Category: Science

What kinds of carbon are there?

Discover how this protean wonder-element can make more than 9 million different chemical compounds (Image source: Pixabay) Carbon is so versatile and so important that the Royal Society of Chemistry call it the ‘King...

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...

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...

What is sunburn?

Too much sun can damage our skin and our health (Image source: Pixabay) Sunburn is caused by an overexposure to either sunlight or artificial UV rays. Sunburn doesn’t occur every time the skin is exposed,...

How to make a fire snake

Create a snake using sugar, baking soda and an amazing chemical reaction DON’T DO IT ALONE: If you’re under 18, make sure you have an adult with you. 1. Create your insulator To make...

What happens in the stomach?

This hollow organ is the mixing-machine of the digestive system (Image source: Future PLC) The period after we’ve just finished a meal is a crucial time for digestion. The recently arrived food bolus –...

Inside the human foot

One of the first things we learn to do is walk, but how exactly do we move from heel to toe? (Image source: Pixabay) With every step we take, a set of biological cogs...

Why do we lie?

It’s not just bad behaviour – deception is a product of evolution and it gives your brain a real workout Image credit: Getty images Your dog really did eat your homework, and you have...

How to create a rainbow

With a few simple items, you can create a rainbow on your wall at home 1. Set up your bowl To create your rainbow, the first step is to find a shallow bowl and...