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The Incredible Science of Doctor Who

In this month's Focus, we celebrate Doctor Who's golden jubilee by looking at the science behind the real and hypothetical technologies that have featured in the show.

On sale date: 14th November 2013

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Issue: 262

The Incredible Science of Doctor Who

On 23 November 1963, a new television series enthralled viewers with its dark and mysterious storyline. Fifty years on, Doctor Who is showing no signs of stopping, with Peter Capaldi set to become the twelfth incarnation of the Time Lord. In this month’s Focus, we celebrate Doctor Who‘s golden jubilee by looking at the science behind the real and hypothetical technologies that have featured in the show, including the TARDIS, Daleks and sonic screwdrivers. A must-read for any Whovian!

The Truth About Caffeine

Most of us reach sleepily for a morning cup of tea or coffee to set us up for the day, but how much do we really know about caffeine’s effects? We look at the latest research into the world’s most widely consumed drug, which is revealing that coffee cravings may be more dangerous than we think.

The Hunt For Antigravity

It’s a mainstay of science fiction, but antigravity could soon become science fact. Earlier this year, a team at CERN (home of the Large Hadron Collider) announced plans to look for signs of antigravity in particles of antimatter. If they succeed, it could revolutionise everything from energy to transport, and even let us change the weather. We examine the latest progress in the experiment that could rewrite the laws of physics.

Also inside this issue:

Christmas Q&A special: How can I win at board games? Why do some people hate Brussels sprouts?

The ultimate microscope: How Britain’s biggest particle accelerator is targeting deadly viruses

Tablets tested: Apple vs Google: which should you buy?

Walking With Dinosaurs 3D: The science that brought new giants to life

Plus

How Do We Know: The existence of isotopes?

Q&A: Why isn’t rain salty?

MegaPixel: Awe-inspiring images from the world of science

Tech Hub: Samsung Galaxy Gear reviewed

To Do List: The best science books for your stocking

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