Author: Scott Dutfield

Why does tickling makes us laugh?

Image credit: Getty How this strange reaction is a human evolution that kept our species safe Beneath your skin are millions and millions of nerve endings – branched arrangements of white-coloured cells that send...

The Human body: How vaccines work

These injections, drops and sprays train your immune system to fight deadly diseases Made up of millions of individual white blood cells, the immune system patrols the body in search of germs. When tissues...

Booze & Botanicals: How is gin made?

Botanicals to bottle, the science behind the UK’s favourite boozy beverage Gin has been one of the nation’s favourite tipples since the early 1700s after it was introduced in London by the Dutch. The...

Quantum Computers: How they’ll change your life

©National Institute of Standards and Technology A new generation of number-crunchers are harnessing the power of particles: How are super-fast quantum computers changing our world? Google says it has accomplished ‘quantum supremacy’. This is...

Da Vinci’s amazing notebook

Flick through the pages of the original Renaissance man’s greatest inventions and scientific studies Born in 1452 in Tuscany, Leonardo da Vinci spent his life in the pursuit of knowledge and artistic expression. Now...

Wish List: Wearable tech 2020

©K Ring  K Ring  With contactless payment quickly becoming the norm, wearable technology like the K Ring is making it easier to make a purchase. Enabling you to wear your card on your finger,...

How do ticks cause lyme disease?

The vampiric ectoparasite that can only survive by drinking blood One of the most adaptive and resilient hitchhikers of the gruesome world of parasites is the hard-bodied tick. These hard-shelled masterminds rely on your...

Did life come from comets?

Mounting evidence suggests our origins may have been out of this world How life on Earth began is a mystery. It is not clear whether the building blocks for life arose on our planet...

Heroes of Environment: Jane Goodall

The woman who went to live with chimpanzees From a very young age, Jane Goodall showed a natural fascination for animals and their behaviour. When she was just five years old she went missing...

Issue 133 preview: Quantum Computers

A new generation of number-crunchers are harnessing the power of particles: How are these super-fast computers changing our world? Also inside: Animal armour, floating laboratory, human origins and so much more! Kick-start 2020 with...