As the film The Martian comes to the silver screen, we examine the effects of extreme isolation on the human psyche.
Nature's nightmare animals
Forget vampires, mummies and zombies this Halloween – here are some living, breathing monsters.
Why we want to believe
From JFK to chem-trails, why do conspiracy theories have such a grip on our collective imaginations?
Also inside this issue:
Real-life superhumans: Native Mexicans, Buddhist monks and Thai nomads with amazing abilities.
Can we build a moon base? The difficulties involved in setting up home on Earth’s natural satellite.
Rocket science in 10 minutes: Prepare for blast-off with our easy-to-digest guide to rocket-fuelled propulsion.
The Ultimate test: music streaming services go head-to-head.
Q&A: Why are impact craters always circular?
MegaPixel: Awe-inspiring images from the world of science
Tech Hub: 4K smartphones - do we need them?
To Do List: Predators hunt for food in the epic new series The Hunt
Discoveries: Does water found on Mars mean there is life?
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