New Scientist Magazine - 09 September 2017 (NS090917)

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No.3142 TABLE OF CONTENTS Leaders Democracy needs an upgrade to ensure it keeps people on its side Failed electric buses remind us that roads not taken do matter NEWS UPFRONT Seismic tests hint North Korea’s nuke is its first hydrogen bomb Explosions heard at flooded Texas chemical plant after hurricane Pioneering gene therapy approved for leukaemia in the US Brazil rejects bid to drill for oil near unique Amazon reef Asteroid Florence buzzes Earth in closest fly-by since 1890 We still don’t really know what CRISPR does to human embryos India floods: Apartment building collapses in Mumbai 60 Seconds NEWS & TECHNOLOGY Blockchain voting app puts democracy in the hands of the people We may be able to use Zika virus to attack brain cancer cells Controversial footprints suggest we evolved in Europe not Africa We’ve just seen 15 new mysterious cosmic radio bursts from space It took these monkeys just 13 years to learn how to crack nuts Alzheimer’s and smoking genes suggest we’re still evolving ‘Mother’ coral reefs are breathing life into their neighbours This is how some blind people are able to echolocate like bats Computer knows how much pain you are in by studying your face Fatal AI mistakes could be prevented by having human teachers Weird ancient burst of light in the sky turns out to be a nova Fallen leaves could be turned into devices that store energy Bee larvae fed beebread have no chance of becoming queen IN BRIEF Why the ostrich is the only living animal with four kneecaps Some TRAPPIST-1 planets may have the right conditions for water Hidden pockets of turbulent gas fuel stars in far-off galaxies Lizard-bot spins its coiled tail to move easily through sand We may finally understand why tropical plants have huge leaves One of Europa’s plumes may not exist, making hunt for life hard ‘Highwaymen’ beetles rob ants of the food in their stomachs Immigrant protections have halved kids’ mental health problems ANALYSIS Europe’s last wildernesses are under threat – can we save them? Your teenager’s biology demands later school starts and lie-ins We really can run the world on renewable energy – here’s how The cities in the firing line for the next Hurricane Harvey APERTURE Stripy ponds in the Utah desert help green the bone-dry land FEATURES Don’t quit now: Why you have more willpower than you think Eight ways to achieve your goals – no willpower required How crooks stalled the rise of electric cars for 100 years What if the diminutive electron isn’t as small as it gets? PEOPLE Candy crusher: The man who turned the world against sugar CULTURE Forensic Architecture: How to make right state wrongs A play called Against doesn’t know what it’s for More Why engineering is a mega job Crossword #10 Regulars LETTERS, FEEDBACK, THE LAST WORD

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Publisher New Scientist
Title New Scientist Magazine
Frequency Weekly
Sector Hobbies & Interests
Date 9 Sep 2017
Month September
Year 2017