BBC’s “Future” to Feature Science and Health Articles

Posted by at 12:04 pm on February 23, 2012

BBC.com today unveiled the latest of its new sections – Future – to offer audiences outside the UK a host of universal topics focused on future trends in the worlds of science, technology, environment and health.

At launch, Future will comprise of 12 columns, specially commissioned features from leading writers in science and technology including: Ed Yong, Phil Ball and Sharon Weinberger, video content from Click, BBC World News’s guide to the latest gadgets and goings on from the world of technology, 60 second audio bites and beautifully created Infographics. The columns will consist of two to three stories and explore an array of practical questions including: ‘Why do we… recognize names and not faces’, medical myths such as ‘Should you ever wake someone who’s sleepwalking’ and ‘Will We Ever…decode dreams’.

Other columns will explore how we can live with and through technology changes, how we can intelligently design our planet to ensure its survival, current plans for the exploration of space and transport of the future. The features will delve even further into a number of current and topical debates such as seeking to uncover whether social media can predict the future, and revealing the work that is underway to ensure we can feed the world’s current population of seven billion. There will also be look into hospitals of the future, where scientist and designers work together in a bid to cut the spread of disease.

Jonathan Fildes, Features editor for Future added: “Our readers have been telling us that they want more science, technology and health on bbc.com, so we’ve worked hard to deliver this. Every story aims to combine the cutting edge with an understanding of how these advances affect our lives. And we’ve recruited some of the best science writers in the world to help tell those stories. So – whether you want to know what kind of car you will be driving 10 years from now, how your food will be produced in the future or how scientists are beginning to unpick the complexities of your brain – I hope readers agree there is something here for everyone and that they will enjoy exploring the site as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together.”

Overseas visitors to Future will be able to continue their journey and conversation with others via Twitter and Facebook where fans will be asked to share their thoughts on the articles.

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