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How steroid hormones work

Steroid hormones are a group of chemical messages made from cholesterol. This fatty, waxy substance has four conjoined rings in its structure, and this forms the backbone of five types of long-range chemical signals.

Your First Year

What happens to the human body in the first 12 months of life We are born well before we’re ready to fend for ourselves, but we learn faster in our first three years than...

Heroes of Space: Neil Armstrong

Discover how a boy with a fascination for aviation went on to be the first man to set foot on the Moon Armstrong’s interest in flying began at a very early age. His father...

The Airbus Beluga

Meet the whale of a plane designed to ferry oversized aircraft parts around the world As the aerospace industry boomed in the early 1990s, the infrastructure required to transport sections of an airplane became...

snowflake

How do snowflakes form?

The formation of a snowflake begins when a microscopic cloud droplet freezes as a tiny ice particle. Water vapour that condenses on its surface causes the ice to develop flat, polished surfaces, known as...