How It Works UK Magazine - Issue 181
How It Works UK Magazine - Issue 181
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In this issue
How a solar storm can affect us on Earth.
Strange slime moulds that move like animals.
Rescue at sea
From the hammering surf to the ocean’s depths, these vehicles retrieve the missing and stranded..
WHAT IS THE SMELL OF RAIN?
After rainfall, this distinctive aroma is released from the soil
Galileo's GREATEST DISCOVERIES
Peer into the mind of this trailblazing astronomer and discover his pioneering observations
WHY JUPITER'S GREAT RED SPOT IS VANISHING
Jupiter’s complex weather system is sapping its famous red spot at an alarming rate. And scientists predict the feature could vanish within our lifetimes
HOW ARE CARS RECYCLED?
Step into one of the UK’s largest car recycling centres to discover the secrets of a vehicle disassembly line
Why flies have had an impact on science
WHY WE NEED FLIES
They’re some of the strangest and most reviled insects on the planet, but they’re also incredibly useful
WHERE DOES YOUR POO GO?
Following the flush, your body’s waste undergoes a long journey as it’s prepped to return safely to the environment
HOW DIALYSIS MACHINES WORK
These lifesaving devices take over the role of failing kidneys
WHAT IF THERE WAS NO GRAVITY?
How this fundamental force controls the way things move on Earth and throughout the universe
Fungi seem to 'sweat' to stay cool
Mushrooms, and possibly all fungi, have the ability to cool down by ‘sweating’ away water
Hundreds of ancient, invisible structures discovered near our galaxy's centre
Astronomers have discovered hundreds of strange, string-like structures at the centre of our galaxy, possibly tracing the violent path of an ancient black hole eruption
A lung cancer pill drastically cuts the risk of death after surgery
A once-daily pill halved people’s risk of dying from a common lung cancer when they took the drug after tumour-removal surgery, new trial data shows
'Reanimated' hearts can be successfully transplanted
A method for ‘reanimating’ organ donors’ hearts works just as well as the standard approach to collecting hearts for transplantation, new trial data shows. If widely applied, the method could increase the heart donor pool by an estimated 30 per cent
An unearthed dinosaur could be a 'missing link'
Palaeontologists have unearthed a never-before-seen raptor-like dinosaur that lived during a period of extreme climate change around 100 million years ago
The world's most painful ant sting targets nerves like scorpion venom
Ants that inflict the world’s most painful stings do so by injecting venom that targets their victim’s nerve cells
Earth is getting hotter despite government pledges
Average global temperatures are rising at an ever faster rate despite pledges by world leaders to tackle climate change
SCUBA DIVING SCIENCE
Deep dive into the physics, physiology and equipment of this popular sport
HOW LOUDSPEAKERS MAKE SOUND
This box of electromagnets transforms electrical currents into sound waves
HOW TO TAKE OFF VERTICALLY
These aircraft have ditched the runway and can shoot straight up into the sky
HOW SUNDIALS TELL TIME
These ancient time-keeping devices keep track of Earth's movements around the Sun
Meet the creepy critters and pesky pests that find a home in your house
MASSIVE MOON CRATER
How Tycho, our Moon's most prominent crater, formed
10 INCOMING ASTEROIDS
Discover the near-future encounters Earth will have with passing asteroids - some more hazardous than others
"Truly gigantic" Jurassic sea monster discovered by chance in museum
The fossilised remains of a “truly gigantic” ancient sea monster have been discovered by chance in an English museum, revealing one of the largest carnivores to ever stalk the seas
Non-sugar sweeteners don't help with weight loss
Non-sugar sweeteners (NSS) shouldn’t be used to reduce body weight, according to newly released guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO)
Never-before-seen viruses discovered in the oceans
Scientists have discovered never-before-seen viruses that thrive in sunlit oceans from pole to pole and infect plankton
China rover may have found evidence of recent water on Mars
Mars may have had liquid water on its surface as recently as 400,000 years ago, data from China’s Zhurong rover suggests
Blinking fish could hold secrets of our evolution
An ugly blinking fish could hold the secret to how ancient animals evolved the ability to live on land, a new study has found
Turtle species doomed to extinction after last female found dead
The Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei), the world’s largest freshwater turtle and one of the most endangered species on Earth, is now essentially doomed to extinction after the last known remaining female washed up dead in Vietnam
Energy of "25 billion atomic bombs" trapped on Earth in 50 years
Global warming has trapped an explosive amount of energy in Earth’s atmosphere in the past half century, the equivalent of about 25 billion atomic bombs, a new study finds
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