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Big Book of Mind-Blowing Answers

Big Book of Mind-Blowing Answers

Big Book of Mind-Blowing Answers

Why do cats hate water? Why do sweaty feet smell of cheese? We've got the answers to all your burning questions in this special edition of BBC Focus magazine. ALSO IN THIS ISSUE… - 2018's best discoveries - The mission into the Sun - How to be plastic-free - Rewilding the UK - Meet a cave explorer - Say hello to your microbiome - Brain-straining puzzles - Marvellous mini posters

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Life is full of questions. Why do cats hate water? Can VR trick your brain? Could an asteroid smash Earth out of its orbit? Why do sweaty feet smell of cheese? Wonder no more, because we are here to feed your curiosity. Our giant 25-page Q&A section (p64) answers all your mind-blowing questions about the human body, animals, space, dinosaurs, food, and much more. If you’re hungry for more stuff, then don’t miss our bigger investigations, like what will happen when a spacecraft plunges into the Sun (p24), and what the tiny bugs in our bodies really do (p56). You can also discover if we could let wolves loose in the UK (p49), or what we’ll see when we scour the depths of Loch Ness (p16), and find out why plastic…

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dive, dive, dive!

You won’t find this suit for sale in the shops! Dubbed the Exosuit, this ‘atmospheric diving suit’ was made by Canadian undersea technology specialists Nuytco Research Ltd. It is made from tough aluminium and is used for building work at marine oilfields around the world. However, it has also been used to explore a 2,000-year-old shipwreck on the Greek island of Antikythera. Using the suit, divers can descend to a depth of 300m, and it has enough oxygen to keep them breathing for up to 50 hours – though dives typically don’t last more than a few hours.…

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the beat

RACE INTO SPACE On 6 February at 3:45pm at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space transport company SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy, the most powerful operational rocket in the world. Around eight minutes later, the rocket released a cherry-red Tesla car ‘driven’ by a spacesuit-wearing mannequin. A few hours after the rocket launch, Elon Musk, the billionaire boss of Tesla and SpaceX, spoke of his ambitions for space travel. “I think it’s going to open up a sense of possibility,” he said. “We want a new space race. Races are exciting.” GREEN-HAIRED ‘PUNK’ TURTLE ADDED TO ENDANGERED LIST The Mary River turtle is an Australian reptile that can stay underwater for up three days, thanks to its ability to breathe through gill-like organs in its genitals. In April, the Zoological Society of London…

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will we ever find nessie?

Back in 1933, a man called George Spicer and his wife were driving along a road near Loch Ness. Suddenly, a weird animal with a long neck crossed in front of the car… or so the Spicers claimed. Ever since then, the Loch Ness Monster has been a household name, although myths of a terrifying creature in the loch date back to the Dark Ages. Since the Spicers’ experience, scientists have been wondering whether such an animal might really exist in the loch’s murky depths. Research teams have patiently watched Loch Ness’s surface for weeks at a time, submarines have explored its deep, dark waters, and underwater cameras and sonar have scoured it. Most of this work happened from the 1960s to 1980s, during a ‘golden age’ of Nessie hunting. Yet…

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joyride junkyard

These bicycles have been abandoned in a disused school playing field in China. The bikes started life as part of a number of shared cycle schemes, to help reduce traffic jams in China’s bustling cities. People could hire the bikes on their way to work using a smartphone app, then park them up when they’d finished their ride. However, staggering numbers of the shared bikes were discarded in dangerous places, such as narrow pavements, meaning that many had to be removed. Now, over 10,000 confiscated bikes have ended up in the school field.…

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could a spaceship fly into the sun?

The Sun is the most important thing in our Solar System. Its gravity keeps the planets in place and its heat and light supports life on Earth. Yet we know little about it. That will soon change, as NASA has sent a spaceship that will reach out and touch the Sun – the Parker Solar Probe. Parker will get seven times closer to the Sun than we’ve ever been before, arriving just over six million kilometres away from it. That might not sound very close, but in space terms it’s right next door. It’s not going to be easy. To get into the Sun’s orbit, Parker doesn’t just have to travel the 150 million kilometres to reach it – it also has to match the Sun’s speed. The faster Parker goes, the…