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how were hieroglyphics finally decoded

Hieroglyphics proved diffi cult to work out, despite hundreds of years worth of attempts. The Rosetta Stone, discovered in the city of Rashid (Rosetta), Egypt, in 1799, provided final clues. The stone’s text was in two languages but three scripts: Greek, hieroglyphic and demotic (a cursive hieroglyp... read more

nuclear energy

The protons and neutrons of an atom release nuclear energy when they break apart. Every atom contains a lot of energy. The forces that hold the atom together are the strongest forces that scientists know of. ... read more

if a nucleus were the size of a marble how big would the atom be

If an atom’s nucleus were the size of a marble, the atom would be over 120 metres across. ... read more

the environment in danger

Everything on Earth is connected in some way. Changes on land can affect the air. Changes in the air can affect the water. Damage to one thing always affects something else. It is easy to damage the Earth. Our planet’s population continues to grow. More people means we need to produce more food and ... read more

the life cycle

The stages of human life are often described as a life cycle. For each individual, however, life is a straight line. Like a story, it has a beginning, middle, and an end. The earliest stage of life is a single cell. The cell divides and, with instructions from genes, forms different tissues. These tis... read more