[ASC-media] NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE 30 OCTOBER 2010

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NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE 

NEW SCIENTIST MAGAZINE ISSUE DATE 30 OCTOBER 2010 (Vol. 202, No. 2784)

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SUPERHERO SUIT TO BUILD BONES IN SPACE
A team at MIT, led by engineer James Waldie, now based in Melbourne,
Australia, have designed a stretchy suit that can mimic the effects of
gravity on astronaut's bones. The loss of bone density resulting from a
microgravity environment is a concern for astronauts and this suit could
provide a more comfortable means of addressing the problem. Page 12  

SNOOP DOGS
Doggy DNA could become a mainstream part of criminal forensics. The use
of animal DNA, particularly dog DNA, in forensics is steadily growing,
with databases starting to pop up in countries like the US and UK. In
the UK, the first criminal conviction to use a new dog DNA database was
recorded in March this year. Just how reliable are these animal DNA
databases when compared to human DNA databases? Feature Pages 35 - 37   

THE 12 PILLARS OF WISDOM
Intelligence is a contentious issue. With no agreed definition or
measurement of intelligence, how do you figure out whether or not you
are in fact intelligent? New Scientist explores a set of tests that can
be considered the building blocks of intelligence and how these relate
to the brain's anatomy. Readers are also invited to assess how their
brain works in an online test. Feature Pages 38 - 43

JAMMED
In just 2013 we could face a mobile meltdown, where mobile phone
networks grind to a halt due to congestion. You've probably already
experienced the wireless crunch at a large sporting event or music gig,
but this could become a daily reality. Why are the networks jamming up?
What can be done to allow wireless communication to continue? Feature
Pages 44 - 47 

THE EARTH SIMULATOR
In light of the world's recent financial crisis, is it time to rebuild
economic theory from the bottom up? With the number-crunching abilities
of computing and an understanding of the physics of complex systems, we
have the capacity to fundamentally change our approach to economics and
other social sciences. Feature Pages 48 - 51  

ALL EYES ON CALIFORNIA FOR MARIJUANA BALLOT If successful, a plan known
as proposition 19 could see cannabis cultivation become not only legal
in California, but a branch of modern agribusiness. While officials will
keep an eye on mental health statistics and incidents of traffic
accidents if this bill passes; tax revenue could generate over a billion
dollars and hundreds of millions of dollars could be saved on policing
costs. Pages 8 - 9  

CAPTCHA ADVERTS CAPTURE YOU
You might not be able to ignore online ads for much longer with the firm
NuCaptcha integrating advertising into the "captchas" used to check
whether website visitors are human. Companies including Wrigley and
Disney have already signed up for the new ads. Page 23  

The following articles are for IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Please click on the
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AIR OF DEFEAT AT JAPANESE BIODIVERSITY SUMMIT
Negotiations at the international Convention on Biological Diversity
(CBD) appear to be failing. Several countries rich in biodiversity are
refusing to sign up to new environmental protection targets unless a
deal is reached to share the cash benefits from the exploitation of the
biodiversity.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19631-air-of-defeat-at-japans-biod
iversity-summit.html
<http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19631-air-of-defeat-at-japans-bio
diversity-summit.html>     

DEVICE GIVES PARENTS THEIR CHILD'S EYE VIEW A trial is underway to test
a new child safety device that can track the location of a child as well
as their heart rate. If the child's heart rate is faster than usual the
device can take a photo of the child's point of view and alerts parents
via email. However the privacy concerns surrounding such a device could
prevent them from taking off around the world.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19639-device-gives-parents-their-c
hilds-eye-view.html
<http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19639-device-gives-parents-their-
childs-eye-view.html> 

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