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The Human Body

The UK doesn't even rank in the top 10.

Glance those pigmented panda peepers over this to find out what causes dark circles and what you can do to fix them.

We strongly advise not reading this before lunch.

It may feel finger-clicking great, but is there any harm in the habit?



Astronomy lecturer Dr Darren Baskill tells us everything we need to know about the longest day of the year.

We’ll give you a clue: it probably wasn’t Monday.

It’s not just your yoghurt, even planet Earth has an expiry date.

Get a look at the Lion constellation with our easy how-to guide – no telescope required.

Everyday Science

We pop open the unbelievabubble physics of soapy water

Bask in our simple explanation to how humans turn the Sun’s rays into power.

Did they mate with Neanderthals? How were they discovered? Everything you need to know about the Denisovans

For when ‘I know you are, but what am I?’ doesn’t quite cut it

Future Technology

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

Creating a digital copy of ourselves may sound simple in practice but has the potential to cause complications.

Forced labour from any equal being never ends well, so ethical guidelines are needed to ensure anything with human intelligence is treated with respect.


The stuff of nightmares… an aquatic ninja with a pair of extendable jaws and nail-like teeth which sneaks up on its prey by sensing their electrical fields. Lucky you’re not a fish.

Finding a baby Aragog in your house can be terrifying - but are there any species in the UK that could actually do us harm?

Want to be the next Spider-man? We’ve got bad news.

Which animal kills the most humans per year? Spoiler: it's not sharks.


Talk about a blast from the past.

Our planet is spinning at a faster and faster rate.

Here’s how one of Earth’s most destructive forces come to be, in five steps.