Science & nature
Incredible or unusual natural phenomena from around the globe
Everything you wanted to know about aubergines
It’s a little ironic for me to be writing about aubergines considering I probably haven’t ever eaten one myself. I’m an incredibly fussy eater and I’m sure I would’ve dismissed the idea of eating a purple vegetable off-hand. But nevertheless, the aubergine is a fascinating thing for many different reasons. Let me tell you why.
Gem stones: What are they, where do they come from and how are they made?
I could be considered part magpie. I love shiny things and… Actually, that’s the only thing I have in common with a magpie. I probably won’t enter your nest and steal your eggs while you’re not looking.
Penitentes: Incredible blades of ice that point towards the sun
Penitentes or nieves penitente (which is Spanish for “penitent-shaped snows”) are pointy blades of hardened snow or ice.
Ice shoves: Incredible frozen waves that get blown ashore by the wind
I don’t like unexpected visitors, even less so when the visitor is an aggressive wall of ice. Luckily, ice shoves, as they’re called, don’t happen very often. They need very specific conditions to develop.
Manchineel tree: The most dangerous tree in the world
Are you going to the Caribbean this winter? If so, sit down – we need to have a chat. A chat about the most dangerous tree in the world. This is no joke. It’s worse than that big plant from the Little Shop of Horrors.
The worst smelling flowers ever
Sometimes I buy myself some flowers, and sometimes I leave them in the vase for too long. Ooof, the smell! Well, these flowers smell worse, and not because they’re rotting – they’re supposed to smell bad.