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Five steps to colonising Mars

If setting up home on another planet sounds a daunting prospect, then our space correspondent Richard Hollingham is here to help. And in the video above, former astronaut Jeff Hoffman describes his project to bring oxygen to Mars.<p>It seems plenty of people want to abandon the Earth. Interest in …

Habitats

The rise of human-like robots, cars and drones

Should we add more humour and humanity to our gadgets? David Robson reports on a new breed of machine designed to make us love them, and discovers whether robots can make you laugh...<p>Ginger is only a couple of feet tall, but she soon commands attention as she takes to the stage. “I would like to …

Robotics

Concentrate! How to tame a wandering mind

Procrastinate often? Caroline Williams does, so decided to find out if brain training could tackle her wandering mind. What she discovered could help everyone.<p>I am about to be zapped in the head with an electromagnet, once a second, for eight minutes. I fidget, trying to get comfortable in a huge …

The Brain

The animal that regrows its head

Could a sea creature with unusual regenerative powers show humans how to do the same? Tracey Logan reports.<p>In a windowless lab at the University of Galway in Ireland, there’s a fish tank containing an extraordinary creature. Perched on blue cocktail sticks like lollipops, rows of seashells are …

Plasmaphysik: Neue Wege zur Fusionsenergie

Wird sich mit Tokamaks jemals Energie im kommerziellen Maßstab gewinnen lassen?<p>Dieser Ansicht ist auch Norman Rostoker von der University of …

Die achtmillionste Etage

Fahrstuhl in den Weltraum Die achtmillionste Etage<p>Von<p>-Aktualisiert am 04.10.2014-09:47<p>Es klingt wie reine Science Fiction, doch erste Pläne für einen …

How to win at (almost) everything

In games, humans are hopelessly predictable. Spot this hidden behaviour and you can crush puny-minded opponents in everything from the lottery to Rock, Paper, Scissors.<p>Although we can never outwit the weather or natural disasters, there are ways to master those other seemingly unpredictable …

Sherlock Holmes

The secret to acing exams

In tests that offer a choice of answers, you can exploit hidden patterns to get full marks if you know how, says William Poundstone.<p>Our fates in school and beyond are decided by pop quizzes, final exams, drivers’ exams, and professional exams. Many are true-or-false, or multiple-choice. If you get …

V2: The Nazi rocket that launched the space age

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the first V2 rocket attack on London. As our space correspondent Richard Hollingham discovers, the legacy of the missile lives on in today’s spacecraft.<p>On a sunny morning in autumn 1944, my father – then a teenager – was waiting for a train at Cromer railway …

‘I was blind… now I have bionic eyes’

What is it like to see again after years of blindness? Rose Eveleth asks a woman whose sight was restored with a remarkable new eye implant.<p>Fran Fulton is 66, and she’s been fully blind for about 10 years. A few weeks ago, all that changed.<p>Fulton suffers from retinitis pigmentosa – a degenerative …

Cyborgs: The truth about human augmentation

What is it like to be a cyborg? In his last regular column for BBC Future, Frank Swain explores the biggest misconceptions about bionic limbs, microchip implants and beyond.<p>At the height of summer, when London was baking in unseasonable heat, I made an ill-fated trip to the Serpentine lido in …

Evolution: Why don’t we have hairier faces?

Men may have beards, but compared to many of our primate cousins our faces are pretty hairless – why is that? Jason G Goldman explores the enigma of our bare-faced cheeks.<p>Have you ever stopped to consider your face? Compared to most of the rest of the animal kingdom, the human face has at least one …

Should we engineer animals to be smart like humans?

What if it were possible to engineer animals to be as intelligent as us? As Tim Maughan discovers, we may have already started.<p>Human beings have long believed that it is our unique level of intelligence that separates us from other animals. Our ability for higher learning, creative thought, and – …

University of Sheffield

The expert guide to space colonies

BBC Future’s World-Changing Ideas Summit, on 21 October, will examine some of the most exciting and provocative developments we face in science, technology and health. In the run-up to the summit, we will offer a unique guide to some of the issues that will be discussed… starting with the notion …