Monday 13 October 2014

Fact Hunters: Scientists, rhymes & China

Emily Morton
Sir Isaac Newton moved to London in 1696 and took up a role as the Warden of the Royal Mint, overseeing the production of the Pound Sterling.

Teddy Pilcher & Sian Burnett
Despite their harsh environment polar bears can overheat. They're superbly adapted to survive the Arctic temperatures (which can dip to -50C), but the disadvantage is the risk of overheating - especially when running -or in "balmy" above-freezing summer temperatures.

Bobby Wicks
In 2003, China became the third country to successfully send a person to space. The Great Wall of China is the largest man made structure in the world, stretching an incredible 8,850 kilometres.

Caitlin Smethurst
The earliest known use of Ring A Roses - the nursery rhyme is the Victorian era, and it almost certainly doesn’t date back to the plague (any of them). While the lyrics can be interpreted as being loosely connected to death and plague prevention, this is believed to be just that, an interpretation, and not a direct result of plague experience.

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