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2014: The Year Science Will Blow Your Mind

It's set to be a big year in science, with fusion energy, stem cell organs and artificial life all expected to break new ground.

On sale date: 12th December 2013

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2014: The Year Science Will Blow Your Mind

It’s set to be a big year in science, with fusion energy, stem cell organs and artificial life all expected to break new ground. Inside this month’s BBC Focus Magazine, read our complete guide to the year science will blow your mind. We look at the European spacecraft that will land on a comet, the painless injections that will make the jab a thing of the past, and the 4D-printed materials that’ll change shape after they’ve been printed. The future has arrived!

Why We Eat Too Much

Turkey, Christmas pudding, mince pies, nuts, chocolates… the average person will eat 15,000 calories of food over the festive period. But why do we overeat at Christmas – and at other times too? Are we hardwired to eat more when it’s available, and can food be addictive? We explore the science behind expanding waistlines.

NASA’s Craziest Ideas

Each year, NASA is responsible for funding a selection of projects that sound straight out of a science fiction movie. From spider-inspired robot builders to Venus rovers and hibernating astronauts… they may sound mad but these pioneering projects could just revolutionise space exploration.

Also inside this issue:

The age of the jetpack: A new breed of solo flying machine is ready to take off

Hollywood science: How big could movie monsters really get?

Smart heating: We test the gadget that could slash your fuel bills

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures: Dr Alison Woollard reveals why we’re all mutants

Plus

How Do We Know: The nature of fire?

Q&A: What is the function of the human appendix?

MegaPixel: Awe-inspiring images from the world of science

Tech Hub: Introducing Steam’s new gaming machine

To Do List: Stargazing Live returns to our screens

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