+ Turn to page 78 to ﬁnd out how antimatter is already being used – in hospitals.
Prof Mark Miodownik
University College London
Dr Lewis Dartnell
University of Leicester
Dr Darren Naish
University of Southampton
Science presenter & writer
Dr Dean Burnett
+ A British materials scientist and regular on BBC TV programme Dara O Briain’s Science Club, on page 86 he gives us an insight into the wonder materials that will have the biggest impact on our lives.+ An astrobiologist, he’s an expert on life out in space. On page 30 he explores the latest research into how we’ll grow crops on the Moon and Mars to help us spend longer away from Earth.+ A palaeontologist, he studies beasts that lived millions of years ago, but on page 66 he looks at how genetics is being used to investigate reports of strange creatures alive today.+ A former BBC science correspondent, she presents Costing the Earth on BBC Radio 4. On page 72 she looks at how a NASA algorithm is being employed to identify whale sharks.+ A neuroscientist, he’s also a comedy writer and stand-up comedian. On page 44 he delves into the recesses of our minds to unpick something we find far from funny – our phobias.+ With an MSc in astrophysics from California Institute of Technology, Marcus’s books have won him widespread acclaim. On page 78, he looks at the latest efforts to create antimatter.
WELCOME TO ISSUE FOUR
A note from the editor
t the heart of Star Trek’s USS Enterprise is the warp core – the reactor that propels the craft to faster-than-light speed. While faster-than-light travel is out of the question – it would break Einstein’s theory of special relativity – antimatter propulsion is not. Physicists are now beginning to master the art of creating antimatter. On page 78, we look at how they are
investigating this strange stuf’s properties and the challenges
that lie ahead before it’s a genuine contender for use as a fuel.As we travel greater distances in space, it will become increasingly important to be able to grow food up there. On page 30, we explore the latest research into this, including NASA’s plans to grow turnips on the Moon. Back down on Earth, we’ve all grown up hearing tales of yetis and exotic cats roaming the countryside. Genetic testing is now allowing
scientists to nd the truth behind the stories. And as we see on page
66, there’s more truth to the stories than you might think. Finally, our subscribers get a bonus article this month looking at creatures lurking in your garden that you’ll be completely unaware of – or at least unaware of how formidable they are. We’ll be bringing our subscribers an exclusive article each month from now on.
Engage the warp drive!
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