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Wonderpedia magazine opens up a world of wonder for everybody, delivering the latest developments in science, history, nature, world events, technology and the human mind and body.


Mind & Body

Why do humans have fingerprints?

Fingerprints are formed inside the womb as pressure builds on the fingertips of the developing foetus between the tenth week and fourth month of pregnancy. Yet scientists are still unsure why humans (as well as koalas and some other primates) evolved to have them.


Could your birthday affect your health?

A recent study by doctors in New York found that your month of birth could influence your lifespan, mental health and even if you need to wear glasses.


How do icebreakers work?

An icebreaker’s bow is shaped so it rides up on top of ice and crushes floes with its weight. The ship pushes the remnants to one side, which serves to both create a passage behind the ship and to protect the ship’s rudder and propeller.


Can addicts get clean using Tetris?

Psychologists from Plymouth University have recently discovered that Tetris can help to reduce an urgent craving for alcohol, chocolate or cigarettes. The test subjects revealed that their desire for drugs or other pleasurable substances was dramatically reduced after they had played the game.


Are there seasons on the sun?

Researchers have now found out that there are seasons on the sun. Apparently the intensity of solar storms increases over a period of roughly 11 months and then decreases for a further 11 months. The reason for this lies in magnet fields that appear on the surface of the sun from its interior.


How might graphene be used in future?

Scientists predict that graphene will unleash a technological explosion once a cheap and efficient method of mass production is found.

Mind & Body

How long can a heart survive without a human?

Until recently human donor hearts could only be keep cool for a short amount of time before they had to be transplanted. Now a new storage system will allow a heart to be ‘reanimated’ and brought back to life.

Mind & Body

Can a tattoo explode?

Laser treatment to remove a tattoo is pricey, painful – and risky. To break up the ink in the tattoo, it needs to be heated to over 1,000ºC to make it


How do leaves know that it is autumn?

“Leaves have an inner clock which measures daylight,” explains University of York cell biologist Seth Davis. In order to perceive the light, leaves possess sensors for red, blue and ultraviolet light. During the autumn every day is four minutes shorter than the one before it.


How do chameleons change colour?

Chameleons alter the colour of their skin to regulate their temperature and to signal their moods and intentions to other chameleons.