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BBC Science Focus MagazineBBC Science Focus Magazine

BBC Science Focus Magazine September 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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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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from the editor

In astronomy, the horizons are changing all the time. Bigger, more sophisticated telescopes and increasingly inventive imaging techniques continually redefine how much of our Universe we can see. In recent years we’ve discovered hundreds of Earth-like planets nestled in distant galaxies, witnessed neutron stars crash into to each other and even got up close and personal with a black hole. In these terms, it seems odd to think there might be an undiscovered planet lurking beyond Pluto, let alone one that might be four times bigger than Earth. After all, Neptune was discovered in 1846, and Pluto, though it isn’t considered a planet, was identified in 1930. How is that this shadowy world has evaded our gaze for so long? Find out on p50, where Colin Stuart reports on the discoveries…

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on the bbc this month...

The Infinite Monkey Cage Brian Cox, Robin Ince and their horde of scientists and comedians make a long overdue return to Radio 4 on 19 September. The Unshockable Dr Ronx In this new pilot on BBC Three, NHS doctor Ronx Ikharia is on a mission to get young people talking about their health. Crowd Science: Global Infertility This episode of Crowd Science on BBC Sounds wonders whether the world envisioned by Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale could become a reality. bit.ly/global_infertility MAGIC TORCH THIS PAGE: BBC, CHRISTA HOLKA, ALAMY…

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contributors

JOCELYN TIMPERLEY As the global population surges towards eight billion, climate and energy journalist Jocelyn looks at whether having fewer children can really make a difference. p74 ABIGAIL BEALL What will cities of the future look like? Science and tech journalist Abigail reveals the plans to move people into the trees, onto the oceans, and deep underground. p42 HELEN GLENNY Electroconvulsive therapy is shrouded in controversy and misunderstanding. Science writer Helen explains why it might be time to rethink this potentially life-saving therapy. p68 DARREN NAISH Everyone has a story about gulls eyeing up their lunch, but are the birds getting bolder? Zoologist and science writer Darren investigates whether they are really a menace. p38…

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eye opener

Drone down PARIS,FRANCE Looking rather like props from an action film, these NEROD F5 devices are actually high-tech drone jammers, designed to scramble the signal of an enemy unmanned air system (UAS). On 14 July, this demonstration of the NEROD F5 stunned crowds at the Bastille Day parade in Paris. When the trigger is pulled, the gun fires microwave-frequency signals towards the drone, which then disrupts any communication between the drone and its pilot. This means the pilot can no longer direct the drone. The rifle-style design of the NEROD F5 is unlike most drone scramblers, which usually require a large battery that is worn in a backpack by the operator. Other methods of bringing down drones include sending a false GPS signal to the drone, which confuses its sense of direction and positioning,…

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letter of the month

As I say, not as I do I picked up your magazine in a dentist waiting room and I think you have got yourself a new reader! As someone who has been promoting breastfeeding for over 20 years, I was really excited to read your article on the special components of breast milk (June, p20). With regards to your article on ‘biohacking’ (June, p33): the famous doctor Maimonides was already writing about overeating in medieval times. His thesis was very much that the right kind and right amount of food was the key to good health and longevity. I was going to end this letter thanking you for explaining why I go through a whole bag of caramels in one go (June, p85)… but in view of what I wrote above…

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conversation

“I DON’T FOLLOW ANYBODY AT THE MOMENT, BECAUSE I NO LONGER DO TWITTER MYSELF. IT’S DONE FOR ME, I DON’T EVEN HAVE MY OWN PASSWORD” RICHARD DAWKINS, p62 Support UK research I was very interested in your article ‘What’s up, dog?’ (May, p24) but looking into the subject further I found I was disappointed. Why? Well, the article was based around the work of BioScentDx, a company in Florida. I readily found an organisation in the UK, the Medical Detection Dogs, who train ‘bio-detection dogs’ and ‘medical alert assistance dogs’ on a non-commercial basis. I would politely suggest that UK journals and magazines such as BBC Science Focus should concentrate more on highlighting, and therefore supporting, the work of UK research bodies, and especially those that are charitably based. David Tordoff, Shropshire In our…

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