For a better experience please change your browser to CHROME, FIREFOX, OPERA or Internet Explorer.

News & Current Affairs

Dalai Lama Biography

Dalai Lama Biography

Dalai Lama Biography The 14th Dalai Lama was born Lhamo Döndrub, the 5th child of a large family in the farming village of Qinghai, China. At the age of two, he was picked out as the rebirth of the thirteenth Dalai Lama and sent for formal monastic training to become a Buddhist monk and eventually […] Read More

Eva Peron Biography

Eva Peron Biography

Eva Peron Biography Eva Peron served as Argentina’s First lady from 1946 to 1952.  Eva Peron or ‘Evita’ became a powerful political figure with a large support base amongst the poor and working class trade union members. She inspired millions with her campaigns to help the poor and give women the right to vote. To […] Read More

Short Biography of Oprah Winfrey

Short Biography of Oprah Winfrey

Short Biography of Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey (1954 – ) Influential talk show host, author, philanthropist, actress and media personality. Oprah Winfrey has played a key role in modern American life, shaping cultural trends and promoting various liberal causes. Through her talk shows and books, she has focused on many issues facing American women. She […] Read More

Beethoven Biography

Beethoven Biography

Beethoven Biography Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) is one of the most widely respected composers of classical music. He played a crucial role in the transition from classical to romantic music and is considered one of the greatest composers of all time. “Music is … A higher revelation than all Wisdom and Philosophy” – […] Read More

Aung San Suu Kyi Biography

Aung San Suu Kyi Biography

Aung San Suu Kyi Biography Aung San Suu Kyi AC born 19 June 1945 in Rangoon, is a pro-democracy activist and leader of the National League for Democracy in Burma. During the military control of Myanmar, she was a noted prisoner of conscience and advocate of nonviolent resistance. For many years (1989-2010) she was held under house […] Read More

Leonardo da Vinci Biography

Leonardo da Vinci Biography

Leonardo da Vinci Biography Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519) is one of the world’s greatest thinkers, artists and philosophers. Seeking after perfection, he created rare masterpieces of art such as ‘The Mona Lisa’ and The Last Supper.’ In addition to art, Da Vinci studied all aspects of life from anatomy to mathematics and astronomy; his […] Read More

Queen Victoria Biography

Queen Victoria Biography

Queen Victoria Biography Short Biography of Queen Victoria (1819 –1901) Queen Victoria was born 24 May 1819. She was the granddaughter of George III, and her father, Edward was fourth in line to the throne. But when the prince of Wales died early, his brothers sought to get married and maintain the line of succession. Edward […] Read More

Paul McCartney Biography

Paul McCartney Biography

Paul McCartney Biography Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942)  is an English singer/songwriter and a key member of the Beatles. After the Beatles split up in 1970, he pursued his own successful solo career, recording with a variety of artists, including his group ‘The Wings’. According to the Guinness Book of Records, he is the […] Read More

Albert Einstein Biography

Albert Einstein Biography

Albert Einstein Biography Born in Germany 1879, Albert Einstein is one of the most celebrated scientists of the Twentieth Century. His theories on relativity laid the framework for a new branch of physics, and Einstein’s E = mc2 on mass-energy equivalence is one of the most famous formulas in the world. In 1921, he was awarded the Nobel Prize […] Read More

Elvis Presley Biography

Elvis Presley Biography

Elvis Presley Biography Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) – an American singer, musician and actor. Elvis Presley became one of the most influential cultural icons of a generation. He is commonly referred to as the “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” and epitomises the post-war pop generation. Elvis was born […] Read More

Charles Darwin Biography

Charles Darwin Biography

Charles Darwin Biography Charles Darwin (1809 – 1882) was an English Natural scientist who laid down a framework for the theory of evolution – showing how Man evolved from lower life forms. At the time, his research and publication led to bitter controversy, but his theory of evolution and natural selection later became accepted within […] Read More

Short bio Christopher Columbus (1451–1506)

Short bio Christopher Columbus (1451–1506)

Short bio Christopher Columbus (1451–1506) Christopher Columbus was born in the Republic of Genoa, in what is today Northwestern Italy. His father was a middle-class wool merchant. Columbus learnt to sail from an early age and later worked as a business agent, travelling around Europe to England, Ireland and later along the West coast of […] Read More

Biography Margaret Thatcher

Biography Margaret Thatcher

Biography Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013) was Britain’s first female prime minister (1979-90). She was known for her tough uncompromising, conservative political views, and became dubbed as ‘The Iron Lady’. On the UK domestic front she instituted many free market reforms, implemented the controversial poll tax and reduced the power of trades unions. In international […] Read More

Winston Churchill Biography

Winston Churchill Biography

Winston Churchill Biography Sir Winston  Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician and author, best known as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Churchill was famous for his stubborn resistance to Hitler during the darkest hours of the Second World War. Short Bio Winston Churchill […] Read More

Queen Elizabeth II Biography

Queen Elizabeth II Biography

Queen Elizabeth II Biography Queen Elizabeth (1952 – ) was crowned Head of State, Head of the Commonwealth and Supreme Governor of the Church of England in 1952. She is the longest-serving British monarch and has presided over half a century of continual change both within the Royal Family, Great Britain and the Commonwealth. Elizabeth […] Read More

Biography Nelson Mandela

Biography Nelson Mandela

Biography Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013) was a South African political activist who spent over 20 years in prison for his opposition to the apartheid regime; he was released in 1990. In 1994, Mandela was later elected the first leader of a democratic South Africa. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (jointly […] Read More

Homer Biography

Homer Biography

Homer Biography Homer (c. 850 BC) Classical Greek poet. Author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. Through his epic poems, Homer has played a hugely influential role in Western Literature. His classics of the Iliad and the Odyssey, stand at the forefront of the Western Canon of literature. Details about the life of Homer are scarce and different sources quote different […] Read More

Biography Julie Andrews

Biography Julie Andrews

Biography Julie Andrews Julie Andrews (1935 – ) British actress, dancer and singer. She is best known for her iconic roles in Mary Poppins (1965) and The Sound of Music (1966). In addition to these two films she has enjoyed a rich and varied career as entertainer and singer. “Hopefully, I brought people a certain joy. That will be a […] Read More

Sir Alec Guinness Biography

Sir Alec Guinness Biography

Sir Alec Guinness Biography Guinness was one of the most formidable and versatile actors of the post-war period. Appearing in roles as diverse as Fagan in Oliver Twist, to the greatest Ealing comedies, and to Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, Alec Guinness was much loved for his commanding performances – rich in diversity and […] Read More

Charlie Chaplin Biography

Charlie Chaplin Biography

Charlie Chaplin Biography Charlie Chaplin (1889 – 1977) Sir Charles Spencer ‘Charlie’ Chaplin was a versatile actor, director and music producer whose prolific entertainment career spanned over 75 years. Influential film roles included the films, The Kid (1921) and The Great Dictator (1940)  “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot” – Charlie Chaplin Short bio […] Read More

Michael Caine Biography

Michael Caine Biography

Michael Caine Biography Born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, he later took the screen name, Michael Caine. Michael Caine is one of the most famous English actors of the post-war period, starring in over 100 films and renowned for his distinctive working-class voice.   Michael Caine was born 14 March 1933 in Rotherhithe, London, England. He grew up […] Read More

Richard Burton Biography

Richard Burton Biography

Richard Burton Biography Richard Burton – British actor. He was born as Richard Jenkins on November 10, 1925, in Pontrhydyfen, South Wales. He grew up in a large Welsh family of thirteen children. His mother died when he was two meaning he was brought up by his elder sister and her husband. From an early […] Read More

Attenborough Biography

Attenborough Biography

Attenborough Biography Richard Attenborough August 29th, 1923 – 2014 Richard Attenborough is an important and iconic British actor, director and later film producer. Some of his films have become classics of British cinema and captured the mood of the nation. Early films of Richard Attenborough included: In Which We Serve (1942) A Matter of Life […] Read More

Cleopatra Biography

Cleopatra Biography

Cleopatra Biography Cleopatra VII Philopator (69 BC – August 12, 30 BC) was an Egyptian Queen and the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. Cleopatra was a member of the Greek-speaking, Ptolemaic dynasty, who ruled Egypt from 300BC to 30 BC. Deposed from power by her brother, Cleopatra aligned herself with Julius Caesar to regain the throne. […] Read More

Sappho Biography

Sappho Biography

Sappho Biography Sappho was an ancient Greek female poet who wrote lyrical poetry famous for its intense passion and description of love. Being born on the Isle of Lesbos she is also referred to as the first Lesbian poet. Little is known of her actual life, though she was born around 620BC, and died approximately […] Read More

Diana Short Biography

Diana Short Biography

Diana, Princess of Wales (1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997) was an iconic figure of the late 20th Century. She epitomised feminine beauty and glamour. At the same time, she was admired for her ground-breaking charity work; in particular, her work with AIDS patients and supporting the campaign for banning landmines. Married to Prince Charles […] Read More

Famous People

Famous People

List of Top 100 Famous People A list of famous people, chosen mainly from the nineteenth, twentieth or twenty-first centuries. This list includes famous actors, politicians, entrepreneurs, writers, artists and humanitarians. Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) American actress, singer, model Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865) US President during American civil war Mother Teresa (1910 – 1997) Macedonian Catholic missionary nun John […] Read More

Seals only sleep with half their brain when they’re out at sea

Seals only sleep with half their brain when they’re out at sea   One species of seal sleeps in a way that has never been seen in any other animal. Their odd habits may help explain the function of “REM” sleep, the form of sleep in which we have our most vivid dreams. REM is […] Read More

Surveillance drones can now spot violent attacks as they happen

Surveillance drones can now spot violent attacks as they happen

A new drone surveillance system can spot when someone in a crowd is acting violently. It uses artificial intelligence and is going to be tested at a university festival in India later this year. The system assesses the way each person in a crowd is standing via two cameras on the drone. Currently it can recognise punching, stabbing, […] Read More

Feedback: The 40-cm-long hammerhead flatworm has landed

Feedback: The 40-cm-long hammerhead flatworm has landed

Attack of the clones WHAT’S the collective term for 40-centimetre-long hammerhead flatworms? Feedback’s guess is that it’s a sort of raw adenoidal scream that opens a portal to the black abyss and brings down everlasting night. Whatever it is, it’s probably prettier in French. That is just as well, because France has recently seen hordes […] Read More

Trump v Kim: The mind games that led to the Korea summit

The road to the Singapore summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un has been marked by nuclear bluffs. Let’s hope the talks are for real, says Christopher Boehm   The taunts over nuclear buttons between North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump galvanised efforts to get the two leaders to agree to meet in Singapore […] Read More

Sperm whales are tracking fishing boats and stealing their fish

Sperm whales are tracking fishing boats and stealing their fish

Sperm whales have turned burglar. They have learned to follow commercial fishing boats off the coast of Alaska, and then pick huge volumes of fish from the lines. It now seems they can take about 5% of the fishermen’s annual quotas. Sperm whales are the largest toothed predators on Earth. They can grow to 18 metres long […] Read More

Criminals can be identified from the microbes they leave behind

Criminals can be identified from the microbes they leave behind

The sneakiest burglars slip by unnoticed, but they leave millions of their own witnesses at every crime scene. Researchers have found that it may be possible to identify criminals based on the microbes they shed from their skin or nostrils. In 2014, Jarrad Hampton-Marcell at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois and his colleagues showed that people seem to […] Read More

4-year-olds care more about plants and animals than sick people

4-year-olds care more about plants and animals than sick people

Do you care more about beetles or sick people? Your answer likely depends on your age, since your moral compassgradually shifts from early childhood to adulthood. As we get older, we increasingly value other human beings over plants, animals and inanimate objects, according to research led by Karri Neldner at the University of Queensland. Her team showed 24 pictures to […] Read More

We can tweak immune cells to be much better at wiping out HIV

We can tweak immune cells to be much better at wiping out HIV

Studying the immune cells of people who can keep HIV under control in their bodies has yielded new insights that might enable all people with HIV to do the same, acting as a functional cure. Most people with HIV keep the virus under control with anti-retroviral drugs because we don’t yet have a reliable treatment for […] Read More

Apple’s new app is designed to help you use their tech less

Apple’s new app is designed to help you use their tech less

APPLE wants to help you use its tech less. A new app called Screen Time will show iPhone and iPad users how many notifications they receive, how often they pick up their device and how much time they spend on different apps. It will then compare each of these to the average. With Screen Time, […] Read More

Why are there so many devastating volcanic eruptions right now?

Why are there so many devastating volcanic eruptions right now?

First Hawaii, where the Kilauea volcano has been spewing lava and ash for more than a month. Then Guatemala, where the Volcan del Fuego volcano erupted with huge and lethal force on Sunday. But did one cause the other? At least 75 deaths have been confirmed in Guatemala and 200 remain missing, while at least 80 houses […] Read More

Party drugs are here to stay, but they don’t have to be killers

Party drugs are here to stay, but they don’t have to be killers

THE war on drugs has become an arms race. In an effort to outpace the law, unregulated laboratories are creating thousands of modified versions of psychedelic substances and selling them to unknowing partygoers. These chemistry experiments have consequences. Last month, two people died at the Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth, UK, seemingly as a result of taking […] Read More

Lightning reveals where Jupiter stores its ‘missing’ water

Lightning reveals where Jupiter stores its ‘missing’ water

Jupiter’s lightning is whistling and it’s pointing the way to the gas giant’s stores of water. “There’s a lot that we don’t understand about Jupiter’s lightning, but from what we have observed it looks fairly similar to what we have on Earth,” says William Kurth at the University of Iowa, who was part of two […] Read More

Kidney cancer spreads by pretending to be white blood cells

Kidney cancer spreads by pretending to be white blood cells

Many people with cancer die not from their original tumour, but from secondary tumours that grow elsewhere around the body. Now we’re a step closer to understanding how cancers are able to spread. Sakari Vanharanta of the Medical Research Council Cancer Unit at the University of Cambridge and his colleagues have been studying kidney cancer cells. They found that […] Read More

JR Smith admits he may have got NBA finals score wrong

JR Smith admits he may have got NBA finals score wrong

All the chatter is that Cleveland could be deflated after they blew a golden chance to win Game 1 of the NBA finals. But LeBron James, at least, has found motivation. “It’s one of the toughest losses I’ve had in my career,” James acknowledged on Saturday, “because of everything that kind of went on with the game and the […] Read More

A blood test for 10 different types

A blood test for 10 different types

A blood test for 10 different types of cancers could one day help doctors screen for the disease before patients show symptoms, researchers at the world’s largest gathering of oncologists have said. The test, called a liquid biopsy, screens for cancer by detecting tiny bits of DNA released by cancer cells into blood. The test had […] Read More

why your company should do SMS mobile marketing

why your company should do SMS mobile marketing

If you haven’t heard A2P messaging (SMS sent from a business) will be worth almost $60 BN by 2018, driving overall SMS revenues. The reach and reliability which SMS affords organisations looking to contact customers and employees remains far greater than many other forms of communication. And f​or organisations such as financial services or ticketing providers, […] Read More

Watch a badminton robot practice its game-winning trick shots

Watch a badminton robot practice its game-winning trick shots

Badminton players should be quivering in their court shoes. A racket wielding robot designed to help human players perfect their game has been perfecting its shuttlecock-smashing skills. The badminton bot has a fixed base and a robotic arm that holds a racket. It uses a motion capture camera and some reflective tape on the shuttlecock to work […] Read More

New algorithm can help spot faked photos before they go viral

New algorithm can help spot faked photos before they go viral

Pictures speak a thousand words – and faked photographs spin awfully tall tales. Take the widely circulated image of Emma Gonzalez, a teenager who survived the Parkland school shooting in Florida earlier this year. Gonzalez, who had been campaigning for gun control, was pictured tearing up the US constitution. Except the photo had originally shown […] Read More

Uber self-driving car ‘saw woman but didn’t brake before crash’

Uber self-driving car ‘saw woman but didn’t brake before crash’

An autonomous Uber car spotted a pedestrian about six seconds before fatally hitting her but did not stop because the system used to automatically apply brakes in potentially dangerous situations had been disabled, US federal investigators said. In a preliminary report on the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said emergency braking manoeuvres are […] Read More

Predictive texts: a bot that dreams up children’s stories

Predictive texts: a bot that dreams up children’s stories

Stymied by writer’s block? Let this neural net braintstorm the beginnings of your next masterpiece “Once upon a time, I dreamed of being a children’s author,” says Selma Storey, “but inspiration is like fairy dust. I’ve tried everything, even random word generators, but I can’t conjure a children’s title from ‘leverage’ and ‘asbestos’. Help!” It’s […] Read More

Top Share With Us
Share With Us