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How To Travel Faster Than Light

Interstellar travel is a common theme in sci-fi movies, and this November the movie Interstellar will see astronauts exploring deep space in a bid to find new habitable worlds.

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How to travel faster than light

Interstellar travel is a common theme in sci-fi movies, and this November the movie Interstellar will see astronauts exploring deep space in a bid to find new habitable worlds. But if we’re ever going to make this a reality, we’ll need to travel faster than light. Inside this month’s Focus, we look at wormholes, warp drives, and other ways to beat the cosmic speed limit.

How wild is your cat?

That purring ball of fluff sat innocuously on your lap may look like a fully domesticated creature, but looks can be deceiving. Domestic cats still have very much in common with their wild cousins, from the noble lion down to the tiny (and very rare) kodkod. This month, find out just how similar your tabby is to a tiger.

Are screens bad for you?

Your morning TV, your smartphone commute, the office desktop and your home laptop: you probably spend more time staring at a screen than you think. But is it bad for you? Inside the November issue of Focus, we ask the experts whether it’s time to switch off, and we look ahead to the next generation of screen technology.

Also inside this issue:

Dressed for success: Dinosaur feathers explained

Robot swarms: Machines that use strength in numbers

Brian Cox: Britain’s top science presenter on his new series Human Universe

Prehistoric paintings: How technology is recreating ancient cave art

Telepathic triumph: Brain-to-brain messaging is here!

Plus

Q&A: Why don’t butterflies fly in straight lines?

MegaPixel: Awe-inspiring images from the world of science

Tech Hub: The virtual reality headset for your smartphone

To Do List: Sir David Attenborough returns to our screens with Life Story

How Do We Know: The structure of human cells?

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