Deadly Mega Eruption

On sale date:
2nd April 2015

Deadly mega eruption

In April 1815, Tambora seared into history as the most powerful volcano to erupt since records began. Two hundred years on, we look at the impact of this eruption, which killed thousands and altered weather patterns around the world. Could it happen again? Find out inside the May 2015 issue of Focus.

The first digital creature

There is a tiny worm, measuring just one millimetre in length, which is a scientific giant. In fact, we know more about C. elegans than any lab animal in the world. Now, scientists have set about recreating the creature digitally, using nothing more than bits and bytes. But is this virtual worm really alive? We investigate...

Hubble's top 10 discoveries

Twenty-five years ago, one of the most famous and awe-inspiring pieces of technology - The Hubble Space Telescope - was launched. It has been continuously observing the night sky ever since, giving astronomers an unprecedented window on the Universe. Inside the May issue of Focus, we take a look at Hubble's 10 most incredible discoveries.

Also inside this issue:

The real tricorder: Star Trek-style medical scanners are here!
Incredible inventions: Electricity-generating toilets and self-cleaning paint
Beyond the iPod: How do the latest high-resolution audio players sound?
Life on Titan? Could there be life in the methane seas on Saturn's moon?
Man's best friend: How well do dogs really understand us?


Q&A: How did the zebra get its stripes?
MegaPixel: Awe-inspiring images from the world of science
Tech Hub: Pebble's answer to the Apple Watch
To Do List: Alice Roberts scrutinises the nation's food habits on BBC Two
How Do We Know: The age of things?

Exclusive to the iPad and iPhone editions of Focus this month...

  • Hear Nessa Carey explain why so-called junk DNA is due a rebrand
  • See extra images of the beautiful Noctiluca scintillans organism
  • Watch videos of the latest breakthroughs in science and technology


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