On sale date: 20th August 2015


Issue: 285

39 ideas about to change our world

From floating farms to virtual therapy, we bring you the incredible innovations that will shape our future.

Michael Mosley on high street genetic tests

You can buy a do-it-yourself DNA test kit for just £125. Can they really offer us a useful peek at our future health problems, or are they a waste of time and money?

The science of soggy bottoms

The Great British Bake Off is now back on our screens. And if you understand the chemistry behind your cakes, you'll have perfect results every time.

Also inside this issue:

Facebook wants to read your mind: Machines that decipher your brain

Nature's hidden beauty: Earwigs, fleas and flies like you've never seen them before

Hollywood science: The Man from U.N.C.L.E

DNA: Become an expert in 10 minutes


Q&A: Why are some people left-handed?

MegaPixel: Awe-inspiring images from the world of science

Tech Hub: The BBC Micro returns

To Do List: British Science Festival comes to Yorkshire

Discoveries: Nearby exoplanet 'a goldmine' of science

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