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NEW SCIENTIST MAGAZINE ISSUE DATE 21 JULY 2012 (No. 2874)
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The games are a scientific triumph as well as a sporting one. New Scientist explores the latest crazes that could help shave one-hundredth of a second off an athlete's time, heighten mental focus, improve recovery time, limit the risk of illness and improve nutrition and energy. Fiona Pelly, sports dietician at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and Barry Baker at the University of Sydney both discuss ways science helps boost athlete performance. Feature Pages 44 - 49
Five fatal shark attacks in 10 months have led the Western Australian fisheries minister to question whether great white sharks still merit protected status. However, Ryan Kempster at Flinders University in South Australia says there is "absolutely no scientific evidence" to suggest the recent uptick is linked to a rise in the shark population. Page 6
VACCINES BREED DEADLY NEW VIRUSES
For the first time we have evidence that a lethal virus has developed from vaccines that were meant to protect against it. Glenn Browning at the University of Melbourne in Australia and colleagues found new strains of a virus emerged when the European strain used in a vaccine acquired genes from Australian strains used in vaccines. Page 17
ON THE BRINK
The saga of high-altitude parachuting is about more than just dreams and records. It is a fascinating but largely unknown story of ingenuity, technology and pure guts. Later this year Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner will become the first man in almost 50 years to ride in a helium balloon to the rarified region above 99 per cent of earth's atmosphere and free fall into history. Feature Pages 36 - 39
A PASSWORD SO SECRET EVEN YOU DON'T KNOW IT Even the most sophisticated electronic security can be defeated by forcing someone to reveal a password. But what if sensitive information could be stored in your brain in such a way that you couldn't consciously disclose it, no matter how hard you tried? Page 14
THE CONSCIOUSNESS CONNECTION
A special type of brain cell may help build the rich inner life we call consciousness, including emotions, our sense of self, empathy and our ability to navigate social relationships. Many other big-brained animals share these cells in the same spot as the human brain and a greater understanding of the way these paths converge could tell us much about the evolution of the human mind. Consciousness might even have been a big and very successful accident. Feature Pages 32 - 35
JUST BACK FROM THE ISS, LOTS TO TELL...
A group of three mice have returned alive from a record-breaking 91 days aboard the International Space Station, the longest space trip of any animal besides us. What they experienced can help us understand the effects of long-term space travel on the body, that might help protect humans in space and back on Earth. Pages 8 - 9
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