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Why salt kills. And not because you eat too much of it!

Most people would probably vote sharks as their number one fear when thinking about swimming in the sea. Here’s the thing though. The amount of shark attacks on humans per year globally is a tiny fraction compared to the number of people who drown because they get swept up in a strong current. Most of…Continue reading »

Red is hot. Blue is cold. Right? Wrong.

It’s always amusing to think of how much of our everyday lives, things we take for granted, are actually based on fallacies. When you go into a bathroom and you look at the tap you will sometimes see the colours blue and red, indicating the temperature of the water depending on which tap you turn….Continue reading »

The ocean – not the rain forest – is Earth’s lungs

If you were asked where the majority of oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere comes from what would you say? The rain forest? Wrong. Scientists estimate that between 50-80% of the oxygen on Earth is produced by the ocean. More specifically, it is produced by plankton and other tiny micro-plants that drift with the oceans currents…Continue reading »

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