BBC Science Focus Magazine

BBC Science Focus Magazine June 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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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
from the editor

Many of my earliest memories are painful ones. There’s the time I bloodied my nose head-butting a rocking horse, the time I burned my finger touching an iron or the time I took half the skin off my forearm learning to ride my bike. Pain is a great teacher and so these days I keep away from rocking horses and hot irons, and do my best to stay vertical whenever I ride my bike. But what would have happened if none of those accidents had hurt me? That’s a question that a few hundred people might be able to help answer: they have a genetic glitch that effectively renders them unable to feel pain. It’s an incredible twist of nature that has drawn scientists to their genome, who hope to…

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on the bbc this month...

BBC Sounds Dr Kevin Fong tells the dramatic story of how the Apollo 11 mission was narrowly saved from disaster. 13 Minutes To The Moon is available to download from bbc.co.uk/sounds Radio BBC Radio 4’s All In The Mind delves into the psychology of motivation in a special episode recorded live at the Cheltenham Science festival. Hear the broadcast on 11 June. TV Brian Cox returns to our screens soon with his brand new series The Planets . Check Radio Times for details. NASA, GETTY IMAGES, ANDREW COTTERILL, BBCMIKE HUGHES…

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DR STUART CLARK Mars is alive with activity, but what about actual life? Astronomer Stuart takes us through the latest Martian discoveries and what they tell us about life in the Solar System. p70 ANGELA SAINI The author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong reveals how misguided ideas about race have shaped the scientific agenda and the danger they pose. p48 PROF CATHARINA SVANBORG Immunology scientist Catharina is on the hunt for cancer-killing compounds. She talks to us about how she found them in human breast milk. p20 DR SALEYHA AHSAN Being a doctor and TV presenter, Saleyha knows what it’s like to be busy. She looks into the growing trend of hacking your health to become more productive. p33…

1 min.
eye opener

Rusty water GERMANY Though this dark landscape might look like it’s criss-crossed by rivers of lava, it’s actually a highly polluted watercourse. The vibrant colour of the river is down to iron hydroxide – the orangey-brown compound which gives rust its colour – and sulfate, which have run into the water as the result of coal mining. When mining lignite – a soft, brown coal used for steam-electric power generation – the groundwater must be lowered, as moisture can damage the stability of the mine. This opens minerals such as pyrite to the air. Pyrite, often found in coal beds, is also known as fool’s gold due to its metallic shine and colour. When exposed to oxygen and water, pyrite reacts to form sulfate and iron hydroxide.…

1 min.
letter of the month

Magic of music I recently read your article about dementia (May, p66). My wife was first diagnosed with ‘early stage’ Alzheimer’s in 2012 and has gradually declined. She has been in a care home now for two years and sleeps the vast majority of the time, is totally immobile and incontinent, with reduced eyesight and hearing. The home is excellent with an ‘outstanding’ overall review from the Care Quality Commission, so I am lucky in that respect. The reason for writing is that when I read that a recent House of Lords inquiry had taken place about the untapped potential of music with the intention that in 2020 a new campaign is to launch, I was genuinely shocked. The majority of good care homes use music already. When a patient reaches the…

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on face book

@sciencefocus Why is Leonardo da Vinci’s scientific legacy so often overlooked? bit.ly/sciencefocus_leo @Nick Wallace Total genius in all areas of his works. Incredible! @sciencefocus Caster Semenya: will limiting testosterone in female athletes make sport fairer? bit.ly/sciencefocus_caster @Richard Goodger Either she is a woman or she is not. If she is a woman how is it even remotely fair to limit or redefine her nature to fit someone else’s subjective idea of ‘fairness’. Shall we bar all basketball players above 6’6” from playing? Ridiculous!…