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Who was the real St Patrick?

The details of St Patrick’s life remain murky – but tracking his legendary footsteps across Ireland is both peaceful and spectacular.<p>Those who wish to pay homage to St Patrick on 17 March could attend a parade, don an outlandish green costume or swig a pint (or several – twice as much Guinness …

Ireland

Working in a lab in 1853, British chemist William Perkin tried to create quinine, an antimalarial drug then made from cinchona trees. Instead, the 18-year-old came up with the first synthetic dye, the bluish purple we call mauve. He began manufacturing it -- and pioneered a new industry.

Skunk Bear's Click to Enlarge – Popcorn

"You have more in common with a firework than you might think. The same process that powers those explosions is going on inside a grill when you cook …

Photo Tips and Tricks

Color or black and white? Artsy or newsy? Doesn't matter: We love photography—and so do you! That's why all of our great photo stuff is now in one easy-to-find place.<p>Whether you're looking for videos, lighting tips, settings help, expert advice, or photos by kids like you, we've got what you need …

This information-packed video from It’s Okay to Be Smart explains How The Elements Got Their Names in rhyme! It’s a great introduction fo…

This information-packed video from It’s Okay to Be Smart explains How The Elements Got Their Names in rhyme! It’s a great introduction for looking further into the periodic table’s rich history and etymology, from Actinium (Greek for “ray”) to Zirconium (Persian “zargun” or “gold-colored”).<p>For a deeper dive, definitely get Theodore Gray’s kid (and adult) friendly book <i>The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe</i>, and watch Gray introduce his massive collection in this …

Over an hour and a half of construction captured by a picture taken every four seconds, a spider weaves its web

Over an hour and a half of construction captured by a picture taken every four seconds, a spider weaves its web. This one is a larger size, but there’s some extra climbing involved when you’re a smaller spider.<p>Related reading: all about spider webs, including the different structures. Related watching: more spiders, including this video of a Tube Web Spider, a Stag Beetle, and a Long-horned Beetle at the Natural History Museum in London.

Have you ever seen the makings of a face on an inanimate object? Did you have any googly eyes handy at the time? As we’ve featured before…

Have you ever seen the makings of a face on an inanimate object? Did you have any googly eyes handy at the time? As we’ve featured before, “eyebombing” or “vandaleyes-ing” is when you add googly eyes to something, creating a face that wasn’t quite there before. Nuria Pérez Paredes and her daughters fell in love with the idea and recently took to the streets for some Eyebombing in Madrid. Thanks to the video above, we get to come along…

Huge Stone Age Temple Surfaces in Scotland

Share<p>For decades, archaeologists thought a hill on Scotland’s Orkney island was just a mass of moraine, or debris left behind by a glacier. But it’s …