Myths: The Colour Red Makes Bulls Charge

Spanish matadors began using a small red cape, or muleta, in bullfighting around the 1700s. Since that time, people have perpetuated the myth that the colour red makes bulls angry causing them to charge. In a 2007 episode of the popular show MythBusters, the team tested this theory. They  put makeshift matadors into an arena, […]


Acronyms: LASER

  The word LASER is actually an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A laser emits light through a process of optical amplification based on the stimulated emission of photons.    In 1917, Albert Einstein established the theoretic foundations for the laser and the maser in the paper  “On the Quantum Theory […]


Some Octopuses Walk On 2 Limbs

Octopuses are the first animals without a hard skeleton (with muscles supported by fluid and not bone) known to walk on two limbs. They normally travel along the ocean floor using all or many of their eight arms in a sort of crawl.    Using underwater video,  scientists analyzed the strides of Octopus marginatus and Octopus […]


On This Day: Great Smog of ’52

On December 5, 1952, The Great Smog of ’52 or Big Smoke – a severe air pollution event began and affected London, UK for six days. Cold weather conditions combined with an anticyclone and lack of wind, collected airborne pollutants mostly from the use of coal to form a thick layer of smog over the […]



Seward’s Folly: The Purchase of Alaska

On March 30, 1867, Alaska was purchased from Russia by the United States for $7.2 million (about 2 cents/acre). Initiated by U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward, the Alaskan purchase was ridiculed in Congress and in the press and was called “Seward’s folly,” “Seward’s icebox,” and President Andrew Johnson’s “polar bear garden.” The government […]


Drugs: Premarin Is Made From The Urine Of Pregnant Horses

Premarin is the commercial name for compound drug consisting primarily of conjugated estrogens. Isolated from mare’s urine (PREgnant MARes’ urINe), it is manufactured by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.  The drug is a form of hormone replacement therapy and is used most commonly in post menopausal women who have had a hysterectomy.   Premarin is the subject of […]


Smart Celebs: Dr. Mayim Bialik (aka) Amy Farrah Fowler

Mayim Bialik is best known for her portrayal of the young Bette Midler in 1989′s “Beaches” and went on to star in the popular sitcom “Blossom” from 1990-1994.   Bialik plays neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit TV show The Big Bang Theory. Ironically, Bialik holds a real PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA, specializing […]