Author: Scott Dutfield

How are planets made?

Discover how the dust and gas swirling around a newly formed star coalesces into a planetary system Planet formation is a spinoff – literally – of star formation. Stars are born in interstellar space,...

5 of the most amazing rock formations on Earth

1. Devils Tower Image source: Pixabay Towering above the trees of the Black Hills National Forest, this colossal monument appears to have sprouted straight from the underworld. The imposing geological formation is, in fact,...

Meet the animals powered by the Sun

These creatures take inspiration from plant photosynthesis and use sunlight to feed themselves Image credit: Karen N Pelletreau et al As Earth’s natural solar panels, plants obtain energy from converting sunlight into food in...

5 strange theories about the universe

Why is the universe the way it is? Over the years, scientists have explored many ways to explain the cosmos, leading to some crazy-sounding ideas… Image source: Pixabay 1. The Big Splat  In the...

How to think yourself smart

How it Works explores the possibility of taking your IQ into your own hands and improving it Image source: Pixabay Staring down at the Sunday newspaper crossword, unable to work out nine down, you...

The world’s first radio telescope

How Jodrell Bank Observatory was used to prove Einstein’s theories and even spy on the Russians Image credit: Rosser1954 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. Situated 30 kilometres south of Manchester, England, is...

Determining the size of the universe

Measuring the enormity of space is a task best left to the professionals – and even they don’t know! Image source: Pixabay The universe is a vast space that is simply incomprehensible to the...

What is a spirit bear?

How these pale-pelted mammals turn their colouring to their advantage Image credit: Maximilian Helm Species: Kermode bear Ursus americanus kermodei Size: Weight: 80–200kg, Length: 1.2–1.9m Habitat: Found only in the Great Bear Rainforest, these...

How does a particle accelerator work?

Image credit: US Department of Energy Science Take a trip into a particle accelerator and discover the experiments that are solving the mysteries of the universe Deep underground in the US Midwest, groundbreaking projects...