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THE WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER FROM AUSTRALIA'S #1 SCIENCE MAGAZINE
NEWS
FEATURES
OPINION
BLOGS
REVIEWS
4 Nov 2011
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THIS WEEK'S COMPETITION

In light of some recent news about extreme weather, we have a copy of The Third Man Factor to give away! This book offers some insight into what drives humans to survive in extreme situations against all odds. Our favourite answer to the question below will win:

Question: If you were Storm, from the X-Men, how would you wield your weather-controlling powers?

Email your answers to online@cosmosmagazine.com to win! Competition closes at 5:30pm on 10 November 2011. Terms and conditions here.



POLL RESULT

More than half of voters (53%) believe there is definitely a link between their consumption of junk food and their resulting mood, while 28% of respondents think there are other factors at play. Less then a quarter of voters (19%) think their mood does indeed change, but that it's related to hunger more than 'junky' ingredients. View the full results and add your comments.

NEW POLL: Do you think Australia is doing enough to protect its native birds? Have your say.


TOP NEWS

Pleistocene

Man not guilty of killing off Ice Age giants

Humans are off the hook, it seems, for the extermination of large Ice Age mammals, according to a new study.
Human embryonic stem cells

Ageing stem cells from centenarian rejuvenated

Age-degraded cells from elderly patients upwards of 100 years old have been successfully transformed into rejuvenated stem cells "indistinguishable" from those found in their embryonic state.
A diagrammatic representation of the presented BCI system.

Virtual helicopters piloted with thoughts

Pilots of virtual helicopters can use their minds alone to achieve precise navigation of a three-dimensional environment, a new study reports.
 western ground parrot

Australian birds face extinction crisis

The future of Australian birds is bleak, according to a new report which says their conservation status has generally worsened as the country fails to adequately deal with ongoing threats.
rice grains

Rice seeds yield functional human blood protein

A new method for producing large quantities of the blood protein human serum albumin, or HSA, from rice seeds has been developed.
Optus 10

Another Australian satellite to head for orbit

Australia's next communications satellite will be launched in 2013 aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe's space launch centre in South America, it was announced earlier this week.


Geoscience Australia
On behalf of Oceania, Australia is hosting the 34th International Geological Congress (IGC) from 5 to 10 August 2012 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Featuring a wide-ranging scientific program under the theme “Unearthing our Past and Future” the event includes field trips, a large exhibition, training workshops and an outreach program. Attracting thousands of delegates from over a hundred countries, the IGC is the pre-eminent global geoscience event. For more information click here.


IN FOCUS

Toronto

A nostalgic afternoon

It's a day of mixed emotions as I write this column - my final entry as a COSMOS staff member.

I returned to Sydney back in February 2011, enduring the long-haul flight across the Pacific yet again. But this time, Australia was my final destination, at least for the next couple of years.

Still without working rights, I began my stint at COSMOS as a volunteer - quietly tucked away in a forgotten corner of the office, writing news stories and fanatically fact-checking features.

READ MORE>>


Are you keeping up with the race?
As South Africa and Australia jostle to win the right to build the world's largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array, pollution from emerging communication and mining technologies potentially threatens both bids. Read more here about how each side plans to manage it.



THIS WEEK'S FEATURES

Parkes telescope

Fifty years of 'The Dish'

2011 is the 100th anniversary of Mt Stromlo Observatory near Canberra. It's also the 50th anniversary of another great pillar of Australian astronomy: CSIRO's Parkes radio telescope. Curiously, the two are connected.
Portrait of Galileo Galilei

In search of Galileo

Galileo blazed a trail in astronomy that remains bright today. Dan Falk pursues the master's steps through Italy.


THIS WEEK'S BLOGS

Baby bat steals the show

Try before you buy

Down one intern after suffering the loss of Oli, Mara ploughs on through press releases, Gypsy's fruit bat fiasco and C42 fun.

Getting started

Hailing from Perth, our bubbly new intern Georgia details adventures and musings from week number one at the COSMOS office.


THIS WEEK'S PROFILES

Ben_Humphreys

Generation geothermal

After working on gas and oil rigs for four years, a university assignment caused mechanical engineer Ben Humphreys to investigate the potentials of geothermal energy.

Keeping the future strong

Physicist Anton Tadich spends his days analysing X-rays spun in a particle accelerator in order to create strong diamond-based materials for the future, showing us that science on the small scale can generate big results.


THIS WEEK'S REVIEWS

Outpost

Outpost

Stranded on an Arctic oil refinery as a deadly contagion wreaks havoc on the mainland - how will these lost souls respond when infection reaches their remote hideout?
The Brain That Changes Itself

The Brain that Changes Itself / Changing Your Mind

A closer look at the emerging science of neuroplasticity, and how our brains - far from being fixed - have a remarkable ability to change their structure.


Check out the new COSMOS gadgets!
Netbook computer, $290; Underwater mp3 player, $39; Battery powered iPhone/iPad charger, $19; Mini video recorder, $29. Prices in AUD, includes GST. Prices do not include delivery. Delivery only within Australia. View these amazing products here.


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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Poll

Do you notice a correlation between your mood and your consumption of junk food?
Yes, I think there is definitely a link
53%
No, there are other factors in play
28%
Maybe, but it's probably just because I'm hungry
19%

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