[ASC-media] NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE 29 OCTOBER 2011

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NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE

NEW SCIENTIST MAGAZINE ISSUE DATE 29 OCTOBER 2011 (No. 2836)

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OPERATION CLEAN-UP
Every year, an estimated 760 million litres of human-produced oil fouls the world's oceans. Yet all you have to do is look at the cargo ship Rena off the coast of New Zealand to realise the problem isn't going away. In a bid to find better ways to suck up the spilled oil, the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge was launched with the $1 million prize awarded on the 11th October this year. Feature Pages 46 - 49

FLOOD-FEARING PARROTS COMMIT 'GENDERCIDE' FOR SURVIVAL
When times are tough, Electus parrots kill their male chicks. Such "gendercide" is unusual outside human societies, but an either-year study conducted by Robert Heinsohn of the Australian National University in Canberra found it might actually aid the parrot's survival. Page 17

SPECIAL REPORT: SCIENCE IN AMERICA
US politics appears to have entered a parallel universe where ignorance, denial and unreason trump facts, evidence and rationality. New Scientist explores how this came to be and calls on scientists to do what comes naturally: look at the evidence and act on it. Special Feature Pages 38 - 45
* DECLINE AND FALL: How has America's history shaped their current political landscape and public perception of science? Pages 38 - 42
* DON'T TELL IT SO STRAIGHT: It's time for science communicators to alter their strategies and express their messages in ways that will resonate with the public. It's time to beat their opponents in the battle for hearts and minds. Pages 42 - 45

THE REAL YOU
Can we still afford the luxury of an anonymous online environment where no one need ever be held accountable? For all the benefits the internet has brought us, it often remains a deeply uncivilised place. This has lead to several companies developing tools that can identify internet users with unprecedented precision. Feature Pages 50 - 53

CHILDREN WHO SUE FOR BEING BORN
An increasing number of Israeli children are suing the medical authorities for ever allowing them to be born. The rise in "wrongful life" suits has prompted an investigation by the Israeli government and raises serious ethical questions. Pages 6 - 7

SCEPTICS AGREE WARMING IS REAL
A group of scientists known for their scepticism about climate change has reanalysed two centuries' worth of global temperature records - and found that Earth is getting hotter. Page 4

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TURKEY EARTHQUAKE REVEALS A NEW ACTIVE FAULT ZONE
The earthquake that shattered eastern Turkey this week reveals a shift in seismic activity in the region. Kevin McCue, director of the Australian Seismological Centre in Canberra told New Scientist, if the trend continues Beirut in Lebanon may fall victim to future earthquakes. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21083-turkey-earthquake-reveals-a-new-active-fault-zone.html

LIBYAN PLAN TO TRACE MASS GRAVES AND MISSING PEOPLE
Libya's National Transitional Government has already set up a commission that it says will ensure the transparent and orderly exhumation and identification of bodies from mass graves. Organisations such as the Red Cross have been involved in training Libyans to do exhumations properly. The commission is trying to be neutral, ensuing justice for the dead on all sides of the conflict.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21086-libyan-plan-to-trace-mass-graves-and-missing-people.html

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