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New Scientist 4-may-19

New Scientist covers the latest developments in science and technology that will impact your world. New Scientist employs and commissions the best writers in their fields from all over the world. Our editorial team provide cutting-edge news, award-winning features and reports, written in concise and clear language that puts discoveries and advances in the context of everyday life today and in the future.

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a note on today’s new-look magazine

New Scientist is devoted to innovation, and occasionally we need to turn the mirror on ourselves. It is more than a decade since the magazine has seen significant changes, and even we had to admit that parts of it were looking a bit jaded. We know from talking to you, our readers, that you love the magazine and aren’t looking for wholesale change. So we hope you enjoy this first issue of a modestly refreshed New Scientist. First off, we have slightly updated the design, with what we hope is a fresher, brighter feel. And we have created a dedicated “Views” section between our news reports and in-depth features. This brings together your letters with comment and reviews on science, culture and society. We have an exciting roster of new columnists, too, starting…

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conflict amber

Burmese amber contains stunning fossils but may fund a civil war in Myanmar– PALAEONTOLOGY often finds itself embroiled in debates about the buying and selling of fossils. The most notorious case was that of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton called Sue, which was the subject of a protracted ownership battle before being bought by the Field Museum in Chicago for $8.4 million. Such controversies are common. Last month, a collector angered scientists when he listed the skeleton of a juvenile T. rex on eBay for $2.95 million. The fossil had been on loan to the University of Kansas but may now enter a private collection, beyond the reach of scientists. Because of the risk of losing access, many palaeontologists choose not to work with privately owned specimens. The US Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP)…

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new scientist

PUBLISHING & COMMERCIAL New Scientist Live Tel +44 (0)20 7611 1206 Email live@newscientist.com Events director Adrian Newton Creative director Valerie Jamieson Sales director Jacqui McCarron Exhibition sales manager Charles Mostyn Event manager Henry Gomm Marketing Head of campaign marketing James Nicholson Poppy Lepora, Chloe Thompson Head of customer experience Emma Robinson Email/CRM Manager Rachna Sheth Head of data analytics Tom Tiner Web development Maria Moreno Garrido, Tom McQuillan, Amardeep Sian MANAGEMENT Executive chairman Bernard Gray Chief executive Nina Wright Finance director Jenni Prince Chief technology officer Chris Corderoy Marketing director Jo Adams Human resources Shirley Spencer Non-executive director Louise Rogers HR co-ordinator Serena Robinson Facilities manager Ricci Welch Executive assistants Sarah Gauld, Lorraine Lodge Receptionist Alice Catling EDITORIAL Editor Emily Wilson Executive editor Richard Webb Creative director Craig Mackie News News editor Penny Sarchet Editors Jacob Aron, Timothy Revell Reporters (UK) Jessica Hamzelou, Michael Le Page, Adam Vaughan, Clare Wilson (US) Leah Crane, Yvaine Ye, Chelsea Whyte (Aus) Alice Klein, Ruby Prosser Scully Digital Digital editor Conrad…

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more deadly floods

IT HAS been another week of extreme weather around the globe. In Indonesia, heavy rain led to flooding and landslides in the western part of the country (pictured above). At least 29 people have died, including 22 in a single landslide in Bengkulu on the island of Sumatra. The clearance of forests to plant palm oil has increased the risk of landslides. Two people also died in flooding in the capital Jakarta. This coastal megalopolis of 10 million people has long battled flooding, as the city is sinking fast due to the extraction of the groundwater beneath it. Most of the city could be underwater by 2050. This week, the government announced plans to move the capital elsewhere, though several previous plans to do this have come to nothing. Meanwhile, in Mozambique…

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black hole shoots jets all over place

ASTRONOMERS have seen a wonky black hole blasting plasma in various directions. The black hole, in the V404 Cygni system some 7800 light years from Earth, is sucking gas off a nearby star. This gas forms a disc of matter around the black hole. Such discs are usually thin and flat, but in V404 Cygni the black hole is feeding so rapidly that the inner region of the disc looks more like a doughnut (Nature, doi.org/gfz36n). Black holes normally fire plasma jets from their poles. A likely explanation for the wonky jets in V404 Cygni is that the black hole’s rapid feeding caused the gas disc to puff up. This misaligns the disc and black hole, pushing jets in different directions.…

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australia cuts codeine sales

SALES of codeine have halved in Australia since it became a prescription-only drug, and the change doesn't appear to have pushed people towards stronger opioids, as was feared. The decision to ban over-the-counter sales of the opiate painkiller came amid growing concern over opioid deaths in the US. While the ban in Australia was popular among doctors, critics said it could lead to an uptick in higher strength opioid sales. Since the ban began in February last year, 7000 kilograms less of codeine has been purchased. Sales of the higher strength version have remained the same.…