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NEW SCIENTIST MAGAZINE ISSUE DATE 19 FEBRUARY 2011 (No. 2780)
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COW DUNG AWAY
New Zealand are importing 11 Australian species of dung beetle to help
deal with its massive heap of livestock dung, thereby benefiting the
environment and reducing numbers of pest flies. Page 4
DAYS OF WONDER
>From waking up, to getting breakfast, going to work, travelling home and
unwinding at the end of the day, Roger Highfield explores the seemingly
mundane occurrences of day-to-day life, revealing the scientific beauty
of these simple events. Feature Pages 34 - 41
How can we boost crop yields to help feed the world's growing
population? The photosynthetic machinery in plants has remained largely
the same for the last billion years, but what if we could tinker with it
to help make the process more efficient? With just a few improvements,
crop yields could reach unprecedented levels. Feature Pages 42 - 45
KEEPING UP E-PPEARANCES
The internet has blurred the lines between professional and personal
reputations. So how can you go about maintaining or restoring your
online reputation? Feature Pages 46 - 49
ROBOT INTERNET TO HELP MACHINES SHARE SECRETS
A World Wide Web for robots? It may sound like science fiction, but it
will soon become a reality. Currently in development, RoboEarth will be
a robot-only internet which allow robots to share experiences and
information which will have exciting implications for the future of
robotics. Feature Pages 24 - 25.
EYE IN THE SKY COULD WATCH OUT FOR FLOODS
Recently we have seen multiple severe floods hit across the world, both
locally and internationally with devastating outcomes. An early warning
system using satellites could help save lives by making forecasting
easier and more accurate. Page 10
AUGMENTED REALITY HELPS TRACK POLICE SUSPECTS ON AN IPHONE
It would be almost impossible to locate a single suspect in a large
crowded area. But Police could soon be using iALPS, a system devised in
Vienna, Austria, to track down suspects by pinpointing their exact
location. Page 26
MUSIC TO YOUR EARS
Sound quality at festivals can be disappointing. A smartphone app could
be used to improve the poor sound quality experienced at open-air music
festivals. Page 23
URGE TO MIGRATE FOUND IN BIRD GENES
Just why do birds take flight in the winter months? Experts at the Max
Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany have discovered a gene which
not only encourages the restlessness of birds but also encodes a special
protein which enables birds to prepare for long flights. Page 14
DOSE OF GLIAL PROTEINS CURES DOWN'S MICE
Research by the National Institutes of Health in Maryland shows that
learning and memory problems in mice with a syndrome that mimics Down's
can be prevented by injecting their mothers with two proteins while
still in the womb. Page 15.
DO SNAILS DREAM OF SLIME-COVERED SHEEP?
Unlike most animals, snails don't need much sleep. Research from the
University of Toronto shows that they prefer to take frequent power-naps
instead. Page 17.
HATE SPIDERS? TRY THE 'INVISIBLE' CURE
Exposure to non-threatening subliminal images can help to cure phobias,
says research from Adelphi University in New York. Page 18.
4G PHONE NETWORK 'WILL CREATE GPS DEAD ZONES ACROSS THE US'
Superfast data connections on your mobile phone may not be compatible
with a reliable GPS signal. Engineers at satnav manufacturer Garmin
International say the broadcast of stronger 4G signals is likely to
cause severe GPS jamming. Page 25.
IT'S OVER THERE!
The driest desert on Earth, the Atacama, and the coldest deserts on
Earth, the Antarctic Dry Valleys are our closest comparison to the
surface of Mars. The recent discoveries of life in these salty and icy
environments may herald similar revelations on the Red Planet if we look
in the right places. Feature Pages 28-29.
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BETTER THAN HYMAN? WHAT'S NEXT FOR JEOPARDY? COMPUTER
Will supercomputers win in the ultimate battle against humans? Watson,
IBM's supercomputer has appeared on Jeopardy to challenge human
knowledge and intelligence. Who will come out on top?
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