Friday, February 24, 2012

Today on New Scientist: 23 February 2012

DIY Geiger counter smartphone app to measure radiation

Make your own Geiger counter with a smartphone, some aluminium foil and an empty box of sweets

Oklahoma bill tackles 'controversial' science education

The Oklahoma House of Representatives has approved a bill that critics fear will allow the teaching of creationism and climate change denial

Alien view of virtual Yosemite

Yosemite valley's Sentinel Rock is an emblem of the US romantic landscape - now artist Dan Holdsworth has used topographic data to make a stark new image

Spotting symmetry in the skyscrapers

Marcus du Sautoy's new Maths in the City initiative gets you out and about spotting symmetry in your urban environment

Blame dark matter underdog for mystery missing lithium

Ancient stars suggest there was too little lithium in the early universe. Perhaps cold, light dark matter held back its production

All-seeing time-lapse reveals altered memories

Watch a lifelogging camera capture the stark reality of a New Scientist editor's typical day

Was speeding neutrino claim a human error?

The shocking result that neutrinos can apparently travel faster than the speed of light may have been due to a malfunctioning fibre-optic cable

Virginia law may demand invasive scan before abortion

Women seeking an abortion in Virginia may soon have to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound scan beforehand - is the intention to inform or stigmatise them?

Mystery booms: The source of a worldwide sonic enigma

Every so often, a loud booming noise is heard from over the horizon without any obvious explanation. What on Earth could the culprit be?

Climate change may stir geological mayhem

In Waking the Giant: How a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, geologist Bill McGuire warns we may be waking primordial monsters

Online spat over who joins memristor club

The debate centres on whether a set of technologies already used in recordable DVDs should be classified as memristors too

Underwater 'Seaview' lets you explore coral reef

The Catlin Seaview Survey, with Google, will let you explore the Great Barrier Reef from the comfort of your home

Speedy neutrino result may be due to instrument glitch

News reports suggest that the jaw-dropping result may not be due to exotic physics - an official update is expected on Thursday

World's deepest land animal discovered

The deepest-dwelling land animal in the world has been found almost 2 kilometres underground

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