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THE WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER FROM AUSTRALIA'S #1 SCIENCE MAGAZINE
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7 Oct 2011
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THIS WEEK'S COMPETITIONS

We've got 5 'Man on Earth with Tony Robinson' DVDs to give away! Our favourite, most creative answers to the question below will win. (Note: Unfortunately only Australian residents can enter this one.)

Question: What do you think is the most important or intriguing archaeological site in the world, and why?

Email your answers to online@cosmosmagazine.com to win! Competition closes at 5:30pm on 12 October 2011. For terms and conditions, click here.

And for our international readers, we've got a copy of Idan Ben-Barak's book, Small Wonders - How Microbes Rule Our to give away! Our favourite, most creative answers to the question below wins.

Question: What microbe do you think is the most fascinating, and why?

Email your answers to online@cosmosmagazine.com to win! Competition closes at 5:30pm on 12 October 2011. For terms and conditions, click here.


POLL RESULT

The overwhelming majority of you are going to wait for further research before coming to any conclusions about whether or not neutrinos have broken the speed of light, but there's still a number of you (18%) who are convinced that this is impossible, no matter how much research is carried out. View the full results and add your comments

NEW POLL: Do you think the science Nobel Prize rules need to be changed? Have your say.


TOP NEWS

invisibility cloak

Cloaking device makes objects vanish in a mirage

A new cloaking device made from heated up carbon nanotubes has been used to replicate the 'mirage effect'.


Polyodon spathula

Lungfish gives insight into life on land

A stepping stone in the evolution of all four-legged life has been revealed by new research into the pelvic fin muscle development of bony fish.

Crab Nebula

Dark energy nets Nobel for Australia, USA

A trio of astronomers have won the Nobel Prize for Physics for discovering that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, a finding that implies the cosmos will one day end with a whimper.
Kuiper Belt comet

Comets were responsible for Earth's oceans

We're one step closer to unlocking the mystery of where Earth's water came from, with new research suggesting it came from comets, not asteroids.

Arctic ozone hole

New ozone hole causes concern

A hole in the ozone layer has been detected over the Arctic for the first time.


autistic mouse

Engineered mice reveal autism clues

Autistic mice have been engineered through the deletion of a specific cluster of genes in a study that could lead to improved diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

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IN FOCUS

The Night of Diana

Lessons of the hunt

I've just returned from an overseas trip, during which I spent three days in Paris, and was lucky enough to have a friend living in the Marais recommend a visit to the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (Museum of Hunting and Nature).

This small, privately owned museum is housed within two adjoining three-storey 17th century aristocratic houses and features the most beautiful and intriguing array of paintings spanning from the late-Middle Ages to the present, including 17th-century portraits of Louis XIV's pets, huge taxidermy animal trophies, sculptures, tapestries and an entire room filled with historic hunting equipment including incredibly ornate guns owned by Louis XIII, Marie-Thérèse of Austria and Napoleon III.

It quickly became my favourite museum I've ever visited because it's not just a collection of historic artefacts expressing man's relationship with nature, it's also deliberately quite dark and peculiar, which makes for a pretty intoxicating experience.

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THIS WEEK'S FEATURES

Anglo-Australian Telescope dome

Centenary of Mt Stromlo Observatory

Instrumental in facilitating Brian Schmidt's Nobel Prize-winning discovery about the expanding universe, Australia's Mt. Stromlo Observatory celebrates one hundred years of exploring the southern sky.
superconductor

Secret superpower

The hunger for more power is spurring a search for the key to high-temperature superconductors.


THIS WEEK'S BLOGS

One perfect quote

Phill considers the art of coaxing scientists into providing media-friendly quotes for our news stories.


The Night of Diana

Lessons of the hunt

Back from her holiday, Becky lets us in on one of Paris's best kept secrets.

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CURRENT ISSUE IN STORE NOW!

THE TRUTH ABOUT DRUGS Three things you should know about the genetically modified food that could soon hit supermarket shelves: and prepare to be surprised. We go behind the scenes of pioneering research and find out why GM foods polarise debate. Plus, with an expected world population of nine billion in 2050, how will we feed the planet? From synthetic meat to insects, we review some of the weird and innovative solutions. Stunning images, the origin of sex, where civilisation and farming began and the extreme speeds of the fastest objects in the universe are but a few of the tempting morsels for your mind this issue. Bon appetit!
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Nominate now for the NSW Science and Engineering Awards 2011
The NSW Science and Engineering Awards are set to be bigger and better in 2011 with more prize money on offer and three new award categories. This year the total prize pool has increased to $100,000, with the main award of NSW Scientist of the Year to receive $55,000. The NSW Science and Engineering Awards recognise the State’s leading researchers for cutting-edge work that generates economic, health, environmental or technological benefits for NSW. The closing date for nominations is Monday 17 October. Nomination forms and guidelines are available here.

Poll

How confident are you that physicists at CERN have broken the speed of light with neutrinos?
Extremely confident, CERN is reputable and its scientists have spent months diligently checking their findings
12%
Highly sceptical, this result defies the laws of our universe - it must be a mistake
18%
Uncertain, they have presented compelling evidence but further testing is needed to support their claim
71%

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