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REGULARS

06 EYE OPENER

Stunning pictures from the world of science.

12 CONVERSATION

See what’s arrived in our inbox this month.

15 DISCOVERIES

Scien t i s t s have created a rea l Terminator T-1000; there’s an easy way to mitigate the harmful effects of sitting ; James Webb Space Telescope discovers gala xies like our own in the early Universe; COVID-fighting medicines found in sea sponges and marine bacteria; Hubble Space Telescope spots black hole chowing down on a star; light pollution and our night sk y ; supernov a remnant s uncovered in Milky Way.

30 DR KATIE MACK

The strange science that underpins nuclear fusion and fission.

50 SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

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32 DR RADHA MODGIL

How the neuroscience of uncertainty can help you make better decisions.

34 DR KATE DARLING

No, it ’s not the fault of the artificial intelligence that it ’s sexist.

36 REALITY CHECK

The science behind the headlines: Should we be worried about the Kraken COVID variant? What’s the best way to embrace a mid-life crisis? Are face masks less effective at managing COVID now?

43 INNOVATIONS

Our round-up of the most intriguing tech and gadget s f rom CE S .

75 Q & A

Our experts answer this month’s questions. Why do apps and computers ‘get bugs’ ? Is chewing gum biodegradable? What is freezer burn, and should you still eat the food?

82 EXPLAINER

How to take beautiful photos of the Moon, with astrophotographer Pete Lawrence.

88 CROSSWORD

Engage your grey matter!

88 NEXT MONTH

A sneak peek at the ne x t i s sue.

90 POPCORN SCIENCE

Could humans shrink themselves, like Ant-Man?

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DISCOVERIES

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REALITY CHECK

Scientists have created a material t hat c an shapeshi ft bet ween liquid and solid states.

What is the Kraken COVID variant, and is it likely to cause a new wave of infections?

75 Q&A

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