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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The future’s bright At Saint Francis Xavier School we’re very passionate about the ecosystem, and we have been awarded a Green Flag accolade, which is given to schools who have achieved a high standard in creating a better ecological environment. Since then we are trying to become a plastic-free school. As part of that aim we are trying to spread the word to the wider community. As a school we try not to buy single-use plastic bags and drinks bottles; as an alternative we have used cans which we crush and sell to fund our LED lights. An eco-team member buys BBC Science Focus every month and has noticed that you wrap it in a plastic bag. She’s tried to help the environment by not buying things in plastic bags, but it’s…