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Chance: Peace talks in the probability wars

Mon, 2015-03-16 20:00
Working out probabilities is just simple maths, right? Wrong – from drug trials to court cases, being Bayesian or frequentist can make all the difference (full text available to subscribers)






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#RosettaWatch: New clues about the origin of comet 67P

Mon, 2015-03-16 19:40
The latest word from comet 67P is in: strange forces mimic wind on the surface, the comet may be made entirely of pebbles, and Philae isn't awake yet






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How our wolf-dogs hounded out the Neanderthals

Mon, 2015-03-16 18:00
Cooperating with wolves could have given humans the edge over Neanderthals when we entered Europe, says palaeoanthropologist Pat Shipman (full text available to subscribers)






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Today on New Scientist

Mon, 2015-03-16 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: why random is hard, chancy evolution, risky business, win a Raspberry Pi, editing human embryos and more






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Earthquakes paint a picture of the inside of the Earth

Mon, 2015-03-16 16:27
Eavesdropping on seismic waves rumbling through our planet helps us work out its internal structure, and now one team aims to map the entire mantle in this way






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Ice makes unlikely rocket fuel for CubeSats

Mon, 2015-03-16 13:26
These low-cost satellites are limited in what they can do by the lack of a good propulsion system, but using ice could change that






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Vanuatu disaster prompts calls for climate change action

Mon, 2015-03-16 13:12
Cyclone Pam, which tore across Vanuatu, killing eight people, has been explicitly linked to climate change by the country's president and climate scientists






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Editing human embryos is genetics' new battleground

Mon, 2015-03-16 12:30
Will pioneering work to alter genes in human germ cells or early embryos allow us to make superbabies, and is it ethical? New Scientist explores the issues






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Risky business: Why money markets ignore the rules

Mon, 2015-03-16 12:00
Physicist turned Goldman Sachs analyst Emanuel Derman explains why it is so difficult to write equations for stock markets or interest rates (full text available to subscribers)






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Chance: Think of a number – and make it random

Sun, 2015-03-15 18:00
From shuffling in iTunes to keeping your bank account secure, computers need random numbers. But are they, like us, wired to think in predictable patterns? (full text available to subscribers)






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Risky business: Rare events happen surprisingly often

Sun, 2015-03-15 11:00
In the weird world of probability, winning the lottery and being struck by lightning happen more often than you think, says mathematician David Hand (full text available to subscribers)






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Age of Sustainable Development: Good lives for all?

Sat, 2015-03-14 17:00
Top sustainable-development guru Jeffrey Sachs can get world leaders on board for saving the planet, but is the optimism of his vision enough?






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Risky business: Coping with chaos in weather forecasts

Sat, 2015-03-14 12:00
Will it rain this weekend? It's a simple question, but the best answer comes down to probability, says Ken Mylne of the UK Met Office (full text available to subscribers)






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Win one of 50 Raspberry Pi micro-computers

Sat, 2015-03-14 08:30
The latest edition of the world's favourite hobby computer is here and, to celebrate Pi Day, we have 50 to give away (full text available to subscribers)






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ISIS is waging war on history. It's time to intervene

Fri, 2015-03-13 20:00
We have the tools to prevent further destruction of ancient Assyrian history and we need to use them now






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CO2 emissions may have stalled in 2014 - why?

Fri, 2015-03-13 19:16
The surprise plateauing of carbon emissions even as the global economy grew may be a one-off event fuelled by several factors






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Chance: The importance of randomness in evolution

Fri, 2015-03-13 18:00
The genetic game of life is a tug of war between randomness and determinism. But which one wins in the end? (full text available to subscribers)






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Today on New Scientist

Fri, 2015-03-13 17:55
All the latest on newscientist.com: the Barry Whites of the horse world, wireless brain stimulation, why algorithms are a bookie's friend, and more






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3D printer snaps together 'Lego' to help make drugs

Fri, 2015-03-13 17:40
A machine automatically constructs components needed to make medicines from a set of simple building blocks






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Icy pools are oases for unique glacier ecosystems

Fri, 2015-03-13 17:00
Water bears, not polar bears, rule the glacial holes that are hotspots for invertebrates. But the very dust which helps the holes form may lead to their demise






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