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Colorful Lego bricks

Humans manufacture 300 million tons of plastic every year. 8 million tons are estimated to end up in oceans every year. If it all washed up on the coast at once, it’s enough to cover every coastline on the globe with a significant layer of trash. You can imagine it as a neverending stack of garbage about 50 cm tall, and 50 cm wide (that’s about 1.6 ft). Marine plastics

France national football team holding the World Cup trophy

Maybe your country has a great national football team right now. Perhaps it is the best squad ever in nation’s history. This probably gives you hope for the next FIFA World Cup. If the national team has a manager (head coach) who isn’t native of the team’s country, I have some bad news for you. The odds are against you.

Student caring for practice baby at Cornell University

Home economics (today more commonly named family and consumer sciences) is a subject dealing with running a household. Typical matters taught at home economics (usually abbreviated as home ec in the U.S.) classes are nutrition, family finance, human development, interior design. Home economics is present in many countries as a mandatory or voluntary course, usually in high school. Historically, it was also taught in universities. It was more focused on

Lego sets in a toy store

Lego bricks are one of most celebrated toys in history. The interlocking plastic toy blocks were introduced by Danish company Lego in 1949. In 1958 the brick design was perfected. Company engineers have spent five years trying to find the perfect material. After they picked the material (ABS plastic) and the basic design, it never changed again. You can take Lego blocks from 1960s, pick a new set in a

Regent Honeyeater bird

Cultures in humans and animals are maintained through interactions among representatives of the species. Just as children learn to speak from their elders, many young bird species learn to sing the right song by associating with other older members of the same species. It’s important for birds to learn how to sing properly because song helps birds in securing a nesting territory and a partner.

Man smoking a cigarette

If you were given the task of reducing cigarette use, what would you do? Chances are that you would, like most governments, increase the taxes on tobacco and respectively – the cost. But have you ever thought, what the actual effects are? Well, a study called “It’s all we got left” might surprise you with the answer. You probably have a hunch that the price increase will encourage everyone to

Poker player discreetly checking his cards

Poker continues to be the most popular card game on the planet. The thousands of poker tables scattered across North America, Europe, and other places around the world are a testament to this fact. Players who master poker can go on to become not just rich, but famous and highly influential figures in the game. This is why even some of the best players resort to angle shooting or angling.

Calico cat

September 8, 2020 – Nala, an 8-month-old female calico cat was traveling from Bengaluru to Delhi on September 1. Her owner, Aastha Shah, checked in her two cats in separate IATA certified pet carriers. The cats traveled in cargo hold of Air India Airbus A320. After landing at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport baggage handling staff discovered that one of the pet carriers somehow unlatched, and the cat was missing.

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Hammurabi was a king of Old Babylonian Empire who reigned from circa 1792 to 1750 BC. Code of Hammurabi is a Babylonian code of law. The laws were inscribed on a stele, a huge boulder over 2 meters tall (7 ft). The stele was made of diorite rock which is quite hard. As a result, we can have an insight into laws of ancient Mesopotamia which are almost 4 thousand

Medicine pills

A placebo is a substance or treatment designed to have no real therapeutic quality. The placebo effect is patient’s perceived belief in treatment’s effectiveness. It has been studied since 18th century, and confirmed by influential 1955 research study titled The Powerful Placebo. Patients can perceive therapeutic outcome of treatment even when they are treated with sugar pills that cannot possibly have real medicinal value.