Preview: New Scientist Magazine – March 12

COVER STORIES

  • FEATURES Martin Rees interview: Elon Musk could spawn the first post-humans
  • FEATURES Creatures living in our cities are evolving in some surprising ways
  • FEATURES Middle-age spread isn’t down to metabolism, but we know how to beat it

Cover Preview: Nature Magazine – March 10

History & Science: Ancient Texts Deciphered With AI

The origins of ancient inscriptions are often shrouded in mystery. Writing carved into stone millennia ago can be hard to read and is often missing entire sections of the text. Now a neural network, trained on thousands of existing inscriptions, could help historians figure out when and where a piece of writing comes from – as well as fill in missing words and characters.

Read the paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s4158…

Preview: Times Literary Supplement – March 11

Africa Views: Ivory Coast Agriculture Goes Digital

Climate change, land degradation and deforestation have severely damaged Côte d’Ivoire’s natural surroundings. Many farmers are worried about their future. But Digitalization is bringing new hope.

Côte d’Ivoire is a West African country with beach resorts, rainforests and a French-colonial legacy. Abidjan, on the Atlantic coast, is the country’s major urban center. Its modern landmarks include zigguratlike, concrete La Pyramide and St. Paul’s Cathedral, a swooping structure tethered to a massive cross. North of the central business district, Banco National Park is a rainforest preserve with hiking trails. 

Morning News: Refugees From Ukraine, French Election, Russia-China

The latest from Ukraine, with an update on humanitarian corridors and the refugee situation. Plus: the official French presidential-election candidate list is released, and how does China and Russia’s relationship swing the balance of global power?