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The Human Body

Why your body reacts to bad news: A psychologist explains the connection between your mind and your physical health.

Complete beginner’s guide What is memory?

Why photographic memory is often misunderstood – and simple tricks to boost your memory.

Some parents say having kids is the best thing they've ever done... others would quite like some time to themselves. So, overall, does having kids make you happier?

Exploring the science behind fast metabolisms and weight loss.



Dimorphos is a small moon that orbits the asteroid Didymos, and the target of NASA's DART mission in September 2022.

Star hopping is a tried-and-trusted technique used to locate things in the night sky. Learn how with this nifty guide.

When Artemis 3 lifts off, we'll be one step closer...

Even if all we learn is that we’re alone, the search is worth the risk, says Lord Martin Rees, the UK's Astronomer Royal.

Everyday Science

When David Beckham curled a free kick into the goal against Greece to take England into the quarter-finals in the 2001 World Cup, he was exploiting the Magnus effect.

Double the snooze, double the fun...?

Studies suggest smaller animals may experience the world in slow motion, compared to humans.

They're a non-invasive and drug-free treatment for seasonal depression - here's what a GP thinks of them.

Future Technology

GAN stands for generative adversarial network; a machine-learning model widely used in image and video generation.

Is the metaverse really the future? Or has Mark Zuckerberg missed a crucial flaw?

The future of NFTs isn't art but digital certificates.

It incorporates blockchain technology, cryptocurrency and NFTs.


The classic fish-shaped body — a squashed teardrop with a pointed nose and tapered tail — has evolved time and again.

Don't pretend like your pup hasn't done it.

At its core, dendrochronology is the science of using tree rings to date and analyse events in the past. But how does it work? Here's a closer look at this fascinating process.


Why are some clouds puffy and other clouds wispy?

It's used to determine the age of organic materials (e.g. wood, charcoal, and bone) by measuring the amount of the radioactive isotope, carbon-14, remaining in the sample.

Is your car really powered by dinosaurs?

Can you picture living alongside a pasture of sauropods?