[ASC-media] NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE 14 JANUARY 2012

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NEW SCIENTIST MAGAZINE ISSUE DATE 14 JANUARY 2012 (No. 2847)

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FEELING THE FUTURE
A small group of psychologists are investigating precognition - the ability to foretell the future. Astonishingly some are turning up positive results. While there is widespread scepticism, if precognition turns out to be real, it will shake the foundations of science and philosophy. Feature Pages 38 - 41

CREATIVE SPARKS
Does it really take a human to make a masterpiece? The Painting Fool, a piece of software, can seek artistic inspiration and arguably, has a rudimentary imagination; but can it be creative without experiencing the real world? Feature Pages 42 - 45

GOLD NANO 'EARS' SET TO LISTEN IN ON CELLS
Move over microphones, nanophones have arrived. A gold sphere just 60 nanometres in diameter is the most sensitive listening device ever created, paving the way for soundtracks to formerly silent movies of bacteria and other single-celled organisms. Page 13

LEAPING DNA COULD HURT COURT CASES
New studies indicate the need for caution when interpreting touch evidence i.e. DNA in a crime scene. Transfer of DNA can easily occur which means contamination is an issue that should be given more consideration by the prosecution. Page 12

MILKY WAY BRIMS WITH PLANETS
Its seems every star in our galaxy may harbour a planet, enter  gravitational microlensing, a new technique which can reveal planets orbiting a star providing it is within 20,000 light years from Earth. Page 15


TALK TO THE WRIST
A new project titled Wristque aims to create a low powered wristband to respond to sensors embedded in buildings to monitor how you feel and adjust the temperature and lighting. Wristque will let you reach your personal level of comfort by tapping a button on your wrist.  Page 17

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THE FUTURE'S BRIGHT FOR WARMER LIZARDS
Lizards not only become bigger but they get smarter when the heat is turned up, giving them a competitive edge as the world gets warmer.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21339-lizards-may-be-made-smarter-by-warming-world.html


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