Science Focus - the home of BBC Science Focus Magazine

10 Wonder Materials

Published: 30th May, 2013 at 00:00
Subscribe to BBC Science Focus Magazine and get 6 issues for just £9.99

In the July issue of Focus, we reveal the top 10 most influential materials of the future.

On sale date: 30th May 2013


Issue: 256

10 Materials That Will Change the World

In labs around the world, scientists are manipulating matter at smaller and smaller scales, creating substances with truly mind-bending properties. From programmable matter to cloaking devices and self-healing concrete, these materials are set to transform our lives. In the July issue of Focus, we reveal the top 10 most influential materials of the future.


Prof Mark Miodownik on the 20th century's most significant materials.

How to Buy Happiness

It turns out that money can buy you happiness – you just have to know how to spend it. We look at the surprising new science of spending, which shows that it's not necessarily how much money you have that matters, but what you buy with it. So hold fire before splashing out on that new kitchen...

Our Future Underground

With the Earth's surface becoming increasingly crowded, city planners and architects are starting to look underground for a solution. Do you fancy living in a 65-storey ‘Earth-Scraper’? How about lava tubes on Mars? We look at the subterranean dwellings that we might one day be calling home.

Also inside this issue:

Inside swarms: Unlocking the secrets of collective minds

e-cigarettes: Are they good or bad for your health?

Annoying noises: The 10 most irritating sounds according to science

Smart watches: Timepieces that bring phone apps to your wrist


How Do We Know: How diseases spread?

Discoveries: Earth-like worlds discovered

MegaPixel: Awe-inspiring images from the world of science

Q&A: Does chewing gum really help you concentrate?

Tech Hub: LG’s curved TV

To Do List: Brian Cox’s new series Science Britannica

Subscribe to BBC Focus Magazine


Follow Science Focus on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Flipboard


Sponsored content