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How are planets made?

Discover how the dust and gas swirling around a newly formed star coalesces into a planetary system Planet formation is a spinoff – literally – of star formation. Stars are born in interstellar space,...

5 of the most amazing rock formations on Earth

1. Devils Tower Image source: Pixabay Towering above the trees of the Black Hills National Forest, this colossal monument appears to have sprouted straight from the underworld. The imposing geological formation is, in fact,...

The invention of Polaroid cameras

Discover the instant camera that inspired generations of photographers (Image source: Eniko Kis/ Unsplash) The invention of Polaroid cameras marked the beginning of a new era for photography. Today, we may take for granted...

What are totem poles?

While only specialists are trusted to carve these mighty sculptures, it takes a village to raise them (Image source: Pixabay) Totem poles are one of the most iconic examples of Native American art. They’re...

How did the Titanic sink?

From the early tragedies to the last recorded words, discover the events of the ‘unsinkable’ ship (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) The air was buzzing with excitement ahead of the launch of Titanic in 1912....

Meet the animals powered by the Sun

These creatures take inspiration from plant photosynthesis and use sunlight to feed themselves Image credit: Karen N Pelletreau et al As Earth’s natural solar panels, plants obtain energy from converting sunlight into food in...

5 strange theories about the universe

Why is the universe the way it is? Over the years, scientists have explored many ways to explain the cosmos, leading to some crazy-sounding ideas… Image source: Pixabay 1. The Big Splat  In the...

Why are children such fussy eaters?

(Image source: Pixabay) Question from Joel Francis Fussiness in childhood probably helped to keep our ancestors safe. You only have to look at the huge variety of foods consumed across the world to see...