Bee on a flower
Environment

How do bees make honey?

Honey begins its journey as nectar, the sugar water produced by flowers. Worker bees visit up to 1,500 flowers a flight, sucking nectar through straw-like tubes and storing it in their honey sacs. The honey sac or crop contains an enzyme … Continued

Cricket ball on grass
Science

Cricketer James Anderson gives a swing-bowling masterclass

Swing-blowing is a popular technique in cricket, as it causes the ball to move sideways in the air, confusing the batsman. It is used when one side of the ball becomes rougher than the other, causing that half to become less streamlined, and … Continued

Female sprinter with motion blur
Technology

What are the top 3 iPhone health apps?

Everywhere you look, people seem to be glued to their smartphones. In a world where everything is accessible through the touch of a button, it’s easy to get distracted from what your body needs. Luckily, the very same pieces of … Continued

International Space Station
Space

What does the ISS weigh?

The smart-aleck answer is virtually nothing, as in low Earth orbit gravity is nearly zero, meaning the International Space Station has mass but only negligible weight (defined as the force on an object due to gravity). However, if the ISS … Continued

Rhino Week
Environment

World Of Animals launches Rhino Week to help fight illegal poaching

Rhino Week begins on Monday 26 January, with World Of Animals running daily rhino-related giveaways to raise awareness of their #SaveRhinosNow campaign. The recent Ebola outbreak has caused a major decline in African tourism, leading to a dramatic drop in funds for the Ol Pejeta … Continued

Sound barrier
Transport

What is the sound barrier?

Breaking the sound barrier means exceeding the speed of sound at 12,192 metres (40,000 feet), that’s about 1,062 kilometres per hour (660 miles per hour). When Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier with the Bell X-1 rocket plane in 1947, … Continued

Mount Rushmore South Dakota USA
History

Top 5 Facts: Mount Rushmore

1) Time and money Also known as the Shrine of Democracy, Mount Rushmore took a staggering 14 years to complete and cost just under $1 million. 2) Valley of giants The four presidents’ heads on the hill tower 5,500 feet above sea … Continued

How It Works Book of the Human Body
Science

The How It Works Book of the Human Body uncovers the science of you

The How It Works Book of the Human Body will help you understand more about human anatomy than ever before. From how you hear, to how your digestive system works, through to how your bones repair fractures and how you express emotions, all of your curious questions will … Continued

Nature's Deadliest Animals
Environment

Discover nature’s deadliest animals and how they attack their prey

We’ve teamed up with World Of Animals magazine to bring you a comprehensive guide to the world’s deadliest animals. From great white sharks and crocodiles, to lions, tigers and polar bears, discover how these incredible creatures attack with our jaw-dropping digital book. … Continued

Antarctic ice
Environment

How thick is the ice in the Antarctic?

The thickness of Antarctic ice is tough to measure because it is literally freezing on top and hard to reach at the bottom. The underside of the thinnest sheets is estimated to be less than 200 metres (656 feet) from … Continued

Airbus A380 in flight
Transport

Can you do a loop-the-loop in a passenger jet?

To perform a 360-degree loop, an aircraft needs to achieve three phases in quick succession: the entry, the climb and the exit. Each of these would cause particular problems to anything the size and weight of even a small commercial … Continued

Lions in profile
Environment

Top 5 Facts: Lions

1) Different from the pack Occasionally lions have cream-coloured fur. These were once thought to be a separate species but it’s actually a rare genetic morph called leucism. 2) Not so lionhearted Lions have relatively small hearts for their body … Continued

Alberta Innovates Smart-E-Pants
Technology

Smart-e-Pants: The electrical underwear that prevents bedsores

Bedsores, or pressure ulcers as they are officially known, are a big problem for people who are bed-ridden or confined to wheelchairs. What’s worse is that they often cause serious infections, which can sometimes even be life-threatening. To combat this … Continued

Google Project Ara Spiral 2 prototype
Technology

Google Project Ara modular smartphone to launch this year

Google has unveiled the latest prototype for its Project Ara modular smartphone, with plans to launch the innovative handset in Puerto Rico this year. The phone consists of an endoskeleton, or ‘endo’, and a series of modules that can be added … Continued

Physicist Stephen Hawking in Zero Gravity
Science

Top 5 facts about gravity

1) Black holes A black hole’s gravitational pull is so strong that even light can’t escape from what’s known as its ‘event horizon’, an invisible boundary around it. 2) Mighty Moon The Moon’s low gravity means objects weigh one-sixth of … Continued

Train in Bournemouth railway station
Transport

What is signal failure and why does it cause train delays?

Signal failures are almost as old as the railway itself – with the first primitive wayside signalling systems being introduced in 1832. These days signalling relies on a combination of movable sections of track (known as points), track circuits that … Continued

T cell attacking a cancer cell
Science

Watch a white blood cell attack a cancer cell

White blood cells, such as the T cell, are the body’s natural defence against infection and disease. Discover how the human body protected itself in an attack by watching a killer T cell and cancer cell fight it out under a … Continued

Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Science

New antibiotic discovered in soil could fight resistant diseases

Incredibly resistent diseases, such as tuberculosis and MRSA (meticillin-resistant staphylococcus aureusis), could soon be treated with the first new antibiotic to be discovered in nearly 30 years. Researchers at the Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts discovered 25 new antibiotics from soil … Continued

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