[ASC-media] NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE 21 MARCH 2009

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NEW SCIENTIST MAGAZINE ISSUE DATE 21 MARCH 2009 (Vol. 201 No. 2700)

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CRAB SHELL CHEMICAL WILL GIVE CARS A SELF-HEALING SKIN
Polymer scientist, Marek Urban and his team at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg has developed a new kind of polyurethane that can repair its own scratches when exposed to sunlight. The polyurethane that is combined with modified chitosan, a carbohydrate derived from the shells of shrimps, crabs and other crustaceans could be useful as a coating for cars, electronic devices and even furniture. Page 17

GIVE US CLARITY ON CLIMATE TARGETS
In December, Copenhagen will play host to thousands of politicians as they try to agree on emissions targets. In an attempt to make things clearer, last week 2500 scientists met to give their recommendations, but it appears that this has caused more confusion than it has abated. Since then, some have come out to say that it is “wrong and dangerous” to confuse politicians about climate change as it will hinder the urgency and intensity of climate change policy. New Scientist discusses the implications of this conference and its effect on policymakers with those closest to the front line. Page 6

ROBOT OCTOPUS MAY GO WHERE NO SUB HAS GONE BEFORE
Invest €10 million in a robotic octopus and you will be able to search the sea floor with the same dexterity as the real thing. That’s the plan of Cecilia Laschi of the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa who, with colleagues is attempting to build a robot with arms that work in the same way that tentacles do. Having no solid skeleton, it will be the world’s first soft robot. Page 18


CRAZY MONEY 
Experiments show that cash has a far more complex hold on our brains than most economists are willing to admit. Feature Pages 26-30


DINOSAUR GIANTS 
Sauropods like brachiosaurus were by far the biggest land animals of all time, but how did they break all the rules to grow so huge? Feature Pages 38-41


MEET THE HAWKINGS
Stephen Hawking and his daughter Lucy on family life and their new children’s book. Opinion Pages 24-25

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