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How are tyres made?

Discover what it takes to produce road-ready wheels The very first road vehicle wheels, used for carts and wagons, were made solely of metal or wood. It wasn’t until the mid-1800s with the discovery...

How do sunglasses protect your eyes?

Reaching for our sunglasses on a bright, sunny day is second nature; we all know that spending time in the Sun puts us at risk of eye damage and no one enjoys a squinting-induced headache....

Pompeii: How are casts of the dead created?

Discover how the victims of a volcanic eruption have been preserved On 24 August 79 CE, Italy’s Mount Vesuvius erupted with a violent explosion of lava, rock and ash, sending a cloud of debris...

What’s inside a battery?

Without them our modern lives would be very different indeed Powering our phones, laptops, cars and more, batteries are modern technological marvels. Their invention dates back to 1800, when Italian scientist Alessandro Volta first...

Interview: Dr Jason McKeown

Meet the man behind Modius – the electro-stimulation headset that tricks the brain into thinking you’re working out Dr Jason McKeown is the CEO and co-founder of Modius Health. Here he explains the science...

Call for Entries: Science Photographer of the Year 2019

Coral Architecture by Andrey Narchuk Could you be the next Science Photographer of the Year? Entries are now being accepted for The Royal Photographic Society’s new Science Photographer of the Year competition 2019. There...

Issue 126 preview: Secrets of the Dinosaurs

How new discoveries are bringing these extinct beasts back to life Also inside: Hypersonic aeroplanes, movie special effects, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks and more!! Find your nearest copy here 🌎 Pick up your copy of issue...

Inside the humpback whale

Discover the amazing anatomy of one of Earth’s biggest mammals Longer than a London bus and weighing more than four African elephants, humpback whales are true giants of the ocean. In the harsh conditions...

Top Tips: How to observe the moon

What can you see on the lunar surface with the naked eye or a telescope? Throughout human history, the Moon has been a fascinating target of observation. From its more mythical beginnings, we now...