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Modern paper mill: How is paper made?

The chemistry and engineering involved in transforming pines into pages From our favourite books or magazines to the pages of our notepads or sketchbooks, we have used paper to help share ideas and information...

Are we still evolving?

Have culture and technology stopped evolution in its tracks? Every human alive today can trace their ancestry back to east Africa around 200,000 years ago – DNA from a single woman still exists in...

Houston. We’ve had a problem

What happens when spacesuits go wrong? Alexei Leonov, 1965 After leaving the Voskhod 2 spacecraft to perform the first ever spacewalk, cosmonaut Alexei Leonov’s suit began to swell due to the pressure difference. Within...

What if the bees died out?

Dogs might be man’s best friend but bees are our lifeline. A single bee makes a measly one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey during its lifetime, but losing the sweet stuff is the least...