Tweeting the Mood of the World
This week, how analysing tweets can gauge the mood of people around the world, a new way to predict someone's risk of a heart attack, the new field of 'designer plastics' and how Mercury is providing a window into our early Solar system. Plus, the launch of a Chinese Space Station, using glowing bacteria to encode secret messages and the results of this year's Ig Nobel awards including dizzy discus throwers, beetles mating with beer bottles and a drastic way to stop illegal parking...
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Plastics may soon be able to be designed to a specification for an individual job
An analysis of over half a billion "tweets" posted worldwide on the microblogging site Twitter has confirmed that, regardless of country or culture, we're all in a better mood in the morning, we become more dysphoric as the day goes on and we're happier at weekends...
An analysis of electrical heart tracings from thousands of patients has revealed a new way to spot those at risk of repeat heart attacks.
In this week's news roundup we discuss Chinese Space Stations, the Dead Sea Scrolls going online, using CO2 to generate fuel and encrypting messages with glowing bacteria...