New Scientist Magazine - 23 September 2017 (NS230917)

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No.3144 TABLE OF CONTENTS Leaders The nuclear stalemate is crumbling – what are our options? NEWS UPFRONT It’s too easy for bioterrorists to access dangerous research World hunger is on the rise again due to climate change and war Human embryos genetically edited in the UK for the first time Wolves and bears to be slaughtered in Romania once again Christmas Island’s only echolocating bat has gone extinct Thousands likely to be killed by Hurricane Irma’s deadly legacy Cassini ends its 20-year mission by slamming into Saturn 60 Seconds NEWS & TECHNOLOGY Gravity may be created by strange flashes in the quantum realm Could we store carbon dioxide as liquid lakes under the sea? Sex and aggression linked in male mouse brains but not in female The NHS is using a chatbot to do tedious corporate team-building The closest star system may be home to a stolen star and planet Handheld scanner divines how nutritious your food really is Tool-wielding monkeys push local shellfish to edge of extinction Blind people repurpose the brain’s visual areas for language AI spots Alzheimer’s brain changes years before symptoms emerge Ultrafast lasers catch electrons relaxing after brief excitement Lightning storms triggered by exhaust from cargo ships End-of-life chatbot can help you with difficult final decisions IN BRIEF There are hardly any old fish left in the ocean – and that’s bad Robot made from a DNA strand could deliver cargo in your blood Third-hand smoke in furniture and clothes damages mouse organs Brown dwarfs have strong magnetic fields just like real stars Sacrificial virgin spiders let their nieces eat them alive Plastic cubes injected into the body could replace booster shots Tumour bacteria sabotage chemotherapy by destroying cancer drugs History of zero pushed back 500 years by ancient Indian text ANALYSIS A rushed response to Hurricane Irma could cause bigger disasters Eating more salt might save your life? Not so much It’s a disgrace there are no women on UK’s key science committee No, climate science isn’t wrong, and yes, global warming is real APERTURE Mirrored moat protects experiment searching for dark matter FEATURES The new nuclear race: Why North Korea isn’t the real story The real clean food: How to eat well for yourself and the planet Brain farts: 9 ways your brain can make you feel stupid PEOPLE The Renaissance gambler who invented probability to win at cards CULTURE Our terrifying energy future leaves us with uncertainties China’s struggle to overcome technological imperialism More Jurassic Perk: A wine-loving dinosaur for your kitchen Kids everywhere have damaging gender stereotyping set by age 10 Regulars LETTERS, FEEDBACK, THE LAST WORD

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Publisher New Scientist
Title New Scientist Magazine
Frequency Weekly
Sector Hobbies & Interests
Date 23 Sep 2017
Month September
Year 2017