BBC Focus - January 2019

BBC Focus - January 2019

English | 100 pages | True PDF

The Universe is strange. I sometimes think that could be BBC Focus’s motto, since I seem to learn something inherently weird every issue. It’s what makes this magazine, and working on it, so much fun. For example, this month I learned there’s a patch of the International Space Station’s orbit that astronauts describe as the Bermuda Triangle of space. It’s a spot above the Earth where the space station's instruments and computers fail and the astronauts hallucinate flashes of light. Find out what causes this and other space oddities on p40. I also discoveredFormica archboldi, an ant that leaves the severed heads of its considerably larger enemies lying around its nest. The heads, and their contents, are probably collected as a snack and not as some creepy hunting lodge decor. But what’s puzzled scientists is how exactly F. archboldi antsmanage to take down their bigger, stronger victims. Find out more on p16.

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