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BBC Science Focus Magazine November 2018

With accessible features illustrated with the world’s best photography, BBC Focus Magazine explains the theory behind scientific phenomena and really brings science to life. In every issue you’ll find news of the latest major scientific developments, a lively Q&A section plus exclusive and astonishing photographic reports that range from the breathtaking to the downright odd.

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We know more about the Neanderthal than we do any other human. They’re our closest ancient relative after all. Their bones, found across what’s now Asia and Europe, whisper that they were fearless hunters who cared for their sick and buried their dead. And the caves in which they were found tell us that they made tools, jewellery and perhaps even art. Thus far, the fossil record suggests that they lived here for some 350,000 years, until we showed up. More accurately, the Neanderthal story seems to end at about the same time that humans who looked like us left Africa for good and began to spread out across the globe. Some theories say we wiped our cousins out, others suggest that since Neanderthal DNA resides in most humans today, our…

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eye opener

Alien encounter FALSE BAY, SOUTH AFRICA These two otherworldly creatures are predator and prey. On the left: the blue sea slug. On the right: the deadly tentacle of the Indo-Pacific Portuguese man o’ war. Both were washed ashore as part of a mass stranding of man o’ wars in South Africa. The Indo-Pacific Portuguese man o’ war is a ruthless killer, using its single, long tentacle to stun and capture its prey. But the sea slug is more than a match. Not only does this tiny (3cm-long) nudibranch feed on man o’ wars, but it also steals their poison. The sea slug is immune to the man o’ wars stinging cells (nematocysts), so it consumes them and stores them in the tips of its impressive tendrils, or ‘cerata’, where they help to defend…

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less focus on looks, please

I enjoyed Aleks Krotoski’s new column in the October issue (327). But it’s not only social media that is to blame for the lack of self-esteem among women. I’ve long been infuriated by the way that almost every actress playing a role on TV has to be ‘physically perfect’ (unless, of course, they’re playing someone stupid or nasty or a servant, for example). Even if the programme is about a real-life woman from history, you can be sure that the actress playing her will be stunning, no matter what the real woman actually looked like. If you look at male actors, however, there’s a whole different attitude. There are weird-looking, old, wrinkly and sometimes downright ugly men in all sorts of roles in films and on TV, and quite often they…

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The times they are a-changin’ Following your interesting article about science and women (327), you may like to know about our new university in Hereford. It’s called the New Model in Engineering & Technology (NMiTE) and will employ a radical approach to technical education. We are committed to an equal gender ratio and to help achieve this we are not insisting on the standard STEM A levels. We believe that anyone with appropriate academic ability, grit, passion and determination can become an engineer with the right training. We have conducted extensive research in schools to determine what inhibits pupils, particularly girls, from becoming engineers. When we asked female pupils what sprang to mind for the word “engineer”, the typical reply was, “male, overalls, greasy and usually under a car or piece of…

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implants help paralysed patients walk again

Four patients with severe spinal cord injuries can walk again thanks to a new technique that combines electrically stimulating implants and physical therapy, which has been developed by researchers at the University of Louisville. Of the four patients in the study, all were able to stand independently and two were able to walk with the assistance of walking aids such as walker frames or horizontal balance poles despite being injured more than two years ago. “This research demonstrates that some brain-to-spine connectivity may be restored years after a spinal cord injury as these participants living with complete motor paralysis were able to walk, stand, regain trunk mobility and recover a number of motor functions without physical assistance when using the epidural stimulator and maintaining focus to take steps,” said Prof Susan Harkema,…