Today on New Scientist: 15 September 2009


This is a digest of the stories posted to newscientist.com from 6pm yesterday until 6pm today. We’re running it as an experiment. Did you find it useful? Do you have suggestions about how we can make it better? Let us know. You can now subscribe to these digests by RSS Better world: Take Friday off… forever The four-day week could boost employment, save energy and make us happier The Age of Wonder wins Royal Society science books prize The story of science’s relationship with the Romantic movement scoops £10,000 for author Richard Holmes Marathon Saturn storm is longest in solar system Saturn’s eight-month-long thunderstorm has become the planet’s longest-running lightning display Don’t blame early sex on dad’s absence The age of a person’s first sexual experience tallies with their genetic makeup – not just with whether their parents have split up E-nose knows a smoker Commercially available electronic noses can be modified to help doctors quickly sniff out non-smokers Review: The Age of Empathy by Frans de Waal Evidence continues to show that animals (including humans) are naturally cooperative – so why do we cling to the idea that nature is “red in tooth and claw”? Saturn’s moon Titan has a foggy bottom The sighting of methane fog in the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan shows Earth is not the only solar-system body with a ‘hydrological’ cycle Shower heads make a perfect home for bugs “Run your shower for a minute or so before you get in, otherwise you’ll get a face full of bacteria,” says a microbiologist Better world: Generate a feed-in frenzy Paying people who generate green energy and feed it back to the grid is the best way to boost uptake of renewable energy Methane mining could trigger killer gas cloud A rush to extract methane from the depths of Africa’s Lake Kivu could trigger a huge upwelling of suffocating gas, potentially affecting over 2 million people Icy stares and dirty minds: Hitch-hiking emotions Complex emotions may have emerged from basic physical sensations like cold or disgust Students snap images of Earth from space for $150 See the results of an experiment to take pictures of space on the cheap using a weather balloon,
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