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BBC Science Focus Magazine

March 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


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from the editor

Here it is, your first issue of the new-look BBC Science Focus. What’s changed? We listened to your feedback and have tried to give you more of what you love. As a result, Discoveries (p15) is bigger and better, providing more insight and analysis into the news that matters. The same goes for Q&A (p75), where the changes we’ve made will let us answer your brilliant questions in more detail than before.I’d also like to introduce our new section, Reality Check (p32), where we look at the science behind the headlines. In a world where measles is making a comeback, and politicians ignore climate change because it’s snowing, it seemed vital to provide a voice of reason to cut through the nonsense. This month, we look at what you…

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PETE ETCHELLSWe’ve all read the headlines: screen time is bad for us. But as psychologist and video games researcher Pete reveals, the story is much more nuanced. p36 HAYLEY BENNETTScience writer Hayley explores the incredible engineering that’s allowing people to transport rockets, telescopes and Antarctic research bases. p40 MARCUS CHOWNAuthor and broadcaster Marcus meets the researchers who are peering deeper into the Universe than ever before. p46 ALEKS KROTOSKIAleks, presenter of the Digital Human on BBC Radio 4, explores how we’ve become ensnared by the web’s taste makers. p58 …

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eye opener

Eye on the sky BEIJING, CHINA This isn’t a close-up of some newly discovered spider, but a bird’s-eye view of Beijing Daxing International Airport, currently under construction. The ‘eyes’ are skylights over the main hub of the terminal. The gates will be located along five spokes radiating from the centre, reducing the distance passengers have to walk: the maximum time to a gate should be eight minutes.When it opens in September 2019, its four runways will serve 72 million passengers annually. The subsequent opening of a further three runways will bring that number to over 100 million, making it the world's busiest airport. In comparison, London Heathrow served 80 million people in 2018. VISIT US FOR MORE AMAZING IMAGES: SCIENCEFOCUS BBCSCIENCEFOCUS Green screen (GETTY)…

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leeter of the month

Moon musings With regard to the article A New Race To The Moon Has Begun in your current edition, (February, p32) the science-fiction writer, the late Robert A Heinlein, once wrote: “The laws of nature are not the exclusive property of any group or society; they belong to anyone prepared to make use of them.” At the time, he was warning of the danger of the US space program losing ground to the Japanese, but it is at least equally relevant to the Chinese.As various commentators have pointed out, a few centuries ago, the Chinese Empire sent a number of expeditions – utilising ships significantly larger than their Western equivalents – down the eastern coast of Africa.Had the expeditions continued, Western and Chinese ships could have met, somewhere…

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write in and win!

The writer of next issue’s Message Of The Month wins an STK X2, the most advanced device to date from the British mobile manufacturer. Running on Android 8.1 Oreo with a super-fast processor, the X2 is jam-packed with features to take on the big guns. Expect fingerprint technology and an outstanding 16MP camera. stklife.com…