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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 would plants look like on other planets?

How would forests on an alien planet survive and what might they look like? Image credit: © Caltech illustration by Doug Cummings It might seem like a concept straight out of a sci-fi movie,...

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...

How It Works issue 146 is now on sale!

Looking forward to a bright new world in 2021? In this issue of How It Works magazine, we’re looking ahead to the hottest developments in science and technology, including: the launch of NASA’s JWST...

Inside the secret tomb of Emperor Qin

Meet the buried army of the First Emperor of China and his mysterious, as-yet-unopened tomb that he left behind Image by Christel SAGNIEZ from Pixabay Imagine the looks of surprise on the faces of...

Why is Lake Hillier pink?

Meet the salt-loving cells responsible for painting Lake Hillier its lurid colour (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons/ Yodaobione) On an island off the coast of Western Australia, you might expect the abundant sunshine to highlight a feast of...

The History of Christmas

From Ancient Egyptian festivals to current celebrations, how has history shaped Christmas around the globe? Image credit: Wikicomms/Richard Ernst For many people, Christmas is the most magical time of the year. While modern Christmas...