Brian Jackson, Boise State University Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskidsus@theconversation.com. Exactly how many stars are in space? – MeeSong, Brookline, Massachusetts Look up at the sky on a clear night,Read More →

A study led by the University of Bordeaux and the Dental Anthropology Group of the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH), which has been published this week in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, reveals that the species Homo antecessor, found in level TD6 of the Gran Dolina siteRead More →

why crying when chopping onions

Onions make you cry but also pull the flavours of most dishes together, whether it’s raw, caramelised or baked. Actually, there are very few dishes that we wouldn’t add a bit of onion to! Imagine the situation: You are happily chopping onions for your lunch and… what happens next? Exactly, your eyes sting andRead More →

Why do books smell so good lignin cellulose

Forget the smell of freshly baked pie or freshly cleaned laundry, for book lovers, nothing beats the smell of books. Actually, if there is one thing bookworms can universally agree upon, it is that there is nothing quite like the smell of a virgin or old book. Smell is chemistry, and the chemistry of old and newRead More →