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BBC Knowledge India August 2017

BBC Knowledge is a magazine for young inquisitive minds where well-researched, handpicked stories are matched with breath-taking visuals to cover science, history and nature.Written by renowned International and Indian experts, its wide range of features provide rivetting and up-to-date information on topics as varied as technology, archeology, natural history and space exploration. With material meant to stimulate the mind, BBC Knowledge looks to empower a generation of young readers.

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are we ready to be spaced out?

It’s happening. Everything we’re doing Out There seems to have one objective: to boldly go where not many men have gone before... and check out whether many men can live there! What are your thoughts on living someplace other than Earth? Have you ever thought about what would be required from our bodies, from our minds, from our diets? I hadn’t really thought about it – till I read Surviving Space, our cover story this issue. And it really made me wonder… Our Knowledge Community gave us some interesting cues in what they would take to Mars if they were to be space colonists. Take a look at pg 8. We have other great stories this issue too: There are the robots who learn; how far will they go? There are driverless cars;…

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Life After Man by Duncan Geere was an interesting and scary article. Having crowned ourselves the current Big Brother species on Earth, we have naturally started becoming weaker and more frustrated with what we have done in the past hundred years. One hundred years is obviously too little time on the great human timeline. Even 40 years ago, we thought we were safe, but not any more. Fear has set in. As we see in the article, we have committed the crime, however unknowingly, and now await the sentence. I want to put this thought forward: it is not quite the end. The Doomsday Clock can be reset from 2.5 to 7 or 17 or even 30. But how? In BBC Knowledge, we talk about science, not about miracles or the ‘unknown’.…

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our followers tell us how harry potter has changed their life?

The Harry Potter series is a scintillating and invigorating experience for me. All the characters, how they deal with the inevitable situations, through fantasy, have taught me some truths about life. The series has taught me that true friendship has the power to overcome all troubles. Facing our fears will only make us stronger and there will always be some people who will be there for us, no matter how alarming the circumstances are. Oindrila Ganguly via Facebook Harry Potter taught me about love, friendship and to keep going on, irrespective of the hardships you face. Jasmine Abubaker via Facebook Instagram Harry Potter has always given me the hope I have needed in my saddest times. He always gave me a new world to enter, a world of my own. He gave me the strength…

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life on mars

facebook My personal digital assistant, sunscreen and did someone mention books? Rushabh Agarwal Books, books and books! Did I mention books?Yashaswini Suman I would take a camera, diary, and a flag of my country. Anand Kumar Doraemon, camera, my medicines Renesme Singha twitter Books, camera & cards ChandraBhanu Solanki@cbsxact7 My mobile, big speakers & my friends. #PartyOnMars V!RU@VSwami Personal computer, portable gym & books! AmarShah@amarshah30 Instagram I’d take along a copy of BBC Knowledge and fries from the J Rohit Ahuja ( rohit_ahuja97 ) I would take a) One sapling of cactus {since they are known to survive extreme conditions} b) A book {since it’s good to have it as company} c) A pencil and paper {in order to note my experiences on the Red Planet} Sreepriya Sridharan (sreepriyasridharan) a) A book to keep me busy b) A telescope, so when I land on Mars, I would…

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q & a

Dr Alastair Gunn Astronomer, astrophysicist Alexandra Cheung Environment/ climate expert Prof Alice Gregory Psychologist, sleep expert Prof Mark Lorch Chemist, science writer Dr Helen Scales Oceans expert, science writer Luis Villazon Science/tech writer Prof Robert Matthews Physicist, science writer WHAT IS THE DARKEST HUMAN-MADE SUBSTANCE? In 2014, researchers at UK-based Surrey NanoSystems unveiled Vantablack, a coating that absorbs up to 99.96 percent of light that falls onto it. Vantablack is made up of millions of carbon nanotubes barely 200 atoms across, and it can be used to absorb stray light in the sensitive instruments of satellite observatories. When it is applied to ordinary objects, however, it creates the illusion of making them look totally flat. You can even buy a watch with a Vantablack dial! RM WHAT IF EARTH HAD TWO MOONS? The consequences of a second moon orbiting the…

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Honey trap CALIFORNIA, USA What a sweet shot! Developing worker honeybees nestle inside the individual wax cells that make up the insects’ honeycomb. As bees develop, they undergo holometabolous metamorphosis – a lifecycle that includes four stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. In this photograph, protective wax caps put in place by worker bees have been removed, revealing the pupae just days before they are ready to emerge as fully grown adults. “These bees are pale because their cuticle [outer shell] has not yet hardened – in fact, even when they emerge as adults, they can take a few hours to fully harden,” says Adam Hart, a BBC presenter and entomologist. “This means that very young bees are more or less unable to sting – a great time to mark them if you…