New Scientist Magazine - 08 July 2017 (NS080717)

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No.3133 NEWS Using light to reset the body clock can treat brain disorders hospital room ANALYSIS Fighting climate change could trigger a massive financial crash A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on October 15, 2014 in New York City. As fears from Ebola and a global slowdown spread, stocks plunged on Wednesday with the Dow falling over 400 points during the afternoon before recovering slightly cattle branding FEATURES The ethics issue: Should we give other animals rights? Minimising the suffering of other life forms is a laudable goal – but there’s also human well-being to consider children FEATURES The ethics issue: Should we edit our children’s genomes? Tweaking genes to prevent your child dying early from a genetic disorder would be acceptable to most people, but we need to ask how far we should go depressed man FEATURES The ethics issue: Should we make everyone ‘normal’? If more people thought and acted in the same way, societies would probably be happier and safer. But at what cost? double exposure of man using laptop and cityscape FEATURES The ethics issue: Should we abandon privacy online? The battle between online privacy and national security is reaching fever pitch. Where we end up depends on which Faustian bargains we are willing to strike robots patrolling city FEATURES The ethics issue: Should we give robots the right to kill? Robot soldiers that follow orders, unclouded by human emotions, might reduce casualties in conflicts. But who will take responsibility for their actions? lab worker FEATURES The ethics issue: Should we let synthetic life forms loose? New forms of life could help tackle problems from famine to global warming, but releasing them into the wild raises biosafety concerns reflection of sun FEATURES The ethics issue: Should we geoengineer the planet? We only have one Earth. How far should we go in our attempts to save it from ourselves? contraceptive pills FEATURES The ethics issue: Should we impose population controls? Future generations risk inheriting an overcrowded, suffocating planet. Taking action may mean what was taboo is now common sense surface of Mars FEATURES The ethics issue: Should we colonise other planets? As ever more potentially habitable exoplanets are discovered, it’s time we asked ourselves: do we have the right to take over another world? futuristic lab FEATURES The ethics issue: Should we stop doing science? Scientific research may lead to benefits and advances, but they seem to go hand-in-hand with death and destruction. Should we quit while we’re ahead? fire FEATURES How Aboriginal knowledge can help the world combat wildfires Wildfires are on the increase across the globe as the climate changes. To gain control, we should learn how people in Australia have traditionally tamed them Didier Queloz FEATURES Premier exoplanet hunter on finding the first alien world The idea of finding planets beyond the solar system was considered borderline crazy just a few decades ago, until Didier Queloz ran headlong Into the first one TABLE OF CONTENTS Leaders Nice science, but don’t forget about the ethics It’s time we all burst our carbon bubbles NEWS UPFRONT North Korea claims test of an intercontinental ballistic missile Google DeepMind’s NHS data deal ‘failed to comply’ with law Rocket failure may delay China’s space station and moon missions San Francisco is first US city to ban flavoured tobacco products Strongest evidence yet that neonicotinoids are killing bees Aid shipments aren’t enough to stop Yemen’s cholera epidemic UK National Health Service should do more to exploit genomics 60 Seconds NEWS & TECHNOLOGY Using light to reset the body clock can treat brain disorders Sun’s gravity could power interstellar video streaming UK’s first public autonomous taxi trial to begin soon Synthetic fingerprints make plastic particles tiny security keys Cancer vaccines could prime our own bodies to fight tumours ‘Missing link’ whale could filter feed and hunt larger prey Peering inside an AI’s brain will help us trust its decisions Gecko-inspired robot has grippers that could clean up space junk Children who sleep less may age faster at a cellular level Artificially intelligent painters invent new styles of art Birds play sick jungle beat with drumsticks they make themselves IN BRIEF Wildfires’ ‘killer haze’ tracked with Twitter as it spreads Our young moon’s supersonic winds made waves in its magma ocean People with higher IQs are more likely to live to their 80s Cuckoo may mimic the sounds of a hooved mammal to deter big cats It’s not you – solving a Rubik’s cube quickly is officially hard Proton springs surprise by slimming down for latest weigh in Old brains can’t hear similar sounds but a drug can change that The way we run protects our upper bodies but our legs suffer ANALYSIS Fighting climate change could trigger a massive financial crash Women need a rosy outlook? Then give us reason to be optimistic Trump’s wise monkey environment plan: See no evil, hear no evil Google’s €2.4bn fine is small change – the EU has bigger plan APERTURE Meticulous engravings that gave first glimpse of the invisible FEATURES The ethics issue: Should we give other animals rights? The ethics issue: Should we edit our children’s genomes? The ethics issue: Should we make everyone ‘normal’? The ethics issue: Should we abandon privacy online? The ethics issue: Should we give robots the right to kill? The ethics issue: Should we let synthetic life forms loose? The ethics issue: Should we geoengineer the planet? The ethics issue: Should we impose population controls? The ethics issue: Should we colonise other planets? The ethics issue: Should we stop doing science? How Aboriginal knowledge can help the world combat wildfires PEOPLE Premier exoplanet hunter on finding the first alien world CULTURE How the living world was changed, by the woman who changed it Futuristic artwork captures sounds to celebrate famous airfield How Californian design helped us to transform the world More Crossword No 8 Regulars LETTERS, FEEDBACK, THE LAST WORD

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Publisher New Scientist
Title New Scientist Magazine
Frequency Weekly
Sector Hobbies & Interests
Date 8 Jul 2017
Month July
Year 2017