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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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(GETTY X4)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…

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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

The original space race was a competition between the USA and the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 1960s. Each nation wanted to be the first to put satellites – and people – into space.RACE INTO SPACEOn 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 LISTThe…

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will we ever find nessie?

1 This image, known as ‘the Surgeon’s Photograph’, was taken in 193. It became famous, but was later found to be a fake2 Every year, sightseers flock to Loch Ness in the hope of spotting a monster3 Loch Ness is about 37km long. Its water is especially dark, as it contains a lot of peat from the surrounding soil4 Prof Neil Gemmell is hunting for Nessie using eDNABack 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…

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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 Parker Solar Probe being assembledIn this image of a solar eclipse, the bright centre of the Sun is being blocked out by the Moon, which means the corona can be seenThe Parker Solar Probe blasted off on 12 August this year (NASA X2, GETTY)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…