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THE WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER FROM AUSTRALIA'S #1 SCIENCE MAGAZINE
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24 Nov 2011
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THIS WEEK'S COMPETITION

We've got five copies of Forecast for Disaster - The weather behind Black Saturday to give away this week! Our favourite answer to the question below will win.

Question: (At the risk of being a bit too morbid for a Thursday afternoon), how do you think the Earth will eventually end, and why do you think so?

Email your answers to online@cosmosmagazine.com to win! Competition closes at 5:30pm on 1 December 2011. Terms and conditions here.

And congratulations to Mark Dale from South Australia who won last week's competition! A copy of Born in Africa is on its way to you.


POLL RESULT


More than half of you think we might find life on Europa, but whether or not we can get down into those underwater oceans is the more pressing issue. 27% of you think there is life down there, while just 13% think it's doubtful we'll find anything. View the full results and add your comments.

NEW POLL: Do you think drug addiction is a disease? Have your say.


TOP NEWS

peanut allergy

Can exposure protect kids with lethal allergies?

The best way to prevent food allergies may be to expose babies to high-risk fare rather than avoid it altogether, according to evidence from ongoing clinical trials.
Michelle Simmons

Quantum computing pioneer is NSW Scientist of the Year

A scientist who is pioneering the development of the world's first quantum computer has been named the 2011 NSW Scientist of the Year tonight at Government House in Sydney.
dental procedure

Soft diet causes painful dental bills

If you're living in an industrialised country and suffering with certain dental problems, blame your ancestors. The switch from a hunter-gatherer diet to a reliance on domestic plants or animals are responsible, say scientists.
A spiral galaxy

Galaxies are the ultimate recyclers

New observations have shed light on the ways galaxies continuously recycle immense volumes of hydrogen gas and heavy elements, allowing them to build successive generations of stars.
overfishing parrotfish

Decrease in parrotfish a danger for reefs

The depletion of large fish due to overfishing throws the functioning of coral reef ecosystems off kilter, say researchers, who offer new insight into the plight of the world's reefs.


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IN FOCUS


Kevin Richardson

A dangerous game

Last week I was watching a program about a South African conservationist called Kevin Richardson who runs a park 50 km out of Johannesburg for some of Africa's most threatened wildlife including lions, cheetahs, leopards, panthers and spotted hyenas.

Nicknamed 'the Lion Whisperer', in one scene Richardson will stroll into an enclosure at the Kingdom of the White Lion park as a pair of newly introduced lionesses are met by the resident lions, and sit cross-legged - literally in the middle of them, - as they tussle, laughing affectionately as the pecking order is established around him.

In another scene, Richardson cradles an orphaned hyena pup and brings it into a pen with no less than four lions and a couple of hyenas, kneeling down amongst the curious circle to let them gently sniff at the chocolate-coloured fluff ball in his arms. A large, young lion comes up behind Richardson and wraps his giant paws around the back of his neck in an unbridled gesture of endearment.

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THIS WEEK'S FEATURES


feathers

Saving the world, one feather at a time

Global warming and fossil-fuel dependency are often viewed as nearly insurmountable problems. But in the world of 'green chemistry', scientists are looking for ways to nibble away at them, one step at a time.
addiction

Is addiction a disease?

From social disorder to chronic disease: new research is bringing drug addiction out of the shadows, says Karen McGhee.

THIS WEEK'S BLOGS


Georgia and Mara

End of an era - or well, a month

Georgia says good-bye to COSMOS, appreciative of the amazing opportunity but sad because there will be no more crazy animal stories shared, or fascinating scientists to interview, or fellow intern Mara.
hippopotamus amphibius

Going the distance

With two days left of her internship, Mara reflects on her five weeks with COSMOS.
Kevin Richardson

A dangerous game

It might be great fun to watch, but South Africa's 'Lion Whisperer' is doing no one any favours by letting these enormous cats treat him as one of their own.

THIS WEEK'S PROFILES


Tariq Ezaz

The Lizard Man

Tariq Ezaz is one of Australia's foremost experts on sex determination in dragon lizards, discovering that a combination of temperature and genes can determine gender.
Michael Kakanis

The immune cycle

Every athlete can increase their endurance through physical exertion, but not many know what Michael Kakanis knows: it may have a negative impact on their immune system.

THIS WEEK'S REVIEWS


The best Australian science writing 2011

The Best Australian Science Writing

A snapshot of the scientific thoughts and musings that circulated in 2011, this compilation preserves some of the most interesting and appetite-whetting highlights of the year in science.
Man On Earth with Tony Robinson

Man On Earth with Tony Robinson

Fresh fuel drives the age-old axiom "adapt or die" further forward - or perhaps in this case, back in time, as host, British entertainer and activist Tony Robinson takes viewers on a journey through 200,000 years of Earth's climate.

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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! Order your copy now! Read the digital edition immediately, or have a print edition sent to you.

Poll

Will we find life in the underground oceans of Jupiter's moon, Europa?
Yes, the conditions are right, so why not?
27%
No, it's doubtful we'll find anything
13%
Maybe, but we have to get down there first
60%

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