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Technology

What do the web, DNA and catseyes have in common?

At first glance the world wide web, DNA sequencing and catseyes don't seem to have much in common. But in fact, all three were innovations developed by British inventors during the 20th century.

Mind & Body

Why is the human brain so wrinkly?

The human brain is wrinkled for a very simple reason: without its complex network of folds, our brain wouldn’t fit inside our heads. After all, the brain is home to around 86bn neurons.

Nature

Do turtles visit the car wash?

Sea turtles are some of the ocean’s great wanderers, often travelling thousands of miles in one go. This nomadic lifestyle can get quite exhausting, which might be why turtles hire ‘cleaner fish’ to help keep themselves squeaky clean.

Nature

Which mushrooms can glow green?

Scientists estimate that there are at least 1.5 million types of mushroom on Earth. Of this number, just 71 have bioluminescent properties. These mushrooms, one of which is Mycena lucentipes, are able to illuminate themselves thanks to a biochemical reaction that takes place in their cells.

Science

How do you weigh a galaxy?

Like the planets that orbit the sun, the stars in the Milky Way move around its centre. From the distance and speed of the individual objects, the mass of the system can be deduced.

Mind & Body

Where does the fat go when we lose weight?

We breathe it out. Sounds too far-fetched to be true? In fact, a new study proves that’s exactly how the process works. The age-old medical assumption – that fat is burned and converted into energy or heat – no longer applies.

Science

Can you touch ultrasound?

Researchers from Bristol University have developed a system that allows projected 3D holograms to be felt in mid-air – using ultrasound. How does it work? First, a motion sensor tracks a hand movement. The system recognises where the hand is in relation to the virtual projection.

Science

How strong is the magnetic pull of the Milky Way?

Compared to our home galaxy the Milky Way, the Earth is little more than a speck of dust. But there is one area where the blue planet surpasses the Milky Way: the magnetic field of the Earth is 100,000 times stronger than that of a galaxy billions of times its size.

Science

Does Saturn have a big brother?

A celestial body with rings outside of our solar system – this was the first discovery of its kind, made by astronomers in 2012. The mysterious object, which orbits a star known as 1SWASPJ140747.93-394542.6, is surrounded by a disc with a diameter of at least 60 million kilometres.

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