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Our Wonderful Nature: Double Bill


I had to debate for a second or two where to place these – on Kuriositas or our natural world sibling site the Ark in Space.

Avalanche Fences Exposed!


For months of the year they lie beneath deep snow, trapping it so that avalanches can be circumvented.

The Roof of Africa: The Spectacular Beauty of the Ethiopian Highlands


Do not be uncomfortable if the first words that come to mind when Ethiopia is mentioned have negative connotations.

The Magic of Mount Seymour


The day Nathan Starzynski first set foot on Mount Seymour, he knew it would have a lasting profound impact on him.

The Search for Earth Proxima


The Holy Grail that astronomers are looking for is an earth-like planet.  Our nearest neighbour is Alpha Centauri and this documentary focuses on a group of scientists whose ambition it is to build a telescope which could detect a planet within the habitable zone of this star system.

Dust Buddies


You want cute? You got cute. Fuzz and Lint live under the couch but they can’t resist the odd crumb that the messy humans leave behind.

Features that Help to Present Information: Functional Skills English Reading Level 1


For the Edexcel Functional Skills Level 1 Reading exam you have to show that you can recognise ways that information is presented in a text.

The Strange Sarcophagi of the Chachapoya


By the time the Spanish arrived in Peru at the beginning of the 16th Century the Chachapoya people had already been subsumed in to the great Inca Empire.  Although they had resisted the Incas fiercely, the lands of these Warriors of the Clouds as they were known had been annexed and had been forced to adopt the customs and culture of their conquerors.

The Bizarre Nest of the Central American Paper Wasp


Take a look at the photograph above.  Is it some strange kind of blooming plant?  Is it a fungal growth attached to a tree?

The Dragon’s Skull: The Macabre Appearance of Snapdragon Seed Pods


The Antirrhinum (right), commonly known as the snapdragon has been a popular garden plant for many years.  Also known as the dragon flower, its common name derives from the resemblance of the flower to a dragon’s head.

If You Have Never Wanted to Visit Wulingyuan, You Will after You Watch This


If you liked the film Avatar and day-dreamed about visiting Pandora (yes, me too) then perhaps you can, after all.

The Banana Slug – Nature’s Giant Recycler


Slugs and snails and puppy dog’s tails? Well, just slugs in this case – and one species in particular.

Maze


Scottish Ballet dancers Madeline Squire and Javier Andreu discover each other as they explore a labyrinthine derelict Glaswegian swimming pool.

Graveyard Shift


When a gravedigger (more of a millennial hipster than what you would ordinarily imagine if you grew up watching Hammer Horror movies as I did) discovers parts missing from the disinterred remains of those he had only recently buried, he decides to get to the bottom of it.

My Skin is a Target: A Black Lives Matter Poem


What does the American Dream mean for black Americans.  Written by DA Franklin of R World Productions, My Skin is a Target was written to shed light on this subject, especially when, as Franklin says, black people are often told how to feel, demoting personal experience to something that is less valid than an interpretation of those feelings by others.

Hitler’s Hospital: The Eerie Remains of Beelitz Sanatorium


In the last years of the nineteenth century the population of Berlin was expanding rapidly. The attendant issues of housing large numbers of people in cramped conditions were not far behind.  By 1898 the German National Insurance Institute had a sanatorium built for the victims of tuberculosis.  Beelitz-Heilstätten (or the Beelitz Sanitorium) steadily grew and functioned for many decades, playing host to a number of infamous patients, including Adolf Hitler.

Don’t Ever Bet on UK Weather! 5 Extreme Examples of British Weather


This June was, for the UK, one of the wettest and dullest ever. Although this led to many moans in homes and offices across the country, it could have been a lot worse.

Owlmost


When you have to catch your own food the last thing you want is to be interrupted when you try to eat it.

Spatial Bodies


Spatial Bodies depicts the urban landscape and architectural bodies as an autonomous living and self-replicating organism.

Vorticity: A Tornado Time-lapse


There are people in this world who come up with an idea and get told that they are, quite likely, a little bonkers: that would just be the reaction of friends and family.


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