Books

12 Classic Children’s Books Every Adult Should Read Before They Die

Watership Down - Richard Adams (1972) Set in the beautiful English countryside of the Berkshire Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of very special rabbits fleeing the destruction of their home by a developer. Led by a stout-hearted pair of brothers, they leave the… Continue reading 12 Classic Children’s Books Every Adult Should Read Before They Die

Books, Films, Humans

Strange Cases of Memory Loss

Amnesia can take different forms, which include: long and short term memory loss, as well as the inability to form new memories. Researchers have spent a significant period documenting cases of amnesia, as well as the possible causes. During this time some of the strangest cases that have been recorded include: Ansel Bourne The inspiration… Continue reading Strange Cases of Memory Loss

Mythology

Runic Magic – Symbolic Objects

For more than a thousand years, runic symbols with magical properties have been inscribed onto objects to make them more powerful. Small items stamped with these were carried around for good luck, protection and general well-being. Runic charms were also carved into wooden and metal amulets to ensure peace and prosperity, as well as larger… Continue reading Runic Magic – Symbolic Objects

Humans

Eidetic Minds

A photographic memory has been coveted by many a scholar and student, since its concept has been recognized. Having the ability to recall everything that we looked at, exactly as we saw it, for an extended period of time could be extremely beneficial in many circumstances. Disappointingly, however, a photographic memory has never been proven… Continue reading Eidetic Minds

Humans

Circus Freaks – Unexpected Talent on Display

Throughout history, many people that were born with physical deformities were ostracized by both their family and the society they lived in. Our modern culture views putting humans on display because they are different as immoral and degrading. This opinion may not have been shared by many of the ‘circus freaks,’ as they unexpectedly found… Continue reading Circus Freaks – Unexpected Talent on Display

Books, Films

Lesser known characters from LOTR

The Mouth of Sauron In the movies we only saw the Mouth of Sauron once and we certainly never heard him referenced by his name. In actuality “The Mouth of Sauron” actually speaks directly to Sauron and is one of the truly evil characters in the book. He is a thorn in the side of… Continue reading Lesser known characters from LOTR

Books, Films

King Arthur – ‘The King that was and the King that Shall Be’

King Arthur is the subject of many legends and stories that have survived throughout the ages. The king became an influential leader during his reign in the 5th century, gaining the title ‘The One True King of the Britons.’ This was because the kingdom he left behind believed that he would return to defend the… Continue reading King Arthur – ‘The King that was and the King that Shall Be’

Threats to Mankind

Emerging Viral Diseases

Emerging viral diseases are always high value news items. However, how will viruses change over the next few years? In recent years, the most significant virus of them all, in terms of human cases and death toll, was the re-emergence of Ebola. But there is also chikungunya fever, which appeared in the United States for… Continue reading Emerging Viral Diseases

Genetic Engineering, Humans, The Future

Nanotechnology Today

Nanotechnology, being conducted at such a small scale, was once thought of as beyond our capabilities. The microscope that allows us to see Nano particles has only been available in the last 30 years, so all of the relevant advances have taken place since then.  With the constant developments in the field, nanotechnology has been… Continue reading Nanotechnology Today

Genetic Engineering, Humans, The Future

Gene Therapy – Improving the Quality of Human Life

The human body is relatively frail, it breaks down as we age and is susceptible to a wide range of ailments. Gene therapy is one of the methods which has been developed with the intention of making our bodies more efficient. It achieves this by replacing malfunctioning genes in our cells, and the new ones… Continue reading Gene Therapy – Improving the Quality of Human Life