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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Today on New Scientist: 25 November 2011

A pensive portrait of a male gibbon at the Bristol Zoo scooped an award for an amateur photographer

Sony's new handheld console bristles with technology, but can it beat its portable gaming rivals?

The ostensible aim is to devise a successor to the Kyoto protocol, but there's so much more going on

Monique van der Vorst won't be competing in the Paralympic Games because she has regained the use of her legs - a surprisingly common occurrence

Rare ancient stars boasting precious metals may have formed from high-class dust clouds

India has only had a single case this year but risks re-infection from its neighbour

The Last Universal Common Ancestor may have filled the planet's oceans before giving birth to the ancestors of all living things on Earth today

See how a liquid-trapping culinary technique could be used to study cancer cells

Artist James Yamada's new outdoor installation draws inspiration from light boxes used to treat seasonal affective disorder

Barau's petrel is one of a handful of tropical birds that navigates using the full moon as a kind of Bat-Signal to guide them to their love nests

Are we ready for a "pre-social network" with predictive powers that could help stage-manage our lives through our smartphones?

Noble gases are a do-nothing group of elements that barely exist on Earth. But that doesn't mean they're not valuable, says David E. Fisher

Alchemy lives in County Fermanagh, Ms von Zeppelin gets her perfect job, Bank of America gets trillionaire-ready, and more

Watch physics at work in a glass of wine as different types of waves are produced

A reconstruction of the last ice age suggests that the climate is less sensitive to carbon dioxide than we thought, but climatologists are sceptical

Fish bones and fishing hooks found in East Timor push back the record of fishing by 30,000 years

New images link the mysterious high-energy particles to their star-nursery source

Transplanted embryonic neurons repair damaged brain circuits in mice, reversing obesity

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