Mar
31
2010
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Which UK charities recycle inkjet cartridges?

inkjet cartridge recyclingCompanies and households use millions of inkjet and toner cartridges each year, and the vast majority of them end up being thrown away and disposed of in landfill sites across the country. In an effort to stop this waste, many recycling companies and charities have joined in partnerships to encourage consumers to send them the [more...]

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Mar
30
2010
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Who invented gimbals?

gimbals-lampNo one knows who first came up with the idea of a gimbal (often used on the plural).  Gerolamo Cardano in the 16th century described the principle, but didn't claim to have invented gimbals, although the expression “cardon suspension” seems to give him credit for doing so. If you don't immediately know what a gimbal [more...]

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Mar
29
2010
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Could I be a descendent of Charlemagne?

charlemagneYou could indeed be a descendent of Charlemagne, but if so, then probably so is everyone else you know (but you don't have to tell them). Charlemagne was crowned on Christmas Day in the year 800, which endears him to people who have trouble remembering dates. He married Hildegard in 772, and they had at [more...]

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Mar
26
2010
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In Austria, what is the difference between a university professor and mere professor?

austrian-flagIn Austria, a university professor teaches and does research at a university, of course, just like everywhere else in the world. So why do these Austrian professors need “university” added to their title? You guessed it: there are professors in Austria who are not related to a university in any professional way. A couple of [more...]

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Mar
26
2010
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What is Direct Digital Democracy?

votingDirect Digital Democracy is a type of Direct Democracy, where citizens directly make the laws and govern themselves. It contrasts with Representative Democracy, where a country is run by a small number of people who may or may not be elected. Direct Digital Democracy uses digital technology to enable universal participation. In practice, this means [more...]

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Mar
25
2010
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Who cannot be a candidate in the UK General Election?

ballot-boxIn the United Kingdom, the General Election is held at least every five years. The successful candidates take their place in parliament, in the House of Commons (the lower house). The House of Lords (the upper house) is unelected; its members are a combination of political appointees who sit for life, and Church of England [more...]

Mar
24
2010
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Who owns a Roman Catholic church?

catholic-church-richmondThe ownership of Catholic churches has received attention in recent years, but it is not new. Very early in Church history it was a question. As long as local rulers respected the Church, there was no dispute of ownership. But there were always problems of definition. The Church defined itself as a spiritual entity, but [more...]

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Mar
24
2010
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How much does hot water cost?

hot-water-cascadeFew people know how much the water from their cold tap costs, and even fewer realise how much the water from their hot tap costs. The cost of cold water in the UK is around a quarter of a penny per liter, so that's our starting point. How much more does it cost to heat [more...]

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Mar
23
2010
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Is the Pirate Party a joke party, or does it have real policies?

legalise-happy-birthdayIf judged only by its name, the Pirate Party might seem as wacky as the UK‘s long-established Monster Raving Loony Party. Actually, there are lots of Pirate Parties around the world, affiliated under the banner of Pirate Parties International, a Belgium-registered NGO. Although a relatively new party, the Pirate Party has representatives serving in elected [more...]

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Mar
23
2010
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What is a savory, or better, a savoury, since you will be more likely to have one in England?

scotch-woodcockA savoury is the last course of a formal British dinner, served after dessert. You haven't been invited to a formal British dinner? I haven't been, either, but once at a seminar in a hotel in Marlow, savoury was on the table d'hôte menu, so I asked for it, to the surprise of the waiter. [more...]

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