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The importance of phytoplankton

Forget whales, sharks and the giant squid: it’s the smallest living organisms in the briny blue that keep life on our planet working as it should (image credit: NEON) Phytoplankton are the definition of...

Making the Terracotta Army

Meet the immortal warriors built to defend the Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang and find out how they were constructed over 2,200 years ago The Terracotta Army comprises a huge collection of sculptures found...

How do dogs help the police?

Despite being adorable, police dogs have some of the toughest occupations in the canine world. Dogs have been an important part of the fight against crime for centuries. There are a number of crucial...

Are any other animals monogamous?

Question from Helen Cross There are examples of monogamy throughout the animal kingdom. Gibbons, swans and black vultures are all known to pair up with a single partner, although infidelities do occasionally happen. Wandering...

Useless Body Parts: Vestigial organs

Why have humans and other animals stopped using certain organs and functions which were once crucial for survival? Charles Darwin is one of history’s most famous naturalists. Living in the 19th century, he became...

The human body: What are electrolytes?

We need these tiny ions to keep our muscles and nerves moving Our bodies are huge biochemical batteries, and to keep our nerves firing, our muscles moving and our hearts beating, we need to...

The dangers of loud music

How can high-volume sound cause hearing loss? The way we hear sound involves an intricate series of physical, chemical and electrical activity within our ears. An integral part of our ability to hear lies...