Author: Ben Biggs

How It Works is 10 years old!

How It Works magazine is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week, and we’re giving away goodies on Twitter and Facebook, as well as a subscription offer that’s practically giving you free copies of the magazine. Our cover features...

What’s beneath Antarctica’s ice?

Antarctica, Earth’s fifth-largest continent, has scenery as dramatic as America’s Great Lakes or the European Alps, yet its mountains and lakes are as unexplored as Mars. Ice sheets around 1.6 kilometres (one mile) thick...

Public swimming pools: what you don’t see

At first glance, a swimming pool might just look like a huge basin full of water, but hidden beneath the surface is a surprising amount of technology that keeps swimming pool water crystal clear....

What makes volcanoes erupt?

Imagine the Earth as a giant ripe orange. Beneath the thin, dimpled peel is a thick layer of pulp and juice, 90 percent of it liquid. The Earth’s peel is called the lithosphere, a...

How do forest fires form and spread?

Forest fires burn over 4 million acres of land per year, with an average of 106,400 fires taking place. These can move up to speeds of 14 miles per hour. But what factor permits...

Interview with a real-life Cyborg

Doctor Kevin Warwick is an author, engineer, and all-round cyber guru. He’s well-placed to understand the concepts behind the latest Keanu Reeves sci-fi flick, Replicas – because Dr. Warwick has had several cybernetic implants...

What would happen if the Sun disappeared?

It’s dark and cold in the Northern Hemisphere at this time of year. But what sort of chaotic consequences would arise if the Sun was to disappear altogether tomorrow? Could humanity survive? Follow this...

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You can’t live without steroids: here’s why

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