Author: Scott Dutfield

Race to the Poles

How pioneering explorers battled extreme conditions to reach the ends of the Earth Roald Amundsen’s research vessel, Gjøa, became stuck in the Arctic ice for almost two years during his Northwest Passage expedition of...

Deadly Paradise: Madidi National Park

What makes Madidi National Park one of the most diverse yet dangerous places in the world? Image credit: Getty Images In 1981, young Israeli backpacker Yossi Ghinsberg set off into an uncharted area of...

What causes a nosebleed?

How are the delicate blood vessels in your nose responsible for these unpleasant incidents? Most of us are familiar with the unpleasant sensation of a nosebleed. They are common because there are so many...

How does scaffolding work?

These everyday structures are vital in the field of construction Image source: Pixabay You might notice them being built around an old building on your street almost overnight, but scaffolding can also used to...

The science behind vaping

Is vaping the answer to quitting smoking, or does it cause more problems than it solves? Image source: Pixabay Created as a way to help prevent the devastating effects of smoking, over the past...

Why do flies buzz?

It’s this persistent hum that alerts us to their presence, but what makes these tiny insects fly with such a racket? Image source: Pixabay You’ll usually hear them before you see them. Acting as...

The science behind smoking

How damaging can a single cigarette be? Image source: Pixabay Often believed to be a modern-day vice, smoking and chewing tobacco leaves have been habits humans have had for thousands of years. It wasn’t...

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How does liquid metal work?

Metallic droplets that make intricate shapes Image credit: Steve Jurvetson Iron is common – it’s why your blood tastes metallic. So you might be surprised to know that it also helps to form hedgehog-shaped...