Today on New Scientist: 11 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. Thanks for your comments so far: we’re taking notes. Better world: Redefine the bottom line Governments need to find better ways of measuring progress than simply looking at wealth Airborne laser ready for flight tests The US military’s missile-defence laser is taking to the air for its first full-power try-out Creation: being made to feel Darwin’s anguish A big-screen adaptation of Darwin’s life may have you cringing rather than celebrating Potato blight has the genome of death The genome of the potato blight mould has many variants of genes to make enzymes which kill potato cells Brain cells slicker than we thought Signalling in mammalian brains uses much less electrical energy than pioneering experiments on squid cells suggest Better world: Legalise drugs Far from protecting us, the war on drugs is making the world a much more dangerous place How to short-circuit the US power grid Attackers could cause a cascade of failures in the US west-coast electricity grid by targeting seemingly unimportant substations The real Turing test: learning to say sorry It’s high time to apologise for mistreating computer guru Alan Turing and turn him into a Great Briton Wilson vs Watson: The blessing of great enemies At a Harvard event on Wednesday, biology giants E. O. Wilson and James Watson described their past rivalry and the role of competition in science Mighty Mouse takes off – thanks to magnets Laboratory mice in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are being made to levitate to help research into how low gravity affects astronauts Sharp rise in accidental child poisonings National Poisons Information Service say that cases of poisoning in children have risen,
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