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Can plants communicate?

Discover the secret signals plants send to each other on the wood wide web.  Just as we have many different methods for staying in touch with friends, plants have their own ways of communicating with each other. The main purpose … Continued

Issue 112 preview: Life in 2050

Discover the technologies that will transform tomorrow’s world Also inside: Space weather, Hampton court, the Trans-Siberian railway, legendary science experiments and much more!   Pick up your copy of issue 111 from all good retailers or from our website now! If you … Continued

Expansion of the universe

How do scientists calculate how fast the universe is expanding? In 1929, American astronomer Edwin Hubble announced a truly ground-breaking discovery: the universe was expanding. By observing the light from distant galaxies, Hubble found that their wavelengths were stretched out … Continued

The race for a greener Earth

From waste to water, humankind has its work cut out to achieve the eco-friendly world of tomorrow…

How do baleen whales feed?

Discover what the big-mouthed blue whale does when it’s time to eat. You might think the largest animal in the world, the blue whale, would feed on prey of a similar size to it, but its diet actually consists of … Continued

Could we build a real life Westworld?

Westworld is one of the most exciting science fiction series television has ever seen, but could we ever experience it for real in our lifetime?

Why are sharks in danger?

Despite being ice-cold predators, sharks are under threat from something even bigger. Unfortunately, as is very often the case with endangered species, human activity is the biggest threat to many of the shark species in our oceans – it’s thought that … Continued

Next-gen airplane cabins

How aeroplane seats are being upgraded to be comfier, more spacious and energy efficient. With long-haul flights often a necessity for business and leisure, passenger comfort is becoming more important than ever. The AirGo economy seat is an award-winning concept … Continued

How do chemical bonds work?

To understand the types of chemical bonding, we should first consider what the atoms of our universe are made of. To do this, we can use a simplified analogy of atomic structure by picturing an atom as a star being orbited by … Continued

Animation before the invention of film

Some of the very first inventions that simulated movement by tricking our eyes. Although this may come as a surprise to some, the animation industry was once a field dominated by mathematicians and physicists. Rather than attracting purely creative minds, … Continued

Product review: Pyrnt Pocket

Prynt Pocket is bringing back the fun of printing instant pictures but with a modern twist. Back in 1948, the first instant camera hit the shelves when Polaroid released Land Camera Model 95. Since then the instant camera has evolved … Continued