Category: Science

How glass is made

From its ancient origins to modern-day technology, what makes this material so versatile?

Autoimmune diseases: How the body attacks itself

What happens when a system designed to protect you goes on the offensive? (Image source: Getty Images/iStock Photo) Your immune system saves your life every day, fighting off billions of pathogens before they are able to...

Escape room psychology

How can unlocking the power of your mind help unlock these puzzle rooms? (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons/ ORpretom) Your time starts… now. Trapped in a locked room with just 60 minutes ticking down on the clock,...

5 at-home tips to boost your brainpower

Image by hainguyenrp from Pixabay 1. Stay Social  In a time where face-to-face social interaction is at its lowest, it’s important to remain social, not only for fun, but for your brain. Whether it’s...

What are Adam’s apples?

These permanent lumps in our throats contain a crucial organ (Image credit: BIT0865/ Wikimedia Commons) Some people have noticeable bumps sticking out from the front of their throats, usually men. While everybody has one, not all can...

Inside a coronavirus test lab

Meet two scientists from the UK’s Covid-19 megalab, working around the clock to test the public Image by Elchinator from Pixabay At the beginning of lockdown, virologist Ben and neuroscientist Beth were forced to stop...

What are the E numbers in our food?

How to decode the additives in your food (Image credit: Frank Chamaki) How are you supposed to differentiate between the additives in your food and drink? Chemicals can have such complex names that you can read the back...

Future Tech: How to make living machines

We’re on the cusp of programmable life – what could this mean for our future? Image credit: Douglas Blackiston The concept of a living machine might make you imagine a walking, talking humanoid. However,...

Love and the brain

“Love is more than lust or procreation. It’s also about stable bonding and enduring attachments” As a pioneering neuroscientist, Dr Michael Merzenich has been granted close to 100 patents. Using five decades of research into...

How do fireworks explode?

  Despite all their different colours, shapes, and sounds, all fireworks have the same basic components. Aerial fireworks consist of a shell made of heavy paper that holds the ‘lift charge’, the ‘bursting charge’,...