A Detailed Description of Why Human Skin Is Amazing

As Minute Earth rightly points out, we could avoid a lot of flesh wounds by having thicker armoured skin like a pangolin. But the energy needed to generate and maintain that armour wasn't evolutionarily worth it for us to expend because we put so much fuel into our enormous brains. Read More >>

Our Rubbish Is the Most Accurate Time Capsule of All

Time capsules are meant to give future generations a glimpse of what life was like many years ago. But not surprisingly, humans tend to fill time capsules with only the good artefacts of a civilisation, making the story seem rosier than it really was. So when archaeologists and researchers want to find out the real story of a given era, they turn to rubbish instead. Read More >>

What Is Freezer Burn and How Does It Destroy Your Food?

Most of us just accept that fact that food left in the freezer too long will eventually become covered in ice and almost inedible. But have you ever stopped to think about why that happens exactly? After all, it's not like everything in your freezer is completely thawing and refreezing every day. Read More >>

Why Does the Earth Have Rain Forests and Deserts?

You'd think with all the tumultuous weather and winds the Earth experiences, the planet would be covered in a fairly even mix of green space. But it's not. Some parts are covered in fertile rain forests, while others are barren deserts. And it's all because of a weather effect known as Hadley Cells. Read More >>

We Don’t Actually Know Why Plants Are Green

We already know why all plants appear green: it's because they're full of the light-absorbing chemical known as chlorophyll. But since they appears green — bouncing back green and yellow light waves — it means it's not 100 per cent efficient at absorbing all of the Sun's rays. So why aren't all plants black instead? Read More >>