Friday, April 12, 2013

Today on New Scientist: 11 April 2013

Stone tools helped shape human hands

The strength and dexterity needed to use early stone tools shaped our hands into what they are today?- judging by the oldest known anatomically modern hand

Memory drug trialled in people with Down's syndrome

Former UK government adviser David Nutt is acting as a consultant on a pilot study of a drug aimed at improving memory problems associated with Down's

Virtual traveller: Beam a live, 3D you into the world

Thanks to a virtual reality and telepresence mashup, you no longer have to travel the globe to visit friends or wander around ancient ruins

Non-amputees given an invisible phantom limb

A classic illusion can persuade anyone that they are experiencing sensations from their own phantom hand - located in thin air

New bat genus earns its stripes in South Sudan

This beautifully patterned bat, with pale yellow spots and stripes on dark black fur, took researchers in the grasslands of South Sudan by surprise

Twist in dark matter tale hints at shadow Milky Way

The universe could have a dark side, complete with dark-matter atoms, a dark force and a mirror version of our own galaxy

Global hard times in environmental photography show

Our favourite images from the Environmental Photographer of the Year exhibition

The hidden costs of austerity

In making deep budget cuts, politicians are experimenting with the health of nations, not just their wealth

Wikipedia can help give news junkies their fix

Software can tell you when big news breaks by looking at what the online encyclopedia's legions of editors are up to

Txtspk is a stimulating force in language evolution

Far from leading to the demise of the English language, digital technologies have enabled a massive increase in writing. Long may it continue

New US education standards put climate in spotlight

For the first time, national-level guidelines include climate science as a key topic for children to learn - but they are not enforceable

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