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BBC Focus - October 2015 (gnv64)
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BBC Focus - October 2015
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ON THE COVER
21 BIO-BRICKS
38 MASS EXTINCTION
48 RICHARD DAWKINS
52 MUSIC & THE BRAIN
61 MAN-MADE UNIVERSE
68 YOUR FACE’S SECRETS
73 Q&A
85 THE AI DOCTOR

FEATURES
38 BEATING MASS EXTINCTION
With evidence suggesting we’re on the brink of a sixth mass extinction, what can we do to prevent it?
48 RICHARD DAWKINS
The eminent evolutionary biologist and outspoken atheist on evolution, controversy and alien life
52 TUNE IN TO TREATMENT FM
The surprising medical applications of music: from speech therapy to helping premature babies grow
62 THE MAN-MADE UNIVERSE
Scientists have managed to create an entire universe – inside a supercomputer
68 WHAT YOUR FACE SAYS ABOUT YOU
Your face reveals more about you than you might think… here are 10 examples
94 HOW DO WE KNOW…?
The story of how we came to understand horm

DISCOVERIES
21  MAKING A HUMAN
New breakthrough brings laboratory-grown human organs another step closer
24  SEA MONSTER
Marine palaeontologists discover a prehistoric two- metre killer sea scorpion
26  BATTLING CANCER
New 3D computer model shows how tumours grow
28  10 DISCOVERIES
DNA data storage, a new flu vaccine and much more…

COLUMNS
23  DAVID SHUKMAN
The BBC Science Editor on how to contain explosions on planes
31  ROBERT MATTHEWS
On the peer review process
33  HELEN CZERSKI
On the colour of bubbles
35  STEPHEN BAXTER
On globalising government
114  THE LIFE SCIENTIFIC
In our new regular feature, Helen Pilcher meets leading statistician David Spiegelhalter

TECH HUB
85  BAIDU ASKADOCTOR
A medical AI developed in China that can diagnose over 500 common illnesses
87  BILL THOMPSON
This month, Bill looks at next-gen battery technology
89  APPLIANCES OF SCIENCE
Our monthly round-up of new high-tech gadgetry
90  ULTIMATE TEST
Two of the latest hybrid cars go head-to-head

TO DO LIST
101  PICK OF THE MONTH
Helen Czerski’s new BBC Four series looks at colour in the natural world
103  WATCH & LISTEN
Science on TV and radio
104  TOUCH
Smartphone and tablet apps
105  VISIT
Great talks and days out
106  READ
The latest science books reviewed by our experts

PLUS
10  MEGAPIXEL
Stunning science images from around the world
18  REPLY
Your letters and emails
73  Q&A
This month: growing plants without sunlight, what caused the Big Bang, why we have wisdom teeth and why helium makes your voice go funny
113  MINDGAMES
Stretch your brain cells with our monthly crossword

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