A comet is an icy rock shooting through space. When it passes close to the Sun, it warms and begins to release trapped gasses — a process called outgassing
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Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz. The word is Greek for “non-intoxicating”, a reference to the belief they protect their owners from drunkenness.
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A kōan is a story, dialogue, question, or statement used in the practice of Zen. It’s a challenge — intended to provoke a "great doubt" and test a…
Their name is German for “arrow stork” — they’d literally return to Europe in the summer with an arrow stuck in their bodies. Not only was this stork…
The Silk Road describes a network of trade routes connecting China and Europe. It gets its name from the lucrative trade of silk it facilitated, which…
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Wedding cakes first appeared in Ancient Rome. What we’d now call a “regular loaf of bread” would be ceremoniously broken over the bride's head for good…
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Senet is a board game recovered from ancient Egypt. The word means “passing afternoon” in Coptic — but there’s just one small problem...
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Twike is a portmanteau of the words twin and bike. It carries two people + cargo, and can be driven in electric-only mode or electric + pedal power…
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