What Happens When You Stand In Front of a Microwave Oven Which Is On?

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Ever wondered if it’s dangerous to stand in front of an operating microwave oven? Microwave ovens involve a certain risk of catching the radiation; for instance, some people argue that standing in front of it while it is cooking food is dangerous because some of the microwaves leak through. However, no definite evidence exists. Microwave… Read more »

Mauritius Elections 2014: This Election Calls for Strategic Voting

elections and voting

Generally, voting can be thought of as tradition-based, policy-based or strategic-based. Tradition-based voting is when we vote for a particular person, party or alliance simply because our parents, ancestors or ourselves have always voted for that person, party or alliance. We may not know the policies at stake in an election but we already know… Read more »

What Is Satire and When Is It Used?

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Satire has carved itself a place in our modern societies, gaining the approval of crowds of people. What is it exactly? Sarcasm? Irony? Exaggeration? Art? Perhaps, a combination of all these? Satire is generally used as a humorous way of criticising someone or something, punctuated with sarcasm. The purpose is to bring to the front… Read more »

How Do We Fall Asleep Without Knowing? Explained!

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How do we fall asleep and that’s too without knowing? Do we even have the answer to this question? Scientists have outlined processes of the brain preceding sleep, as well as the brain activities during sleep. The brain is subject to a number of changes that allow us to be gradually sucked into the sleep-oblivion. Have… Read more »

What is Stevia and what are its benefits and Health Concerns

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Stevia has been hailed as one of the best alternatives to sugar. It is 200 times sweeter than sugar, and has practically no calorie. However, some studies have also raised concerns as to its use: it might be detrimental for people who take certain medications as it may interfere with the latter. What is stevia… Read more »

Teacher’s Top 10 Tips For Scoring High in School Exams

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Every student looks forward to doing well in exams. Those who make it to the merit list work harder than others. They plan well before the exams. There are many who complain that they didn’t do as well as they had expected. In my experience as a student, teacher and now mother here are some… Read more »

What Is The Age of the Earth Accepted by Most Scientists Today

Age of the earth

The age of the Earth is a highly controversial topic: is it 4000 years old or 4.5 billion years old? Broadly speaking, people are separated into two groups: scientists and creationists. Apart from this, we have yet others who fall somewhere in between the two extremes. The two major groups differ regarding the age of… Read more »

Are Twins Really Clones of Each Other?

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Are twins really clones of each other? What makes of identical twins the mirror and DNA images of each other? This intimate link that binds them is formed right into the mother’s body – well before birth and a little while after conception. How a twins are conceived? For a baby to be conceived, the… Read more »

Eye Floaters and Spots in Your Vision Explained

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What are eye floaters? Or have you been wondering if you’re a normal guy/girl to see floating spots in your vision from time to time? The eyes constitute one of the most amazing organs we have been endowed with. Through them, we perceive objects all around us; through them, we come from darkness to light…. Read more »

Was the Antarctica ever ice free or warm?

Antarctica now

Was the Antartica ever ice free or warm? Antarctica is currently the coldest continent on Earth, with few animal species. However, centuries ago, it was flourishing with life. Of the main reasons for this disparity that evolved over time is that it was not always at the south pole. In fact, the continents spanning across… Read more »

How Is A Wormhole Different From A Blackhole?

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What are wormholes and blackholes? Are they the same, or not, both being attributed to space-life? They both do sound like something from sci-fi movies. Let us leave behind fantasy and fiction, and get to understand what distinguishes one from another in the light of what science has to say. Getting the definitions right A… Read more »

What is a Wormhole in Astronomy? – Fact Or Fiction?

wormhole

A wormhole, also known as Einstein-Rosen bridge, has been theorised to be a sort of tunnel in spacetime – a passage leading from one point to another, across space and time. There is no evidence of its existence whatsoever; you’ll sure find its mention made in science-fiction movies. It is a hypothesis formulated by Albert… Read more »

Parasite In Cat’s Poop As Cancer Vaccine? Scientists Explore!

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Nowadays, scientists have a new motto which goes along the following: “anything to beat cancer cells”! If a cat parasite found in cat’s poop is what does the job, so be it! The parasite Toxoplasma gondii is common in the alimentary canal of felines. It is mostly harmless to humans. However, those people with compromised… Read more »

Tiny Hybernating Frog Could Help Astronauts Travel Longer In Space

burrowing frog of help to astronauts

The frog, Cyclorana alboguttata, having the ability to keep its muscles intact during long periods of hibernation could be used to aid astronauts in space to deal with the absence of gravity which causes a number of health problems entailing muscles and other systems. Man and space exploration Man’s ambition to try to conquer the world has… Read more »

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