Nap like a genius

You snooze, you win. Napping can have positive effects on your health and cognition, so we explore the art of a scientific siesta.


Robot sentience

Dr Kate Darling dives into the question of robot sentience, and how it can lead to far-reaching conversations about the people we want to be.

Animal architects

Take a trip around the world and meet some of the amazing animal architects that make smart, intricate structures, without using bricks and mortar.


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  • Dyson spheres explained

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Holly SpannerStaff Writer, BBC Science Focus

Holly is the staff writer at BBC Science Focus, and specialises in astronomy. Before joining the team she was a geoenvironmental consultant and holds an MSc in Geoscience (distinction) from UCL.