New Scientist Magazine -29 October 2016 (NS291016)


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No.3097 NEWS UPFRONT Why San Francisco’s next quake could be much bigger than feared Mars orbiter spots new crater that may be ExoMars's lost lander Kuwait to change law forcing all citizens to provide DNA samples Snowmobile plunge claims life of Antarctica researcher Addiction to prescription drugs is UK ‘public health disaster’ Massive botnet-powered web attack fuels need to step up defences Hundreds of endangered wild snow leopards are killed each year 60 Seconds THIS WEEK Paralysed people inhabit distant robot bodies with thought alone Physics tweak solves five of the biggest problems in one go Shawl thing: Cashmere could soon come from gene-edited goats Mice fall for rubber hand illusion just like us Iceland drills hottest hole to tap into energy of molten magma $100 million project to make intelligence-boosting brain implant Kamikaze cells wage biowarfare and fight viruses with viruses IN BRIEF Mice’s love songs go wrong when ‘language gene’ is messed up Lying feels bad at first but our brains soon adapt to deceiving Material that shrinks in heat can weather extreme temperatures Pluto may sport clouds of poisonous acid and flammable gases Double star may light up the sky as rare red nova in six years Smart lab rats filmed using hooked tools to get chocolate cereal Is pain catching? First clues that it might spread to others Our ancestors chose reeds over grain when quitting nomadic life ANALYSIS How to save ourselves from the invisible gas choking us to death Dental checks can’t verify the age of child asylum seekers Final US presidential clash fails on climate change once more Police mass face recognition in the US will net innocent people TECHNOLOGY Playing Grand Theft Auto can teach autonomous cars how to drive Smart camera system checks patients’ vital signs from afar Robot learns to play with Lego by watching human teachers APERTURE Space view makes for an eerie sight of the Colorado river FEATURES Exploring the uncanny valley: Why almost-human is creepy Cosmic dark matter and energy balance – for now. Coincidence? The universe lines up along the ‘axis of evil’. Coincidence? The universe is flat as a pancake. Coincidence? One idea explains all the weird coincidences in the universe Space is all the same temperature. Coincidence? The Higgs boson makes the universe stable – just. Coincidence? The road to artificial intelligence: A case of data over theory PEOPLE Lab mice are sending us on a wild goose chase CULTURE A Day in the Life of the Brain hunts consciousness Trees have an inner life like ours, claims bestseller Lo and Behold takes Werner Herzog on a tour round the internet Regulars LETTERS, FEEDBACK, THE LAST WORD

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Publisher New Scientist
Title New Scientist Magazine
Frequency Weekly
Sector Hobbies & Interests
Date 29 Oct 2016
Month October
Year 2016