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Memory Issue

Inside this month's Focus, we reveal how science is getting ever closer to allowing us to delete, improve and even create memories.

On sale date: 6th March 2014

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Issue: 266

Manipulate Your Memory

Ever wished you had a better memory so you were able to recall names, dates and faces more easily? How about removing all recollection of a failed relationship like the characters in the movie Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind? Or virtually travelling the Universe via false memories implanted directly in your brain? Inside this month’s Focus, we reveal how science is getting ever closer to allowing us to delete, improve and even create memories.

The Wonder Material

One of the Holy Grails of materials science is a cheap, safe substance that generates electricity from heat. Such a ‘thermoelectric’ material could harvest your body heat to power a phone, or capture energy from your car’s exhaust to minimise fuel consumption. We look at the latest efforts to create the material that will change the world.

Under the Influence

We’ve long known that the hormone oxytocin plays an important role in social bonding, co-operation and trust, but today the ‘hug hormone’ is implicated in everything from orgasms to xenophobia. We reveal the latest research that shows how our lives our governed by this ring-shaped molecule.

Also inside this issue:

Space junk: New missions to clean up Earth’s orbit

Self-parking car: We attempt to outsmart Ford’s new Kuga

Medical revolution: How you’ll grow your own skin

The world of crystals: The science behind their fascinating capabilities

Plus

How Do We Know: How to build a computer?

Q&A: Can a moon have a moon?

MegaPixel: Awe-inspiring images from the world of science

Tech Hub: The latest generation of domestic robots reviewed

To Do List: Monkey Planet on BBC One

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