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How do pipe organs work?

Ancient technology that uses a complex system of pipes and valves to make music The sound of an organ is made by the column of vibrating air inside each pipe, and the instruments have...

Ancient Egyptian cosmetics

Makeup was once an important part of everyday life in Egypt – find out why now In Ancient Egypt, the image of an individual often acted as a substitute for the body in the afterlife....

Life in Death Valley

What’s behind this desert’s springtime ‘super bloom’ floral phenomenon? Deep within the Mojave Desert sits one of the hottest environments on our planet. The hostile Death Valley is over 13,500 square kilometres of sunken...

Why do we lie?

It’s not just bad behaviour- deception is a product of evolution and it gives your brain a real workout Your dog really did eat your homework, and you have no idea who took the...

Heroes of Science: Joseph Lister

The man who used antiseptics to revolutionise surgery Joseph Lister was born into a Quaker family on 5 April 1827. Having spent his childhood dissecting specimens and looking at tissue samples using his father’s...

How do superfast cameras work?

Question from Phoebe Sims A superfast camera is an electronic device that uses a charge-coupled device (CCD) or a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) active pixel sensor. The sensor is so sensitive to light that...

What are the ‘poles of cold’?

(Image credit: Maarten Takens) Question from Naomi Isles We’re all familiar with the poles of our planet – the northern and southernmost points according to the spin of the Earth and the position of...

Heroes of Science…Richard Feynman

The maverick theoretical physicist whose enthusiasm and wit brought science to life Not many ten-year-olds have their own home laboratory, but Richard Feynman was not like most people. As a child, he had a...

When did women win the right to vote?

Women have been fighting for equal rights for over a century. Here are some of the landmark moments on the road to suffrage 1893 – New Zealand New Zealand became the first self-governing country...