On sale date: 18th September 2014


Issue: 273

Your life in 2054

What will your everyday life be like in 40 years' time? Inside the October issue of Focus, we ask expert future-gazers to paint a picture of the world in 2054. From airship holidays and talking homes to robot pets and driverless taxis, our future lives promise to be startlingly different.

Why stress is good for you

When was the last time you felt stressed? A presentation at work? A maths exam? Sweaty palms, a pounding heart and rapid breathing: we all know the symptoms, but they may not be such a bad thing after all. In this month's Focus, we reveal some of the surprising benefits of short-term stress.

To space by balloon

Space tourism is a concept we're all familiar with, but with Virgin Galactic still yet to send a tourist into space, it seems commercial spaceflight is struggling to get off the ground. This month, we look at the balloon that could get there first, taking you to the edge of space for a breathtaking view of our blue planet.

Also inside this issue:

When the poles flip: Is the Earth's magnetic field about to reverse position?

Electric cars: We review four of the latest battery-powered motors

I don't believe it! The strange science of chance and coincidence

X-traordinary X-rays: The incredible story of how we came to see through the body

Artificial brains: Bioengineers create brain tissue in the lab


Q&A: Whatever happened to cold fusion?

MegaPixel: Awe-inspiring images from the world of science

Tech Hub: Say hello to the world's first family robot

To Do List: Celebrate one of science's greatest heroines with Ada Lovelace Day

Mindgames: Test your knowledge of the month's big science stories

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