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Countdown to Pluto

For decades, Pluto has been little more than a pinprick of light lurking in the outer reaches of the Solar System.

On sale date: 25th June 2015

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Issue: 283

Countdown to Pluto

For decades, Pluto has been little more than a pinprick of light lurking in the outer reaches of the Solar System. But now, NASA’s New Horizons space probe is set to fly by this frozen dwarf planet and its strange collection of moons. Inside this month’s Focus, we explore what we might find waiting for us.

Written in your genes

Francis Crick and James Watson became household names for their 1953 discovery of the structure of DNA, and their breakthrough formed the basis for our understanding of how attributes are passed from one generation to the next. But DNA isn’t the whole story, as we reveal in this month’s issue. Find out about the incredible science of epigenetics.

The trouble with time travel

With the cult 1980s film Back To The Future celebrating its 30th anniversary this month, we take a look at the mind-warping paradoxes the concept throws up. Could a time traveller go back in time and kill their own grandfather? We reveal all!

Also inside this issue:

Flying solar: The plane that’s powered by sunshine

Are women superior to men? Discussing gender with anthropologist Melvin Konner

Cameras evolved: The future of photography is here!

Dark matter: Become an expert in 10 minutes

Formula E: The tech behind these electric supercars

Plus

Q&A: What causes jet lag?

MegaPixel: Awe-inspiring images from the world of science

Tech Hub: LG’s super slimline screen

To Do List: The Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition

Discoveries: The world’s first murder uncovered

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