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BBC Science Focus Magazine December 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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The Red Planet is about to get a new resident robot: the Mars InSight lander. InSight doesn’t have wheels like Opportunity or Spirit, but when it touches down on Elysium Planitia on 26 November, it will show us a place that’s never been explored before: subterranean Mars.Relatively little is known about what goes on beneath the Red Planet’s rocky ranges. But we do know one thing: the planet rumbles. These Marsquakes send vibrations coursing through the planet’s rock and InSight will be there, with some of the most delicate equipment ever launched into space, to listen to what they sound like. In a similar way to how you knock on a wall to tell if it’s hollow, the waves, recorded as seismographs along with other data, will paint a…

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in this issue

(COVER: ANDY POTTS) ALEKS KROTOSKI With the Christmas party season approaching, Aleks looks into the benefits of being alone, and how this differs from social isolation p31 NICK LYON Producer Nick describes the challenges of filming the competing packs of painted wolves that feature in BBC One’s new natural history series Dynasties p74 DR DARREN NAISH Palaeontologist Darren meets the geneticist collecting DNA floating in Loch Ness in the hope of answering whether or not a monster lurks there p66 ■…

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what we’ve found out this month

There’s plastic in human poo p26 Elephants can do maths p28 Triangular sandwiches are tastier p90 You can squeeze in 30 Earth-sized planets between here and the Moon p80 The smell of rain is called petrichor p89 ■…

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Don’t forget that BBC Focus is also available on all major digital platforms. We have versions for Android, Kindle Fire and Kindle e-reader, as well as an iOS app for the iPad and iPhone. Can’t wait until next month to get your fix of science and tech? The Science Focus website is packed with news, articles and Q&As to keep your brain satisfied. sciencefocus.com ■…

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special issue

SCIENCEBREAKTHROUGHS 2019 In this special edition from the BBC Focus team, experts reveal world-changing discoveries, including maths that can stop terrorists, the digital Silk Road and deep-sea mining. buysubscriptions.com/focuscollection ■…