Issue 385 of BBC Science Focus magazine is out on 7 December 2022

2022 in science

This year, the news headlines have been dominated by UK politics, the energy crisis and the Ukrainian war. But there have been some fascinating scientific discoveries too. Here’s a recap of some of the year’s biggest stories from the fields of medicine, biology, climate change, dinosaurs and space.

One year in space: The James Webb Space Telescope

The first images beamed back from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have stunned the world this year, and in just a few short months, the JWST has imaged the universe as never before. In this bumper feature, we showcase some of the telescope’s best images and discoveries to date.

Dr Kate Darling

Robot companions are on their way, and don’t be surprised if they quickly become part of the family.

DIY Christmas Science

Thrifty holiday ideas that don't cost the Earth. Projects include a Jupiter-inspired wreath for your front door, a JWST bauble for your tree, and, how to make the most out of your Christmas turkey by making the ultimate Christmas leftovers sandwich.

The ultimate Christmas wishlist

Okay, so it’s hard to get in the Christmas spirit when energy prices are nearing the point where it might be more efficient just to set the cash on fire, and the economy looks like it’s been shoved down the stairs in some grisly act of mercy. But that doesn’t stop us from daydreaming, does it? Here’s our wishlist of gifts and cool gadgets that has driven us to distraction as we enter into the festive period.


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  • Does playing video games make you smarter?

Issue 385 on sale 7 December 2022

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Holly SpannerStaff Writer, BBC Science Focus

Holly is the staff writer at BBC Science Focus, and specialises in astronomy. Before joining the team she was a geoenvironmental consultant and holds an MSc in Geoscience (distinction) from UCL.