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DECEMBER 2016

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8 Eye opener Fabulous pictures from around the planet.

13 Discoveries This month’s most important scientific breakthroughs and discoveries.

25 Innovations All the latest news from the world of technology.

35 Reply Your le ers and emails.

71 Helen Czerski Why don’t ambéed crêpes catch fire?

86 Robert Ma hews Radiation isn’t all bad.

103 Q&A Why does lavender help you sleep? Does chicken soup really help a cold? Why do phone ba eries explode? Plus many more...

117 Robin Ince What does Christmas shopping do to your brain?

118 Out there All the best science-y stu to do this month. PLUS: Visit London with Lewis Dartnell.

124 Crossword Get that grey ma er in gear!

129 Next month 130 My life scientific With Kathy Willis of Kew Gardens.

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