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How does a chicken grow inside an egg?

Unscramble the fascinating fertilisation process of bird eggs Whether you boil them, scramble them or whip them into a prize-winning soufflé, eggs are one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen. But have...

The History of Notre Dame

The most magnificent church in Paris throughout the Gothic age, Notre Dame defined what a cathedral should be The Cathedral church of Our Lady, normally referred to simply as ‘Notre Dame’, stands on the...

FREE How It Works’ Book of Amazing Inventions

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Heroes of Technology: Hedy Lamarr

The leading lady who paved the way for Wi-Fi technology On the big screen, Hollywood siren Hedy Lamarr captivated audiences with her stunning beauty and acting talent, but when the cameras weren’t rolling she could...

Quiz: How well do you know our Sun?

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How to detect black holes

Discover the mysterious world of black holes and the projects trying to capture them Black holes are some of the most impressive and strangest astronomical oddities in existence. But, complex as they are, it...

How does organ donation work?

Discover the science behind the surgical swaps that save lives It’s often a misconception that those who require an organ transplant have in some way damaged their own body, for example, by smoking or...

Top 5 most deadly cosmetics

Discover some of history’s most ill-advised beauty secrets Lead makeup During the Roman Empire, and in England until the 19th century, women would whiten their faces with a lead mixture called Ceruse. The resulting...

How do we sense time?

The science behind why time flies when we’re having fun When you are waiting for a bus you can usually estimate how long you’ve been standing there. Our ability to keep track of time...