Part 2: A Burning Question

Fact: Birds can’t taste chilli. Due to a quirk of biology a pigeon could wolf down your vindaloo while you whimper and sweat in the corner like a little girl. This strange fact comes down to the fact that chillies are a fruit. Plants work exceptionally hard to produce fruit, so they don’t just give it…

Part 1: Burn Baby Burn

Fact: Capcaisin makes chillies hot. Put a foot wrong when ordering in your local curry house and you could easily find yourself downing pints of milk to try and stop the fire in your mouth. But what causes that burning sensation? It’s all down to a single molecule called capcaisin. This molecule causes irritation and a burning…

Cutting Edge

Fact: The iKnife can detect cancer instantly during surgery. Cancer isn’t much fun, but modern medicine is helping us win the fight. Treatments are getting ever more sophisticated, but sometimes the best bet for curing cancer is good old fashioned surgery to just cut out the tumour. However, cancer is made up of your own…

Does Not Compute

Fact: The term ‘bug’ in computing comes from an adventurous moth. When software doesn’t work properly, we might call it a glitch or a malfunction. But most of all we think of it as a ‘bug’ – remember the millennium scare of the Y2K bug, which some thought would cause a total collapse of the…

Crimping Your Style

Fact: The crimp on a Cornish pasty can protect you from being poisoned. This might sound like superstition or hearsay, but lets take a look back in history. Like us all the miners in Cornish tin mines needed lunch, but tupperware was less of a thing 50 years ago and no-one had time for carrying cutlery…