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New Scientist - 14 August 2010


New Scientist is a weekly international science magazine and website covering recent developments in science and technology for a general English-speaking audience. New Scientist has maintained a website since 1996, publishing daily news. As well as covering current events and news from the scientific community, the magazine often features speculative articles, ranging from the technical to the philosophical.
Will someone leak the leaker's secrets? WikiLeaks demands that governments be transparent, but its own workings should be open to scrutiny too After a miscarriage, no need to put off trying again Women who conceive soon after miscarrying are at no more risk of another failed pregnancy than those who wait six months Combination punch could fell rainforests The combined effects of climate change and deforestation threaten 80 per cent of Earth's tropical forests “ but they can still be saved Kyoto targets are impossible to verify In 2012 rich nations must prove that they have cut emissions in accordance with their targets “ but that may be an impossible task Levels of controversial soap chemical rise Tests on US volunteers show increased levels of triclosan, used in soaps and toothpaste, adding to as yet unconfirmed health fears 60 Seconds Rotavirus vaccine success, space-walk failure, frog hunting and more MRI scans could diagnose autism Key anatomical differences in autistic brains have been used to train software to distinguish them from those of people without the condition NASA seeks secrets of commercial moon landers The space agency says it wants to learn from future commercial missions to the moon “ and is willing to pay up to $30 million for the privilege P = NP It is bad news for the power of computing Some mathematical problems will remain hard no matter how cunning your computer program, a new proof has shown Fallible DNA evidence can mean prison or freedom An impact from a large rocky planet early in Jupiter's life would explain odd features of the solar system's massive gas giant Frozen jet stream links Pakistan floods, Russian fires A holding pattern in the jet stream means weather systems stick around with violent consequences Fractals promise higher-temperature superconductors Like the internet and networks of amorous couples, a superconducting crystal has been found to show "scale-free" organisation Early puberty in girls doubles in a decade Ten per cent of white girls in the US reach puberty aged 7. Prime suspects are obesity and exposure to environmental chemicals that mimic oestrogen Skull electrodes give memory a boost Applying a small electric current to two areas of the brain leads to a dramatic improvement in visual memory Elephants fear humans more than dynamite Forest elephants become less active during daylight to avoid humans, but seem unfazed by oil prospectors' blasts Fasting mothers raise potential risk for unborn babies Women who fast while pregnant produce smaller placentas, which is linked to a greater risk of the child having cardiovascular disease in later life Slit pupils help snakes ambush their prey The vertical slits in snake eyes aren't just for improving night vision, but for aiding hunting and many more...

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