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BBC Science Focus Magazine

BBC Science Focus Magazine May 2019

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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
from the editor

In a galaxy far, far away, there’s a place beyond the reach of science (no, not Endor), a place where the way we perceive and even think about the Universe falls apart (no, really, not Endor). I am, of course, talking about a supermassive black hole. A cosmic monster that’s crammed 6.5 billion times more matter than our Sun contains into an area so small, it doesn’t actually have spatial dimensions. The consequence of this cosmic crunch is that nothing, not even light, can escape its pull. And yet, last month, a global team of scientists announced they had managed to capture an image of this black hole at the heart of the galaxy M87. They had gathered and weaved together light that left the outer reaches of this black…

1 min.
on the bbc this month...

Podcast Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, Kevin Fong digs into the science that got us there. bbc.co.uk/sounds iPlayer Go behind the scenes of the Event Horizon Telescope, the project which created that black hole image, in How To See A Black Hole: The Universe’s Greatest Mystery bit.ly/blackholepic TV During Mental Health Awareness week, Nadiya Hussain investigates anxiety, David Harewood shares his experience of psychosis and Alistair Campbell talks about living with depression. ANDY POTTS NASA, GETTY IMAGES, EHT COLLABORATION, BBC…

1 min.

JHENI OSMAN Can staying in work help people with dementia? We sent former Science Focuseditor Jheni to a pop-up restaurant in Bristol that’s aiming to find out. p66 SIMON CROMPTON Walk into any pharmacy and you’ll be given the same drugs, regardless of sex. Health writer Simon asks whether it’s time for change. p72 DAVID VEALE On the eve of Mental Health Awareness week we met Prof David Veale, who’s investigating a surprising new treatment for depression: sleep deprivation. p58 MICHAEL MOSLEY For those of you who skip breakfast, Trust Me, I’m A Doctor’s Michael Mosley has some good news – it doesn’t really matter, as long as you enjoy a healthy diet. p63…

1 min.
eye opener

Hang in there YASUNI NATIONAL PARK , ECUADOR Having a bad day? Then spare a thought for this caterpillar. It’s been eaten from the inside out by braconid wasp larvae, seen here pupating inside their cocoons, dangling from the caterpillar via silk threads. The parasitic wasps use needle-like ‘ovipositors’ at the base of their abdomen to pierce their victim – usually a caterpillar – and deposit eggs inside the body. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae use their host as food until they break through and begin the process of spinning their cocoons and pupating into adult wasps. Incredibly, this caterpillar was still alive when the photo was taken. Apparently, some wasps keep the host alive on purpose, to deter predators from attacking the cocoons. Sonic boom CALIFORNIA,USA The shock waves of two supersonic aircraft are…

1 min.
letter of the month

New subscriber I have long been a subscriber to New Scientist, but over the last few years it had become increasingly political. I fancied a change and last week I picked up a copy of Science Focus. This magazine has been an absolute pleasure to read from cover to cover. Something that really stood out to me was how balanced and accurate your articles are. In the Tune Up Your Brain section you acknowledge the reason why there may not be much evidence supporting the use of supplements. I myself would not take supplements without a strong evidence base, but as a scientist I recognise the value of unbiased and accurate reporting – so for me you’re ticking all the right boxes. I also happen to have a keen research interest…

1 min.
on twitter

@JamColley I’ve accidentally set up push notifications for the BBC science magazine, and it’s like being followed about by an inquisitive but annoying child 705 comments 29K retweets 144K likes @rim246 I’m signing up. @DrSmokyFurby Sold! Just started following your Q&A @josh_m Now if only that were true for our local ABC who seems to like sending push notifications for random celebrity deaths at 5am @BennettDan Hmmm… is there a word for feeling proud and ashamed all at once?…