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The Human Body

It's not just your neighbour's noise you need to worry about...

Pop culture usually associates testosterone with being angry, but in rare cases, a deficiency of the hormone actually makes men more irritable.

The strange science of how fingerprints form – and why they’re not completely sculpted by DNA.

We're not ribbing you about this one...



Your guide to when you can see shooting stars in the UK, including how many you can expect to spot.

Heading into space isn’t easy but who has the heaviest spacecraft for the job – Russia, the US or European Space Agency?

Astronomers estimate that the Universe is 13.7 billion years old – but how can we tell how long ago the Big Bang happened?

Blasting off in a rocket is an expensive, difficult and dangerous way to get to the Moon. Colin Stuart looks into another way we could travel there and back.

Everyday Science

Colours of stars depends on their surface temperature as well as the wavelength the human eye can perceive.

The science behind your IQ score – and why it’s so difficult to improve.

When LOLs lead to RIP.

Microplastics do keep breaking down but the time it takes depends on multiple factors.

Future Technology

A job is an important part of how we find happiness in our lives (even if we don’t always enjoy the work). But what if the machines start doing everything for us? Helen Russell finds out if our…

It’s easy to equate brains and computers – they’re both thinking machines, after all. But the comparison doesn’t really stand up to closer inspection, as Dr Lisa Feldman Barrett reveals.

Could computers ever become sophisticated enough to build a convincing imitation of the real world? We look into the likelihood of a real-life Matrix.

Generating realistic surround sound comes now comes from above and below.


Giraffes and lightning are both rare but lightning strikes on giraffes aren't unheard of.

The strange science of why you never see animals working out – and it’s not because they don’t have gym memberships.

Here’s the (slightly gross) step-by-step instructions honeybees use to make their syrupy produce.

Small but mighty, these are the world's tiniest mammals.


The idea of little velociraptors that can fly is a scary thought, but not too far from reality.

Talk about a blast from the past.

What’s the biggest mountain in the solar system? Is Mount Everest getting taller? And what animals live in high climates? All your questions, answered.

Our planet is spinning at a faster and faster rate.