Today on New Scientist: 5 October 2009

 作者:屠胪卢     |      日期:2019-03-08 02:01:02
This is a digest of the stories posted to newscientist.com from 6pm Friday 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 subscribe to these digests by RSS Nobel for insights into ageing and cancer Prize goes to discoverers of telomere caps and telomerase – the enzyme that makes them Virtual world disputes heading for meatspace courtrooms With eye-popping sums at stake in the virtual economy, intellectual property disputes are being fought in the read world Aimee Mullins: Two legs good, 24 legs better The actress, model, athlete and double amputee tells how technology is changing the way society views people with physical impairments Mammoth black holes push universe to its doom The raging disorder within the dark powerhouses at the centre of most galaxies may be bringing the heat death of the universe closer My little zebra: The secrets of domestication Killer rats and cuddly foxes? Thanks to an experiment that began in Russia 50 years ago, we could be about to teach old animals some new tricks Green roofs save on carbon overheads Load your roof with vegetation and cut the planet’s carbon burden A sprinkling of nanotubes makes plants shoot up Adding carbon nanotubes to synthetic soil makes tomato seeds sprout sooner and the seedlings grow faster Review: Fireflies, Honey, and Silk by Gilbert Waldbauer A meander through the insect world, with an obvious love for the subject cascading from the pages India’s thirst is making us all wet One nation is extracting so much groundwater that its run-off ends up lapping on all our shores Aid agencies turn to open-source software Free and open-source software activists tap student coders to write software for disaster relief Review: Comets and the Origin of Life by Janaki Wickramasinghe, Chandra Wickramasinghe and William Napier Interstellar panspermia – the idea that we are all ETs – is spelled out in semi-technical rather than popular form Cosmic lagoons and planetary plains: the week in space This week,