[ASC-media] NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE 22 OCTOBER 2011

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NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE

NEW SCIENTIST MAGAZINE ISSUE DATE 22 OCTOBER 2011 (No. 2835)

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SATNAV ON THE HORIZON
Next year a mandate from the UN International Maritime Organisation will go into effect, requiring many commercial ships to use Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) - a kind of Google Maps for ships. Yet disasters such as the container ship Rena crashing off the coast of New Zealand raise the question of why it hasn't been made compulsory sooner. Ian Rodrigues at the Australian Maritime College in Tasmania believes it's the best navigation aid since radar, while studies show it could reduce the number of ships run aground by 38 per cent. Page 26

SPECIAL REPORT: CLIMATE CHANGE
New Scientist sifts through the evidence to provide a brief guide of what we do and what we don't know about climate change. Special Feature Pages 36 - 43

CODE RED
1 in 4 major trauma victims suffer a problem with their blood clotting process as a result of their injuries. In a radical departure from standard procedures, new damage control protocols for trauma patients focus on fixing their blood before fixing their bodies. But do these protocols increase survival rates? Feature Pages 48 - 51

NEWS EXCLUSIVE: GLOBAL CAPITALISM
* THE HARD CORE OF POWER: As protests against financial power sweep the world this week, science may have confirmed the protesters' worst fears. In a unique effort to untangle control in the global economy and identify ways of making global capitalism more stable, an analysis of the relationships between 43,000 transnational corporations has been conducted. The study identified a relatively small group of companies, mainly banks, with disproportionate power over the global economy. Pages 8 - 9
* VALUING THE FUTURE...YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG: A lack of concern for the future is built mathematically into economic theory, and this carries through to the behaviour of companies and governments. However, a different way of putting a financial value on the future is changing this. Page 10

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FOREST LOGGERS JOIN WORLD'S BIGGEST ECOLOGY EXPERIMENT
Ecologists are working with the very people who would seem sworn enemies - rainforest loggers. Their aim is to exploit a deforestation programme to conduct one of the world's biggest ecological experiments, exploring the effects of habitat fragmentation. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21056-forest-loggers-join-worlds-biggest-ecology-experiment.html

APP TRACKS ROSAT SATELLITE'S CRASH TO EARTH
Only a month after NASA's UARS satellite plummeted into the Pacific Ocean, another defunct satellite is set to hit Earth sometime between 21 and 24 October. Although this satellite is smaller than UARS, more of it could survive re-entry. Now if you're worried about being hit by the satellite you need not fear, you can download an iPhone app called ROSAT that tracks the satellite's movements. http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2011/10/space-telescopes-re-entry-brou.html

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