How It Works

How It Works No. 127

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.

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Future Publishing Ltd
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“The brain is up to 30 times faster than IBM’s Sequoia supercomputer”Your brain power There’s a famous 1938 quote by physicist Emerson M. Pugh: “If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t.” If that holds true, then it’s an interesting paradox, although we are so far from truly understanding our brains that right now, it doesn’t really matter whether we can or not. We have made leaps and bounds since the last century, however, in knowing how that 1.4 kilogram grey mass that we carry around in our skulls makes us who we are. In this issue of How It Works, we probe the most curious aspects of your brain and how your mind works, with mind-blowing answers to…

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meet the team…

James Production Editor It’s crazy what the military will dream up to get the upper hand in war. See what weird weapons the Nazis invented on page 62. Scott Staff Writer Discover the world’s most poisonous plants and how some leafy species lure their prey into a false sense of safety, on page 38. Baljeet Research Editor On page 32 we look at the FCC, the giant successor to the Large Hadron Collider that will probe the mysteries of the universe. Duncan Senior Art Editor As a fan of Marvel superheroes, I was really pleased to see Richard Browning’s ‘Iron Man’ suit in this issue. Check it out on page 72.…

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meet this issue’s experts…

James Horton Former HIW member James is a biochemist and biotechnologist. He is currently doing a PhD in machine learning and evolutionary theory. Jo Stass Writer and editor Jo is particularly interested in the natural world and learning about the latest in technological innovations. Jodie Tyley The former editor of HIW and All About History has tackled many topics in her career, from science fiction to science fact, and Henry VIII to honey badgers. Laura Mears Biomedical scientist Laura escaped the lab to write about science and is now working towards her PhD in computational evolution. Stephen Ashby Stephen is a writer and editor with video games and computer tech expertise. He is endlessly intrigued by Earth science. Steve Wright Steve has worked as an editor on many publications. He particularly enjoys history feature writing and regularly writes literature and film…

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sun dogs rise at dawn

Pictured here on a cold February morning in North Dakota, US, is pair of equally bright ‘sun dogs’ that flank the Sun as it rises. This rare optical phenomenon is known in meteorological terms as a perihelion, and happens when sunlight is refracted by ice crystals high in the atmosphere. They can also appear as iridescent and less defined patches in the same place either side of the Sun. Sun dogs are a type of halo and in this example, you can see the arc of the halo passing through each one as a vertical pillar and horizontal line passing through the Sun itself.…

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a mosquito’s scaly foot

Under the close scrutiny of a scanning electron micrograph, this mosquito’s leg resembles more a Lovecraftian tentacle nightmare than the tiny tip of an insect appendage. What we can see here is the claw (in red), pad and adhesive hairs surrounded by scales. These scales also cover the rest of the mosquito and are thought to both offer the insect some protection and help support its limbs on water. The image was an entry for The Royal Photographic Society’s new Science Photographer of the Year 2018. To enter this year’s competition head to…

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suitable for mars?

Inside NASA’s HQ in Washington, US, a Jet Propulsion Laboratory technician examines five samples of spacesuit material. This material will have the honour of being flown to the Red Planet as a part of the Mars 2020 mission. The reason for sending five little pieces of material, however hi-tech they are? To see how each one will fare in the extreme conditions of a Mars environment, with its very thin atmosphere, extreme temperatures and enormous dust storms. With this data, NASA can make better suits for a manned mission to Mars at some point in the future.…