Previews: New Scientist Magazine – Feb 11, 2023

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New Scientist – February 11, 2023 issue:

2000-watt challenge: How to reduce your energy use and still live well

In theory, it’s possible to live well while using energy at a rate of just 2000 watts – a quarter of the average for people in the US. Our environment reporter took on the challenge. Here’s what he discovered

The First City on Mars review: How to make life on Mars a reality

Living on Mars will take enormous work, but urban planner Justin Hollander is already on the case in this guide to settling the Red Planet

The evolutionary origin of paranoia and why it is becoming more common

Psychologists are forging a new understanding of paranoia, which is helping to explain why more of us are prone to the condition in today’s uncertain world


Research Preview: Nature Magazine- February 9, 2023

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nature – February 9, 2023 issue:

Pill for a skin disease also curbs excessive drinking

The drug apremilast reduces alcohol intake in mice bred to imbibe to excess and in humans with alcohol-use disorder.

Einstein’s theory helps to reveal Jupiter’s distant duplicate

For the first time, astronomers have identified a planet outside the Solar System using ‘microlensing’ data from a telescope in space.

Fluffball foxes wander thousands of kilometres to find a home

The Arctic fox, which weighs less than many house cats, covers long distances in the frigid north.

Art: A Tour Of ‘Vermeer Exhibition’ In Amsterdam

FRANCE 24 (February 8, 2023) – Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum has brought together 28 of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer’s luminous masterpieces from around the world, in the largest-ever exhibition of the 17th century artist’s works.


Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) lived and worked in Delft. His work is best known for his tranquil, introverted indoor scenes, his unprecedented use of bright, colorful light and his convincing illusionism.

In contrast to Rembrandt, Vermeer left a remarkably small oeuvre with about 35 paintings. As his paintings generally considered the most prized treasures of every museum collection, Vermeer paintings are rarely lent out.


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The exhibition will include masterpieces such as The Girl with a Pearl Earring (Mauritshuis, The Hague), The Geographer (Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main), Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid (The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin) and Woman Holding a Balance (The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC).

Works never before shown to the public in the Netherlands will include the newly restored Girl Reading a Letter at the Open Window from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden.

News: Zelensky Visits UK, South Africa ‘State Of The Nation’, Swiss Skepticism

Ukraine and the UK: a new special relationship? Plus: what to expect from Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation address, Switzerland’s school for coronavirus sceptics and the latest aviation news.

Front Page: The New York Times – February 9, 2023


Biden Aims to Win Back White Working-Class Voters Through Their Wallets

In his State of the Union address, the president signaled the opening of a yearslong push to persuade white working-class voters to return to the Democratic fold. Winning them over on cultural issues may be more difficult.

Millions Suffer Cold and Grief After Catastrophic Quake, Awaiting Help

With thousands dead and many more left homeless in Turkey and Syria, people struggling to unearth victims, bury the dead and provide for millions of survivors are pleading for more aid.

Disinformation Researchers Raise Alarms About A.I. Chatbots

Researchers used ChatGPT to produce clean, convincing text that repeated conspiracy theories and misleading narratives.

How Russia Is Surviving the Tightening Grip on Its Oil Revenue

Restrictions on Russia’s oil trade are raising the stakes in a protracted economic standoff that is reshaping the global energy market.