Back to the future
It’s easy to get into a rut. We’ve all been there: something works, we know how to do it, and there seems little point in overhauling the process just because a period of time has passed.
But ideas, industries, technology – even ethics – all change along with the way our understanding develops. New studies bring new facts to light, or alter the way we interpret the old facts, and then we need to relearn everything so that we can get back to being, in our own minds at least, the smartest person in the room at the next dinner party.
Zoos are often the settings for happy memories, places where kids have seen animals for the first time. But are they the best hope for the future of the animals kept in them? Read a challenging viewpoint on the topic on page 16.
Cryogenics was once something used to fill awkward gaps in science fiction novels, but technology that might allow humans to be frozen and then brought back to life is now tantalisingly close to being viable. Do you want to live forever? Check out page 28 before signing up.
And then there’s the moon – the centre of attention in 1969 and beloved totem of werewolves before and since. The recent death of the last moonwalker has restored widespread focus to Earth’s satellite. Go to page 40 to see why going back may be going forward.
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