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Amazing Pig Intelligence: Pigs Turn Out to Be Smart Enough to Play Video Games!

Don’t under-estimate the power of pig intelligence. This animal can do much more than you’ve ever imagined and do it well. Unfortunately, most people never consider the intelligence of animals, especially those, I dare say, that are used for consumption or organs for human transplants. But what I am about…

Top 12 Accidental Discoveries That Changed the World

Anyone interested in science knows that it takes carefully constructed experiments to produce results. Or does it? You might be surprised, as I was, to learn that between 30 and 50% of all scientific discoveries occur by accident.  But there is something extraordinary about these accidental discoveries. They may have…

‘Christmas Star’ Will Appear in the Sky for the First Time After 800 Years

This winter solstice brings us a one-in-lifetime chance to witness a rare astronomical phenomenon called ‘Christmas star’ or, more scientifically, ‘Great conjunction’. Why Is the Great Conjunction So Rare? It seems that 2020 has more surprises to give, and not all of them are unfortunate. After Halloween's blue moon, there…

8 Hand Gestures That Have Totally Different Meanings Around the World

Have you ever been warned against using certain hand gestures when travelling abroad? Can you recognise where a person comes from simply by their hand gestures? Why do the meanings of hand gestures differ so greatly in different countries? Hand gestures and communication Human beings communicate in a number of…