Do Aircraft Contrails Affect Global Warming?

Following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in September 2001, commercial flights were grounded across the United States for three days and three nights. This absence of aircraft contrails provided an unprecedented opportunity to study their contribution to global warming. It has been argued that contrails reflect heat back

What Is The Loudest Sound Ever Recorded?

On 27th August 1883, the Indonesian volcanic island of Krakatoa erupted with such devastating force that it tore the island apart, ruptured the eardrums of sailors 40 miles away and could even be heard 3,000 miles away in Mauritius. The pressure wave from the fourth and final explosion generated 310 decibels

Can Palm Trees Really Walk?

Walking Palms (Socratea exorrhiza), native to rain forests in tropical Central and South America, are believed to use their unusual stilt roots to 'walk' away from their original site of germination to more favourable locations, although somewhat slower than the Ents found in The Lord of the Rings. During periods of

Why Wasn’t There A Louis XVII Of France?

Louis XVII, born as Louis-Charles in 1785, was the second son and third child of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. He became the Dauphin of France (heir apparent) after the death of his brother Louis Joseph in June 1789, but never ascended to the throne. In 1792, France became a republic and

Who Is The Devil’s Advocate?

First recorded during the canonisation of Saint Lawrence Justinian under Pope Leo X (1513-1521), the Devil's Advocate (Advocatus Diaboli) used to be an official position within the Roman Catholic Church, whose job was to uncover character flaws, misrepresentation of evidence or fraudulent behaviour. During the canonisation process, the Promoter of the