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CONTENTS

REGULARS

06 EYE OPENER

Incredible images from the world of science.

08 THE CONVERSATION

What’s been in our inbox this month.

11 DISCOVERIES

Find out more about all the latest science news and discoveries. This month: the spacecra that will visit Saturn’s moon Titan; dolphin friendships; AI baby translators; e-cigare es.

28 REALITY CHECK

Find out about the science behind the headlines. This issue: How can you reduce plastic waste? Does sun cream harm your health? Will fizzy drinks and processed foods really shorten your life?

38 SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

61 MICHAEL MOSLEY

What do stomach ulcers, termite mounds and self-experimentation have in common? We’ll let Michael explain…

62 ALEKS KROTOSKI

Is the digital world interfering with our ability to think in an analogue way? Aleks finds out as she prepares for the 100th episode of Digital Human.

79 Q&A

Got a burning science question? Our resident panel of experts are here to help.

89 RADAR

Your guide to this month’s essential events, activities, tech and books.

97 NEXT MONTH

Have a sneak peek at what’s in the next issue of BBC Science Focus.

97 CROSSWORD

Our mind-bending crossword is like a gym for your brain.

98 A S C I E N T I S T ’ S

GUIDE TO LIFE Psychologist Sandi Mann reveals why boredom can be useful.

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DISCOVERIES

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REALITY CHECK

NASA reveals a new mission to search Saturn’s moon Titan for signs of life.

Could sun cream be preventing us from reaping the benefits of sunshine?

36 PREPARING FOR THE MOON Space ight historian Amy Shira Tei tel delves in to the NASA archives.

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