[ASC-media] NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE 7 JULY 2012

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NEW SCIENTIST PRESS RELEASE 7 JULY 2012

NEW SCIENTIST MAGAZINE ISSUE DATE 7 JULY 2012 (No. 2872)

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VITAL EYE FOR KILLER ASTEROIDS TO SHUT
A lack of cash could end the only survey dedicated to searching the southern skies for potentially dangerous, Earth-grazing comets and asteroids. The Siding Spring Survey uses images from the Siding Spring observatory in Australia as part of the global Catalina Sky Survey. However, Catalina cut off funding to the survey due to growing costs and the temporary funding from the Australian National University in Canberra is set to expire at the end of July. Without a southern lookout, objects approaching Earth from below 30 degrees latitude would be invisible. So who can provide the funding? Page 12

INSTANT EXPERT: SPORTS ENGINEERING
For millions of years, humans have used tools and technology to enhance the things we do. Throughout human evolution, our imaginative minds have invented games, which help us to learn useful physical and mental skills as well as have fun. It was inevitable, then, that technology and sport would eventually marry up. So what has shaped the engineering of sport up to now? Special Feature Pages i - viii

GUILTY AND INNOCENT AT THE SAME TIME
The scientific community has long struggled to establish whether dissociative identity disorder is a real condition or simply the work of an overactive imagination. A new study could be an important step towards demonstrating the disorder is real. However, if it is a genuine disorder, what are the legal ramifications? Pages 10 - 11

EMBODY A ROBOT WITH YOUR MIND
For the first time, a person has controlled a robot by thought through fMRI, leaving their body behind. This kind of technology could one day give healthy people and those who are "locked in" the ability to interact with the world using a surrogate body, in a similar way to the film Avatar. Page 19

EXTREME WEATHER
Climate scientists have long warned that global warming will lead to more heatwaves, droughts and floods. It seems that our weather is getting wilder - more variable as well as steadily hotter but the big question is why? Pages 32 - 37

IMPOSSIBUBBLES
They can revive polluted lakes, scrub up computer chips and might even make new wonder drugs but what is it about the existence or non-existence of bubbles that's so intriguing? Pages 38 - 41

CROAKING IT
An unknown disease springs out of nowhere and sweeps across the globe, leaving millions of dead bodies strewn in its wake. It's happening today to the world's frogs and salamanders and is threatening to drive many species to extinction but now, thanks to genetic detectives, we are starting to find clues to the mystery of its sudden, devastating emergence. Feature Pages 42 - 45

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LET THE HIGGS GAMES BEGIN
The world's most-wanted particle is finally showing its face - or very nearly. Teams from the two main detectors at the Large Hadron Collider are due to announce the latest results in their search for the Higgs boson today at a seminar at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland. Pages 8 - 9
The unmasking of the Higgs boson: Follow the announcement live from the LHC here
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2012/07/live-blog-higgs-results-from-c.html

PHARMACY HIV TESTS
What you don't know can hurt you. That is why the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering the value of having pharmacies offer HIV tests in the US. Some 1.1 million people in the US carry HIV, but an estimated 200,000 don't know it. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22005-hiv-tests-offered-at-pharmacies-under-pilot-initiative.html

AI SYSTEMS COULD FIGHT CYBERBULLYING
Smart software integrated into a social network could detect online bullying and identify even the subtlest of abusive comments to warn bullies, ban offending posts or offer help and advice to the victim. http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21428713.400-ai-systems-could-fight-cyberbullying.html

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