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How are cars painted?

A vehicle’s colours and coatings are more than just decorative – they also provide protection Whether your car is bright orange or plain white, the perfect paint job is not just about the colour...

Quiz: Could you be a surgeon?

Put your medical knowledge to the test and see if you have the surgical know-how to complete this quiz Discover more about the world of medicine and meet the robot surgeons that are revolutionising...

The Human Body: How many cells do you have?

Estimating the number of your body’s building blocks is not as straightforward as it seems By the most recent estimates, the average human is made up of approximately 37.2 trillion cells. To put that unthinkably...

Quiz: Fossilisation

Discover the incredible ways nature has preserved prehistoric humans and beasts in our current issue out now! For more science and technology articles, pick up the latest copy of How It Works from all good...

Hummingbirds: How do they hover?

Learn how the world’s tiniest birds are uniquely adapted to their roles in specific habitats Like tiny helicopters flitting among a forest of flowers, hummingbirds are the ultimate hovercraft. In fact, their very name...