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  1. The kilt

    Posted Mar 10th 2010, 12:00am by Chris King

    ... worker, for example. Banned In 1688, the English Parliament took the throne from King James the II. They were worried about his Catholic faith and closeness to France. The result was a series of uprisings, even wars, in England, Scotland and Ireland. The fighting was between those who supported Parliament and those who wanted King James back. In 1746, King George II banned the kilt ...

  2. Meteor showers

    Posted Nov 16th 2009, 12:00am by Chris King

    ... Compiled by Chris King Sparkling sky Sometimes when you stare into the night sky in the countryside, you may see a trail of light. It will travel quickly through the darkness ... If you are in the right place - far from city lights - you might see a meteor shower. King of the light show Meteor showers come at certain times of the year. This is because comets have regular ...

  3. Maps

    Posted Nov 11th 2009, 12:00am by Chris King

    ... Compiled by Chris King Early conquests It seems man began making maps around 6th century BC. The ancient Romans made maps as they expanded their empire. The ancient Chinese were also making maps by at least the 5th century. The first emperor of China, Qin Shihuang (259 BC - 210 BC), needed maps when he unified the country. Some Chinese maps that are around 2,500 years old ...

  4. Krakatoa

    Posted Nov 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Chris King

    ... Compiled by Chris King Active volcanoes Indonesia has more than 130 active volcanoes. That is more than any other country in the world. But there's one volcano that is very famous. It is called Krakatoa - an island volcano that sits between the large Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra. In 1883, it caused the biggest eruption of a volcano in modern times. Krakatoa started ...

  5. Electricity

    Posted Nov 18th 2009, 12:00am by Chris King

    ... Compiled by Chris King Bolts of lightning Everyone has seen a thunderstorm. Thunder rolls in the sky and bolts of lightning light it up. The lightning that strikes the ground is electricity. It looks very impressive. But, actually, most bolts of lightning don't have a lot of electrical power. The average electricity bolt would probably have enough energy to provide power ...

  6. Tsunami

    Posted Oct 05th 2009, 12:00am by Chris King

    ... Chris King Huge wave Everybody knows a tsunami is a huge wave. But really they are a series of waves. Usually they are caused by an earthquake under the sea. But they can also happen because of a volcanic eruption, or a meteor hitting the sea, or by a large landslide. Tsunami is a Japanese word. Tsunamis are very common there - nearly 200 have been recorded in history. ...

  7. The Manhattan Project

    Posted Nov 04th 2009, 12:00am by Chris King

    ... Compiled by Chris King Inside the atom Early last century, a scientist made a remarkable discovery. He did an experiment and realised that atoms were mostly empty space. In the centre was a dense lump - a nucleus. It was like the sun, surrounded by planets. Other scientists became interested. They found that - like the sun - there were huge amounts of energy locked inside the tiny ...

  8. Instant noodles

    Posted Oct 28th 2009, 12:00am by Chris King

    ... Compiled by Chris King Immediate gratification Everybody in Hong Kong knows what instant noodles are. We know they're not very healthy. But sometimes they are just what we want to eat. Instant noodles are probably not as modern as most people think. In the past, people found ways to dry and store noodles so they could be eaten later. We know in the Qing dynasty ...

  9. Newspapers

    Posted Nov 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Chris King

    ... Compiled by Chris King 400 years You have in your hands a newspaper. A lot of people talk these days about the 'death of newspapers'. After 400 years, perhaps they are dying. Many people today get their news from the internet or their mobile phones. And one thing is certain: people no longer use newspapers to sell cars or look for friends and relationships. ...

  10. Nasa

    Posted Oct 21st 2009, 12:00am by Chris King

    ... Compiled by Chris King The Soviet challenge In 1957, the Soviet Union launched the world's first satellite. At that time, the United States and the Soviet Union were enemies. They were trying to get ahead of each other. The US realised it had to go into space, too. In 1958, Nasa was born. Nasa stands for National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The birth of Nasa ...




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