious
of these are the vampire bats. Their way of feeding, where the main food source is blood, is called hematophagy. Three bat species feed solely on blood: the common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus); the hairy-legged vampire bat (Diphylla ecaudata); and the white-winged vampire bat (Diaemus youngi). All three are native to South and Central
The Stirling Engine is an old technology that has been changing in exciting new ways, making it a viable alternative energy source with the potential to provide cheap and renewable energy for people all over the globe.
Adam Papania, our Sales Manager in China, explains how there's a lot of untapped potential for modern-day life in this simple invention conceived in 1816.
Halloween (All Hallows’ Evening) – the evening before All Saints Day (All Hallows) – is a firmly
established favorite in most kids’ calendars as a time to carve a pumpkin,
dress up in a creepy costume, and indulge in sweets and candy. But, of course,
Halloween was originally not just about trick-or-treating, being a much more
significant event for our ancestors….