How It Works

The science of anger.

How does this primal emotion override our normal thought processes?  As far as we know, anger is one of the oldest and most primitive forms of emotion. It is believed to have been hard-wired in our brains many thousands of … Continued

The life cycle of a dragonfly.

Discover how the dragonfly develops underwater and emerges as a magnificent flying predator. As the dragonfly mating season gets into full swing during the summer months, streaks of colour can be seen dashing across the sky. This is just the … Continued

Where does tea come from?

Follow the journey from the field to the teacup.  Tea, the hot beverage enjoyed so much in the UK that it has become as quintessentially British as the Queen, begins its life as juicy young leaves on a bush of … Continued

How does popping candy work?

Discover the science behind this sweet’s sizzling sensation. Popping candy explodes on the tip of your tongue, a sensation either loved or loathed by those with a sweet tooth. The secret to its unique fizz, crackle and pop is actually … Continued

How many cells do you have?

    For more tech news, pick up your copy of issue 99 from all good retailers or from our website now. If you have a tablet or smartphone, you can also download the digital version onto your iOS or … Continued

Orangutans are built for the jungle

  For more tech news, pick up your copy of issue 100 from all good retailers or from our website now. If you have a tablet or smartphone, you can also download the digital version onto your iOS or Android device. … Continued

Exploring Venus

Venus is the second planet from the Sun and orbits it every 224 Earth days. It rotates the opposite way to the other planets. The second brightest natural object in our night sky, it is bright enough to be visible … Continued

The Apollo Program

The Apollo Program The trailblazing NASA missions that took us to the Moon In the late 1950s, the US and the Soviet Union were racing to reach a major milestone in spaceflight: put humans on the Moon then return them … Continued

Win It Wednesday #1 – Can you guess what it is?

Can you guess what our macro image of the week is from? Guess what this is for your chance to win a bundle of space books worth £50. Using a reverse lens macro technique, the anonymous artist Pyanek gives us … Continued

6 Popular Science Myths – Busted

Science myths have been around for a long time. With modern technology meaning that we can exchange information so fast, it is surprising that many of them still circulate today.

Nature’s Top 5 Weirdest Defence Mechanisms

Defence mechanisms are the ways in which animals have evolved to protect themselves against danger. There are many ways they can do this – camouflage like a snake or playing dead like an opossum. Here are the top five of the strangest defence mechanisms nature has to offer!