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NEW SCIENTIST MAGAZINE ISSUE DATE 3 JULY 2010 (Vol. 202 No. 2767)
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WARM CLIMATES BOOST BIRD BEAK SIZE
Matthew Symonds at the University of Melbourne, Australia and Glenn
Tattersall of Brock University in Ontario, Canada have shown that heat
exchange can be added to the list of factors that influence the size of
a bird's beak. Page 17
INSTANT EXPERT: GENERAL RELATIVITY
This special guide provides an overview of general relativity, how it's
shaped our universe and the questions still remaining. Special Feature
Pages i - vii
Think your relationship is complicated? Reproduction in the animal
kingdom is a convoluted affair with some very diverse practices, ranging
from eating your mate to fathering your brother's offspring. Recent
research indicates just how interesting reproduction can get. Feature
Pages 36 - 39
A SUB TAKES TO THE SKIES
The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is
embarking on an ambitious plan to develop an aircraft-submarine hybrid.
So how could you make a submarine fly? Or an aeroplane sink? Feature
Pages 32 - 35
In the hour before dawn there is an ethereal glow in the night sky,
caused by light reflecting off dust in space. But where does the dust
come from? Scientists have been asking this question for years and may
finally have the answer. Feature Pages 40 - 41
DON'T WASTE ANIMALS
Guidelines have been published this week to help researchers avoid the
unnecessary and unethical waste of live animals. The 20-point checklist
was published by the UK's National Centre for the Replacement,
Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs). Page 5
BETRAYED BY PERFORMANCE
Extraordinary sporting performances could soon be used as an indication
of doping. This is part of a new anti-doping strategy that uses
physiological indicators as well as drug testing to provide a clearer
idea of who is cheating. Pages 6 - 7
IF YOU'VE GOT GREAT GENES, IT PAYS TO BE EXTROVERT Personality traits
are largely determined by genes. However, Aaron Lukaszewski of the
University of California believed evolution must have had a more
flexible system that allowed people to adapt to different circumstances.
So what does cause a person to be extrovert? Page 9
HARD DAY, OR JUST TOUCHED A HARD OBJECT?
Researchers have shown that tactile sensations can influence our
judgement. This could be a result of using of tactile concepts in
metaphors that relate to behaviour, meaning particular textures remind
us of particular phrases and behaviours. Page 16
INFECTIONS IN CHILDHOOD HARM PEOPLE'S IQ A recent study shows a strong
correlation between a country's disease burden and the average IQ of its
population. This suggests that catching an infectious disease during
early developmental stages may affect a person's IQ later in life. Page
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SMARTPHONE ADD-ON WILL BRING EYE TESTS TO THE MASSES Basic eye tests
could be bought to the masses thanks to a Smartphone and a specially
designed eyepiece. This technology has been developed by Ramesh Rasker
of the Camera Culture Group at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. It enables people to easily determine the strength lenses
needed for their glasses.
FEARS MUST BE CONQUERED, NOT BANISHED
Scientists put people with an innate fear of snakes into an MRI scanner
with a snake to find out what goes on in a person's brain when they
overcome their fears. It seems that courage is not altogether
fearlessness but simply overcoming the fear enough to act.
GREEN MACHINE: TACKLING THE PLASTIC MENACE A new self-destructing
plastic bag could be the end of plastic pollution. The self-destructing
plastic bag is still in the proof-of-concept stage but it could be a
catalyst for more wildlife-friendly products.
TUTANKHAMEN 'KILLED BY SICKLE-CELL DISEASE'
A German team disagrees with findings that suggest King Tutankhamen's
death was the result of an inherited bone disorder that weakened his
body before an attack of malaria. Instead they believe King Tut had
sickle-cell disease (SCD) which could explain his symptoms.
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