BBC Focus

BBC Science Focus (previously BBC Focus) is a British monthly magazine about science and technology published in Bristol, UK by Immediate Media Company. Under the editorship of Daniel Bennett it covers all aspects of science and technology and is written for general readers as well as people with a knowledge of science. Formerly known as Focus and published by Gruner + Jahr and Nat Mags, the magazine was taken over by BBC Magazines in mid-2005 and renamed in BBC Focus. There are also regular science celebrity features and interviews. Their official website is known as Science Focus.

BBC Science Focus
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EditorDaniel Bennett
CategoriesScience and Technology
Circulation50,022 (2018)[1]
Print and digital editions.
First issueDecember 1992
CompanyImmediate Media Company
(formerly BBC Magazines)[2]
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inBristol
WebsiteOfficial home page

Regular content

  • Intro-a few paragraphs from the editor
  • Eye Opener – interesting or amazing photography
  • Letters to the editor
  • Discoveries- news articles about the world of science
  • Features (main topics)
  • Q&A – a section welcoming science queries from readers and answers from an expert panel
  • Out There – a round up of the latest factual books, films, television and radio, exhibitions and events
  • Innovations - news and reviews from the world of technology


  1. ^ [1] ABC Data
  2. ^ Immediate Media Co. "BBC Focus Magazine". (Scroll to bottom of the web page for company details.). Retrieved 9 August 2013.

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2007 Kettering Borough Council election

Elections to Kettering Borough Council were held on 3 May 2007. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 2003 reducing the number of seats by nine. The Conservative Party retained overall control of the council.

A Short History of Nearly Everything

A Short History of Nearly Everything by American author Bill Bryson is a popular science book that explains some areas of science, using easily accessible language that appeals more so to the general public than many other books dedicated to the subject. It was one of the bestselling popular science books of 2005 in the United Kingdom, selling over 300,000 copies.A Short History deviates from Bryson's popular travel book genre, instead describing general sciences such as chemistry, paleontology, astronomy, and particle physics. In it, he explores time from the Big Bang to the discovery of quantum mechanics, via evolution and geology.

As the crow flies

As the crow flies, similar to in a beeline, is an idiom for the most direct path between two points. This meaning is attested from the early 19th century, and appeared in Charles Dickens's novel Oliver Twist:

We cut over the fields at the back with him between us – straight as the crow flies – through hedge and ditch.

According to BBC Focus, "'As the crow flies' is a pretty common saying but it isn't particularly accurate". Crows do not swoop in the air like swallows or starlings, but they often circle above their nests. Crows do conspicuously fly alone across open country, but neither crows nor bees (as in “beeline”) fly in particularly straight lines. Before modern navigational methods were introduced, crows were kept upon ships and released when land was sought. Crows instinctively fly towards land.

BBC Focus on Africa

BBC Focus on Africa was a quarterly magazine established in 1990, based in London, UK, and available widely in Africa and in English-speaking countries globally. The magazine covered news, politics, economics, social events, culture and sport, and had access to correspondents based across Africa. The last edition was published in October 2012, making it the last BBC World Service magazine to close down after London Calling and On Air.

BBC Knowledge (magazine)

BBC Knowledge Magazine was a magazine covering science, nature and history which was launched in 2008; it closed in November 2012. The magazine's now-defunct website described it thus:

BBC Knowledge Magazine - the new magazine about science, nature and history...invention, innovation and more. Sir Francis Bacon was right about knowledge. It is power. Ben Franklin agreed, "An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."

BBC Knowledge Magazine is unrelated to the TV channels BBC Knowledge and BBC Knowledge (international) The magazine was chosen as one of the top ten magazines launched in 2008 by Library Journal.BBC Knowledge Magazine reprinted articles from BBC Focus, BBC History and BBC Wildlife.

BBC World Service

The BBC World Service, the world's largest international broadcaster, broadcasts radio and television news, speech and discussions in more than 40 languages to many parts of the world on analogue and digital shortwave platforms, Internet streaming, podcasting, satellite, DAB, FM and MW relays. In November 2016 the BBC announced again that it would start broadcasting in additional languages including Amharic and Igbo, in its biggest expansion since the 1940s. In 2015 World Service reached an average of 210 million people a week (via TV, radio and online). The English-language service broadcasts 24 hours a day.

The World Service is funded by the United Kingdom's television licence fee, limited advertising and the profits of BBC Worldwide Ltd. The service is also guaranteed £289 million (allocated over a five-year period ending in 2020) from the UK government. The World Service was funded for decades by grant-in-aid through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British Government until 1 April 2014.BBC World Service English maintains eight different regional feeds with several program variations, covering, respectively, East and South Africa; West and Central Africa; Europe and Middle East; Americas and Caribbean; East Asia; South Asia; Australasia; United Kingdom. There are also two separate online-only streams with one being more news-oriented, known as News Internet.

The controller of BBC World Service English is Mary Hockaday.

David J. Bodycombe

David J. Bodycombe (born 1973 in Darlington, County Durham) is an English puzzle author and games consultant. He is based in London, and his work is read by over 2 million people a day in the UK, and is syndicated to over 300 newspapers internationally. The British public know him best as the author of popular puzzle columns in publications such as the Daily Mail, Daily Express, Metro and BBC Focus magazine.

He also consults on many television game shows, including The Crystal Maze, The Krypton Factor, The Mole and Treasure Hunt. He was the question editor for the first 8 series of BBC Four's lateral thinking quiz Only Connect. On BBC Radio 4 he appeared on the quiz Puzzle Panel and devised the cryptic clues for X Marks the Spot. He has written and edited over forty books, including How to Devise a Game Show and The Riddles of the Sphinx – a history of modern puzzles.

In 2005 he became a leading author of sudoku puzzles, and he was the first person to have sudokus published in several major territories, including India and Scandinavia. As well as the classic 9x9 puzzle, he pioneered a number of alternative designs which have proved popular with readers all over the world. His games, puzzles and questions also appear in many magazines, and on websites, advertising campaigns, board games and interactive television.

He edits, a wiki-based web site cataloguing UK television and radio game shows.


A humanoid (; from English human and -oid "resembling") is something that has an appearance resembling a human without actually being one. The earliest recorded use of the term, in 1870, referred to indigenous peoples in areas colonized by Europeans. By the 20th century, the term came to describe fossils which were morphologically similar, but not identical, to those of the human skeleton.Although this usage was common in the sciences for much of the 20th century, it is now considered rare. More generally, the term can refer to anything with distinctly human characteristics or adaptations, such as possessing opposable anterior forelimb-appendages (i.e. thumbs), visible spectrum-binocular vision (i.e. having two eyes), or biomechanic plantigrade-bipedalism (i.e. the ability to walk on heels and metatarsals in an upright position). Science fiction media frequently present sentient extraterrestrial lifeforms as humanoid as a byproduct of convergent evolution theory.

Immediate Media Company

Immediate Media Company Limited (styled as Immediate Media Co) is a combined publishing house containing the former assets of Origin Publishing, Magicalia and BBC Magazines. It was formed on 1 November 2011 and was owned by Exponent Private Equity until January 2017, when Hubert Burda Media acquired the company for an undisclosed sum. Immediate Media Co. publishes over 70 interest-based, multi-platform brands, maintains over 50 websites, and employs over 1,100 staff in its offices in Hammersmith, London, Bristol, Redditch, Camberley and Manchester. Immediate is the current publisher of a diverse range of publications, including the Radio Times, Gardens Illustrated and Top Gear magazines. Tom Bureau - who has a background in digital media as well as traditional publishing - is Immediate's CEO. 60% of Immediate's profit is generated by the Radio Times, which is now spearheading the company's moves into online retailing..

Irene Ntale

Irene Ntale (born 30 January 1989) is a Ugandan singer, songwriter, and guitarist. She sings RnB, reggae, and acoustic soul. She has been hosted on Focus on Africa (TV programme). She is the campaign ambassador for the Red Card to Drunk Driving campaign by Uganda Breweries Limited.

List of magazines named Focus

Magazines with the name Focus include:

Focus (German Magazine), a German weekly news magazine

Focus (Christian magazine), a Christian religion magazine published in the United States

Focus (Italian magazine), an Italian popular scientific magazine

Focus (Polish magazine), a Polish popular scientific monthly magazine

Focus (Ukrainian magazine), a Ukrainian weekly news magazine in Russian language

BBC Focus, a science and technology magazine published by the BBC in the United Kingdom

List of science magazines

A science magazine is a periodical publication with news, opinions and reports about science, generally written for a non-expert audience. In contrast, a periodical publication, usually including primary research and/or reviews, that is written by scientific experts is called a "scientific journal". Science magazines are read by non-scientists and scientists who want accessible information on fields outside their specialization.

Articles in science magazines are sometimes republished or summarized by the general press.

Live at the BBC (Focus album)

Live At The BBC is a live album by the Dutch progressive rock group Focus, recorded on 21 March 1976, and broadcast on Radio 1 in the BBC Concert Series, but released only in 2004 by Hux Records, in CD format.The album was recorded just weeks after Jan Akkerman had left the band, and a new guitarist, Philip Catherine had been brought in. According to the Allmusic review, “although the sound quality is very good, the music doesn’t only suffer from Akkerman's absence; it’s also about half-comprised of boring, laid-back, instrumental jazz-funk fusion.”

Piers Bizony

Piers Bizony is a science journalist, space historian, author, and exhibition organiser. Bizony specialises in the topics of outer space, special effects, and technology. He has written articles for The Independent, BBC Focus and Wired. His 1997 book The Rivers of Mars was shortlisted for the Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award. His book 2001: Filming the Future (1994, revised 2000, expanded 2014) is an authoritative reference about Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Robert Matthews (scientist)

Robert A.J. Matthews (born 23 September 1959), is a British physicist and science writer.

After graduating in physics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, in 1981, Matthews took up a dual career in science writing and academic research. He is currently science consultant and columnist for the science magazine BBC Focus, a freelance columnist for The National in Abu Dhabi and Visiting Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Aston University. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a Chartered Physicist and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Sex change

Sex change is a process by which a person or animal changes sex – that is, by which female sexual characteristics are substituted for male ones or vice versa. Sex change may occur naturally, as in the case of the sequential hermaphroditism observed in some species. Most commonly, however, the term is used for sex reassignment therapy, including sex reassignment surgery, carried out on humans. It is also sometimes used for the medical procedures applied to intersex people. The term may also be applied to the broader process of changing gender role ("living as a woman" instead of living as a man, or vice versa), including but not necessarily limited to medical procedures.

Simulation hypothesis

The simulation hypothesis or simulation theory proposes that all of reality, including the Earth and the universe, is in fact an artificial simulation, most likely a computer simulation. Some versions rely on the development of a simulated reality, a proposed technology that would seem realistic enough to convince its inhabitants the simulation was real. The hypothesis has been a central plot device of many science fiction stories and films.

Thermoteknix Systems Ltd

Thermoteknix Systems Ltd – a British manufacturer of infrared (IR) imaging and thermal measurement based hardware, systems and software applications.

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