Nov
26
2011
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How can Mt Teide be climbed from sea level?

teideOne of the most satisfying ways to climb a mountain is from sea level, which gives a sense of the whole mountain rather than just the part above the car park. Tenerife’s Mt Teide, 3718 meters (12198 feet), is close to the coast which makes it perhaps the most easily accessible really high mountain. The [&hel[more...]

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Nov
19
2011
2

Would you trade IQ points for a hot body image?

brain-xrayGEWIS, a German social research organization, conducts weekly surveys of the German population. For a fee, GEWIS will add other people’s questions to their survey. Earlier this month, the Frankfurter Neue Press commissioned GEWIS to ask women whether they would trade some of their intelligence for a hotter body. According to this survey, a massive [&hel[more...]

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Nov
12
2011
3

Why climb a mountain naked from sea level?

mountain-seaThere’s more than one way to get to the top of a mountain. Some people are “peak-baggers”; they mark each new peak as “conquered” on their list of summits. However, not all summits are equal achievements. The choice of starting point makes a huge difference. The “peak-bagger” drives to the end of the highest nearby [&hel[more...]

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Nov
11
2011
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What should Greece do about its debt and the Euro?

Over the past eighteen months, Eurocrats have held at least fifteen urgent meetings, and have claimed at least fifteen times that they have taken decisive action to reassure financial markets about Greece and ensure the stability of the Euro currency. It didn’t work, did it? So what should Greece do now? The government of Greece [&hel[more...]

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Nov
10
2011
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What's the difference between white poppies and red poppies for rememberance?

poppies-white-redEvery November in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, many people wear an artificial poppy flower. In a few countries, it’s April or May instead of November. Sometimes the poppy is white, but usually it’s red. What’s the difference? The red poppy is sold in the UK by the Royal British Legion, and in other countries [&hel[more...]

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Nov
09
2011
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What is a Patent Troll?

patent-trollA patent is a monopoly granted by the government to an inventor. For the duration of the patent, the inventor has the right to control who can make use of the invention described in the patent. If someone exploits the invention without licensing the patent, the patent holder can sue to recover the royalties they [&hel[more...]

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