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How It Works No. 116

Welcome to How It Works, the magazine that explains everything you never knew you wanted to know about the world we live in. Loaded with fully illustrated guides and expert knowledge, and with sections dedicated to science, technology, transportation, space, history and the environment, no subject is too big or small for How It Works to explain.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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“Pain is more than just a reflex – it helps us remember and avoid harmful activities…” The science of pain Getting lost is a nightmare at the best of times, but when you’re out in the open ocean or half way up a mountain and exposed to the unforgiving elements it can be deadly. Search and rescue teams provide a vital service to bring people back to safety, often risking their own lives in the process. Find out how these brave men and women can track you down in your hour of need on page 20. Also in this issue, we reveal the science of pain, what life is like in a wolf pack and which new smartphone could be considered an iPhone killer. The team and I value your feedback,…

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meet the team…

Charlie G Production Editor Architects. Mathematicians. Murderers. The Maya were a brilliant and bizarre bunch, and their decline remains a mystery to this day. Baljeet Research Editor NASA launched their historic Parker Solar Probe last month on a mission that will ‘touch the Sun’. Find out more on page 68. Charlie E Staff Writer From dogs and drones to lifeboats and helicopters, the UK’s brave search and rescue teams use a range of tools to save lives. Scott Staff Writer It’s this year’s frontrunner as best smartphone, but how is the Huawei P20 Pro using AI to climb to the top? Find out more on page 52. Duncan Senior Art Editor As a huge Star Wars fan, I was fascinated to read about Trump’s idea for a Space Force. Find out what this might entail on page 62. FOLLOW US… How It Works magazine @HowItWorksmag…

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highlights of bluedot 2018

It’s no secret that Bluedot Festival is one of the highlights of the How It Works calendar, but this year we took a bit of a different approach to it. Taking advantage of Bluedot’s free entry policy for children under the age of five, we took along our tiny photography assistant-in-training to see if this festival fusion of science, art and culture really has something to offer the entire family. We were not disappointed! The incredible amount of things to do seems even more exciting when you’re looking across a field filled with bubbles and colourful lights from the eyes of a very inquisitive three-year-old. Here are some of our favourite moments from this year’s brilliant festival… Jim Al-Khalili and Richard Dawkins One of the biggest events this year was Jim Al-Khalili,…

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homo erectus may have gone extinct due to laziness

An excavation of ancient human populations that inhabited the Arabian Peninsula during the Early Stone Age by the Australian National University (ANU) has unearthed evidence suggesting that, when it came to tool making and collecting resources, Homo erectus used ‘least-effort strategies’. This ‘laziness’, paired with an inability to adapt to a changing climate, likely played a role in the species going extinct according to lead researcher Dr Ceri Shipton of the ANU School of Culture, History and Language. “Rather than walk up the hill they would just use whatever bits had rolled down and were lying at the bottom,” Dr Shipton commented. “They knew it was there, but because they had enough adequate resources they seem to have thought, ‘why bother?’” Dr Shipton expects that as their environment dried out into…

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new telescope could locate mini-moons

Mini-moons are thought to be between one and two metres in size, and while scientists are pretty sure there are a lot of them orbiting our planet, only one has ever been confirmed. A new telescope, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, is currently under construction and it is hoped that it may be able to detect more of these rocks by tracking their orbits. The mini-moons are predicted to fly-by the Earth, or sometimes make a revolution around the planet, before eventually escaping orbit or entering our atmosphere.…

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cold weather could slow ev recharging

The onboard battery management systems of electric vehicles (EV) are thought to limit the charging rate to prevent damage due to cold weather interfering with the reactions inside the cell. A study by Idaho National Laboratory on a fleet of electric taxis in New York looked at data from charging Nissan Leafs between -10 to +40 degrees Celsius. The research revealed that when an EV battery was charged using a direct current charger for 30 minutes at 25 degrees Celsius, this would charge it to near 80 per cent capacity. However, at 0 degrees Celsius the battery's charge was 36 per cent less after the same amount of time. © Pixabay; Nissan; NASA, JPL; ANU, 2018 Shipton et al…