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BBC Science Focus Magazine November 2020

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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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
Frequency:
Monthly
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
from the editor

Food occupies much of my thoughts, maybe too much. Growing up in an Indian home, the kitchen was the place to be. The rest of the day simply orbited dinner, and the preparation of it. Sweets and treats materialised as the seasons changed, and Diwali - which usually falls around about this time - meant an influx of fried goodies rich in butter, sugar and salt. It’s not surprising then that an Asian heritage also brings with it a higher risk of heart disease, and I’ve got a nagging worry that my heart could benefit from a few changes to my diet. The trouble is, working on this magazine has made me deeply cynical. This is mostly useful. But when it comes to health, the constant influx of new food heroes…

1 min.
on the bbc this month…

Autumnwatch 2020 This year’s Autumnwatch brings its presenters together virtually. Viewers can expect to see live footage of nature on the doorstep of Chris Packham’s home in the New Forest and Michaela Strachan’s home in the Tentsmuir Forest. BBC Two From 27 October People Fixing The World Each week the BBC World Service meets people with big ideas about how to transform the world. This month includes an inspiring episode with high school students who’ve solved problems in their local community. BBC World Service Tuesdays, 8am Powering Britain This four-episode series looks at energy production across the UK, meeting the people at nuclear power stations, gas fields and windfarms to see how they cope with our growing energy demands. Weekly on BBC Two From 29 October, 7:30pm BBC, GETTY IMAGES X2, JANICE AITKEN, DANIEL BRIGHT…

1 min.
contributors

DR STUART CLARK NASA’s Artemis programme aims to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon in 2024. Astronomy writer Stuart gives us the lowdown. →p15 TIMANDRA HARKNESS This year’s A-Level results controversy highlighted the problems with algorithms. Timandra, BBC Radio 4 presenter and author of ĐᵯǼ€KÔKBÆ finds out more. →p72 DR HELEN SCALES Sea slugs are some of the weirdest, and most beautiful, creatures in the ocean. Marine biologist and science writer Helen takes us into their world. →p48 PROF DAME SUE BLACK When we die, our bones tell stories of the life we lived. Forensic anthropologist Sue reveals the secrets stored in our bones in this month’s interview. →p68 CONTACT US → Advertising sam.jones@immediate.co.uk 0117 300 8145 → Letters for publication reply@sciencefocus.com → Editorial enquiries editorialenquiries@sciencefocus.com 0117 300 8755 → Subscriptions buysubscriptions.com/contactus 03330 162 113* → Other contacts sciencefocus.com/contact…

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want more?

Don’t forget that BBC Science 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? Our website is packed with news, articles and Q&As to keep your brain satisfied. sciencefocus.com SPECIAL ISSUE OCEANS: THE INCREDIBLE SECRETS OF OUR BLUE PLANET In this special edition, the experts from BBC Science Focus don their diving kit and take the plunge into the depths of the oceans, to reveal more about the incredible world beneath the waves. buysubscriptions.com/focuscollection…

2 min.
eye opener

Forest floors CHENGDU, CHINA Construction of the Qiyi City Forest Garden was completed last year, but only a few residents have moved in. Without the careful attention of green-fingered families, the plants have overgrown. “These are tropical specimens, selected for pollution absorption and to be noise-reducing through their dense growth,” explains Michael Perry, horticulturist and TV presenter. “It would have been better to choose dwarf plants, or to make sure plants are clipped and maintained. In such a humid climate this needs to be once a week too, not a few times a year!” The humid climate has led to another problem with the vertical garden city: it is now infested with mosquitoes. “Mosquitoes love water. The balcony containers hold onto a lot of moisture and the area’s monsoons will not have helped. As…

1 min.
ask a glassmaker

In response to the question ‘Is it possible to recycle plastics an infinite number of times?’ (Summer, p85) you wrote that glass and aluminium don’t degrade during recycling. This is not the case with glass. If you took all the bottles made in a container factory and kept feeding them back into the furnace, the glass would gradually become more and more viscous, and eventually the machines would be unable to produce any more bottles. I once was faced with the problem of running out of glass in a tank furnace, which was never emptied but topped up with ‘batch’ (raw materials) weekly. As we kept gathering the glass it became more difficult to work with and the quality worsened. The resulting products then cracked during cooling because the glass…