How palm trees thrive in Vancouver despite the freezing Canadian weather

Palm trees in Vancouver aren’t fake.

Who invented the flushing toilet?

A historical account of one of mankind’s most important inventions.

1809 map shows where all our favorite French foods came from

Everyone knows French cuisine is simply spectacular – and it has been for centuries.

The Survivors: Living Fossils That Have Been Around for Hundreds of Millions of Years

These animals lived alongside the dinosaurs.

Is napping good or bad? Here’s what the science says so far

The benefits and downside of napping explained.

Why is Mars red?

It’s because of all that iron-rich dust, but it’s not clear how it got there.

Are elephants really frightened by mice?

Look out, Dumbo!

7 Potted Plants that Will Remove Indoor Air Pollution from Your Home, Proven by Science

Plants aren’t just for show.

Can animals get depressed too?

The jury is still out but the evidence seems to suggest ‘yes’.

Is licking your wounds actually a good thing?

Comes with benefits, but also risks. At the end of the day just use a band-aid.

What is ecotourism and why we need more of it

It’s a way to do a massive difference and it’s something which I hope more and more people will start doing.

How blind people dream — the experience is just as rich, science says

Most blind people can’t see in their dreams, but their experience is just as rich as everyone else’s.

What is El Niño?

El Niño is an oscillation of the ocean-atmosphere system in the tropical Pacific which impacts weather patterns.

What is Gondwana

This is the story of the last in a breed of geological titans, a supercontinent we named Gondwana.

Why Lego won’t ever make military-related toys

Because it doesn’t think war is child’s play.

Why mosquitoes bite me more than others

In short: mosquitoes like you more because you’re easier to find on their ‘radar’.

Why some people are claustrophobic

A fraction of the world’s population will always take the stairs.

Why we get dark circles around the eyes

Fatigue is often what causes dark circles around the eyes, but there’s more to it.

Can a butterfly remember its life as a caterpillar?

The transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly is so intense and radical that it’s really hard to believe we’re talking about the same individual.

In 2002 Airbus patented a trap door to keep terrorists away from the cockpit

Take that, terrorists!