New Scientist Magazine - 16 December 2017 (NS161217)

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No.3156 NEWS We’re homing in on the pathways that shape sexual orientation Crowd with BORN THIS WAY banner ANALYSIS Restarting dead people’s hearts lets doctors reuse their organs operation billboard FEATURES Effortless thinking: Why life is more than a zero-sum game Them-or-us fears about limited resources, fuel supplies and immigrants damage society – but do the true calculations and the result can be altogether better Illustration of blindfolded man with a shadow walking confidently in the opposite direction FEATURES Effortless thinking: Thoughtlessly thoughtless Why are the ideas that come most effortlessly to us often misguided, asks Graham Lawton rainbow FEATURES Effortless thinking: Beware the voice of your inner child The wind is alive, heat flows and the sun moves across the sky – childish intuitions shape our world, and can skew views on things like climate change stereotypes FEATURES Effortless thinking: Why stereotyping is an evolutionary trap Survival in the jungle dictates judging everything on first impressions – but life in the urban jungle demands a subtler set of rules queen postists FEATURES Effortless thinking: We’re all suckers for a celebrity What makes Her Maj majestic? Or gives someone the X factor? The answer lies in our nomadic past, and it is leading us badly astray today Trump supporters FEATURES Effortless thinking: Why we’re all born to be status quo fans There are no right answers in the world of politics – but whether we’re drunk or just pressed for time, the less we think, the further to the right our answers lean football hooligans FEATURES Effortless thinking: Adapting our need to feel part of the gang Tribalism is a very human trait not just on the football field. But what can fuel discrimination is a force we can harness for good cross in ice FEATURES Effortless thinking: The god-shaped hole in your brain Is that rustle in the dark a predator, or just the wind? It pays to think something causes everything – a survival trait that makes us all hard-wired to believe knife in hand FEATURES Effortless thinking: It pays to resist revenge’s sweet taste When people get their just deserts, it lights up our brain’s pleasure centres. But sweeter still is learning to combine this with our natural taste for forgiving North Korea parade FEATURES Effortless thinking: The fake news that takes us all in Conspiracy theory? Fake news? It’s not just the naive who are prone to delusional beliefs, and the only answer is to question, question, question Planet X artwork FEATURES Planet X: We are closing in on the solar system’s new occupant Evidence for a new body perhaps the size of Neptune way out in the shadows is building – but if there is a ninth planet, it’s unlike any we have seen Bronze Age stone FEATURES How World War Zero wrecked three Bronze Age civilisations The collapse of three civilisations has long been a mystery. Eberhard Zangger thinks he has the answer, but is he the victim of an elaborate hoax? TABLE OF CONTENTS Leaders The world urgently needs critical thinking, not gut feeling NEWS UPFRONT Trump directs NASA to send astronauts to the moon and then Mars Africa’s giraffes are being slaughtered by Joseph Kony’s army Weaponised microwave may be behind alleged sonic attacks in Cuba Bitcoin futures trading opens as cryptocurrency’s price soars Fentanyl considered for execution cocktail by two US states Nomadic birds in danger after spate of wildfires in key wetland Antisense therapy promises to slow Huntington’s disease 60 Seconds NEWS & TECHNOLOGY We’re homing in on the pathways that shape sexual orientation Fasting may boost brainpower by giving neurons more energy Mars overdue a planet-wide dust storm that could harm the rovers Giant tortoises are rare today but once roamed four continents Ancient black holes ruled out as source of all dark matter Ancient microbes caused Earth’s first ever global warming Sad ‘pigs’ have been filmed apparently mourning a dead friend Robot’s terrible jokes are a new test of machine intelligence Most distant quasar ever seen is way too big for our universe A boy is missing the vision bit of his brain but can still see Superheated water makes microwaved eggs explode when you dig in IN BRIEF Record-breaking 2-tonne fish is the heaviest of its kind That interstellar asteroid could be a shard of a shredded planet Daughters of older mums are more likely to never have children Gruesome eyeball wounds patched up with squirt of smart glue Food delivery robots are teaching themselves how to cross roads Bizarre supernova may be powered by hidden disc of dust and gas How we breathe between words can be used to identify us ‘Scary’ spider photos on Facebook are revealing new species ANALYSIS Restarting dead people’s hearts lets doctors reuse their organs Who will really benefit from the coming smart-city revolution? A grim winter looms for UK hospitals but there’s an easy cure APERTURE California’s wildfires are driven by climate and human error FEATURES Effortless thinking: Why life is more than a zero-sum game Effortless thinking: Thoughtlessly thoughtless Effortless thinking: Beware the voice of your inner child Effortless thinking: Why stereotyping is an evolutionary trap Effortless thinking: We’re all suckers for a celebrity Effortless thinking: Why we’re all born to be status quo fans Effortless thinking: Adapting our need to feel part of the gang Effortless thinking: The god-shaped hole in your brain Effortless thinking: It pays to resist revenge’s sweet taste Effortless thinking: The fake news that takes us all in Planet X: We are closing in on the solar system’s new occupant How World War Zero wrecked three Bronze Age civilisations CULTURE Uncannily real: volumetric video changes everything How refugee scientists can change the world More Stopping rabies in its tracks

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Publisher New Scientist
Title New Scientist Magazine
Frequency Weekly
Sector Hobbies & Interests
Date 16 Dec 2017
Month December
Year 2017