Tag Archives: Did You Know

Blurred Lines: Nature vs Nurture


Emma Bryan explains that the foods you eat, the amount of sleep you get, the attitude you adopt could affect your own genes – and even the genes of your great-grandchildren. (As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2014)

DNA is a brilliant molecule. In just about three billion base pairs, it can code for the (approximately) 250,000 proteins in the human body, as well as the three types of RNA required to synthesize these proteins. But if the genome itself wasn’t clever enough, attached to every DNA molecule are sets of chemical “tags” that determine the extent of coiling of the DNA molecule, and therefore which genes are expressed and which proteins formed. Collectively, they are known as the epigenome.

Superstition – Fictitious Rubbish or Worth Listening To?

It’s Friday the 13th so this couldn’t be more apt. But is there any point in believing in superstitions? This is the question which Emma Bryan asks us.

You’ve probably heard that a black cat crossing your path will give you bad fortune and that finding a penny will bring good luck. But did you know that eating grapes on New Year’s Eve in Spain will bring a successful year, whilst drinking the water inside a coconut will make you into a fool, according to South African belief? Whistling inside will bring bad luck in Russia and here in England, wearing green is traditionally regarded as unlucky because it is associated with decay and ageing.

Psychoanalysis of ‘Coraline’ – The ‘Uncanny’ and the Familiar


By Sarah Yoon

Film: ‘Coraline’ (2009)

Rating: 4.5/5

Flickering moonlight, a creaky step in the shadows, and an appearance of scrawny black cat. These are the staples of Tim Burton and Henry Selick, the co-creators of ‘The Nightmare Before the Christmas’ who are the masters of creating weird, disturbing fairytales which are a bit “off”.

Why Do We Yawn?

baby yawning

(As seen in Pegasus Pages, June 2013)

Winner of Journalism Society’s Science Article Competition: Sophie Wand

Let’s face it, school can sometimes be tiring. As it is the end of the term, I have recently been yawning quite a lot (much to my teachers’ dismay) and just thought, ‘Why?’ It may not be something that people often think about but we do it every day of our lives, and in most of our maths lessons… So, why do we yawn?

Is That Even a Sport?

cheese rolling

By Izzy Hunter

As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2013.

CLC has a great variety of sports on offer, but here are a few more that you perhaps might want to consider…

The Science Behind Religion?

Science and Religion

As seen in Pegasus Pages (December 2012).

Recent advances in neuroimaging and neuroscience have led experts in the field to question if the circuitry in our brain is directly linked with the belief in God. Minty Htun and Shree Ganguly investigate the science behind this idea. 

Much of the evidence that complements this theory comes from clinical research into Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE). This type of epilepsy is different from the common perception, where someone has a powerful involuntary contraction of muscles in their body, as TLE only occurs focally in one specific region of the brain – the temporal lobe. In this case, seizures present themselves as cosmic experiences entailing bright lights, mysterious voices, and powerful presences.

Quantum Mechanics for Dummies: Einstein

Albert Einstein
By Georgie McDonald

As seen in Pegasus Pages (December 2012).

Have you ever wondered what an electron is, or if the atom is really the smallest thing on earth? Well, quantum mechanics is the study of sub atomic particles and, believe it or not, there are particles that are smaller than electrons and even particles that make up protons. The craziness doesn’t stop there; quantum mechanics breaks any law that you were taught in primary school and even at GCSE level. Forget Newton, let’s enter the world of Einstein, Young, and Schrödinger.
In the first article of this series, Georgie McDonald takes a look at Einstein.

A Week of Words: Saturday Finale, Finally


By Becky Todd

The ‘A Week of Words’ series comes to an end and Becky rounds off what has been an enlightening journey for us all. Bathe in the knowledge that you know more about etymology, perhaps one of the world’s most useful and up-and-coming fields of study, than you did previously.


“How can I rejoice that Exeat that has come at last? I don’t want a lie-in and a prep-less evening!” –No-one, ever.

A Week of Words: Half Way There

By Becky Todd

Our quest for knowledge, along this ‘A Week of Words’ journey, continues as we delve further into the not-so-weak terminology of the weekly calendar.

Tuesday and Wednesday

“Tuesday is a good thing. It means that you’ve survived Monday.”

A Week of Words: I Hate Mondays


By Becky Todd

Etymology is the study of the origins of words, a mesmerising subject area that reveals how languages took their roots from ancient times, plundering, stealing, borrowing, and absorbing words from other languages into their own. English is a particularly fine example of this, with words which came from Latin, Greek, Norse, the Celtic languages, and many others. The etymology of the word etymology comes from the Greek word ‘etymon,’ meaning ‘true sense,’ and ‘logia,’ meaning ‘the study of.’ And if that bit of metaphysics hasn’t got you in the mood for this series of posts, I don’t know what will.

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