BBC Science Focus Magazine April 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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from the editor

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you these are strange times. But I’m hoping that over the coming weeks and months, this magazine might be able to do some good. First and foremost, we’re here to answer your questions about the coronavirus. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, so send your queries to, and we’ll get you answers. On p30, we talk to an expert from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine about why washing your hands is so effective at slowing the spread of COVID-19. Over on p32 we unpack the science behind herd immunity, and on p24 we ask a virologist whether the summer could loosen coronavirus’s grip. Plus there’s more in our Q&A section on p81. Of course, there’s more to life than…

on the bbc this month...

The Truth About Cosmetic Treatments Dr Michael Mosley and journalist Mehreen Baig take a look at an industry worth nearly £3bn in this two-part series. Do any treatments work, and even if they do – at what cost? Check Radio Times for details Horizon: The Restaurant That Burns Off Calories First Dates maître d’ Fred Sirieix is front of house at a restaurant unlike any other. Twenty diners order lavish lunches, unaware that a group of fitness fanatics is pedalling, running and rowing hard to burn off every single calorie they eat. Check Radio Times for details Art Of Now: Raw Meat Can raw meat be beautiful? Can we make real leather without killing? Can slaughter be replaced by science? The Art Of Now gets bloody in a unique look at meat, that isn’t simply advocating veganism. BBC…


DR ELIZABETH PEARSON As the Hubble Space Telescope celebrates its 30th birthday, Sky At Night Magazine’s news editor reveals the telescope’s hidden gems. COLIN BARRAS Colin is a freelance science writer. In this issue, he finds out the best ways to reduce the carbon footprint of your diet. SALLY BLOOMFIELD Can washing our hands really protect us against coronavirus? Sally Bloomfield, honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, explains the science of stopping the spread. JIM AL-KHALILI Theoretical physicist and broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili tells us his essential reading for physics fans.…

eye opener

Hang in there VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA Late in 2019, as the decade drew to a close, Australia experienced its hottest and driest summer in recorded history. This colony of grey-headed flying-foxes, or fruit bats, huddled together in an attempt to survive the relentless 42ºC heat. They were dehydrated and suffocating. Firefighters in Yarra Bend Park sprayed water onto the colonies in an attempt to cool them down. It’s natural instinct for the bats to clump around trees, but by doing so, the danger to this vulnerable species increases. If one falls, the rest fall. And they further risk death from crushing. It’s not all bad news, though. Scientists at Western Sydney University have developed an early warning system, called The Flying-Fox Heat Stress Forecaster. By monitoring weather patterns, it’s hoped authorities will have about 72…

letter of the month

To judge a book by its cover I found Adam Rutherford’s interview (February, p92) and podcast on science and racism interesting – I did not know there still existed people who attempt to use genetics to justify mistreatment of other human beings. I realise all humans – probably all species with vision – react to appearances, at first. However, it is not difficult for us to move beyond appearances, nor is it to our detriment. It is good to know science can debunk malicious, chauvinistic or reactionary beliefs. Too bad we can’t legislate acceptance, love and compassion. Brian Muldoon, Washington DC, via email WRITE IN AND WIN! The writer of next issue’s Letter Of The Month wins a Kanto YU4 Powered, Wireless, Bookshelf Speaker System. This all-in-one setup is all you need to play vinyl, stream…


“THE ACCIDENTAL PANDEMIC IN WORLD OF WARCRAFT PROVIDED AN INTERESTING PLACE TO WATCH HUMAN BEHAVIOUR THAT REFLECTS WHAT MAY HAPPEN WITH SOMETHING LIKE COVID-19”ALEKS KROTOSKI That’s a wrap on plastic Very pleased to see that BBC Science Focus magazine is now mailing in recyclable paper envelopes instead of non-recyclable plastic film. Keep up the good work, and hopefully other publishers will follow suit! Tony Manser, Ireland, via email Thanks Tony! Since January 2020 all our monthly subscribers have received their copy of the magazine in paper wrapping. This is the same for our sister titles, such as BBC Sky At Night and BBC History Magazine. Across Immediate Media, our publisher, over 520,000 subscribers receive their monthly magazines mailed in paper, which means a huge reduction of more than 7.7 million pieces of plastic and…